The Carry Yak

Single handily, the worst part of kayaking is actually carrying the thing. To help make it easier, Brian Evans developed a clip-on device that allows you to balance the kayak on your shoulders.

“We based the Carry Yak design on the simple truth that balance can be found in heavy objects to lighten any weight,” Evans said. “Distributing the kayak weight makes it easier to carry.”

Developed and manufactured in Nova Scotia, the kayak carrier is made of stainless steel, plastic with foam shoulder pads, can now be ordered online at for $147. It isn’t currently in stores yet but they hope to get that sorted out in the very near future.

Thanks Rob for the tip.

Published in Gear

Jon Turk & Erik Boomer NY Times

The world of kayaking expeditions received a huge exposure boost these past two weeks when Jon Turk and Erik Boomer were interviewed in both The New York Times and Canada’s weekly news magazine, Macleans.

Jon Turk and Erik Boomer in Macleans Magazine.

Jon Turk and Erik Boomer are also in the running for National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year for their successful circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada. The time to vote is over now and we should be hearing who won sometime in mid February.

Published in Industry Stuff

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak supplied by UK store, Makro.

Tired of paying way too much for your kayak? Next time get yourself the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak supplied by UK store, Makro.

For only ₤30 you can get an inflatable kayak that is so well designed it feels like you are floating over the water when you paddle along as evidenced by the above photo-realistic representation on the packaging.

Thanks to Photoshop Disasters for the post.

Published in Funny

99 Year Old, Hortense Morris tried kayaking for the first time on her birthday. Photo credit: BRUCE LIPSKY/The Times-Union

Hortense Morris always wanted to learn how to kayak so for her birthday her family organized an outing so she could experience it. This wasn’t your typical family birthday paddling day-trip. Hortense is 99 years old.

[blockquote]"It was wonderful," Hortense said. "I would love to do it again."

She paddled part of the time, but not the entire hour.

"I'm not used to it, and I didn't want to overdo it," she said. "But I paddled off and on. I wasn't lazy."

This idea started last year on her 98th birthday when she was talking to her grandson, George Morris, who happens to be a guide with Kayak Amelia.

"She said that if she was still feeling good next year, she wanted to go kayaking," George Morris said.

Well, this is next year and Hortense Morris is feeling just fine, thank you very much. She lives in the Cypress Village retirement community, but not in assisted living. Her reaction to that possibility: "Oh heavens, no!"

And she confessed that she couldn't wait to tell everyone else back there about her trip.

"They already think I'm crazy."[/blockquote]

Published in General News
Friday, 31 December 2010 12:09

Flooded Highway? Time to Go Kayaking

Kayaking down highway 73. Photo Credit: Eleanor Reid

I found this interesting article the other day about Hamish Reid and Paddy Moran who decided to paddling along State Highway 73 in New Zealand after it flooded during a recent rainstorm.

"It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have seen it flooded a few times and always thought it would be fun to kayak along the highway," Hamish Reid said.

Though their trip seemed a bit drier then when Kellie Maier decided to go kayaking down Highway 12 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina back in September 2010.

Kayaking down the highway in North Carolina. Photo Credit: Mark Wilson

Top Photo Credit: Eleanor Reid
Bottom Photo credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson

Published in Funny

The Fog. Flickr Photo Credit: spuzzum42

The Fog. Flickr Photo Credit: spuzzum42. Taken from our Flickr pool, "Sea Kayak Canada"

Do you have cool Canadian sea kayak photos you want to see here? Add it to our Flickr pool.

Published in Photography

Norway has been on my top 5 countries to visit for a long time so I was pleased to discover that I could go paddling there (at least in my head) without the uncomfortable plane ride.

The gang from World Wild Adventure recently put this video together:

Published in Video

Kayak sunset. Flickr Photo Credit: ArmyRugby

Kayak Sunset from the Flickr photo group, Sea Kayak Canada. Photo credit: ArmyRugby

Published in Photography
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:50

Sea Kayak Photo of the Moment: September 1

Sea kayaking at Iles de la Madeleine, QC - Flickr Photo Credit: Benoit Dery

Sea kayaking at Iles de la Madeleine, QC - Flickr Photo Credit: Benoit Dery

Did you know I run a flickr photo group specifically for sea kayaking in Canada? Submit or view Canadian sea kayak photos here.

Published in Photography

Taking on Water - Photo Credit: Duane Strosaker

Duane Strosaker from the website is counting himself lucky after he survived an attack by a great white shark back on Monday (August 2). The excitement occurred during a 7 nautical mile crossing back to Gaviota State Beach, CA. Around 12:40 a shark swam up beside him and gently took a big bite.

Published in General News
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