I'm not sure what is going on in the kayaking participant world these days but it seems that if you are weird or want to perform some sort of fraud, you should probably make sure that there is a kayak involved in some sort of way.
For the past week, the world has been following along with the story of "Back from the Dead" kayaker, "John Darwin". That's turning out to be a really funny story involving photos, the Google and a kayak.
Now, think back to this past summer when a couple went out kayaking in the UK with a rented canoe and said something about paddling to France as they shoved off. Nobody heard from them and a massive manhunt was underway. About a month later, the story popped up on the news again because somehow they made it to France. They found out that he was a convicted pedophile wanted by the British Police. They are back on the BBC news page again as they were just caught and arrested for prostitution-related charges.
I don't want to be ever accused of painting large groups of people with one brush but I firmly believe now that all British paddlers are weird and should be arrested. I have two documented pieces of evidence to support my new theory.
Map credit: maps-of-britain.co.uk