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  Well look who is off to have tea with her Majesty. Famed film producer and sea kayak world traveler, Justine Curgenven just got an invitation to join the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and those “involved in Exploration and Adventure” for a reception in early December. With their newfound friendship, I’m really looking forward to watching the Queen ripping it up in a kayak on Justine’s next video. Below is an artist’s representation of what to expect. Invitation Photo credit: Justine Curgenven
As part of their cross Canada tour, Prince William and Kate jumped in a canoe and went for a paddle yesterday while they visited Blachford Lake as part of their trip to the Northwest Territories. After their canoe ride couple were invited to a campfire lunch with a group of Rangers — a largely aboriginal sub-component of the Canadian Forces Reserve — and listened to throat singers while sampling Arctic char and bannock. They are continuing their tour today in Calgary, Alberta. Photo credit: Associated Press

Pope John Paul II - Kayaker
Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Here your fun fact for the day: Did you know that the former Pope John Paul II was an avid kayaker? Indeed he was. He got into kayaking sometime after 1949 when he was working at Saint Florian’s parish in Kraków, Poland. There he worked with a group of people who ministered to the sick and blind and during that time he went on regular kayaking trips each summer for vacation.In fact, he loved kayaking so much that he bought his own double Klepper (I believe it’s a Klepper) so others could join him for conversation and spiritual direction throughout the trips.He also thought he was a pretty good paddler as according to his biography on Wikipedia he took part in an international competition through a gorge on the Dunajec River in 1955. Of course things didn’t go so well in the race as his boat got a hole in it and promptly sunk just before the finish line.For those who are interested in seeing what his kayak looks like today you will need to travel to the northern Mexican city of Monterrey where his boat is on display as part of a large exhibition of the late Popes personal affects. Just remember you don’t have much time as the exhibition will be closing at the end of March, 2011.I was able to find a couple photos of the younger Pontiff on a kayak trip.
Politicians love getting out with the people. Water + canoe or kayak = a classic photoshoot. Here is a quick photo round-up of powerful people on the water from that past couple of years.Let’s start with a classic. President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy was vacationing in New Hampshire back in 2007 when paparazzi saw in him out canoeing. It made the front pages of the newspapers back home but not before a wee bit of airbrushing to eliminate those love handles. Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk
Michelle Williams was recently in Hawaii trying out some stand up paddling and kayaking with a friend and her daughter.The gossip blogs were all gushing over her white polka-dot bikini. Who cares about that, instead everybody really should be gushing over that upper hand position, the grace and poise on the SUP board, the shaft angle of that kayak paddle about to go into the water. Common people, time to get your priorities sorted out!
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