The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) recently tested waterproofing products for waterproof clothing, looking for perfluoroctyl content. Perfluoroctyl-based fluorocarbon water repellents biodegrade over time to PFOA, which is persistent in human tissue, and has a half-life of eight years. PFOA at even very low levels has been associated with birth defects in tests with rats. All human beings now have this chemical in their blood.
Sunday, 28 October 2007 17:55

Split in the Kayak Island Quest

Wendy Killoran Just saw the posting of the split between paddlers Wendy Killoran and René Seindal who are currently on the Kayak Island Quest.

Both paddlers were working together to circumnavigate the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily this Fall.

According to a post by René, it seems that there have been some disagreements around speed and time that were irreconcilable. They are both going to continue the quest, but separately.

I have no idea of what went on, and I would never want to take a guess. When I was younger, I used to read about many of the great expeditions across Antarctica. Those were rife with stress and heartache and very much the same issues.

It also reminds me of recent expeditions that had similar stresses even before the trip got off the ground.

Simon BlackburnThe Africa ChallengeSimon Blackburn of Durban, South Africa has just announced plans to attempt to circumnavigate Africa to help raise awareness and money against the devastation of AIDS/HIV.

He has the support of several big name activists including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who is already praying for the mission's success and calling on sponsors to give financial and technical support.

"This Africa Challenge will be a physically gruelling and dangerous journey, given our coastline, which is often inhospitable. But we, too, as Africans, are in dangerous and uncharted waters as we face up to the challenges of HIV/Aids. We have experienced nothing before like this. We cannot afford to become tired in our campaign to overcome it," says Tutu.

The total trip's distance is approximately 32,000 km. Blackburn feels that if he can paddle 80 km a day, it will take 18 months plus an extra 4 months time for rest days and bad weather.

He hopes to be back in Cape Town for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Video footage and more info if you click the "Read More" link.

Friday, 26 October 2007 20:19

Paddle To Be Free

A 12 year old boy describes the adventure of an arctic canoe trip with his family. Numerous wildlife encounters with caribou, wolves and muskox happen along the way. Ancient aboriginal artifacts found along river. He also spends idle time carving a canoe.

Friday, 26 October 2007 20:07

Canoe Paddling - Canadian Style

A short demo reel for a planned "how to" video that will help understand the principles of how to paddle a canoe in the traditional Canadian style of paddling.

Produced by: Rolf & Debra Kraiker

Friday, 26 October 2007 19:59

Borealis Video

Video montage of upcoming film 'Borealis' about a 3000 km canoe expedition through the Boreal Forest of Ontario and Manitoba. The film looks into the issues facing the natural environment and people of this vast region.

Friday, 26 October 2007 19:48

Sea Kayak Surfing - Marco Island

Fun kayak surfing in Caxambas Pass - Marco Island

Friday, 26 October 2007 19:44

Sea Kayak Surf Launch Instructional Video

This video gives instruction on launching a sea kayak through the surf zone. Presented by Mitch Mitchell of Coastal Kayak,

Friday, 26 October 2007 17:42

A Conversation with Derek Hutchinson

An interview with international sea kayak authority Derek Hutchinson at the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium demo beach: he shares his thoughts on the BCU, kayak and paddle design, Greenland Style, paddling in England, and the origin of modern sea kayaking. Kayak designer Matt Broze of Mariner Kayaks also makes an appearance.


Friday, 26 October 2007 17:38

A Conversation with Derek Hutchinson Video

Derek HutchinsonDash Point Pirate recently released this interview with renowned paddler, designer and instructor, Derek Hutchinson.

Filmed at the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Hutchinson talks about the BCU, kayak and paddle design, paddling in England and modern sea kayaking. It is a very interesting interview to watch.

My first thought is that he sounds like an arrogant, bitter old man who is upset at the state of paddling today. There is a minor rant about the BCU as well as comments about how paddling in the UK is better than everywhere else in the world.

Oh, yes apparently there is no need for asymmetric spoon blade paddles and everybody should still be paddling with a 90 degree feather.

Watch for Kayak designer Matt Broze of Mariner Kayaks to make a funny appearance where he challenges Hutchinson's claim to fame of being the first person to put hatches in a glass boat. It's fantastic.

Below are two articles where Matt is getting some of his history facts if you want to do some of your own research.

Folding Boat History and the Modern History of Kayaking

The early years - A history of the North American sea kayak industry

Please don't get me wrong, I understand and acknowledge that he has made tremendous advancements to the sport of sea kayaking through the years and a lot of people seem to worship the ground he walks on but watching this interview was very interesting.

To view the video, click the "Read More" link.

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