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A new episode of Ken Whiting's online TV show, Facing Waves just got posted their and this time it focuses on my buddy and fellow team P&H Kayak paddler, Ray Boucher from Wawa, Ontario. This episode focuses on rougher water paddling on Lake Superior. The cinematography looks great and I think you will agree that the camera really brings out Rays eyes.
I love when people bring technology and the outdoors together in unique ways so I knew this project was right up my alley as soon as I stumbled upon it. What you are looking at here is called the Tide Machine. It's a simple, internet-connected surfboard that reports the current wave height from your favourite weather buoy. Here is a quick video to see it in action:
Friday, 26 September 2014

Design a Better PFD and Win $10,000

Think you can design a better PFD than the one you currently wear in your canoe or kayak? If so, you could win up to $10,000 in a contest organized by the BoatUS Foundation.
Just read some really good news tonight, the new organization, Paddlesports North America which replaces British Canoe Union North America has just become the official delivery organization for the BCU here in North America. Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin explained the impact of this development on their website, Have Kayaks Will Travel: This is an enormous development, and one that’s been in process for several years. It means that we can now promote, train and support coaches to deliver BCU programming and maintain all achievement records on this continent, and be more responsive to the needs of North American paddlers and coaches. So congrats to everybody involved in getting this going and I’m really looking forward to watching PNA grow in the coming years.
I love when cool technology comes together. Huntsville, Ontario resident, Ben Carlin started up a new company this past Spring called Intrepid360 with the aim to combine 360 degree video and marketing. He recently partnered up with Algonquin Outfitters to demonstrate the immersive and very powerful form of video by taking us on a family canoe day trip in Algonquin Park. You might recognize blogger, Jennifer Johnson and her family from the site, Backcountry with the Kids. Watch the video below, move your mouse around and visit Algonquin Park in just over 3 minutes.
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