Thursday, March 11, 2010

This is Canoeing

Justine Curgenven sent me a copy of her latest DVD "This is Canoeing". To say thank you and hopefully encourage a few more people to buy her DVD I have decided to write my first DVD review blog.

This is Canoeing is a collection of 12 short films, each one capturing a different element of the sport of open canoeing. Open canoeing is such a diverse sport it is sometimes impossible to comprehend; Justine exposes everything from white water slalom in America to Voyageur canoeing across Scotland. I liked all 12 films but there are a few that really impressed me; my favourite film is Dougie down the Pet, it is so nice to watch and when I am Dad I want to be a Dad like Scott. I was surprised to be so drawn in by the birchbark man and his adventures, I could so see me and my dog cruising around in a hand made canoe for the summer. I enjoyed meeting Hailey Thompson, for such a young person she has achieved a great deal and has a very cool attitude to boot, she is a great advert for the sport of canoeing. I really enjoyed watching a few of my old friends racing canoe slalom in Wausau, Eli, we have to hook up and go boating again together buddy. I also really enjoyed meeting Becky Mason, she made me laugh and she made me proud to be a canoeist.

There are a of course a few things I didn't like but I can honestly say that if I lost my copy of This is Canoeing I would go straight to and order another one. Well done Justine you have done a superb job of promoting my favourite thing in the whole wide world, that was canoeing as I know it.

Paddle safe and see you at the CBoats Armada,

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Are we nearly there yet

I am a fairly laid back kinda guy and am quite often late for things, "No stress." I am often heard to say. However I have recently become as impatient as a small child in the back seat of car, I want to see a copy of my book, Discover Canoeing. Plan A was that it would be out before Christmas, and that went out the window last Autumn because I went to the Grand Canyon instead of staying home and finished the final proofs. Plan B was last Sunday, the 28th February, through no fault of mine, or anybody else as far as I can work out it is now due be delivered on the 23rd of March. Good things take time and I am confident DC is a good thing BUT I just wish it would be printed!

To sooth my impatience I have been flicking through preview on it is kinda like the real thing, and for those of you who haven't seen it yet...

To pre-order a copy please visit my publishers Pesda Press. When the book arrives with me I will also offer signed and dedicated copies direct from

I am really looking forwards to spring and the European paddling season, I start start back with Kanuschule Versam next weekend, 6th and 7th March with an Eskimo rolling course in Chur Switzerland, there is still one place free so if you a keen to learn or improve your Eskimo roll in open canoe drop them line in the office on +4181 6451324.

Stay safe