Archive for the 'Links' Category

Kayaking in Kyushu

February 6, 2007

kyushu kayakers

6 years in Japan with a number of decent crossings, long expeditions and crazy 24 hours paddles mostly around Kyushu and Okinawa, Leanne and Rik Brezina’s blog is about Kayaking, climbing and mountainbiking.

Thanks to Skoogle for alerting me to their existance.

A Japanese blog

September 1, 2006

I got blogged about. (I like that this blogging thing tells you who is linking to you).

Here is the link and here is the image taken as we landed on Kinkasan:

me and nori

That’s me in the red boat Nori carrying the Shoreline.

After some initial confusion caused by the picture (taken by someone else) I figured out this is Nori’s blog (you can tell by the links to telemark skiing).

The title is “Sea Kayaking, beards and English”. Beyond that what it says is difficult to know – it’s all Japanese to me…

(Hi Nori – lets go kayaking soon!)

Sea kayaking in Scotland

August 9, 2006

beach
I am often asked by Japanese kayaking friends here in Japan, ‘Do many people Kayak in Scotland?’

In truth I don’t really know the answer. I’ve never kayaked there and the web presence of Scottish Kayakers isn’t huge (some links on the left bar). However the landscape in Scotland is very condusive and famous for kayaking so i would be surprised if it was not popular.

There are big surf beaches, tidal races (like at the Falls of Lora), exposed shorelines, protected bays and thousands of islands. It may be a bit of a cliche but many people say that the highlands of Scotland are one of the last true wildnernesses in Europe.

Rather than just point you off here I’ve posted a few of the wonderful images from that site to give you a flavour before you go:

cold

near crinan

surf

Knots

August 9, 2006

white

I was a boy scout. I was also a beaver, cub scout and venture scout. From the age of 8 to 18 I was a scout in some form or other and it was great. I did some great stuff; I went camping, kayaking and canoeing, sailing, scuba diving, cycling, rock climbing, snow holing and mountaineering. I also learned a lot of knots. Not all of them are still with me unfortunately, but I remember the bowline, sheet bend (which I thought for years was a sheep bend) all the hitches, figure eight, reef knot (square knot) slip and granny.

The best one that I forget is nicknamed the cowboy knot – that is secure when load is applied from one end but comes undone when pulled from the other. Can’t find it anywhere (don’t know its real name).

But I did find Grog’s site. Which has some simple and clear stop frame animations of knots. Very easy and has some good explanations and history.

A visitor to Japan? Want to sea kayak?

July 4, 2006

Are you coming to Japan as a tourist and want to sea kayak? Here are the limited resources I know about at the moment (I will update this post as I find out more ).

Next to Tokyo is Kanagawa prefecture which includes Yokohama city (in fact you’d be hard pressed to know where Tokyo ends and Yokohama begins). In Kanagawa is a tour school where they speak perfect English (I am told). I guess it will be easy to get there from Tokyo. Their website is only in Japanese but I suggest e-mailing them for an English response.

website is here e-mail: boomer at algaforest dot com

Nagoya is in Aichi on the border of Mie prefecture, near Nagoya is a small town called Ise (where the famous Ise Shrine is) which is also not a million miles from Osaka and Kyoto. Based in Ise and nearby Toba is a well known sea kayaker (Yoshikazo-san) and his company Paddlecoast. (They also build under license North Shore Kayaks). They speak English and I am going paddling with them at the end of July (I am excited and will post more of course). The website is only in Japanese.

website is here e-mail: paddleco at topaz dot ocn dot ne dot jp

I stumbled across this, a North American based adventure company which does a tour of Japan’s Inland Sea, at 6,500 dollars it’s pretty pricey…

There is an Outdoor Special Interest Group (OSIG) started and run by JETs which writes about outdoor activities in Japan. In my experience its not that great – tends to focus on mountain sports – but you can find some background information and places to stay.

A Japanese legend

June 27, 2006

Here is the website of a Japanese Kayaker (Greenlander?) that seems to be well known (linked to by a lot of blogging kayakers). The animations / drawings of various rolls are particularly good as is the information on building skin kayaks – I want to do this.

http://www.qajaqjpn.org/

 *EDIT*

This is the website of a group of greenland style kayakers in Japan: ‘qajaq’ as in the word for kayak in Greenlandic and Japan; jpn. There is also a qajaq usa. The good thing about the Japan site is the colourful English (Japanese have a way of sounding very friendly in English) and the animations / viedos done by Eiichi Ito, one of the members. The famous kayaker is from Greenland his name is Maligiaq and he is a champion kayaker and also kayak buildider. Do a search for him.

Amazing views

June 26, 2006

This site has some pictures which are indeed amazing. http://www.seapaddler.co.uk/photoAmazingViews.htm

A flying kayak

June 22, 2006

flyak

This is the flyak one of many ‘interesting’ human powered boats from this website. I stumbled over it while searching for a flying fish image for my trip report on father’s day.

the triak in elevation

And while we are on the word plays how about the triak? This is the kind of boat I had in mind when I first imagined myself ‘on the water’ : basically a traditional, polynesian outrigged canoe.

A brilliant use of 5k

June 20, 2006

Here is a website (that only works with IE) that you can use to pick colours for your website. As you may or may not know HTML requires colours to be reprsented in code form; so red = #FF0000, black = #000000, White = #FFFFFF etc. This website allows you to pick your colours. No need to install any software, no hassle, it just works. And it was written using just 5,120 bytes.
It is in my opinion, fantastic.