Monday, 05 December 2011 23:14

New Expedition Skills DVD Trailer

There is a new instructional DVD coming out shortly called Expedition Skills by Olly Sanders and Nigel Robinson. It looks really interesting and as far as I can remember, it’s the first time that anybody has put out an instructional DVD focused exclusively on the fine art of planning larger and longer kayak trips. I think it’s great that somebody is tackling this topic. We have all read about major trips that have failed purely due to poor planning, poor gear decisions or poor trip partners (which probably kills more than people will admit!) Topics will include: Picking the Team Packing Tents, Food & Hydration Injury Prevention First Aid Wildlife Safety Cooking Sanitation According to the trailer it looks like Olly and Nigel have rounded up the who’s who of expedition paddlers and got them to contribute their wealth of knowledge. Contributors include: Trys Burke, Howard Jeffs, Ray Goodwin, Doug Cooper, Loel Collins and Nigel Dennis. It should be available for purchase January, 2012. More info:
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 22:31

Nature is Just Plain Awesome [Video]

Yep, awesome. Wired recently posted an article as to the science behind massive flocks of starlings and why they can all instantly turn at the same time.
  In the 11 years since the film, Classic Solo Canoeing was released it has become a classic. Now Becky Mason is about to release her follow-up, Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing. Becky Mason is truly one of the greats when it comes to demonstrating the amazing beauty of solo canoeing without making it look dorky. I’m looking at you freestyle people! (I kid, I kid! Kinda not...) No word on an actual release date yet but should be on the store shelves anytime soon.
The official trailer for the new instructional DVD, Sea Kayak Rescues was just posted on Kokatat’s Vimeo page today. It features Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme from Body Boat and Blade International as hosts and Bryan Smith from Reel Water Productions capturing all the excitement on film. Here is the description on the Vimeo page: [blockquote]World class sea kayak instructors Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme team up with award winning filmmaker Bryan Smith to produce Sea Kayak Rescues, a comprehensive, modern guide for easy, safe and effective kayak rescues. Using stunning slow motion to illustrate critical skills and exciting real time footage of rescues in tidal races, rough water and the open coast, this film sets a new standard in sea kayak instruction.[/blockquote] Sea Kayak Rescues Trailer from Kokatat Watersports Wear on Vimeo. I was sold in the first 30 seconds of the trailer. Look for it at your local paddling shop sometime in August. Thanks for @bryanhansel for the tip.
Here is the official trailer for the upcoming SUP film, That First Glide which explains the long history of Stand UP Paddling. Looks like a good film which should be out on DVD and limited theatrical release any time now. More info: That First Glide [Via: Atlantic Paddle Surfing]
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