Sat - February 25, 2006

Shark Detectives - Investigating Great Whites from Africa Geographic Article



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Shark Detectives
Investigating Great Whites from Africa Geographic Article




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Tue - February 21, 2006

Shark Story: Great White and Kayaker Picture - Real or Fake?



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Shark Story: Great White and Kayaker Picture - Real or Fake?




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Wed - January 11, 2006

Matt Layden - Wizard of the WaterTribe



With my recent blog entry on Matt Layden and his 13.5' kayak in WaterTribe Challenges I triggered a little bit disscusion on paddling.net with some interesting posts.
Greyak writes:

It's more about the paddler. Boat is secondary and should be selected to fit your mental and physical approach to the task at hand.

If your strategy is longer days on the water - comfort and stability become increasingly important. If you strategy is more speed oriented, with faster legs and short comfort breaks - you can opt for something leaner.
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For distance you need the right mix of stability and other handling characteristics for time you will be out in the conditions you will encounter. For some that's a 13 footer. For others - a long race boat/ski. For most somewhere in between - and always changing with your experience.

Matt's example shows a good match of gear and skills. Using experience and self knowledge to arrive at a good solution. Doesn't make the gear itself more efficient - the whole system is what works, and the paddler is the key component. Won't work the same for everyone.

Matt didn't choose his tribal name for WaterTribe races. He was simply using Matt in his race entry. The name of Wizard was given to him at the award ceremony at Key Largo after Everglades Challenge 2003. He won that race sailing Paradox.

Nick Schade from Guillemot Kayaks writes:

Matt Layden is a skilled, and knowledgeable boatman and designer. You wouldn't know it by looking at him but, doing a very-small-boat multi-day race against Matt is about the same thing as competing against Greg Barton in a flatwater sprint. Matt is not your typical weekend warrior. He is as close to a professional very small boat sailor as you will ever come across.

If you have any interest in small boat cruising, it will be well worth your time to listen to what Matt has to say. He knows what he is about.

I didn't see Matt during EC-2004 since he was always well ahead of me. Of course, I noticed his little kayak a day before the race and it wasn't what would expect from the winner of the previous year race. I didn't see him in the crowd of racers at the start. However, I was staying longer at the Fort Desoto beach to shoot video. My movie reveals something interesting.

WaterTribe Everglades Challenge 2004

At the start signal everybody is rushing and taking off from the beach. A few seconds later most of the racers are hitting a sand bar. They are stacked there for while. A lot of hard efforts, pushing and dragging.

If you watch closely the movie you will see that a man with a small gray kayak didn't start at the beach. He just walked through the sand bar towing his boat behind him and immediately he was in front of the racing crowd. The advantage of 10 or 15 seconds at the start to the 300 mile race is not a big deal but if you are adding small things like that during four days of the race ...


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