— Brinestorm


I’m gonna paddle my heart out in a 9.5-mile kayak race, the Sea Trek Regatta and ETC Paddle-A-Thon, on October 20 in the San Francisco Bay. All funds I raise will support Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC), who provides accessible outdoor adventure programs for people with disabilities and economically disadvantaged youth. Please donate to help out! Details below/after the jump.

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Photo simply stolen from People Magazine. Because I don’t care.

I’m super stoked that Russel Crowe is a kayaker, but apparently he needs some speed and navigational training. Because he needed the Coast Guard to help him out.

Now, the Coast Guard exists to help us paddlers out. Seriously happens to the best of us. But man, what kind of cheap-ass, rec-boat barge is that?!? Lookit that arm paddling in the photo. An embarassment. Mr. Crowe, call me, baby. Stroke instruction comes cheap.

Full story here.

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Welcome to Brinestorm, a playground for sea kayaking thoughts, reviews, stories, and opinions.

It will cover news, gear, and techniques. It will describe interesting trips. It will offer reviews. It will reflect on the state of sea kayaking as it is today.

It won’t diss European paddles, nor will it spare tuiliks from the occasional joke. It won’t wonder whether it’s spelled kayak or qajaq. It won’t badmouth calm-water paddlers or set extreme ocean whitewater badasses on pedestals. It won’t ignore the past, but it will strongly embrace the future. It will sometimes question what this pasttime is, what is is becoming, and why.

But sea kayaking is more than putting your paddle into the water. For me, it also involves equipment, technique, camping, eating, drinking, environmental stewardship, ludicrous behavior, and the deep relationship between humankind and the sea, in its myriad moods. Did I mention drinking?

So, please join me on this journey. It’ll be interesting, informative, silly, stupid, and salty. By making comments on posts and following @brinestorm on Twitter, you can join the conversation and help brainstorm the future of paddling the briny deep.

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