have been loved by smaller women paddlers (Anne at Kari-Tek). So Mike
made this for them. ""I'll have to endure being approached by lots of
women now" he said. Not complaining.
If you're not going, this is some of what you're missing. I'll blog what I can.
11:30 Preview and talk about "This is the Sea 4",
12:30 Upsidedown - a beginner's view of sea kayaking, Andy Kirkpatrick
13:30 Tall Tales from Short Boats - adventures, mis-adventures and 'great-escapes', Brian Wilson
14:30 Q&A with Brian Wilson
15:00 The Dudh Kosi, Dave Manby
16:00 Q&A with Dave Manby, Dave Manby
11:30 Pick of the Stands - Christmas Shopping List, Richard Turner (aka Biscuit)
12:30 Mechanics and principles of forward paddling - lessons learnt from Olympic disciplines, Barney Wainwright
13:30 Physical Preparation for Kayaking, Liz Bell
15:00 Outfitting an Open Boat, Paul Chapman
11:00 Preview and talk about "This is the Sea 4", Justine Curgenven
12:00 Surf kayaking in Morocco, Nathan Eades
13:00 Photography whilst paddling, Douglas Wilcox
14:00 Q&A with Douglas Wilcox
14:30 Never too old to learn something new, Fred Belcher
15:30 Tall Stories - Andy Jackson, a biography, Ron Cameron
11:00 Paddle making, James Homer
12:00 Tarpology - the "origami" of tarp, a secret art, Jed Yarnold
13:00 Traditional skin-on-frame kayaks , Bill Samson and Sean Gallagher
14:00 Q&A with Bill Samson and Sean Gallagher
14:30 Location aids and rescue, Anne Young and Rick Raeburn
I couldn't have guessed my next visit would be part of a programme designed to help those who are leaving. I'm attending a workshop called "setting up as a sole trader".
I remember my first course here in July 1983 as if it was yesterday.
Today feels exciting, scary and after twenty five years, rather momentous.
It's the Scottish Canoe Association's annual get together.
Check back over the weekend to find out what's happening. I'll use my
iPhone as last year neither the cabled network or wifi worked.
Why review this disc first? Surely this is the 'Bonus Disc'.
Well, for me this is the reason to buy This Is The Sea 4 because it has the best two kayak expedition films I've seen.
* Circumnavigating Haida Gwai (Queen Charlotte Islands)
* Circumnavigating New zealand South Island.
If Justine doesn't win an award for the New Zealand film I will eat my copy of the DVD. This is the best kayak expedition film I've seen and worth buying for this disc alone.
And there's more...
* Rock hopping in Baja
* Profile of Dubside, possibly better than, in Pacific Horizons?
* Kayak Fishing off San Diego
* Island Hopping the Bass Strait to tasmania
* Surfing standing waves on the Ottawa River with Justine genuinely scared (best bit on Disc One)
* Israel coastal paddling
* Norwegian paddlers showing off standing up, and Barry showing them how to surf a wave
* Lake Superior travelogue-ish
Some of these rank only 'OK' on my viewing pleasure-ometer. But Justine set the bar high with the short films in TITS3. And anyway, for me this is the bonus disc, not the other way around.
Buy it. Or better still, send this review to someone and get them to buy it for your Christmas present.
This Is the Sea 4 arrived today but I haven't yet had a chance to put it in the player.
Justine had a few problems with the master copies getting lost in the post and this one only reached her at 4pm yesterday. She's busy mailing out copies to European dealers and magazines as I write.
I can't wait to watch it.
My own particular moan is parking in cycle-lanes. The special paint used to mark out such lanes in Glasgow is very expensive. Yet by not enforcing parking in the lanes, cyclists are forced even further out into traffic.
Now, thank heaven, they're gone for another season. Yesterday the weather was rather evil for most of the morning. So I spent the day fixing up the new office.
Ikea office bits and pieces on the wall. Hardrives wired up into a system for editing. And the broadband finally working.
I'm not looking forward to the dark wet days ahead, but at least we won't get bitten as often.
A review copy should be heading my way in a week. There are preview clips on Justine's blog. Derrick has a great promo in better quality which takes a while to download but looks marvellous.
And if you want more, Justine is at Paddle 08 in Perth (Scotland) on the 25th and 26th of this month. She's on at 11:30 on the Saturday and 11:00 on the Sunday.
Anyone use a VW T5 van, or similar, without a KariTek? How hard is it to load boats with two people? I'm keen to hear in the comments or on this thread.