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Another video has been posted as part of Canoe & Kayaks Magazine’s ongoing Virtual Coaching series. This time Paul and Willa Mason show us some tips and ideas for how to pack for an overnight canoe trip with a bunch of clever tips. I love that guys very dry sense of humour. Even though he isn’t in a canoe the guy in the video below could take some pointers. For start, get that massive container of water down below deck so you are not so top heavy.
My friend Graham was digging around through some off-site storage at the Paddle Canada world headquarters when he stumbled upon a box of ancient VHF tapes labelled Canoe Canada. For the young kids out there; VHS was a format long before DVD’s that was good for movie rentals or to record that episode of The Dukes of Hazard you missed because you had to work Friday nights at McDonalds. But I digress... Not owning an actual VHS player; Graham shipped it off to the closest person he knew who had one which actually happened to be ½ way across the Canada in Alberta. The video was converted over to DVD and uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Canoe Canada was a ½ instruction ½ canoe promotion video that was funded by Paddle Canada and the Canadian National Search and Rescue Secretariat. Not sure of the exact date but we figure that Canoe Canada was produced in around the very late 1980’s or early 1990’s so it’s a great opportunity to see some really classic camping and paddling gear. I haven’t seen so much plaid jackets and bushy beards since...well, yesterday since they are both back in style with the cool kids here in Toronto. Here is the intro below to whet your appetite. When you are done, click through to the Paddle Canada site to see the last three parts. It’s some classic footage indeed.
Sunday, 29 May 2011 21:51

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.
The gang from The Hurricane Riders put together a pretty cool paddling clip yesterday. Not sure how they did it but they somehow turned a night paddle into a fancy art piece. You can see the spooky adventure below.
Nick Castro was wondering why many sea kayakers don’t wear helmets when playing or surfing in rough water so he decided to post a video on the topic. This half-public-service-announcement/half-ad-for-WRSI Helmets is jammed packed with short clips of paddlers almost getting bashed in the head on rocks or other boats. It’s all footage Nick has shot since September which makes me more think that they are just crazy bad paddlers. I kid! I kid. Anyways, I totally agree with Nick. If you are in lumpy water or on waves you should be wearing a helmet. Here is a link to a commentary I wrote on the issue way, way back in 2006 when I was just getting started around here. If you are one of those who don’t like to wear a helmet because it looks goofy then I posted a solution to your problem back in 2008. Get your dignity back by wearing a classy helmet cover like this bad boy below. The video is embeded below:
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