Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:21

Ocean Swells: The Storm Season is Upon Us!

Here in Ontario (as well as many other parts of the world), it is the beginning of the storm season. It's the time of the year that storms are magnified due to the cooler air and the warmer water below it. That differential in temperatures allows a lot more moisture and energy to be absorbed into the low pressure systems passing over head.For paddlers who are looking for bumpy conditions, it's the time to get out paddling.
Everybody does it but ask anybody who has gone camping in a Provincial or State Park and they will tell you that nobody knows how to do it right. It's always a mess and if you haven't had the "pleasure" of stumbling upon the toilet paper surprise, then you haven't lived!If your life goal is to start to poo like a pro, now is your chance.Spoiler Alert! For those who watch the entire video, you are rewarded with a visual treat that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Via:
Thursday, 17 January 2008 17:55

"Here & Now" Whitewater Kayak Video Teaser

The gang from Jackson Kayak have just released a trailer for a new whitewater kayaking film they have set to release this March. From the blog post: 'HERE & NOW' is a FIVEIGHTWO Films production, and is our first duplicated film. Well, ever since we started kayaking we have been making little videos, mostly showcasing our carnage and biggest moves; the only difference now is that we are showcasing each of our different styles, while doing our biggest moves and hardest lines, and of course some big hits. We have been working hard and playing hard for the past year to create this film, in the hopes of blowing your mind, getting a laugh, and showing you some sweet whitewater. The film cover three major sections: Quebec: The land of High volume rivers - one of the worlds best whitewater destinations. Newfoundland: The Easternmost land of North America, Newfoundland is teeming with Big Game and Wild Rivers. Niagara Gorge: The Famous Niagara Gorge holds some of the largest continuous whitewater on Earth, and the most illegal. It is a great looking film with the a good soundtrack to boot. Now if sea kayakers could only figure out how to get angles like this then we would have a real gem on our hands... View the trailer here:
Thursday, 10 January 2008 07:49

Antarctica Condition 1 Weather Video

If you think that your winter weather sucks where you live, consider the weather in Antarctica. This was filmed at McMurdo Station, where it is relatively sheltered by the surrounding hills. Down there they classify weather as Condition 3 (nice weather), Condition 2 (not so nice), or Condition 1... Having trouble viewing the video? Here is the direct link.
Friday, 26 October 2007 17:38

A Conversation with Derek Hutchinson Video

Dash Point Pirate recently released this interview with renowned paddler, designer and instructor, Derek Hutchinson. Filmed at the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Hutchinson talks about the BCU, kayak and paddle design, paddling in England and modern sea kayaking. It is a very interesting interview to watch. My first thought is that he sounds like an arrogant, bitter old man who is upset at the state of paddling today. There is a minor rant about the BCU as well as comments about how paddling in the UK is better than everywhere else in the world. Oh, yes apparently there is no need for asymmetric spoon blade paddles and everybody should still be paddling with a 90 degree feather. Watch for Kayak designer Matt Broze of Mariner Kayaks to make a funny appearance where he challenges Hutchinson's claim to fame of being the first person to put hatches in a glass boat. It's fantastic. Below are two articles where Matt is getting some of his history facts if you want to do some of your own research. Folding Boat History and the Modern History of Kayaking The early years - A history of the North American sea kayak industry Please don't get me wrong, I understand and acknowledge that he has made tremendous advancements to the sport of sea kayaking through the years and a lot of people seem to worship the ground he walks on but watching this interview was very interesting. To view the video, click the "Read More" link.
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