Author: Duncan

Sea Kayaking Photography Advice

I have been really impressed with the quality of the photographs on a number of sea kayaking blogs such as Sea Kayak Photo, Southwest Sea Kayaking, Simon Willis & Cailean’s Blog. In particular, the shots taken on the water. It’s got me thinking about what kit people use to take photos whilst paddling – point and shoot vs digital SLR and what people use to protect their equipment be it simple dry bags or dedicated weatherproof housings. Having no experience of this I’m putting a shout out for advice and information from readers of this...

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Southwest Sea Kayaking

South West Sea kayaking is the new guidebook from Pesda Press, written by Mark Rainsley. It is the first, in-depth guidebook for the Southwest coastline and Islands and has taken 12 months to research and produce. Mark is undoubtedly one of the great authorities on Sea Kayaking around then South West. He describes three great routes on one of Simon Willis’s podcasts and his blog is testament to his knowledge and obvious enjoyment of the excellent paddling available in the Southwest. The guidebook is, to be blunt, outstanding. Having a large collection of 80’s/early 90’s climbing and walking guides I was expecting to find a similar black and white, text heavy book with hand drawn maps. More fool me! The layout and quality of the guidebook is superb. Fantastic colour cartography, clear and interesting colour photographs and a modern, crisp, clean design combine to make this a visual feast. The content is as impressive. Concise and accurate when it needs to be, yet in depth enough to provide the information needed. Each section begins with an overview of key info such as grade, distance, tidal information, start/finish points and coastguard details. Mark then skillfully describes the route in detail. These descriptions cover a range of information. From anecdotes and history to geology and wildlife. He does this with a great sense of humour which raised more than a couple...

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Ocean Paddler Magazine

It’s been a while since I bought any sort of Kayaking/canoeing magazine, having tired slightly of an abundance of play boat reviews and white water heavy content. Then a recent trip to the Woodmill Shop opened my eyes to a relatively new publication – Ocean Paddler Magazine.   The magazine is amazing quality, packed full of superb photographs and interesting articles from a host of well known sea paddlers. The layout is clean, crisp and modern and from a design standpoint could grace any style conscious coffee table. To date the feedback from readers has been excellent. To quote the publishers: Aimed solely at the ocean paddler and published 12 times a year by ‘Masik Publishing’, Ocean Paddler’s 84 pages includes trip and expedition reports, technique articles, reviews, guides, interviews and much, much more.  At present, Ocean Paddler is looking to establish itself and build a regular readership. As editor Graham comments: Rich and I are putting everything we can into making this a valued resource for the sea kayaking community, and for us it’s all about givng you all a top quality sea kayaking magazine which does justice to what we all get out of sea kayaking. And congratulations go to Graham & Richard for achieving their aim to date. Ocean Paddler is currently available direct or via most good kayaking retailers. If you’re quick, you may even...

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Review Yak Quanta Paddling Trousers

Salopette style with high bib, re-enforced knee and seat areas, neoprene ankle seals, thigh pockets and fleece lined chest pocket. The Yak Quanta paddling trousers have just replaced my 12 year old ‘pink’ Yak salopettes! These paddling trousers already feel as if they will be as durable and reliable as their predecessors and in the more common ‘black’ material don’t cause such a stir when I pull them out of the kit bag. The Quantas are made from a combination of Yaks Tri300 breathable fabric with RMR400 fabric protecting the knees and seat area. The seams are well taped and the finish of the trousers is excellent. The ankle seal are neoprene with velcro adjustment to get a tighter seal, however they will never be water tight and for that you would need to look at a pair of semi-dry trousers. The fleece lined chest/hand-warmer pockets are more suitable for use on the shore or when used in other paddling disciplines such as open canoeing. Similarly, at first glance the thigh cargo pockets may lack usefulness during a paddle but loading/unloading the car, or around camp in the evening they do come into their own and are very spacious. There are some nice touches such as small drainage hole in the knee/seat protection to let water drain out, key clips inside the cargo pockets and waterproof zips on the...

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Dorset Routes Podcast

Simon Willis of Sea Kayak Routes podcast recently posted this interview with Mark Rainsley, author of the awesome South West Sea Kayaking Guide and accompanying blog. It describes 3 routes along the Dorset coast, which can be undertaken as seperate trips, or combined to form one route. [audio:http://homepage.mac.com/simon.willis/PodcastLibrary/Dorset.mp3] If you enjoy this podcast you should head over to the Sea Kayak Routes Podcast Library where he has recorded and posted a huge range of interviews. You can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes or similar software to ensure receive new podcasts as soon as they are...

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