It's been out for a couple of years since Birthright was released but I still think that this is one of the most inspiring kayak films out there. If you haven’t seen it before, now is the time.

Vimeo's description:

One man's struggle to transcend.

This humble film is about a friend of mine named Michael and his daily ritual to find his natural self through surfing.

Published in General News

Nick Castro @ Baynes Channel in Victoria, BC.

Here is Nick Castro from activeseakayaking.ca playing in a tide race at Baynes Channel inVictoria BC a couple of days ago.

I wrote him for more information about the photo and here is what he said:

This was 2 days ago at Baynes Channel, Victoria BC, our local Tide race. It was a great day with mid size to big, good small swell coming after 36hrs of SE and about 4 kn of Ebb,

That is Ben Garrett dropping in behind. We surfed until dark and it was getting better and better but too messy for night surfing.

Photo credit: Nick Castro. Used with permission.

Published in Photography
Sunday, 29 May 2011 21:51

Riding the Shubie Tidal Bore

Riding the Shubie Tidal Bore

Friend of the site, Christopher Lockyer put together a great little video of a recent trip riding the Shubie River tidal bore in Nova Scotia. If you have never heard of a tidal bore before, Wikipedia describes one as a “tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travel up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay's current.”

It’s weird watching the video knowing that the waves are mainly formed from incoming tide. The action really gets going around the 2:40ish mark when the waves get steeper and back surfing gets started.

Published in Video

Special thanks to Keith Wikle from Go Kayak Now! for making me aware of this fantastic looking surf kayak video called, Wild Coast HEAT. It all takes place on South Africa's Wildcoast.

I'm absolutely terrified just watching it.

Published in Video
Tuesday, 16 September 2008 20:09

Wawa Webcam - Kayakers Captured

Kayakers out surfingFor the first time this season a bunch of kayakers were captured on film out surfing in the waves that we talked about this afternoon. It seems that it has gotten even bigger!

If you look closely, you can see the boats out there and it can give you some perspective on the monsters rolling in.

Now I am really jealous!

Thanks to Sue for the tip that they were out there!

Update: Seems like they went home for the night but you can view them if you watch the 24h loop for today. They pop around 7pm. Or click the graphic on the righ to see the full size.

More info: Wawa Webcam
Published in Websites
Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:45

Mega Charger Surf Kayak

Designed By Spencer Cooke. Charger by name and charger by nature. This boat needs to be steered to the thick of the action and once it's there..."holy brown trouser, Batman !". This is an east coast boat, designed by an east coast boater. It's a fish...short and wide with lots of volume in the nose.



Published in Kayak Surfing
Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:43

Kayak Surf Costa Rica Negra



Published in Kayak Surfing
Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:39

Surf Kayak Big Hits

Wipeouts and surf kayaking from competitions in 2007.



Published in Kayak Surfing
Sean checking the weather.
Sean checking the weather.
Out for a quick paddle this morning. We jumped on the water first thing in the morning as there was a small craft wind warning that was supposed to die down around noon.

That morning when we checked the weather again, the system had changed. Winds were 15 knotts from the west increasing to 30 knotts by noon. Seas 1m increasing to 2-3m by noon.

Yummy.

Here in Toronto, winds from the west mean that you are forced to surf near the nude beach. Thank goodness that the cold winds have arrived blowing the sun worshipers back indoors with their artificial sun lamps. Trust me, there are never super models there.

Like normal, it wasn't as big as what they were calling for but it was pushy enough. We surfed for a couple of hours getting trashed several times. Later, we practiced deploying and setting up our tow systems in big water. It is always a little bit more of a challenge than in flat conditions so it is good to practice it.

On the way home, we played around in the large waves which were around 3-4 feet at this time. We tucked our paddles under one arm, closed our eyes, laid back on the back deck and waited to see what happened. Yes, we got knocked over quite a few times. It was a bunch of fun.

Oh yes, we also paddled for a while with our eyes closed. That was weird.

We are kind of geeks about that sort of stuff.

Published in Trips

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