Once you've found the perfect kayak for you, and you're ready to go kayaking, there's one other thing that you need to learn about first. You need to know how to take care of your kayak, otherwise, you may find that your kayak doesn't last nearly as long as you would like it to.
Once you've found the perfect kayak for you, and you're ready to go kayaking, there's one other thing that you need to learn about first. You need to know how to take care of your kayak, otherwise, you may find that your kayak doesn't last nearly as long as you would like it to. Considering how much kayaks tend to cost, this should definitely be a priority for you.
One thing that you should keep in mind regarding kayak maintenance is that like most things, a little bit of prevention can go a long way. As a result, you should make sure that you do a little bit of regular maintenance on your kayak. This way, you'll be able to keep your kayak nice, and you won't have to worry about doing a lot of maintenance all at once when something breaks.
First, you should always make sure that you wash your kayak regularly. This will help keep it clean, and will also make sure that you can see if there is anything on the kayak that could cause problems later. This is especially important if you are kayaking in salt water, since the salt can corrode parts of your kayak. You should also make sure that you rinse the inside of your kayak as well if any salt water got inside.
You should make sure that your kayak does not have any holes in it, too - and you can do this before you find yourself sitting in a leaking kayak out at sea. All you have to do is put a flashlight inside of the kayak and cover the cockpit. Then put the kayak in a dark room. If you see any areas of light then that means that you have a crack in your kayak. This is the best way for you to decide if you have a crack in your actual kayak instead of just in the paint. Cracks in the paint will make your boat look worse than it is, but they won't do any real structural damage to your kayak.
Finally, if you don't want your paint to fade and you're worried about the boat warping at all, then you should store it indoors and out of the sun temperature changes.
Source: Jakob Jelling - ArticlesFactory.com
Paddle boarding with the kids on your board makes for a great experience on activity holidays for families. We’ve got some tips before you head out.
If paddle boarding is your passion, you may be looking forward to the day when your kids are old enough to join you out on the water. Activity holidays for families are so much more fun when everyone can participate, and paddle boarding is no different!
The good news is, once your children are at least two years of age, you will be able to take them out with you on your board! But first, here are some tips before you go.
Equipment & Safety
Before taking your kids out onto your paddleboard, make sure your board is the right size for the weight of you and your little ones combined. Otherwise, it’s going to be challenging to balance, turn and steer efficiently. We recommend you take one or two kids between the ages of two and six out on the paddleboat with you, with older children on their own child’s paddleboard.
Because the paddle boarding and surfing culture are closely related, life jackets are not always worn by paddlers. However, we always encourage life jackets to be worn during activity holidays for families who plan on spending time in the water. It is imperative your kids wear lifejackets, even if they are strong swimmers and even if you choose to forgo wearing one yourself. If the paddleboard were to flip over (and it probably will at some point), your young ones will end up in the water, and possibly unexpectedly. Life jackets will help them to stabilise themselves in the water quickly.
To start, choose an area in the water that is calm, free of waves and wind, and away from other water activities. It is best to seat your kids on the board in very shallow water and get them comfortable before moving out deeper. Place them in front of the middle point of the board, and let them get used to the tippy feeling in the water by encouraging them to move from a seating position to kneeling, and then back to seating.
Then it’s your turn to climb onto the back of the board in a kneeling position to start, until you and your young ones get balanced and are feeling comfortable, before standing and paddling out into deeper water.
Add to the fun of a day paddle boarding by bringing along a few sand toys for your little ones to play with while on the board, to keep them from getting restless or bored. Snacks are always a must for any activity holidays for families, so don’t forget to pack some nutritious food to curb hunger, as well as water. Of course, be sure to bring all empty containers and wrappers back on land so as to keep the water free of garbage.
You really don’t have to wait for your kids to grow up before enjoying a day of paddle boarding with them! They will love being out with you on your board and will look forward to the day when they too can paddle on their own beside you.
Source: Richard Edwards, Articles Factory
The introduction of kayak fishing hand paddles has revolutionized the paddle sports industry. Paddle sportsmen are enthusiastically embracing kayak fishing hand paddles to remain competitive. Kayak fishing hand paddles provide a simple and stealthy capability to fish, hunt or photograph.
Since the introduction of kayak fishing hand paddles, paddle sports, particularly the sports of kayak fishing, hunting and photography has embraced these simple, yet indispensable paddling accessories with open arms. Having open arms, at least free hands, while fishing, hunting of taking pictures is what every paddle sportsman desires. Paddle sportsmen want to focus on one thing and one thing only. They want success in getting close enough to catch, capture or photograph their prey. The last thing a paddle sportsman wants to do is scare their prey away, or not be at the ready, before they have the opportunity to perform.
Kayak fishing hand paddles make it much easier to keep fishing, hunting or your subject within the camera view finder without spooking your elusive prey. The problem all paddle sportsmen encounter is how to stealthily maneuver their boat within close proximity while still accomplishing their mission!
Compact and lightweight, kayak fishing hand paddles allow you to stow those bulky, seven foot kayak paddles. Simply keep an eight ounce kayak fishing hand paddles between your legs, or within easy reach, and with one hand, stealthily move your boat to within range without ever setting down your fishing rod, gun or camera. Now you can easily fish, hunt and photograph while moving your boat!
Previously, the kayak sportsman got as close as he could with his seven foot kayak paddles. Once on target, he commenced to do what he came to do. As we know, wildlife becomes very skittish when man, whom they view as a predator, enters their protected domain. The natural tendency of wildlife is to move away from their predator, with stealth if possible. The more action you provide in your approach, the faster and further they flee. Wildlife often watch with intrigue as you approach from a distance, however, encroaching into their fight or flight zone, wariness ensues. Flailing seven foot kayak paddles while in close proximity to wildlife is tantamount to certain failure. They will soon be gone.
Kayak anglers continually find it necessary to stealthily move their kayak short distances to stalk their prey. Fish are always on the move. Facing a common dilemma as how to keep fishing, move your boat and not scare prey away, became problematic. Having to break out their seven foot kayak paddle and lay down their fishing rod just to move their kayak a few yards put them in jeopardy of losing sight or frightening away their prized lunker. Fish have eyes, and believe me, those eyes are always looking for predators. No matter how stealthy you are while flailing seven foot kayak paddles, it is surely to grab their attention and send your prize darting away.
Duck hunters find kayaks as the ultimate method of quietly sneaking across lagoons, lakes or ponds. Getting your boat situated in the reeds or cat tails, sliding into a blind or silently slithering along the surface is paramount to successful duck hunting. Turning your boat for the correct presentation to aim your gun without sending the flock flying is easier said than done. Again, having to break out your seven foot kayak paddle and setting down your gun to attempt a stealthy maneuver without scattering the flock is a challenge most duck hunters wish to avoid.
Water fowl, shore birds and marine mammals live in a very dynamic environment and are particularly hard to photograph unless you have a plan, or a huge telephoto lens. Kayak photography has taken off as the innovative method for obtaining those natural habitat photos of wildlife. Half the battle of getting that perfect photograph is being in the right place at the right time. Paddle sportsman, particularly paddle photographers, are taking advantage of the stealth that kayaks provide in locating and snapping that once in a lifetime shot. However, just like fish and ducks, marine wildlife is easily spooked by flailing objects. Breaking out those seven foot kayak paddles to maneuver closer for your shot is a guarantee that your subject will be spooked. Photograph missed.
Kayak fishing hand paddles provide the ultimate opportunity for paddle sportsmen to stealthily maneuver their boat in any scenario. Whether you are kayak angler, duck hunter, or paddle sports photographer, having the capability to stealthily maneuver your boat determines whether you become a player or get skunked.
Kayak fishing hand paddles simply allow you to put away those awkward kayak paddles, stealthily move your kayak one-handed and successfully keep fishing, hunting or shooting photos.
Red Bull Partners with World Surf League in Global, Multi-Tour DealThe World Surf League (WSL) announced the Red Bull Airborne Series, a three-event specialty series that highlights aerial surfing.
After the success of the Red Bull Airborne specialty event in France last year, WSL will launch the new Red Bull Airborne Series in three locations: Gold Coast in Australia, Keramas in Bali, and Hossegor in France.
2019 Red Bull Airborne Schedule
"After the success of the Red Bull Airborne France in 2018, we are excited to launch the Red Bull Airborne Series," said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. "Thanks to Red Bull's support, we can now launch Red Bull Airborne events on the Gold Coast, in Keramas, and in Hossegor. Additionally through this partnership, Red Bull will activate against the WSL's unique Championship Tour and Big Wave properties to engage both consumers and athletes. By working closely with Red Bull, their innovation and support will help us further elevate and promote the sport."
The Red Bull Airborne Series will launch in conjunction with a global partnership between WSL and Red Bull. The three-year partnership through 2021 sees Red Bull as the official energy drink of the Championship Tour (CT), Big Wave Tour (BWT), and Big Wave Awards.
The partnership between WSL and Red Bull will not only offer fans new original content that will take viewers behind-the-scenes at WSL events but will also provide onsite activations for fans at CT and Red Bull Airborne events. The partnership will also include enhanced areas for competitors with additional training equipment.
The Red Bull Airborne Series will feature an 18-surfer field across two rounds. The first round will host six qualifying heats with six surfers in each heat. The second round will be the six-person Final. All three events will run in conjunction with the 2019 Championship Tour stops on the Gold Coast, in Keramas, and in Hossegor.
Josh Kerr (AUS), former CT surfer and universally-regarded as one of the most progressive aerialists in the history of surfing, is one of the co-developers of the Red Bull Airborne Series and will serve as Competition Director. Kerr views the Red Bull Airborne as the first step towards providing tomorrow's surfers with a new platform for innovative expression in the water.
Red Bull has a rich history in surfing dating back nearly 25 years and is synonymous with athletes, creative projects, groundbreaking events, and content. Red Bull has entered into a long-term global partnership with the WSL to continue to strengthen and solidify its footprint in surfing globally.
Fans can watch the Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast during the opening stop on the 2019 Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast, from April 3 - 13, 2019 on WorldSurfLeague.com. Also, check local listings for coverage from WSL's broadcast partners.
Learn more about the Red Bull Airborne Series
Club Outrigger Whitsunday wins 13 medals at National Sprint Titles, competes in Takapuna Beach Cup New Zealand
Club Outrigger Whitsunday wins 13 medals at National Sprint Titles
Members of Club Outrigger Whitsunday of Airlie Beach, North Queensland, were highly successful at the National Sprint Titles held at the Sunshine Coast (Feb 1st to 3rd), with a medal tally of two gold, ten silver and one bronze medals won by senior members of the team over the three-day competition. A further two Silver and one Bronze medals were won by junior members.
Organised by the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA), the event was held at Lake Kawana, home to AOCRA on the Sunshine Coast.
Members of Club Outrigger Whitsunday contested events in V1 (rudderless canoe), OC1 (ruddered canoe) and OC6 and V12 (six and 12 paddlers) over sprint distances of 250, 500 and 1000 metres, in the categories of the Junior, Senior and Golden Masters Divisions.
Club Outrigger Whitsunday Senior and Golden Masters team members included Tanya Faust, Michelle Lynes, Maree Mullett, Mark Bell, Glen Bray, Sean England, Geoff Harrison, Terry Kemp, Henry Mauri and Joe Wilson. Coby and Ella Doblo of the Club Outrigger Whitsunday Juniors competed in the under 12 categories in the OC1, V1 & V12 events.
Team members won Gold medals for the 12-person Golden Master mixed 500m V12 sprint event and Silver medals for the Senior Master mixed 500m and 1000m sprint event. The team also won a Bronze medal for the OC6 Golden Master Mens 1000m sprint.
Michelle Lynes won a silver medal for the Senior Master Women’s OC1 500m sprint event, with team member Joe Wilson winning a further Silver medal for the Senior Master Mens V1 solo sprint event and also Gold in the Senior Master Mens OC1.
Coby Doblo of the Club Outrigger Whitsunday Juniors won a Silver medal in the under 12 boys 250m OC1 Sprint event. Coby also teamed up with the Gold Coast Outrigger Canoe Club junior team to compete in the V12 250m sprint event where they scored a further Silver medal. Ella Doblo competed in the OC1 250m sprint event winning a Bronze medal, also teaming up with the Redcliffe Outrigger Canoe Club under 12 years V12 sprint event, winning a Bronze medal.
Club Outrigger Whitsunday achieved ninth overall position out of 25 clubs competing at the National Sprint Titles, the highest ranking the club has achieved at this annual event.
“It was a great result for the club which faced the highest levels of competition from some of the leading Outrigger Clubs in the country,” said Mark Bell of the Club Outrigger Whitsunday team, who also competed in the event.
“Competition was very strong with only 1.3 seconds separating the first five team placings in the OC6 Senior Masters event,” added Mark.
Newcomers interested in outrigger paddling are invited to enjoy an introduction to the sport and to meet members of the club on February 20th at Shingley Beach from 05.30pm onwards.
Club Outrigger Whitsunday wishes to thank its major sponsors of Abell Point Marina and Reef Cool Air Conditioning of Airlie Beach for their valued and continued support.
Hometown Heroes Merewether Surfboard Club Win 2019 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series National Final In Newcastle
The Merewether Surfboard Club has taken out the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final in front of a huge home crowd at Newcastle Beach. A massive field of 70 clubs was whittled down to 24 for the final weekend, which saw Merewether eventually claim it’s first national title in fun 2-to-4 foot waves.
In the final team heat of the day, Merewether came up against former two-time champs Snapper Rocks Surfriders, an inform North Shelly Boardriders and event dark horse North Shore Boardriders. After falling just short of the win at last year’s event and losing two of their top surfers to injury this year, Merewether came into the event with relaxed expectations. The shift in attitude seemed to help them as Jesse Adam, Mike Clayton-Brown, Philippa Anderson, Mitchell Ross and Morgan Cibilic brought home their clubs first ABB title.
“This is the best day ever,” Said Merewether Surfboard Club President Jesse Adam. “All of the team members are such legends I can’t believe how proud I am of them all. We had two of our guys pull out of the team with injuries so we had a different lineup to normal and came in with low expectations. After coming so close a few times and feeling the heartbreak of just missing the win, this has made it all worth it – and to do it at home is so sick.”
Merewether’s Philippa Anderson was a standout all event, posting solid scores to help her team to the Final. Fresh off a win at the first QS1,000 of the year, Anderson hopes this experience will spur on her to more success in 2019.
“This has been such a cool weekend,” Anderson said. “I had a lot of my friends here on the beach so the support was so awesome. Merewether has such a deep pool of talented surfers so replacing Ryan (Callinan) and Jackson (Baker) was never going to be an issue. I don’t think there is as much pressure at any other surfing event so winning is definitely a good learning curve for me. I hope this event comes back to Newcastle every year – it’s so fun.”
2019 Women’s Championship Tour Rookie Macy Callaghan made nudie Boardriders Battle Final history, representing her club North Shelly Boardriders as the team ‘Power Surfer,’ the first time this has been done by a female. Callaghan did her team proud putting on strong performances every time she hit the water and was thrilled with how her team had another ABB final finish.
“When it was suggested that I surf as the Power Surfer I was a bit hesitant, but everyone in the club supported the decision and had faith it would work. There’s definitely a lot of pressure to perform when surfing for your club, but the guys from North Shelly all have me their support.”
Other standouts during the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final included Sophie McCulloch (North Shore) who won the Layne Beachley Medal for best female performance and Liam O’Brien (Burleigh) who won the Rabbit Bartholomew Medal for top male.
National Final Results:
1st Merewether Surfboard Club (NSW) 36.00 points
2nd North Shelly Boardriders Club (NSW) 32.00 points
3rd North Shore Boardriders Club (QLD) 27.90 points
4th Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club (QLD) 25.10 points
Rabbit Bartholomew Medal – Liam O’Brien
Layne Beachley Medal – Sophie McCulloch
AirAsia Air of The Event Award – Connor O’Leary
AirAsia AirShow Winner – Alistair Reginato
Oakley Prizm Award – Carl Wright
nudie Junior Spirit Award – Lennox Chell
Woolworths Fresh Wave Award – Taj Stokes
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots boardriders event, involving more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs. Taking place across eight state qualifying rounds, 24 qualifying clubs will come together at the National Final in Newcastle in February to decide who’ll be crowned Australia’s best boardriding club.
The series is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL World Tour surfers (Men & Women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective State qualifying events and the National Final.
The 2018/19 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by nudie, Woolworths, Hyundai, AirAsia, Summer Bright Lager, Drink Wise, 2XP, LocalSearch, WSL, MySurf.Tv, Fox Sports, The City of Newcastle, The NSW Government Visit NSW and Surfing Australia.
THE INDONESIAN SURF TRIP IS A FAVOURITE FOR MOST SURFERS, AND NOT WITHOUT GOOD REASON
Words by Christian 'Wispy' Barker
Photos by Stefan Jose and Charlie Cullen
Last October McTavish Surfboards sent McTavish ambassador Christian 'Wispy' Barker and filmmaker Stefan Jose to Sumatra to catch a promising swell looming on the horizon. They hit the streets of Medan, ended up scoring at a not-to-be-named right and came back with this beautiful short film 'SEEK'. Stop what you're doing and dive right in.
The tropical archipelago is pretty much a sure thing and this trip was no different, except for the fact I got to bring my mate along, who just happens to be one of Australia’s best cinematographers: Stefan Jose.
Like many before us, we set out to make a surf film in Indo, but also to showcase the culture and natural beauty of the place, with Stefan behind the lens. We chose the palm tree-littered isles of Sumatra and the gritty streets of the northern capital, Medan.
North Sumatra had been on my radar for a while. I’d researched the waves as much as possible, trawling YouTube clips, talking to friends, anything to help me choose the right quiver for the mission. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough to work with Ben McTavish—son of Bob McTavish, and an outstanding surfer and shaper—over the past few years. As soon as I mentioned my plans, I could see his brain ticking over, intuitively dissecting the boards he was going to shape for me. The chosen boards were a 4’11” ‘Vinnie Craig’ keel twin fin, a 5’3” ‘Slip’ twin + 1, and a 6’I” ‘Stewart St’ thruster step up. After working with Ben on these shapes for a year, I was itching to get them into Indonesian waters.
Four flights and 50kg of excess luggage later, we made it to our final stop: a secluded island off the coast of Sumatra. It’d been a nail-biting experience getting there—if one piece of the baggage puzzle went missing it would have meant a fail for the whole trip.
I’d watched a decent swell generate off the bottom tip of Africa and move through the Indian Ocean in the weeks prior, so to arrive and be met by the smallest surf the locals had seen in months was a bit of a letdown. But the swell eventually arrived as predicted, and a couple of memorable days at a not-to-be-named right will be etched in my memory for life. (Special thanks to Aura resort, whose crew made sure we were always in the right place at the right time).
As for the filmmaker, his health and equipment were not coping well with the conditions. Stefan copped a bulging disk not long before the trip, leaving him at half pace in the ocean and on land. On top of that, he picked up a rogue flu that had been circulating through the camp, and equipment failure resulting from the intense heat and humidity almost derailed the mission, forcing Stef to check and fix gear on the fly while in extreme pain. Full respect to the man who still nailed the clips and stills again and again. This trip really opened my eyes as to what it takes to make a high-quality surf flick.
Returning to Aus with three weeks till deadline, we got straight to work on the edit. A storyline unfolded as the film took on a darker tone. Words were needed to beef up the production, so I went home and put pen to paper to see what I could come up with. The result was a poem of sorts, describing the trip’s twists and turns, and we got our old friend Benny Owen to narrate, which worked an absolute treat. Stefan went above and beyond with filming, editing, producing, colour grading, and sound design on the whole project, and all with the bout of typhoid he picked up on the way through Bali.
The result was SEEK. Months of hard work and incredible surf condensed down into 13-minutes, created in the hopes of inspiring you to get out there, see more, and scratch that itch that lurks deep within us all. Huge thanks to McTavish for making this all possible, Aura Resort for the awesome hospitality, our man Benny Owen, and everyone who supported us along the way and showed up for all the screenings. We hope you enjoy.
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After a hugely successful event in 2018 and many years before it, the Burleigh Pro will return in 2019 better than ever – renamed as the Gold Coast Open presented by Flight Centre. The event is a World Surf League (WSL) QS 1,500 rated event, and will run over 6 full days from the 7th to the 12th of May.
Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates is excited about the name change.
“Re-naming the Burleigh Pro allows for countless new possibilities,” said Yates. “The potential for the event to grow into something much larger and well-known is sure to become evident with the re-brand. With the increase in WSL Qualifying Series rating points from 1,000 to a 1,500, as well as the inclusion of the WSL Pro Junior event, skateboarding event and live music, there’s potential for the Gold Coast Open to become internationally renowned.”
Previous winners of the Gold Coast Open presented by Flight Centre (formerly Burleigh Pro) include names like Taj Burrow, Julian Wilson, Dimity Stoyle, Owen Wright, Kobie Enright, Mitch Crews and Isabella Nichols. The event is known for attracting surfers from all corners of the globe including Indonesia, North America, France, Brazil and Japan.
Previous event winner and 2018 World Surf League (WSL) number 2 ranked surfer in the world Julian Wilson (Coolum Beach, QLD) holds fond memories of the event.
“Burleigh is one of the jewels of the East Coast and I think it’s really cool that there’s a QS there,” said Wilson. “That year when I did it and had success was a nice jolt to kick my year off in the right direction.”
Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Gold Coast was world-renowned for its surf breaks and beach lifestyle.
“Burleigh is a wonderful home for this event, and the name change will bring the global appeal of one of Australia’s most recognisable tourism destinations with it,” Ms Jones said.
“Hosting the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games cemented our position as a world-class event host and I look forward to welcoming talented surfers from around the world to the 2019 Gold Coast Open.”
This year will again host an open Men’s and Women’s division, as well as the introduction of the Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s event. As an added value, attendees can look forward to other attractions including live bands, skateboarding event and Mother’s Day sunrise yoga sessions.
To stay up to date with any news regarding to the 2019 Gold Coast Open presented by Flight Centre, head to www.surfingqueensland.com.au.
Hi Paddle Fans,
This year you will notice some considerable differences in the magazine. The name change for starters is a dead giveaway that we have branched out a little from Kayak Fishing for BLADE.
Through our research over the last year and discussions with you, the readers, we have concluded that there was a place in the market for a dedicated paddle sports magazine.
This is from where BLADE Paddle Culture Magazine has emerged. Through months of discussions and negotiations, we chose to leave the old BLADE Kayak Fishing Journal behind and open up the brand to a whole new level of culture, offering you now the ultimate guide to paddle culture in Australia, and across the world.
Paddling is a massive part of kayak fishing of course, and most people who love kayak fishing, also love other paddle sports. So, now we will cover everything from kayak fishing to extreme kayak racing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Prone Paddle Racing, Surfski Racing, Foiling, Surfing and the adventure that surrounds it all. We hope you enjoy our new direction as much as we enjoyed putting this magazine together.
Shane Downey, Editor.
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Local anglers and recfishing tourists will soon benefit from a new safe fishing experience off Esperance, with the State Government's latest artificial reef now fully installed.
The 150 tonne reef, made up of 128 concrete modules, has been deployed over an area twice the size of the Ports Football Oval in Esperance. Community volunteers helped construct the modules which are now positioned across more than 11,000 square metres of seabed.
Located about five kilometres south-east of Bandy Creek in an area with good access for small craft, it will provide a convenient and safe location for fishers. The artificial reef will create a new ecosystem and marine food web for nearshore, demersal and pelagic finfish species.
The project received $595,000 of funding from the State Government through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund and Regional Grants Scheme.
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said, "Like other artificial reef projects around WA, it won't be long before fishers are hooking into the benefits the new Esperance artificial reef are expected to provide. This will be another chance for Recfishwest's successful 'Reef Vision' citizen science program to monitor how various fish species are using the artificial reef. Through the program, the community will be armed with Baited Remote Underwater Video cameras, similar to what volunteers in the South-West, Mandurah and Exmouth are already using to keep an eye on their artificial reefs. This project, funded from recreational fishing licence money, will also provide a boost to recfishing tourism in the Esperance region - which will in turn support the local economy."
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, "This project has helped the Esperance economy, with all construction materials and labour procured locally, and we applaud the spirit of the local volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to pour the concrete to build the reef modules. The innovative design will attract fish within hours, and by 12 months will also be home to algae and sponges that will colonise the specially designed modules. Recfishwest and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have supported the reef and it's been funded through fishing licence fees and WA's Regional Grants Scheme, with benefits that will not only help the local community but also Esperance tourism."
New figures show that Rottnest Island continues to attract a record numbers of visitors to its shores with 769,000 people arriving via ferry, boat or aircraft in 2018.
The 15 per cent record increase in visitor numbers can be attributed to extra ferry services, successful marketing campaigns, celebrity visitors and quokka selfies.
Visitation is expected to trend upwards with the completion of Discovery Rottnest Island at Pinky Beach in February.
Discounted admission fees for day return travellers catching a ferry after midday through January and February will also provide a further boost to visitor numbers.
This summer there has never been more activities for visitors with eight new recreational offerings available, ranging from water activities, boat cruising or grabbing a bite to eat at Wadjemup Lighthouse.
WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said, "The McGowan Government's drive to diversify the recreational offerings and approve developments on Rottnest has led to the island's biggest boom period in both visitors and in new investments. This year will see the opening of Discovery Rottnest Island, which will provide an eco-friendly and unique accommodation option, while construction on the Hotel Rottnest will significantly increase accommodation options. The new resorts coupled with existing accommodation options and the expansion of attractions on the island ensure Rottnest's appeal will continue into the future."
The McGowan Government's personal shark deterrent program, which began in May 2017, has enabled Western Australians to access a $200 rebate on scientifically proven devices through registered retail outlets.
At the start of the program, one device qualified for the subsidy - this was the FREEDOM7™. A second device, the FREEDOM+ Surf, was added to the program a year later (May 2018) after university testing showed it significantly reduced the risk of an encounter with a shark.
Last month, the shark deterrent subsidies were extended by a further 500 with $100,000 committed as part of the McGowan Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy.
In the lead up to Christmas, demand grew with 375 devices purchased over the festive period.
Of the 3,000 devices claimed so far about 400 devices have been purchased by surfers, while divers have snapped up the rest of the subsidised devices.
Personal deterrents for surfers and divers help Western Australians bring their sea sense to the beach and stay safe. The Sea Sense campaign, aims to inform ocean users how best they can use the strategies that are in place to help stay safe and enjoy the beach with confidence.
SharkSmart's shark activity map has been improved as part of the campaign. This is the place for water users to get information about shark sightings, tagged shark detections, alerts and safety features at WA beaches.
Water users are urged to help each other by reporting shark sightings to the Water Police on 9442 8600. This ensures that SharkSmart and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter service can alert the community, and beach managers can close beaches if necessary.
Comments attributed to Acting Fisheries Minister Roger Cook:
"It is fantastic to see more than 3,000 Western Australian surfers and divers taking greater personal responsibility for their safety by purchasing a scientifically proven device.
"These devices can be used anywhere, anytime to significantly improve a surfer or diver's personal safety.
"This is why we encourage anyone who has not yet bought a device to consider purchasing one, with a little under 500 subsidies remaining in the program.
"Personal shark deterrents are just one way that ocean users can use their sea sense to keep safe at the beach. Swimming between the flags and checking the SharkSmart.com.au website before heading to the beach are some other practical things we can all do to keep WA beaches safe.
"This summer use your sea sense to have a great time at our beautiful beaches."
Iconic Surfing Brand Renews Sponsorship of Australian Championship Tour Event Through 2021Coolangatta, QLD / AUS - The World Surf League (WSL) has announced a renewal of their partnership with Quiksilver as the Title Sponsor of the opening event of the men's WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, for the next three years (2019, 2020, 2021).
For over 17 years, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has launched the WSL CT each season, welcoming the world's best surfers to the famed break of Snapper Rocks and acting as a barometer for the World Title. This announcement will ensure the continuation of one of the Championship Tour's most high-performance stops, as well as WSL's strong relationship with Quiksilver.
"Quiksilver is a truly iconic brand in surfing and we are thrilled that they are extending their sponsorship of the Gold Coast contest for the next three years," said WSL CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt. "Their continued commitment and support of the historic event at Snapper Rocks allows us to deliver a fantastic start to the season. We are very excited about the future of this event and to further strengthen our long-standing partnership with Quiksilver."
This announcement solidifies a commitment from Quiksilver to this event for a continuous 20 year period.
Quiksilver Brand Manager Garry Wall said, "As part of our 50th year anniversary in 2019 and the continued resurgence of our brand, we are excited to extend our long-term commitment to the Gold Coast event. Quiksilver was founded by creating the boardshort category so to provide a platform for the best surfers in the world to perform in such a globally iconic wave fits perfectly for our brand. We are excited to have six surfers representing our brand on the 2019 tour, representing six different nationalities. Quiksilver is committed to developing the boardriding culture at all levels and partnering with the WSL at this elite level is key for the generations to come."
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will run from April 3 - 13, 2019 and open the men's Championship Tour season.
A Darwin fisho is celebrating a bit of late festive cheer after reeling in a tagged $10,000 Barra from the barrage at Shady Camp.
Travis Stevens caught the highly sought after Barra while fishing with a mate during his week off from work.
“This is an awesome start to the year. It will definitely help cover any left over Christmas bills,” Travis said.
“I’m a born and bred Territorian and have entered the comp every year since it started.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the tag. It went from very calm to a bit frantic and nerve wracking when I realised it might have been the Million Dollar Fish.
“I work on a remote NT mine with a heap of guys from Queensland who are always talking about wanting to catch a tagged fish. A heap of guys have actually come up to the Top End solely to go fishing to try and get the big one. I can’t wait to tell them!
“I’m going to share the money with my mate and I’ll probably spend most of the rest fixing up the boat, beers and more fishing.”
Department of Tourism and Culture Executive General Manager Marketing, Tony Quarmby, encouraged fishos to get out fishing for Season Four of the Million Dollar Fish.
“After a dry start to the wet season, a small amount of rain has the fish biting again so get out there and try your luck,” Mr Quarmby said.
“With three months remaining, five $1 million fish, 97 of the $10,000 fish and 19 of the purple-tagged $5,000 charity fish still out there, there’s never been a better time to get out and wet your lines.”
BetEasy Strategic Partnership Manager, Brad Fanning, said there were more chances than ever to reel in a winner.
“We have released tagged Barra right across the Top End, with the charity fish all in really accessible locations. We want you to catch them!” Mr Fanning said.
“Congratulations to Mr Stevens for his catch. He’s had a great start to the New Year. With so many tagged fish still remaining, now is the perfect time to book yourself a trip to the Top End.”
For information on Territory fishing regulations and best practice catch and release methods, download the free Northern Territory (NT) Fishing Mate app on your smart phone.
Season Four of the Million Dollar Fish competition commenced on 1 October 2018.
Those looking to come to the Territory and catch a Million Dollar Fish can register for free on www.milliondollarfish.com.au and book a holiday to the Territory today.
Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) in collaboration with film students from Griffith University have produced the ‘Don’t Let Your Child Become A Drowning Statistic’ campaign in effort to assist with SLSQ’s vision of Zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters.The campaign while confronting, addresses the vital message to please, supervise your children; with over 160 children under the age of 10 requiring assistance of our Lifesaving services since 1 July 2018.
Watch your children this summer, don’t let them become another drowning statistic.
Always swim between the red & yellow flags.
⚠️ Beware of strong currents
⚠️ Unexpected large waves
⚠️ Changing water depths & sudden drop offs
⚠️ Beware of submerged objects, enter feet first
SURF SAFETY TIPS
IF YOU’RE SWIMMING AT THE BEACH AND FIND YOURSELF BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THE BEACH AND UNABLE TO GET BACK, IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT.
YOU CAN SURVIVE RIP CURRENTS BY KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS:
A man has died this morning at Greenmount Beach after an early morning surfing accident. The man, in his 70s was surfing at Snapper Rocks at around 4:40am when he is believed to have been hit on the head with his surfboard.
It is believed members of the public pulled the surfer from the ocean unconscious. Paramedics rushed to the scene, but the man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased. .
Based on 10 years of research and testing, Sharkbanz takes advantage of sharks’ unique and powerful electrical sense (electroreception) to cause a highly unpleasant sensation that turns sharks away.
New, shocking research by Sharkbanz put to its technology to the test as a frenzy of bull sharks tried to attack a surfing dummy. Sharkbanz stood up to the test against these underwater predators, with shocking results when the technology was not being used.
ACTIVE SHARK DETERRENT
Sharkbanz’s patented magnetic technology is the result of long-term scientific research and testing. Sharkbanz utilize powerful permanent magnets to create an effective shark deterrent that’s always on and require no batteries or charging. When sharks approach Sharkbanz, they detect the device’s strong electromagnetic field, which provides a sudden sensation that is thousands of times stronger than the signal produced by anything in a shark’s normal food chain. Consequently, sharks are deterred away from Sharkbanz. This cause and effect is analogous to having a bright light suddenly shined in your eyes in a dark room. You would not be hurt, but you would want to turn away.
SHARKS' SIXTH SENSE
Sharks have the strongest electroreception (sensitivity to electrical fields) in the animal kingdom. They use this unique capability to navigate at night, when in murky water, and to hunt. Their electroreceptors (Ampullae of Lorenzini) and lateral line canals connect to the seawater by pores on their snouts and other zones of the head. When a fish swims, or even moves its gills, it creates a change in the surrounding geomagnetic field that sharks can detect with these electrically sensitive, gel-filled canals. Since the shark is tuned to be looking for very weak electromagnetic signals from its prey (heartbeats, muscle movements), this organ is highly sensitive. When encountered in the wild, the Sharkbanz field is exponentially greater than anything the animal will have experienced before and highly unpleasant. This tells the shark it is definitely not food.
WHY SHARKS USE ELECTRORECEPTION
The ability of sharks and rays to detect weak electrical signals in their surroundings may be one of the greatest factors relating to their survival through the millennia. Every creature, whether a fish or friendly beach goer, generates weak electrical fields while in motion. When sharks are close to potential prey, their electrical sense plays a major role in making the final attack. Actively hunting sharks may have as many as 1500 ampullae around their snout and head, while more sedate species may only have a few hundred.
SHARKS ARE CURIOUS
Sharks use this sense to locate objects nearby, and it becomes vital when they cannot depend on vision alone. In the surf zone, the water is murky, and people and sharks are sharing the same space. Most shark bites occur in these hard-to-see conditions. People are not on shark's food menus, but when their electrical sense alerts them to potential prey in their area, they are likely to investigate. Remember: sharks don't have hands, so they use their mouths to feel. This is why the majority of shark bites are "hit-and-run" attacks, meaning the shark bites, then quickly leaves after it recognizes someone isn't food. Unfortunately, a simple case of mistaken identity can do a lot of damage. Sharkbanz warn curious sharks that the wearer is not food before they bite, reducing the risk of hit and run attacks.
Sharkbanz are the result of more than a decade's worth of testing and research on the effectiveness of magnetic technology used to deter various Elasmobranch (shark) species. Since its scientific discovery over 10 years ago, the theory of permanent magnets functioning as shark deterrents has been extensively studied, researched and tested on a variety of shark species. Sharkbanz are the result of this R&D. Our company maintains constant contact and collaboration with the founders of this shark-repelling science, Dr. Eric Stroud and Dr. Patrick Rice of Shark Defense Technologies - the leaders in shark repellent technology.
Clichéd surfing lingo is out and the search for awesome waves is in. Queensland has been the breeding ground of numerous world champion surfers who honed their skills on the long right-hand point breaks and beach breaks up and down the coast.
So if you’re planning on chasing some warm water surf we put together a list of 11 surf spots to check out on your next surf trip.
For those just starting out in their search for the stoke, check out these surf schools on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast to learn the basics.
SNAPPER ROCKSPhoto by @seanscottphotography
Starting on the Southern Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks is an amazing right-hand point break, dubbed the Superbank, attracting a crowd of shredders and grommets. It’s home to a world championship tour event – the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. Rides of several hundred meters will give you jelly legs if you manage to paddle into a peeling set wave.
This break works best on E-SE swells and is relatively clean in southerly winds, the dominant wind throughout much of the year. It remains relatively consistent over most tides with the lower tide offering more barrel potential. Be prepared for a long paddle back against the current or a run up the beach in a bigger southerly swell.
Photo by @jesselittlephoto via @drewen7
Kirra has earned legendary status. In fact, it has been described as the best right-hand sand point break in the world. When conditions align it will throw up some of the best barrels of your life if you maintain the breakneck speed through the sections.
Big SE swells are best but in cyclone season even E and NE swells when the sand is right will have you whooping and hollering. Expect to share it on a good day with a few hundred of your closest friends.
Is even the possibility of just one clean wave worth it? You betcha!
If you’ve pulled a double shift in the water and struggling to stand, rest your aching body at Kirra Surf Apartments just a short walk, or crawl, up the sand. If Kirra is your first stop on a camping road trip pitch your tent at Kirra Beach Tourist Park and settle in for a week of waves.
BURLEIGHPhoto by @akheelmavjee
If you are still keen for more leg burning waves head north to the famed, Burleigh Heads. Here you’ll find another sand bottom right-hand point break. You jump off from the basalt rock-strewn point to bunt for the famous thick, heavy barrels.
Burleigh works best in a big S swell and is offshore in the winter SW winds, although it does offer great protection from the S-SE trade winds.
Once the sun sets head to Burleigh Brewing Company for a locally-brewed lager and to relive your epic barrel riding prowess. If you’re staying around town, we filed 48 hours for you here.
NORTH STRADBROKEPhoto by @stradbrokeislandphotography via @ahana_swim
Leave Brisbane City behind for a weekend and catch the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island.
Main Beach at Point Lookout offers up a great wedgey left next to the headland below the clubhouse while beach breaks stretch off to the south along the 32km of sand. Being a sand island, it escapes the turbidity problems associated with heavy rain events so expect crystal clear water most of the year.
Main Beach will be highly dependent on sand conditions for the beach breaks, however, being more exposed wave heights will generally be a little bigger than on the mainland. Best in S swell events and offshore in SW winds.
With camping and a surf school on the island, this is the perfect destination for a chill time away. If you’ve only got a weekend we’ve crammed the best of the island into this 48-hour itinerary.
If you need all the mod-cons on your beach stay consider booking into Allure Stradbroke Resortfor modern beach shack vibes.
MORETON ISLANDPhoto by @samjuke
If you want a totally off-grid surf experience, pack the 4WD and head over the Moreton Island. Traversing the sandy tracks crisscrossing the island is half the fun and makes finding waves an epic adventure.
Exposed to swells from both north and south, waves abound on the east coast however you’ll have to plan your trip to hide from the winds.
Offshore in SW winds, there are a few spots offering protection from prevailing SE/NE wind combination. We won’t spill all the secrets here so seek and you shall find.
Pitch your tent at a number of campsites and for those pancake-flat days consider a side trip to the oldest lighthouse in Queensland.
KINGS BEACHWhile Kings Beach in Caloundra won’t produce a world champion any time soon, it makes the grade on this list as it’s the best beach on the Sunshine Coast to hide from the NE sea breeze in summer.
As a patrolled beach, surfers are usually restricted to the southern end where you can generally find a bank offering up some fun with a few closeout air sections. Bodyboarders will rejoice on the fast shallow left breaking over the rocks just south of the groyne.
Just a bit further south, on the right conditions, Caloundra Bar can throw up waves that will go viral in seconds. It’s not consistent but when a big NE swell comes wrapping down the coast this is one spot to keep an eye on.
The Caloundra Coastal Walk links these three spots and offers a great vantage point for the early morning surf check and a warm-up walk.
COOLUM BEACHPhoto by @jeffperren via @coolumsurf
Coolum Beach provided the training ground for current World Surf League competitor Julian Wilson, so it’s got to be good, right? Situated about halfway between Caloundra and Noosa, it’s a little more exposed to swell, particularly more southerly swells that are blocked further down around Maroochydore.
Coolum offers a vast expanse of sand to spread out on and chase a beach break further north. A small headland offers a sheltered corner for those learning to surf while the foreshore skatepark offers the chance to practise your grab rail airs.
To scope out the rest of the coast why not climb Mount Coolum which offers panoramic views of the coast and hinterland.
NOOSAPhoto by @beckpayne
What I wouldn’t give to have been part of the first crew who stumbled through the bush onto the Noosa points.
Like the famed points on the Gold Coast, Noosa Heads is world famous. Offering great longboarding waves on smaller days, you can still expect to see a skilled crowd hanging 10 when the swells roll in. With such fun waves, you won’t feel out of place here if you ride old school vintage twin fins, replica single fins or just your high-performance thruster.
Noosa National Park offers multiple points and the further you walk the more the crowd thins. They’re best on southerly swells that wrap around the headland and protected from SE winds. That being said you might still find some waves on a NE swell as long as the wind is light.
If you just can’t get enough of the Noosa surf vibe why not time a visit during the Noosa Festival of Surfing. When it comes time to refuel, you’re spoilt for choice on Hastings Street.
Follow Phil Jarratt’s recommendations if you only have a weekend to spare.
DOUBLE ISLAND POINTPhoto by @matthillphotography via @visitgympieregion
Once a well-kept secret by Sunshine Coast surfers, the popularity of Double Island Pointexploded after a cameo role in Endless Summer 2. You’ll need a 4WD to explore the area heading out from either Rainbow Beach or Noosa North Shore. You have to time your trek for tides so be prepared for an early start.
The setup features a wedgey beach break to the south of headland. While to the north, if the sand is right, you will be treated to an exceptionally long peeling right. With both sides of this headland offering fun waves, adjust your target destination depending on prevailing conditions.
You can camp on the beach in designated areas or if you prefer amenities then consider the Rainbow Beach Holiday Park. As surfers, we should have respect for the natural environment that provides our stoke so take your rubbish back with you and don’t drive on vegetated dunes.
AGNES WATERSPhoto by Reef2Beach Surf School via FB
Considered the last true surf spot on the mainland coast heading north, the towns of 1770 and Agnes Water in the Gladstone region offers up fun but inconsistent waves. While these can lack the power and structure of waves around the Gold Coast you can still whet you surf appetite here.
If you want to hang-five, the best conditions are a NE swell and light winds however it’s offshore in a south-westerly. A rocky headland gives way to a sand bottom wave. On flat days head out with 1770 Liquid Adventures to explore that area on a kayak.
GREAT BARRIER REEFWhile the consistent surf spots peter out on the Queensland coast, if you have an adventurous spirit and a boat head out to the Great Barrier Reef to look for waves. Not suitable for beginners, expect fast-breaking barrels over shallow reefs. However, if you time the run you can expect perfection like this crew scored. This is one for the true surf explorer.
Paddle craft will now be permitted on Lake Samsonvale, (North Pine Dam) in designated zones.
A public paddle craft launch point has been constructed at Forgan Cove (off Forgan Road). Paddle craft, such as canoes and kayaks, are now permitted on Lake Samsonvale seven days a week in the designated paddle craft zone.
For your safety, and the safety of others, you must ensure you stay within the designated paddle craft zone which has been clearly marked by warning buoys on the lake.
Paddle craft must only be launched from the designated launch point at Fogan Cove. Stopping or mooring on any land around the lake, other than the Forgan Cove recreation area, is prohibited. Paddle craft with electric or fuel powered motors are not permitted. Swimming is not permitted at Lake Samsonvale.
Download the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guidefor details of the zoning and our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Bass and yellowbelly have been dominating the reports but there have been a few saratoga showing up as well.
Cast and retrieving heavy spinnerbaits near the edge is a popular technique. Anglers are getting the larger bass a little deeper on the steeper banks hopping Jackall Tn60's or heavily weighted three inch Keitech plastics.
A slow roll is all you need when the bass and yellowbelly are on the chew like they have been. Wivenhoe Dam is also producing the goods on the edges and a great place to take the kids. Trolling deep diving lures around the steeper banks and weed edges will see you hooked up to bass and yellowbelly. If you want to cast lures, focus on the same areas and cast soft vibes like the Jackall Mask 60 or bladed lures and slowly hop them back to the boat. Work the lure the whole way back to the boat as yellowbelly love to follow lures for a while before hitting them.
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Statement from Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner:
"We will not be running the Mavericks Challenge this week and will wait for more optimum conditions. The wind is good and conditions will be clean, but the swell will be dropping through the day on Thursday and we won't have the consistency we need to run an excellent event. With three months left in the waiting period, we are confident that we'll have better opportunities to run this event this season. January is typically the best month for Mavericks so we'll be watching things closely and hoping for a great finish to the season."
During the Big Wave season window, the WSL Big Wave team is constantly monitoring an array of weather charts and tracking big storms crossing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans with the help of our forecasting partner, Surfline. The waves must be a consistent minimum 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the entire time of competition. Wind, tide and the effects they have will play a part when making the call.
The Mavericks Challenge event window will run through March 31.
WA Fishers have called the state government's plans to take ownership of a significant chunk of WA's rock lobster industry everything from the "next WA Inc" to "a great plan" set to solidify the industry's future.
After Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly formally announced the government's "development package"on Monday, the Western Rock Lobster Council of WA was quick to sound off about their concerns with the proposal. Rock lobster retails at $90 a kilogram uncooked.
The commercial catch limit has been increased from 6300 tonnes to 8000 tonnes, and those with an existing western rock lobster license can also expect an increase in their catch allocation by 315 tonnes. The remaining 1385 tonnes will be available to the state government to sell off.
Council chairman Kim Colero called the package a major and never before seen intervention into fisheries by the state government, and said the ownership stake raised questions about how the industry would operate in the future..
The Seafood Industry Australia has also agreed with the council's concerns, and raised its own about whether the government should have intervened in the first place.
"The Labor governmen's intervention and claiming of a commercial stake in this fishery has far reaching repercussions for wild-catch fishers across Australia,” chief executive officer Jane Lovell said.
“The decision by the McGowan government to take control of more than 17 per cent of the western rock lobster fishery has the potential to dramatically devalue the entire industry.
“Governments are there to govern, not to become commercial entities competing with business.
“This move ... has significant negative repercussions on property rights nationally, and not just within the seafood industry.
“It is unclear how it is considered appropriate for a regulator to grant themselves quota and the associated financial benefit.
“We urge the government to reconsider and reopen negotiations with [the council] to find a more appropriate way forward."
Despite some backlash, the state government has stood by its plan and Premier Mark McGowan appeared on Radio 6PR on Tuesday morning in order to reiterate the goals of the package.
"What we're doing is expanding the catch ... that's scientifically proven to be sustainable," he said.
"Currently rock lobsters are virtually entirely exported. What we're going to do is make sure there's an allocation for local restaurants, local supermarkets and local fish shops so West Australians can go to the shops and buy rock lobsters at a more affordable price.
The part that we're making available for sale with conditions is currently un-allocated ... so the industry will actually get a greater allocation than they ... have.
"Then there will be a part the government sells or leases, and that will mean the taxpayers get millions of dollars to put into schools and hospitals.
"On top of that, part of that will be allocated to the West Australian markets."
The development package is currently open to consultation.
Who doesn’t love the summer months and all the fun in the sun they offer. Whether it is getting out on the water, deep into the bush, or simply to the beach, park, creek or lake, it pays to stay sun smart.
As you head out into the sun with your family, friends or mates, be it camping, trekking, boating, sailing or fishing… playing it safe in the sun will not only keep you from getting sun-scorched but make it a whole lot more fun.
We have collated the 7 S’s - Summer Sun Smart Tips to keep you and your family safe this summer…
Shimano’s summer safe hats, shirts, sunnies and more are available from all good tackle, fishing and outdoor stores. For more information, log onto www.shimanofish.com.au
Frontiers International Travel is thrilled to announce a NEW 17-day “River of Dreams” backcountry fly fishing program in the Chilean Patagonia. It is a fantastically remote backcountry excursion on estancias and rivers rarely if ever fished before. Accommodations are at Magic Waters Lodge, and in heated backcountry WeatherPort tents situated off the ground on permanent wood frames each with a dry porch overlooking the Blanco River and just a roll cast from major spring creeks.
Meals are family-style in the main dining tent or around the fire pit. A heated and spacious shower house rounds out the camp footprint. This is a perfect holiday for those looking to enjoy the luxuries of a lodge and the adventure of a remote and off-the-beaten-path basecamp. Large water is efficiently accessed via jet-motorized catarafts, while miles of remote spring creek and mountain streams are ideal for walk-and-wade exploration. Departure dates are available in March/April and November/December 2019 and prices start at $12,000 USD per person based on shared room and fishing guide. There are also shorter, more affordable packages available. For more information, visithttps://www.frontierstravel.com/chile-magic-waters-a-backcountry-chilean-fly-fishing-excursion
“This is an excursion beyond the boundaries of civilization and truly the trip of a lifetime,” said Hank Ingram of Frontiers. “Anglers can tempt a trout with a dry fly on a spring creek, turn a cruising rainbow on a lake with a hopper, and try everything in between; all at incredibly remote and scenic locations.”
To get to basecamp, intrepid anglers will take a picturesque 2.5 transfer by truck, travel by horseback 1.5 hours to the end of the trail, and then take a jet boat roughly 45 minutes upstream to the riverside basecamp. Guests will experience 10 full days in solitude floating rivers and walking/wading remote spring creeks and tributaries.
Included: Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda); all meals, accommodations and beverages; and guided fishing. Not included: International and domestic airfare; Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person); fishing equipment; trip insurance; tips to guide and lodge staff.
Sightseeing from another perspective? Experience the city from onto the water with the strongest and lightest origami canoe ever.
As major cities worldwide are developing their urban waterways, new possibilities of transport arise. City canals and rivers are not only more frequently used for all sorts of recreational activities, they also offer a unique commuting alternative. But how to store a bulky kayak in a small apartment or office building? With ONAK, people can unfold their urban adventures in minutes, with a canoe they can take and keep anywhere.
Responding to a global hype
Paddle sports are gaining popularity on a global scale. All over the world, people’s interest in paddling increases as they join watersport clubs and buy their own canoes and kayaks. And it’s not only outdoor lovers who regularly hike or camp: It’s also people usually preferring indoor sports who go onto the water. But paddling has not only become a popular recreational activity - It is even used as a progressive alternative for commuters in urban areas. City dwellers in New York and Austin are starting to use the canoe or the kayak to go to work.
With cities investing in their urban waterways to find more sustainable infrastructure solutions and to use canals and rivers as a tool to benefit the residents, a foldable canoe offers the perfect out-of-the-box solution for urban paddling.
Innovating design and production
The lightweight canoe with multifunctional design is not only easy to store but also to transport by folding it into a hassle-free 47 x 15 x 10 inch carry-on suitcase, attachable to bikes.
“Even though the ONAK is very small when folded, it provides ample leg space. The set-up is simplified with pulley-straps. We could even increase stability by adjusting the shape of our patented honeycomb curv™ composite, which has a higher strength-to-weight-ratio than aluminium”, co-founder Otto Van de Steene explains.
And it’s made in a social workplace in Europe, from sustainable and durable materials. “We simplified the supply chain, so that only a few parts fold into a full-grown canoe. We also decided to work only with local suppliers and go for a microplastic-free product.”
The ONAK prototype won several awards, including the OutDoor Industry Award. The founders took their time to keep improving their product - and after processing helpful feedback from their first customers, they managed to bring the origami canoe to an unprecedented level. The ONAK foldable canoe is a compact yet strong alternative for a classic canoe and is the perfect way to combine city life and adventure.
Start your urban paddling adventure
On 29 November, the ONAK 2.0 pre-sale started on Kickstarter, where the canoe is on sale for 1495 EUR (USD 1700). Early birds can secure the first 15 canoes for 1395 EUR (USD 1590) viahttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/onakcanoes/onak-origami-canoe. The public was already offered a sneak-preview on the new canoe in aFacebook live session, where the ONAK team revealed if the 2.0 version can really be set up in minutes and to let people discover if ONAK really offers the perfect solution for urban paddling.