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Shot over a period of three weeks around the South Island of New Zealand, you know that place where they shot those movies. Yeah, those ones. This film highlights some of the amazing scenery found in and around the Catlins Forest Park, Fiordland NP, Queenstown, Mount Aspiring NP, Mount Cook NP, Arthurs Pass NP and Castle Hill Reserve. Just how awesome would this film be if every water shot had a kayak or canoe in it? Super awesome.
This past Monday, a concerned citizen called BC search and rescue saying that a paddle boarder was struggling out in gale-force winds and need help. Crews geared up and went out to save the day only to find it was Canadian Olympic medallist triathlete, Simon Whitfield who was fine and told the SAR techs that he was, "having a blast in the swells." All of the excitement took place in the Enterprise Channel off Oak Bay shores just outside Victoria, BC. "Search-and-rescue [members] are volunteers and I felt badly that they dropped what they were doing and put on all their gear to come out for me," he said, adding they were "all class" on Twitter. While he had all the gear including PFD and a drysuit, his would be rescuers suggested to him that he carry a VHF radio when out on the board as he could have responded to the general marine broadcast on Channel 16 and let everyone know he was not in difficulty. These guys were all class - [email protected]: Details of 13 JAN tasking involving SUP @simonwhitfield now on FB (http://t.co/shbMQ2FjH1) #RCMSAR — simon whitfield (@simonwhitfield) January 14, 2014 Simon Whitfield has had a hugely successful triathlon career. Before retiring 2013 he won the Canadian triathlon championships 10 consecutive times along with gold in the 2000 and silver in the 2008 Olympics. Glad his adventure turned out ok in the end. Photo credit: Simon Whitfield
Reuben Buerge of The Hurricane Riders was highlighted on the CBC national news yesterday as a successful graduate of a new BC education program called, Take a Hike. The goal of Take a Hike is to take at-risk youth and use outdoor education to help them get their education back on track. Reuben shows up around the 7:45 mark but you should watch the whole thing. It's quite good.
For those who woke up this morning with a dream to watch a kayaker going over a 75 foot waterfall while somebody does a backflip dive into the water right beside him, this should make your day complete. From the YouTube description: TWO extreme sports professionals take a leap of faith as they plunge headfirst down a 75ft waterfall. White water kayaker Ben Marr and skier Rory Bushfield executed the death-defying stunt at the Mamquam Falls in Squamish, Canada. Bushfield performed a "gainer" - a backwards somersault while still moving forward - from the top of the falls while Marr descended it in his kayak. However, the stunt was not without its dangers - only a few days before their descent a young Vancouver man drowned after leaping into the waterfall.
Anybody who has spent time in the outdoors can relate when I say that mosquitoes are the scourge of the earth. But just because we hate them and we know they suck, doesn't mean they are not good for something. In the video below Rose Eveleth shares a bunch of cool things about the worlds most hated bug next to the Blackfly along with why it probably isn't a good thing to have them completely wiped off the face of the earth.
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