Shark found on N. coast (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium) A series of storms last week has causes a pile of rare and wild stuff to wash up on Oregon coast beaches.

Beachcombers have found everything from cute little critters like sharks to ugly gooey things like jellyfish.

Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon made a very rare find when they found a long-beaked common dolphin. They said the staff have never seen one wash up before.

More info: beachconnection.net
The protected area includes 10,000 square kilometres of water. Just posted on cbc.ca, Prime Minister, Stephen Harper is going to announce on Thursday (Oct 25) the creation of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

It will extend from roughly 140 km east of Thunder Bay and extend like a triangle out into the middle of the lake encompassing about 10,000 square kilometres.

It has taken 10 years of planning to get everything in order to designate the safe area.

The great thing about the designation is that it will protect the area from mining, oil and gas development.

More info: cbc.ca

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 18:55

Fantastic Ender Photo

Kayak Ender - Photo by Richard Cree Richard Cree took the photo and Douglas Wilcox put it all together.

Sadly we are all missing out on the Stornoway Storm Gathering taking place right now. It brought in some really fantastic 5 foot swells.

Click on the photo on the right to zoom in.

The best part of this photo is that he sets up for his roll in mid air.

For those that are interested, here is link to all the photos posted by Douglas from the Stornoway Storm Gathering.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 06:41

Ozzy fan disappointed he couldn't deliver gift

I saw this posting from the Edmonton Sun this morning and to be honest, my heart wept.

Ozzy Here is a sad, sad story of Patrick Lesko, a 34-year-old super fan of Ozzy and Black Sabbath.

Lesko built a custom black cherry canoe paddle for the Dark Lord but was unable to present the gift to him when the Osbourne family tour rolled into Edmonton on Monday night.

He showed up early to try to get tickets for the meet and greet but was denied. At least he was able to grab a $750 front row seat.

The paddle is painted with black images of a devil, flames and a coffin with Ozzy's name spelled out in Theban letters, commonly used by Wiccans.

He will try again in January with Ozzy swings through my neighbourhood of Toronto.

More info: Edmonton Sun
Monday, 22 October 2007 12:10

Kayaks Banned from British Airways

British Airways have just announced that effective November 6th, they will not allow large sporting equipment on their planes. The ban includes, kayaks, surf boards, wind surfers.
British Airways
Before the ban you could check these items in and just pay the oversize fees.

Lots of people are upset as they feel that other airlines will start to follow-suit.

Here is the page with the announcement:
http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bagsport/public/en_gb

Follow the conversation on playak.com and ukriversguidebook.co.uk
MSR LogoMSR (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based brand of proven backcountry gear for demanding users, is pleased to announce that Chris Parkhurst has joined Cascade Designs, Inc. as MSR Global Brand Manager. Parkhurst will continue building on the thirty-eight year-old brand's solid reputation for inventing and producing reliable, high-performance, award-winning outdoor products in a line of stoves, cookware, water treatment, hydration, tents, snowshoes and camp towels.
Saturday, 20 October 2007 12:12

Giant Pumpkin Paddling Race

Leo Swinimer of New Ross, Nova Scotia, is one of a growing number of pumpkin paddlers.
Leo Swinimer of New Ross, Nova Scotia, is one of a growing number of pumpkin paddlers. Photo by Nick Timiraos
This past weekend in Windsor, Nova Scotia was the 9th annual Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Regatta.

This year there were 54 people who entered and tried to paddle their 600 pound pumpkin across the 3/4 mile Lake Pesaquid.
Friday, 19 October 2007 11:48

Homemade Cruise Ship

Homemade Cruise Ship Talk to most paddlers and they all have a dream of building their own canoe or kayak. Not a lot of people actually get around to doing it. Even less get around to building their own cruise ship.

Francois Zanella from France decided to take on the task and has finally finished it. He estimates that it took 25,000 hours to complete.

The 33.5 meter long vessel is a 1/8th scale model of Royal Caribbean International's 1992 cruise ship, Majesty of the Seas and is 4.75 meters wide.

Over the 11 years to took to complete the project, he built it on land beside his house then launched it in June 2005.

Sorry the photo is so bad. There is a clearer one on the wikipedia listing as well.

More info: wikipedia.org
International Whitewater Hall of Fame Logo The International Whitewater Hall of Fame Board of Governors has announced the names of the Class of 2007 of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) honorees.
Thursday, 18 October 2007 06:16

New Suunto Wrist-top Computers

Suunto Core and Lumi ModelsFor many years, Suunto has been building watches (wrist-top computers) for people who love the outdoors. Their most popular model, the Vector has been the standard watch for many years with onboard functions like barometric altimeter, thermometer, barometer, electronic compass, multiple time zones and multiple alarms. It's a great watch with big number making it easy to tell the time when you are surfing down the wave cause that is when I'm thinking, "what time is it?"

With the big numbers comes the biggest complaint of Suunto watches. They are huge, thick and urbanites think they are ugly. Also, it doesn't look good on dainty woman's wrists.

Suunto has just released two new models, the Lumi for woman and the Core for fashionistas.

The Lumi is a thinner model that looks great. It has all the same core features that you would want in a wrist-top computer (they don't like the term watch) including thermometer, storm alarm, and digital compass. They have also released the model as a pendant with no wrist strap allowing you to lose it quicker.

The Core has similar features to the vector but is slightly more precise including a slew of software and user interface upgrades. It also looks fantastic.

I absolutely love my Suunto watch. Those who already own one will agree with me. They have a huge variety of models with different features so you can find the unit with the features you are actually going to use.

Finally, not many people know this but they also have a fantastic warranty program. Like everything else they have a standard replacement warranty which is I believe three-years. If you break your unit after the warranty expires, you can send it in (through your point of purchase) and purchase a replacement watch at a significant discount. That is great for the hard-core users that wear their watch out in 5-6 years like I have.

More info: suunto.com

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