Though our sport is thousands of years old, it is rapidly growing and evolving right now. It is always interesting to know about new developments, new equipment, techniques, etc. As instructors and guides it is also good to keep up with any changes so that we present a knowledgeable and informative face to our clients.
Over the next few issues I will be attempting to present new and innovative equipment. If you know of, or are involved with anything that we (the paddling community) should know about, please contact me
Whats new in sea kayaking
NSW Canoeing is running a Sea Kayak Extravaganzaon Sunday September 26th at Billarong Reserve, Narrabeen. For further details contact Sally at NSW Canoeing on 02 9660 4597 or email email@example.com
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Epic Endurance 18
This boat is one of the new faster sea kayak designs that have been entering the market lately. The boats are a hybrid of surf skis, multi-sport boats and sea kayaks.
Advertised by Epic as a "high performance kayak for the intermediate to advanced paddler". Being the product of Greg Barton and Oscar Chalupsky (10 times world ocean racing champion) this should be (and is) a high performance ocean machine.
The boat was "unfortunately" tested on a perfect Sydney spring day with nothing that could be even remotely considered "extreme" to test it against. Initial thoughts are that this is a light, fast sea kayak with surprisingly good secondary stability. It responds well to catching boat wakes and to a small surf session. The seating position is comfortable with the ability to paddle with either splayed or centred knees.
The boat was not tested with an expedition load or in strong conditions.
Comment from a paddling novice
Comments in reply from Grant McDowell at Sydney Harbour Kayaks
We added the Epic Kayaks to our range primarily because we feel it is the perfect boat for Sydney paddling conditions. We also believe the Epic Endurance 18 suits the Sydneysider personality; beautiful lines that travel fast. Epic boats are available for test paddle 7 days a week from our shop at the Spit
Sea kayak/kayak rescue buoyancy aid, PFD type 2
Technical specifications; 500D Duratex outer fabric 25mm adjustable shoulder tabs, side tabs and waist belt Center zip and hinged front panel 4 front pockets, knife holder and rescue capability reflective panels front and back.
Test comments; The Liquid Life C is a very comfortable PFD for extended paddling. It has not caused any areas of chafe nor does it have any obvious pressure points. It has plenty of bouyancy, holding me high in the water and was comfortable for swimming . The test model had a quickrelease belt and cow tail which worked well for short tows. The belt is held over the centre of the lower pads and distributed towing pressure evenly across the lower torso. On the negative side the pockets are a bit tight for anything more than a muesli bar and signal mirror.
Note from a female paddler; "Torso rotation is the main component of all paddling strokes, therefore, PFD's must provide manoeuvrability. The LiquidLife C has a compact design, extra featues for Instructors and is light-weight. The multi panel front removes excess bulk and discomfort and is comfortable around the female chest. The vest hugs the lower ribs but allows complete upper body and arm movement WITHOUT rubbing"
Note; PFDs must match your body size and shape, we recommend that you carefully try any PFD before you buy. Be very careful with body length and ensure that it is still comfortabel when you are sitting in your craft, complete with spray deck and paddling clothing.
This is the sea, The first ever action sea kayak video
Billed as the first ever action sea kayak video, this group have obviously not seen the works of Larry Gray, Jeff Jennings and other Australian film makers. The video is however an interesting display of kayaking including footage of Malligiaq Padilla the Greenland national champion as well as names including Nigel Foster, Nigel Dennis and Chris Duff. This is not a training video, but it is worth a look on a quiet evening.
Kong "Paddle" Karabiner
This is a Karabiner specifically aimed at paddlers. It has a wide enough mouth to go over a paddle shaft, a wire gate system has improved corrosion resistance compared to traditional solid arms with internal spring systems. The karabiner has the strength to be used as part of your standard rescue gear (whitewater or sea).
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