Wednesday, 01 August 2007 15:56

Paddling Life, BoaterTalk Join Forces

In an age when online advertising is growing up to 30 percent per year, two of the country's leading online resources for paddlers have joined forces to help grow the sport, better serve the industry and give advertisers a combined, cost-effective platform to present their brand message to the largest audience possible.
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 11:50

Shipping Disaster Photos Part 2

Ship on Fire Still kind of hooked on large shipping disaster photos. Not sure what it is but just can't look away. I think that it is the shear size of those vessels. [Link]

When I was 10, I remember walking around the port in Halifax, NS on a family vacation. We were invited aboard a cargo ship from Pakistan. They gave us the full tour, which was way better then any museum ship, as it was real and working right in front of us. I have vivid memories of walking through the bridge and meeting the captain. The crew were very excited that we were on board. My dad was just as excited as they were.


Wednesday, 01 August 2007 11:30

Paddling Raft-Up - August 1

A summary of local news today.

  • Fees are going to increase for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is currently $10 per adult per night with a proposed increase to $16 per night. Increase would be implemented next year. [More Info]

  • Lake Superior is the place to kayak. A great travel article says so. If it is in print, it must be true. [More Info]

  • Get Outside Kids! Main is has unveiled a new initiative today to encourage young people to get outside. It looks like an interesting PR campaign. [More Info]

  • Renaissance Adventure Guides from Lakewood, CO is highlighted at yourhub.com. [More Info]

  • Outside Magazine online edition has a great interview with Marlow Long who was hired to be an instructor and stunt double with the upcoming movie "Into the Wild". He was hired to teach actor, Emile Hirsch how to paddle in the Sean Penn directed movie.
My favourite question:

Outside: So they must have paid you the big bucks.
Marlow Long: Let's just say I made the same amount in two weeks working with the film crew as I normally do in an entire year as a pro paddler, earning a salary from my sponsors. [More Info]
Monday, 30 July 2007 16:34

Kayak Surf Clinic

Nantahala Logo I saw this video on youtube and it looked really interesting. It's an ad for a kayak surf clinic that the Nantahala Outdoor School is offering this October. Here is the description:

Nantahala Outdoor School has teamed with two of the nation's top kayak surfers to offer an instruction program that is the first of its kind - The NOC Outer Banks Kayak Surfing Class. Two-time National Surf Kayak Champion, Spencer Cooke, and Two-time US Surf Kayak Team qualifier, Philip Aschliman, will be teaching beginner-advanced paddle surfing skills at Cape Hatteras North Carolina on October 19-21, 2007. North Carolina's Outer Banks are known for their favorable surfing conditions and have been the site of multiple surf kayak national championships.

Monday, 30 July 2007 16:22

Confluence Restructures Sales Team

Confluence WatersportsConfluence Watersports announces the restructuring of its sales organization. The new structure features four regional sales managers who will be responsible for the sales representatives and sales activities in their respective territory and will report to Kelley Woolsey, EVP Marketing and Sales. Additionally, Patrick FitzGerald will shift back to handling international sales as VP International Sales and Marketing.
Looks like another paddler was out on a night paddle without a light. As expected, he got run over by a power boat. The kayak was cut in half. It's 1AM, what were you thinking? [Link]

Sandy Robson is continuing her circumnavigation around Australia after getting attached by a 3. 5 meter crocodile [Link]

Yeah Canada! Canada is doing fantastic at Pan Am Games. We won 39 gold, 43 silver and 55 bronze. In the paddling world, they won 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. [Link]

Finally, Casey Pulham from London, Ontario is going to paddle across Lake Erie to raise awareness for organ donation. The crossing is 80km long. [Link]


Monday, 30 July 2007 08:50

Kayak Abuse

Think skin-on-frame kayaks are more fragile then fibreglass/plastic/Kevlar boats? This video from Shaman Kayaks might prove otherwise. I thought I was hard on by boat but this takes things to a whole new level...

Thanks to the Sgian Dubh blog for the video link.
Sunday, 29 July 2007 18:49

We made it accross Lake Ontario!

Sean
Sean taking a quick break. Photo credit: Liz Burnside.
After 10 hours, we made it to the other side of the lake. As you might have read the announcement a couple of days ago, yesterday we attempted to cross Lake Ontario from Toronto to St. Catharines.

The total distance was 54km which was a nice haul. The weather conditions were perfect with a slight tailwind for the first half of the trip. The last half of the trip, the wind completely died resulting in a mirror surface.

I figure that we could have cut off several hours we had cut back on the length of the breaks. We took our time chatting and living in the moment. We were in no rush and how often do you get to take a swim in the middle of the lake 25 km from any shore? We weren't going to pass that up!

It was foggy almost the entire day so it was weird being out of sight of land in all directions for 8 of the 10 hours. Learned to depend on the deck compass quite quickly.

Here is a photo of Sean taking a quick dip.

What's next? Not sure. We are looking towards maybe a 70km crossing. We have a route in mind but it will probably be next spring. We have some serious training to do for that! Fall is coming and that will bring the good surf so we are going to enjoy staying close to shore from now on...

Here was our route in Google Earth: kmz Lake Ontario Crossing

Update: Forgot to mention the crazy stuff we saw out there. It seems that the center of Lake Ontario is a vortex of birthday baloons as we found two of them along the way.

You might ask did you see any wildlife out there? Not much, just a few birds and such but we did see a dead floating pig! It looked like it had been floating for several days. Wouldn't want to hit that with a powerboat. We had to paddle hard for 500-600 feet to get away from the smell...
Sunday, 29 July 2007 17:46

Nude Paddling

Nude Hiker
Photo Credit: Sarah Lee: the Guardian
I saw the press release that Tilly Endurables was sponsoring the Annual American Association for Nude Recreation Convention as their official hat.

I smiled to myself when I saw it so I decided to post the press release. In it I discovered that Tilly hats were made right here in my hometown of Toronto. I didn't know that.

I guess you would want a good hat for sun protection with all that skin exposed so the partnership makes perfect sense.

I started to wonder about kayaking in the nude and wondered if I would be breaking any rules if I started paddling with a skirt on. Never tried it...not sure if I ever will.





For the 4th year in a row, Tilley is proud to be the Official Hat of the Annual American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) Convention. The 2007 AANR Annual Convention will be held August 6-12, 2007 in Marcola, Oregon.

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