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New Gear – Lettmann Nitro!

February 24th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “New Gear – Lettmann Nitro!”

Introducing the new Lettmann Nitro, a brand new white water paddle and touring paddle.

Those who are familiar with our philosophy know: a paddle without an ergonomic shaft equals a waste of power. The reason is its unique pressure point, which is located in front of your hands thanks to the bent shaft. This does not just result in excellent acceleration, but in flutter-free strokes, too.

Now, many years after the introduction of our ergonomic shaft, we want to please those, who don’t stick with it. Therefore we created a straight shaft paddle, which comes really close to our Ergos advantages.With the Nitro, we moved the blade more forward to achieve a more efficient stroke. It also improves the pressure build-up, moves the pressure point to the front and the reduces typical fluttering of a straight shaft paddle to a minimum.

The Nitro certainly makes use of the hydrodynamic lift, which stabilizes the blades in the water and helps improve the pressure build-up making it more even and efficient. The hydrodynamic lift is enabled by the blades’ prominent profile combined with the pre-located pressure point.

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ICF 2022

February 23rd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “ICF 2022”

ICF set for busiest season ever in 2022

2022 is set to be the busiest year on the water in the history of the International Canoe Federation, with no less than 12 world championships scheduled as paddling sports look to bounce back after two years of competition uncertainty.

Every ICF discipline will hold world titles this year, and with borders starting to re-open around the globe, competition organisers are hoping for a return to near-full strength racing.

Among the highlights in 2022 will be the ICF canoe and extreme slalom world championships in Augsburg, Germany, the same course where slalom made its first Olympic appearance exactly 50 years ago.

The canoe sprint and para canoe world championships will be held in Halifax, Canada, while Poland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Ukraine, and Hungary will also entertain the world’s best paddlers.

The 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, will feature two ICF disciplines, with canoe polo making its fifth appearance, while canoe marathon will officially join the programme.

The busy season will finish with a world championship double-header in Portugal, with the ICF canoe marathon and ICF ocean racing titles to be held on consecutive weekends in September and October.

Alongside the world championships, there will also be several world cups in most disciplines, including, for the first time, three stand-up paddling world cups in the lead-up to this year’s world titles in Gdynia, Poland.

The popular invite-only canoe sprint Super Cup format will also return, with two events in Russia in August.

“We have in front of us almost five full months of world-class events, which will be a great signal to the world we are back,” ICF President, Thomas Konietzko, said.

“Our athletes, officials, and volunteers have been itching to get back on the water to take on the best in the world after two years of real uncertainty. We have responded by providing them with the opportunity to race for world titles.

“As always, we are very grateful to our event hosts for making these opportunities available. This year we will go to a handful of new venues, a further sign of the continued growth of paddle sports around the globe.”

The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has created a shorter Olympic cycle ahead of Paris 2024, and with many paddlers unable to travel during the pandemic, opportunities to race internationally have been restricted.

The 2022 international calendar begins with an ICF canoe sprint world cup in Racice, in the Czech Republic, in May. Organisers have already received almost 500 entry applications.

To see the full schedule check out this following link https://www.canoeicf.com/event-calendar

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BIGGEST One We’ve EVER Caught – Offshore Fishing Panama [CATCH CLEAN COOK]

February 22nd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “BIGGEST One We’ve EVER Caught – Offshore Fishing Panama [CATCH CLEAN COOK]”


In this episode we’re panga and kayak fishing for giants of the Pacific off Panama’s remote southern coast. We’re catching giant almaco jacks, cubera snapper, roosterfish and more on GIANT live baits. Then, back at the lodge, we’re cleaning and cooking up the biggest almaco jack we’ve ever seen.

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MPA Watch aids research for black abalone recovery in OC

February 18th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “MPA Watch aids research for black abalone recovery in OC”

Cover Photo & Blog by Education Director Michaela Coats

Decades ago, the coastline of Orange County was popular with a group of charismatic marine snails: abalone (Haliotis spp.). For centuries, abalone were a critical part of the economies and cultures of coastal communities. They provided lucrative opportunities for commercial and recreational fisheries, and were highly valued by indigenous communities. However, over the past century, abalone populations have been in peril which has led researchers and marine resource managers to jump into action and fight for their recovery.

Black abalone (Haliotis chacherodii), one of the seven abalone species found in California, have experienced drastic declines throughout the majority of their range (the geographical area in which they can be found) since the 1980s. The decline of black abalone can be attributed to both fishery overexploitation and the spread of a disease called withering syndrome. Withering syndrome is a pathogenic disease that attacks the abalone’s digestive organs, leading to starvation and/or predation (Crosson et al. 2014). The black abalone fishery peaked in 1973 at a massive harvest of 868 tons (Rogers-Bennett et al. 2002). Because of these two factors, their populations plummeted, with over half of their range experiencing declines of 80-90%, eventually closing the fishery in 1993 and catalyzing research and management efforts towards their recovery. 

Historical abundance of black abalone in Laguna Beach, CA in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Nancy Caruso.

Black abalone were federally listed on the Endangered Species Act (1973) in 2009 and critical habitat was designated in 2011. The Final Black Abalone Recovery Plan, which was published in November of 2020, details eight major recovery actions that focus on supporting natural recovery, protecting and restoring habitat, and enhancing local populations through methods such as captive breeding and outplanting. 

As broadcast spawners, abalone spew their gametes into the environment in hopes that egg and sperm meet which means there needs to be a minimum density of individuals to have a fair chance of successful fertilization (Babcock 1999). Because of the severe population decline, their reproductive and recruitment capacity are limited within subpopulations. 

To mediate this roadblock to their recovery, researchers aim to have black abalone captively bred in a lab and then out planted. The Black Abalone Recovery Team is the collaborative group of state and federal agencies and universities working towards the species’ recovery. Before they are moved from their cozy lab out into the real world, they have to know where to move them. 

To fill this need, my capstone team (Carmen Gardner, Khai Dang, and myself), through UC Irvine’s Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science program and in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, conducted habitat assessments along the Orange County coastline to uncover which rocky intertidal sites would best suit the recovery needs of black abalone. 

Michaela Coats, Coastkeeper’s education director, with a black abalone shell in Los Angeles County, December 2020. Photo by Dr. Amy Henry.

To determine each site’s suitability for black abalone, we quantitatively evaluated a range of habitat factors deemed essential at 18 sites within three Orange County Marine Protected Areas (MPA): Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA), Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve (SMR), and Dana Point SMCA. These critical habitat factors include complex geomorphology, food availability, and biotic interactions in settlement habitat.

However, black abalone are an intertidal species which means they live amongst the shoreline that is exposed at low tide. This makes them more accessible and thus more susceptible to illegal poaching. We therefore wanted to evaluate the potential severity of human impacts at these sites, particularly because of the high population density of coastal Orange County.

Coastkeeper’s MPA Watch program, whose purpose is to document human usage of our MPAs so the data can be used to advocate for resource allocation to best ensure MPA compliance, has years of data on human behavior within our study sites. We analyzed the MPA Watch data by assigning each recorded activity a value of +1, 0, or -1 based on its potential impact to abalone and their habitat. Each site then received a human impacts score which was the summation of the assigned values. We additionally calculated the rates of enforcement presence and MPA violations at each individual site and within MPA type. 

Our analysis found that:

There is a weak negative relationship between enforcement presence and MPA violations, so more enforcement did not equate to less violationsThere are equal rates of enforcement presence between SMCAs and SMRs, but rates of violations are much higher in SMCAsCrystal Cove SMCA had the highest rates of MPA violations while the Laguna Beach SMR had the lowest 

Rates of MPA violations and enforcement presence at habitat assessment sizes. Data sourced from Orange County Coastkeeper’s MPA Watch program consisting of surveys collected between 1 January 2019 and 28 March 2021.

When trying to maximize MPA compliance, stakeholders must find the balance between enforcement and education. Many popular tide pools have docents or interpreters which act as a combination of the two avenues. Some of the major priorities for the Orange County Marine Protected Area Council (OCMPAC) include engaging kids/high school students in ocean stewardship through targeted education programs, increasing prevalence of signage, and installing surveillance technology at poaching hotspots. 

When drawing our final conclusions, we took into account whether human impacts could be mitigated through these various actions. Although human behavior was only one of ten factors taken into consideration for our final recommendations, there must be proactive management of any and all potential threats. By doing so, there is hope that black abalone can return to Orange County’s intertidal communities.     

Thank you to all of the MPA Watch volunteers who contributed data, and thank you to Ray Hiemstra for providing my team with this data. Together, we were able to inform NOAA on the future recovery of the endangered black abalone in Orange County. 

To learn more about the research and recommendations, you can watch our final presentation here

Resources:

For more information and to sign up to become an MPA Watch surveyor, visit: https://www.coastkeeper.org/research/mpa-watch-program/

For more resources on MPAs, including rules and regulations, in Orange County, visit: https://www.mpacollaborative.org/oc/

To watch my team present our research for the Cabrillo National Monument, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAJxIvOsS38&t=600s

Babcock, R. and Keesing, J. (1999). Fertilization Biology of the Abalone Haliotis laevigata: Laboratory and Field Studies. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 56, 1668-1678. 

Crosson, L.M., Wight, N., VanBlaricom, G.R., Kiryu, I., Moore, J.D., & Friedman, C.S. (2014). Abalone withering syndrome: Distribution, impacts, current diagnostic methods and new findings. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 108(3), 261-270.

Rogers-Bennett, L., Haaker, P.L., Huff, T. O., Dayton, P. K. (2002). Estimating baseline abundances of abalone in California for restoration. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations Report, 43, 97-111.

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HOBIE KAYAK CRADLES | How to Determine Crossbar Spacing for the BEST FIT

February 15th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “HOBIE KAYAK CRADLES | How to Determine Crossbar Spacing for the BEST FIT”


Hobie Kayak cradles are the best way to transport or store your kayak on a trailer, roof rack, any crossbar set or DIY rack. Our cradles are custom-molded from UV-treated ABS material to match the profile of the underside of your hull. They provide cushion, shock absorption, and disperse the load over a wide area to prevent hull deformities, especially in hot conditions. Finally, our cradles provide security by keeping your kayak from shifting during transport.

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Hobie Mirage Passport XL Rudder Upgrade | Improve Performance with this Simple Installation

February 12th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Hobie Mirage Passport XL Rudder Upgrade | Improve Performance with this Simple Installation”


Hobie’s XL Rudder upgrade for Mirage Passport kayaks gives users up/down control from from the seat, and boosts maneuverability and lateral stability. If you’re turning in tight quarters, or sailing the Passport 10.5 or 12.0, this rudder has the authority you’ve been looking for. Not only does the larger blade improve performance, it also allows you to stow and deploy the rudder when going shallow. This is particularly useful in launching and landing situations, or when you need to clear debris from the rudder blade.

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Offshore Kayak Fishing: HUGE Variety of Species & Techniques (How To) | Field Trips Panama

February 10th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Offshore Kayak Fishing: HUGE Variety of Species & Techniques (How To) | Field Trips Panama”


In this episode we’re kayak fishing right out front of the lodge and teaching you a bunch of different techniques for catching a wide variety of species out in the Pacific, from jigging to trolling to dragging around huge live baits. And the fishing is on fire!

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Kayak Fishing: MASSIVE Almaco Jacks & Mahi (CATCH CLEAN COOK) | Field Trips Panama

February 6th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Kayak Fishing: MASSIVE Almaco Jacks & Mahi (CATCH CLEAN COOK) | Field Trips Panama”


In this episode we’re mothershipping kayaks down to a legendary spot called Morro Puerco, where the fishing is absolutely on fire. We’re catching a huge variety of species using a combination of artificial lures and giant live baits. Then, back at the lodge, we’re showing you how to clean and cook up Pacific almaco jack, one of the tastiest fish that swims.

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Deep Sea Kayak Fishing for Sea Bass, Tilefish & More | Field Trips Panama

February 1st, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Deep Sea Kayak Fishing for Sea Bass, Tilefish & More | Field Trips Panama”


In this episode we’re kayak fishing way out deep in the Pacific for a variety of fish including huge African pompano, roosterfish, sierra mackerel. Then we switch up tactics and do some deep dropping for tilefish, snowy grouper and longfin sea bass. This is grocery shopping Los Buzos style!

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