Thursday, 13 September 2007 18:00

Busy weekend for paddlers

This weekend is shaping up to be a busy weekend for paddlers here in North America. There are two large events taking place.

West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium
The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium takes place September 14-16, 2007. Located at Fort Worden State Park Conference Center in Port Townsend, Washington, it is a weekend-long festival with activities and events for paddlers of all ages and paddling abilities.

Speakers at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium include Bryan Smith, Wendy Killoran, Derek Hutchinson, Dubside, Shawna Franklin & Leon Somme.

MEC Paddlefest
Also taking place in Toronto is MEC Paddlefest. Paddlefest is an urban celebration of canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boating. The day will feature learning opportunities on water and on land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome.

Speakers include: Paul Mason, Becky Mason, Kelly Blades, Erik Ogaard and Yours truly.

I'm totally looking forward to it.

Last year was the ORCKA AGM the same day so I couldn't go as I was sitting on the board at the time. This year they moved it to next weekend. That made sense.

MEC Paddlefest


Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:36

Injured by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Harry Potter I'm going bald. I have known then for years but I recently was made aware of it again when a scar appeared through the thinning shoreline. I haven't seen it since I was 7. I don't really remember a whole lot except for tears and stitches.

I have decided to tell people that I got the scar from Lord Voldermort since it prickles every once and a while.

I will fill you in if I start to see visions.

Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:16

Trouble at Eagle Bluff

Looks like an outfitter in Okalahoma has been a little naughtily and gotten caught. It seems that Eagle Bluff Resort tried to sell 110 state-issued flotation licenses to a competitor. To purchase them from the state, it costs $5. They tried to sell them to a competitor who was looking for them for $500 each. A nice tidy profit of over 10,000 percent.

They sent a contract to Arrowhead Camp asking them to sign the contract and send a deposit of $5,000.

A quote from the cover letter: "The offer is not made to make profit on our investment, so the price and the terms are not open to negotiation."

"I am constantly amazed when I learn more about this underground currency," said State Sen. Jim Wilson. "You cannot sell state property. These float operators try to treat the licenses as chattel. They try to get bank loans using their license capacity as proof of potential income. They don't own the licenses. They are not collateral."

There has got to be more to this story as there are always two sides to it. I mean, who send a notarized contact over to a competitor asking them to pay cash when you haven't even been approved for the permits yet? It just leaves you open for...well, you know...bad press.

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Jackson Kayak LogoClaiming it is the Number One Jackson Kayak boat yet to be released, Jackson Kayak will re-introduce the Hero series of river running boats in time for Christmas.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 20:00

Site Tip - kayakpaddling.net

kayakpaddling.net My friend Serge Savard just directed me to kayakpaddling.net. It is an animated Sea Kayak Instruction website. It has full flash animations on all the basic information for somebody just getting started into kayaking.

It's absolutely fantastic and I'm completely blown away.

Thanks for the tip Serge!
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 19:37

Book Review - Sea Kayaking Strokes

Sea Kayak Strokes Visit your local the book section at your local outdoor store and you will find a boatload of books on sea kayaking skills. Generally speaking they are written towards the novice paddler and cover a wide range of skills from packing your boat to how to keep your boat going straight.
 
Sea Kayak Strokes written by Doug Alderson is slightly different in that it only covers the foundation skills for paddling. By leaving out all the other areas of kayaking like rescues, camping or navigation skills, Alderson is able to focus and go into an immense amount of detail for each different boat-control skill or paddling stroke.

Doug Alderson is a very analytical thinker and it is very evident as you read through the book. In it, he has taken each skill and broken it down into key points, application for real life and exercises to work on common mistakes.

Coghlan's committed to Social Enterprise and Outdoor Accessories.
Monday, 10 September 2007 18:40

Paddling Raft-up for September 10, 2007

Toronto was really hopping this past weekend. It is a large city but with so many events in Toronto this past weekend, it made life getting around town nuts. There was the Toronto International Film Festival, 4 run for Cancer runs, and the Virgin music festival . Oh yes, one of the major highways through town was closed for repairs. Ahh our sweet and aging Gardiner Expressway. All of those events just want to make you hunker down in your apartment and weather the traffic storm.

But no, we braved through the urban environment and took advantage of the small craft wind warning to catch some of the best surfing that I have had in a very very long time. We found a nice beach on the south side of the Toronto Island with a very gentle slope. There were no wind waves, just nice large swells pounding in. Most were an accurate 2 feet but there were several 3.5-4 footers out there aiming to kill us.

The other thing about being out there on Sunday was (as mentioned above) the Virgin Music festival was also taking place on the Island. There really is nothing like surfing and listening to some solid rock and roll from the Tokyo Police Club and Canadian indy heros, Stars.

What else is going on our there?

Team Jackson Kayak runs the Niagara Gorge
Erik Jackson and the rest of the gang from Jackson Kayak have made a successful run of the famed Niagara Gorge. The river flows at 100,000cfs. Yeah that is big. It is also illegal to run it. Here is a crazy photo of their run. [Jackson Kayak]


Dead canoeist identified
They were able to identify the kayaker who was recently hit by a vessel in the English Channel over the weekend. It is Robert Andrew Deacon, 42, from The Riviera in Sandgate, Kent. [The Argus]


Kayak crossing postponed again
Canadian Paddle Canada instructor, Chris Lockyer has been forced to postpone his 70km crossing of the Bay of Fundy to raise money for Cancer. So far he has raised $11,000 for cancer research. The weather has been bad. [novanewsnow.com]


Mystery Solved
A month ago, a large search was underway looking for a couple that rented an inflatable kayak and started off to paddle the English Chanel. They have been found living as a French church. It turns out that he is wanted by British Police for downloading kiddy porn. He got caught when he ran out of money and phoned his day to wire him some cash. His dad called the police. [Daily Mail]
At the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show Esquif Canoes solidified its relationship with Northeast US industry veteran, Don Otey.

"We feel very fortunate to be working with Don in the North eastern territory", says Sales Manager Nikki Rekman, "Don's reputation precedes him and together we expect great growth in the coming year. Esquif had a very successful 2007 season. The upcoming year is looking positive; the addition of Don to an already strong sales team gets us excited about what is in store for Esquif in 2008."

Kokatat LogoArcata, CA - In September of 2007 the Expedition Amazonas team will trek and paddle, totally unsupported, for over 7 months and 7000km, the entire length of the mighty Amazon River.  This is a complete traverse of the South American continent from the Pacific Coast in Peru to the mouth of the Amazon River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil.  The experienced expedition team includes members from Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.  Expedition Amazonas has partnered with environmental and indigenous rights action group Amazon Watch, and high-profile equipment sponsors including Kokatat, Teva and First Ascent.

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