Paddling Raft-Up - September 4, 2007

Tuesday, 04 September 2007
Surfing Superior Confluence
rSeptember 28-30, Naturally Superior Adventures will be hosting the annual Surfing Superior Confluence. Located at the mouth of the Michipicoten River on Lake Superior, the wind can kick up some fantastic standing waves against the river current.

Here is the description from their site:
Enjoy laid back soul surfin' or intense ender sessions in the freshwater surf playground at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. This informal gathering of surf-seeking intermediate to advanced paddlers takes advantage of autumnal gales and late summer warm water to provide an informal, instructional and by all means entertaining way to cap off your paddling season in late September. You'll be wishing the weekend will never end. [Link: Naturally Superior Adventures]

Surfing Record Smashed
Surfing RecordSpeaking about surfing, Brazil recently set the record for the number of surfers on a single wave. The next time you try to break the record you will now need more then 84 people on it! The old record was 71 people set in Cape Town.

The record breaking attempt was made during the Earthwave Festival de Surf Ecorodovias, a three day festival of wave-riding events that featured a professional longboarding surfing contest, outrigger canoe paddling and demonstrations of stand up paddling, the latest discipline of surfing that is sweeping the world. [Link:]

That no log, that a bone!
David Boyers was standing in about two feet of water in the South Fork of the Licking River when he saw what appeared to be a funny-looking log.

After examining it, he thought it might be a bone so he took a trip down to the museum where he eventually met with a palaeontologist at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The "log" was not a dinosaur bone. But it was the partial right ulna - think foreleg - of a mastodon, circa 20,000 years ago, said Dr. Glenn Storrs, assistant vice president for natural history and science at the museum.

Storrs said the museum, which is a federal repository for bones and fossils, receives numerous phone calls from people who think they've found ancient bones. Usually they turn out to be from a modern animal or are just an unusual rock formation, but about one every year or two turns out to be a significant find. [Link: The Cincinnati Post]

More in the world of ancient artefacts
Roy Mitchell of Decatur, TN talks about a dugout canoe that was given to him back in 1969. Estimates put a value of around $150,000-$250,000 for the 400-600 year old artefact. [Link: The Decatur Daily News]

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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