Monday, 27 August 2007 12:41

Paddling Raft-Up for August 27, 2007

Simon's back!
Simon is back from his trip from Norway. It sounds fantastic. He had difficulties updating his blog via text message so the whole trip was posted all at once. [Link]

Blow-Up Doll Whitewater Raft Race
And they're off: The fifth 'Bubble Baba Challenge' begins.
And they're off: The fifth 'Bubble Baba Challenge' begins.
Is there anything that the Russian people won't do? The recently ran Fifth Bubble Baba Challenge saw 400 men and woman race to the finish line of a set of rapids in the Vuoksa river. What makes this race different is that you need to bring your own inflatable woman to float along with. Where do they get that many inflatable woman to come along? Apparently, they were able to rent them somewhere. A couple of woman were disappointed that they were required to float down on another woman as the rental company didn't rent blow-up men... I don't know what to think about it. It reminds me of the Gale Storm rescue device we recently reported on. [Link] Thanks to getoutdoors.com.

Strained Diplomacy between Iran and US Spills over to Paddling
We reported on it earlier but it is starting to pop-up in other news sources so it is good to talk about again. It seems that Iranian kayak coach Katayoun Ashraf was fired from the Iranian National Federation team for bringing three teenage athletes to the U.S. to train.  They sought extra training in hopes of representing Iran in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  But now the athletes' position on the national team is in jeopardy. How crazy is that. [Link]

Now get back to work!
Sunday, 26 August 2007 16:45

Jackson Ramps Up Factory for Big '08

Jackson Kayak Team Jackson Kayak, already a powerhouse on the river with more national and international freestyle competition titles over the past four years than all other whitewater teams combined, is setting its sights on earning the same reputation at the factory that produces the leading brand of whitewater kayaks.

"We want to be known as the powerhouse of quality and delivery," said Jackson Kayak founder, president and namesake Eric "EJ" Jackson. "Our two main goals for 2008 will be one-week turnarounds and achieving a level of quality never before seen in the paddlesports industry."

To achieve these ambitious goals, Jackson has added horsepower to the factory management team that has been under the helm of John Ratliff the past three years. Joining Ratliff will be Chief Financial Officer Dave Olson who will lead operations with a big helping hand from industry veteran John Shepherd, formerly of Wilderness Systems and co-creator of Confluence. Don Holden moved up from Atlanta, to take over duties as controller. Tony Lee, is adding rotomolding management to his duties as research and development manager.

Friday, 24 August 2007 18:15

Paddler Raft-up for August 24, 2007

Almost done!
23 days into their "Chasing the Anna" expedition, Derrick and Taino are ¾ the way around Puerto Rico. They made it through Hurricane Dean. [Link]
 
Sunscreen Confusion
Outside Blog has an interesting post about what SPF means in sunscreen. They report on a couple improvements the FDA is trying to implement for package labeling. [Link]

Keeping Maine's boaters safe
The Kennebec Journal in Maine asks the question: Are we doing what we can and should do to keep Maine's boaters safe? It gives an interesting primer at mandatory boater education for all boats including canoes and kayaks.

"Boating safety is analagous to hunter safety," says a 2007 report issued by a state group studying the possibility of a Maine mandatory boater education course. "Until mandatory hunter safety was implemented Maine experienced many hunting related shootings including numerous fatalities. Once mandatory hunter education and mandatory hunter orange clothing were required, hunting related shootings decreased significantly." [Link]

MSR Reactor StoveThe Reactor is coming!
MSR has finally started shipping is long delayed Reactor Stove. Everybody seems to be really excited about it. [Link]

BCU Syllabus Change Summery
Mark Tozer recently posted a great summery of many of the changes about to happen to the BCU kayaking instruction program. It looks really promising. I'm a big fan of the new kids curriculum. [Link]

Calling all Gear Junkies!
Kayak Journal Podcast has posted a pile (and I mean a pile) of great video casts reporting on the latest gear from OR. If you want to find out what Werner, Bending Branches, Suunto, Delta Kayaks, Wenonah, Watershed, Surefire, Smith Optics, Optimus, Teva or Kokatat are working on for next season, head on over! [Link]

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 05:52

Google Sky

Stars It is no secret that I love Google Earth . There have been rumours over the past couple of months of a celestial version. Tomorrow Google will release Google Sky which will be an add-on to Google Earth.

One of the really cool features of the program is that you will be able to click a button and the world flips around showing you how the sky would look from that particular location.

You will be able to see the position of seven planets and the moon for up to two months ahead.

I am really looking forward to taking a look at it tomorrow. It might just replace the Stellarium project I downloaded recently...






Monday, 20 August 2007 18:17

Werner Paddle Problem

Werner Ikelos Paddle

I called Werner Paddles today as have been having problems with my Ikelos Paddle. Over the past couple of months the Ferrule has been getting loose and it is really starting to wiggle. Not sure why. When I adjust it to a different angle, it tightens back up again.

I called them today and got a Return Authorization number to send it back. Werner said that it is likely under warranty but they would need to see the paddle before making the final call.

I'm in a bit of a bind as I need the paddle for Labour day weekend in two weeks as I'm teaching a Paddle Canada Level 2 course in Georgian Bay.

The paddle currently isn't working great as it is so I'm going to take the chance and courier it out tomorrow. Werner said they were going to make it a priority to get it back out the door for me.

I will let you know how it turns out.

BTW - I absolutely love the paddle. I went short and bought the 210cm bent small shaft. Take one for a test drive if you are able to, you won't want to come back to shore.

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Sunday, 19 August 2007 19:28

MSR® Brand Pitches New Tent Concepts

MSR LogoMSR (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based brand of proven backcountry gear for demanding users, is expanding its 2008 MSR® tent line to build on its award-winning standard of the ultimate livability and lightweight combination.
Friday, 17 August 2007 17:51

Justin Timberlake Rescues Two Boys

Sweet JustinAfter catching up on my latest celebrity gossip, I found this little clip and couldn't resist posting. Celebrities are soooo much better then we are...

Justin Timberlake, chilling aboard a pal's yacht anchored in Marina del Rey bay, watched idly as two preteen boys paddling in a kayak suddenly stood up, began a mock sword fight using their paddles - and instantly capsized their craft, spilling into the drink!
 

When neither boy surfaced right away,Timberlake - in shorts and a shirt - quickly dove over the side and swam about 200 feet to where the youngsters had finally popped up. Visibly frightened, the boys were trying to right the unstable kayak - and retrieve the life jackets they should have been wearing. Justin ordered them to hold onto him, righting the kayak just as the kids' father came scooting up on a Sea-Doo.
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