Alex Matthews just posted a great report on his first visit to the Golden Gates Sea Kayak Symposium which took place in San Francisco a couple of weekends ago.

Published in Events

Not quite the clearest directions but would you believe I have friends who would do a poorer job while out on a canoe trip? It’s true.

Published in Funny
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:02

The Tsunami Rangers Greatest Hits [Video]

The Tsunami Rangers in rough water.

In memory of the death of Tsunami Rangers co-founder, Eric Soares here are a couple videos of the antics that made them legends in the paddling community.

Tsunami Rangers in Slow Motion

Extreme Sea Kayaking with the Tsunami Rangers

Photo Credit: tsunamirangers.com

Published in Video

Low Tide Turnagain Arm

If you are like me there is a very good chance that you struggle to explain to your students the basics of how tides work.

To help solve the mystery, the gang from Minute Physics produced a very cool video that explains the basics so simply that that my 10 year-old could understand.

Also, if you have also got an extra minute why don’t you learn why some rocks on the shoreline are round while other rocks are flat and perfect for skipping across the water.

Who knew that gravity affected our lives so much? I didn’t.

Flickr Photo Credit: Low Tide Turnagain Arm / Travis / CC BY-NC 2.0

Published in Teaching
Monday, 16 January 2012 21:52

S*%t Kayakers Say

I would say 90% of this video are bang-on for whitewater paddlers so I want to know when somebody is going to put together one for sea kayakers?

Here is my working list so far but feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

“You can only roll 3 different ways?!”
“Pungo’s are not real kayaks.”
“I don’t care what colour my new drysuit and PFD are as long as they are black.”
“How do you like my beard?”
“The waves on the lake were at least 10 feet high.”
“Hold on, I left my Tilley hat in the car.”
To the store clerk, “Does this come in black?”

Published in Funny

Hands-on CPR Video

We all know First Aid or CPR instructional videos can me more boring than watching grass grow in the middle of winter. To help get the message out about the new hands-only CPR technique, the British Heart Foundation enlisted the help of Hollywood tough guy, Vinnie Jones to show us how to do it properly.

If you want more information on hands-only CPR, head over to the American Heart Association’s website, handsonlycpr.org where you can also have the pleasure of watching an extremely boring instructional video in the tradition we have that we have all come to love (and hate).

Thanks to my buddy Mike for the video tip.

Published in Funny
Monday, 02 January 2012 22:04

Jackson Kayak Rolls out JKTV

Jackson Kayak TV

Jackson Kayak has launched JKTV. The premier episode is a pretty ambitious 25 minutes and covers a trip report from the Costa de Oro; Team Spotlight with Damon Bungard; Misadventures with Indiana James; Tech Tip- How to Backloop; Gear Review- GoPro Hero2 and the Shot of the Month.

You can subscribe via YouTube here.

Published in Industry Stuff

Capture of a whitewater kayaking video.

I could hardly finish watching this video of whitewater kayakers paddling a flood swollen river and I lost count after the 4th near drowning. The really scary thing is that the whole video seems to be shot on the same day with the same 4-5 guys.

Looks like they would do well to invest in some swift water rescue training to save them from being nominated for future a Darwin Award.

If you are at work, stop at the 5:30 mark as it gets NSFW at the end.

Published in Video
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 22:31

Nature is Just Plain Awesome [Video]

Yep, awesome.

Wired recently posted an article as to the science behind massive flocks of starlings and why they can all instantly turn at the same time.

Published in Video
Sunday, 27 November 2011 21:30

Build Your Own Papercraft Kayak

If you are like me you probably don’t have a lot of space in your living room to start building a 17 foot kayak.

To help solve that problem, Jöns Aschan from paddlingsfabriken.fi developed a papercraft kayak available for download. All you need to do is carefully cut out all the pieces with a pair of sharp scissors and tape it all together (just like the real thing). The price is €2.00 ($2.65US) and it works best if you can print it out on thick stock paper.

Looks like a great rainy afternoon project for sure.

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