Monthly Archives: March, 2022

Gear Spotlight – Aztron Neo Nova

March 14th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Gear Spotlight – Aztron Neo Nova”

New from Aztron for the upcoming summer season is the Neo nova Line, small and compact so it’s nice and easy to travel with and for the smaller paddler.

« Traveling with a SUP now becomes easier than ever before! This refreshing Compact SUP boasts its revolutionary smart-folding concept and AZTRON’s signature Double Chamber construction, making it super portable while maintaining good performance. »


Double Chamber LITE Tech with 60L inner chamber for basic safety buoyancy

Compact smart folding concept makes the SUP pack down to half of the normal size

Durable drop-stitch core material

4mm thick diamond pattern EVA traction deck

4+1 D-ring connectors for bungee system and safety leash

Easy-to-carry side grab handle

Twin fin system

Check out more here;

ICF Announces Support for Ukraine’s Canoeing Community

March 13th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “ICF Announces Support for Ukraine’s Canoeing Community”

National Canoe Federations from throughout Europe have opened their hearts to fellow athletes from Ukraine, with offers of free accommodation pouring in.

But the situation is still dire for the athletes, who have no access to funds because money transfers within Ukraine have been frozen.

International Canoe Federation President Thomas Konietzko met more than 120 Ukrainian athletes currently stranded in Turkey because of the conflict in their country.

Mr Konietzko told the group of 51 senior athletes, 51 juniors and 25 paracanoe athletes that federations had reacted generously to the call for assistance.

A large part of the team will head to Romania, where the local federation has offered accommodation and full board free of charge in their high performance centre.

Another group of athletes will head to Bulgaria, while junior athletes have been offered places in Poland, Hungary, France, Germany and Estonia.

Mr Konietzko said accommodation was still needed for 25 paracanoe athletes, five who are in wheelchairs, but he was confident the community would rally together.

“The generosity of our friends at the Romanian Canoe Federation and other federations throughout Europe is something we should all be very proud of,” the president said.

“Within hours of this crisis unfolding, offers began flooding in. It certainly brought some smiles to a group of athletes who are doing it very tough at the moment. They all have family and friends still in Ukraine, so every day is full of worry and distress for them.

“I urge our canoeing family to continue to step up to support Ukraine. Unfortunately this crisis may not be over for a long time, so we need to provide as much help as we can.”

A bank account has been established where donations can be made to assist Ukrainian athletes and their families. More details can be found here.

Is This Normal?: A Timeline of Winter 2021/22 Oil Sheen Reports

March 12th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Is This Normal?: A Timeline of Winter 2021/22 Oil Sheen Reports”

Blog by Lauren Chase, Staff Attorney & Offshore Oil Operations Watchdog

In October 2021, thousands of gallons of oil spilled out of a pipeline off Huntington Beach, leading to shoreline closures, fishery closures, and severe impacts on local wildlife. Since December 1, 2021, and entirely separate from the October spill, there have been five additional reports of oil sheens spotted off the Orange County coast. As of January 12, 2022, five out of the seven aging offshore oil and gas platforms in Orange County are shut-in due to equipment failure. All of this leaves the Coastkeeper community wondering… what is going on out there? Previously, we shared information about the October 2021 spill and encouraged our members to share their experiences. This blog breaks down what we know about the more recent spills.

On December 15, 2021, DCOR LLC – the operator of offshore Platforms Eva, Esther, and Edith – reported a corrosion-caused “pinhole leak” in an injection pump on Platform Eva resulting in a spill of oil into the Pacific Ocean. While DCOR reported that the 40’ by 10’ sheen “dissipated naturally,” later that day, a marine service company that provides vessel and offshore oil platform support reported a 30 yard-by-30 yard sheen that looked “like a tar” off Huntington Beach.

“As of January 12, 2022, five out of the seven aging offshore oil and gas platforms in Orange County are non-operational due to equipment failure.”

Is squeezing every last drop of oil out of these rusted relics really worth the risk to our environment?

In the following days, California State Lands Commission (SLC) – Platform Eva’s “landlord” – inspected the platform and verified the damaged pump was out of service. Meanwhile, a Unified Command consisting of the US Coast Guard, Cal Fire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and the County of Orange conducted overflights, collected samples, mobilized beach cleanup crews, and deployed protective strategies at sensitive locations. Preliminary sampling results indicated inconsistency with natural seepage and the October 2021 oil spill. Based on no further sheening, the Unified Command removed protective strategies, released response resources, and stood down on December 20, 2021.

Two days later, DCOR again reported an oil sheen off Orange County, this time 150’ by 200’. The Unified Command reconvened, again conducted overflights, collected samples, and deployed protective strategies. Tarballs came ashore in Huntington Beach and all platform operations ceased. Platform Eva and its adjacent oil pipeline have remained shut-in since then.

Starting on December 28, 2021 (the very same day the Unified Command announced the completion of shoreline clean-up efforts from the October 2021 spill), dive teams mobilized to walk the Platform Eva pipeline 600’ in either direction of the sheen. To confirm the source of the leak, the Unified Command – including DCOR as the “Responsible Party” – flushed the pipeline on January 2, 2022. While this resulted in an anticipated oil sheen, response assets were staged and on-scene. Divers placed a pollution dome over the impacted area, though strong currents disturbed the dome on January 4, 2022, creating yet another oil sheen off Huntington Beach. On January 10, 2022, divers located and placed a clamp over a 1/8-inch diameter leak point in the pipeline.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, Unified Command expects to excavate the damaged pipeline and oversee a permanent repair plan. In the meantime, aerial overflights, 24-7 on-scene vessels, and booming will continue and response teams will be walking the beaches.

Remember, if you see tarballs, please do not attempt to touch them, but report with pictures and detailed location information to If you see oiled wildlife, please report to 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-877-823-6926).

Is this a particularly bad season or are oil spills actually this common and regulators are now paying a closer eye after the October spill? What will the repair plan for the damaged pipeline look like? How are oil spills, pipeline leaks, and forced shut-downs regulated under leases and permits? What are normal “background” levels of oil and who makes that determination? And how and when can operators responsibly decommission their offshore oil and gas facilities without abandoning ship and leaving California taxpayers with the bill?

These are all questions Coastkeeper staff are asking, but we need your support to keep pushing for answers.

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If you’d like to learn more about how California can provide a clear path to decommissioning its 27 offshore oil platforms, attend our Retiring Offshore Rigs Summit held on April 21, 2022.

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Gear Spotlight – NRS Gore-Tex

March 9th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Gear Spotlight – NRS Gore-Tex”

We got in touch with David Bain over at NRS to get some information regarding the new Gore-Tex apparel coming out in the upcoming spring season!

What new dry gear do you have coming out this year?2022 is an exciting year for NRS with the launch of our new dry wear range. This will include dry suits for whitewater paddlers, guides, and expedition boaters as well as a range of dry tops. This new line is constructed out of GORE-TEX® Pro and Cordura® which opens new levels of performance, comfort, and innovation for the company. 

The new line is a step above our current, very successful, line of Eclipse dry suits and dry tops. The Crux, Pivot, and Flux models which customers have grown to trust over the last six years aren’t going anywhere! 

Garry River, Calvine section, Scotland, Great Britain (near Aberfeldy)

Has working with GORE-TEX been an idea for a while?We have been developing the new line of dry wear for the past three to four years, collaborating with our athletes to refine features, testing different cuts, and working in partnership with GORE-TEX to bring out a new generation of drysuits for paddling. 

GORE-TEX is the perfect partner for this range. Their experience with waterproof-breathable fabrics is unmatched by anyone and the technologies are world-leading.

What colors does the new gear come in?The men’s range comes in blue, yellow, and red for whitewater items. The ladies get a teal combination and an orange and red combination. Check out the photos!

When will it be available to purchase? NRS GORE-TEX products will arrive in Spring 2022 at retailers around the world, so you will see these items on the water really soon!

Loch Moidart, West Coast Scotland, Great Britain.

What’s the difference between the old drysuit and the new one in terms of cut?Everything! This range went through years of testing with our athletes and ambassadors. We addressed all of their concerns with the fit, down to the most minute gripes, to make sure that the new range would be as comfortable as possible.

The cut of a dry suit also massively affects the longevity and durability of the product itself, so we have taken a lot of care regarding the placement of seams, adding reinforcements to areas of high abrasion, and making sure that the design of the suit does not limit its lifespan. 

Any plans for new gear in the near future we should be looking forwards to?We are constantly working on new lines to improve paddlers’ experiences on the water. I suggest you keep your eyes peeled. 

Cheers David!

How-To Set Up your Inflatable Pedal Kayak for Mirage iTrek11

March 7th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “How-To Set Up your Inflatable Pedal Kayak for Mirage iTrek11”

Hobie QuickStart videos are intended to be an easy way to get you on the water with the basic info for setting up your Hobie pedal kayak for the first time.

This video covers the Mirage iTrek series inflatable pedal kayaks. We’ll teach you how to open and unpack your hull, how to install the cranks on your MirageDrive GT pedal system and how to inflate the kayak hull. We will also run through how to install the kayak seatback, install and adjust the paddle, and install the rudder and cup holder.

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Gear Spotlight – FreeWing Go

March 5th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Gear Spotlight – FreeWing Go”

Looking for that new and easy wing to help get you started with Foiling?Then maybe this is the one for you! 

The wing market has grown dramatically over the past few years, and 2022 has seen more wings, from more brands, at all price points than ever before. But the FreeWing GO is the first wing to hit the market with performance, practicality and a good price point. The Go wing is from the brand FreeWing which is a collaboration brand between Airush (kite brand) and Starboard (SUP ,Windsurf, Foil brand).  Together they are focusing on making wings for every rider at every level. 

Their FreeWing Air V1 has already proven itself in our wing test, winning ‘Best Getting Started Wing’ for 2021. FreeWing have taken what they have learnt with the Air V1 & V2 to produce the GO. The GO is a wing designed for a wide range of wing disciplines and abilities. It is a very well priced wing from a main brand, so there’s no doubt that this new GO wing is going to get many people learning to wing, and progressing on the water this year.

Deep Sea Fishing for WAHOO (Catch Clean Cook) | Field Trips Panama

March 2nd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Deep Sea Fishing for WAHOO (Catch Clean Cook) | Field Trips Panama”

In this episode we’re fishing from the panga at a legendary spot 10 miles down the coast from Los Buzos Resort in search of wahoo. We’re trolling a variety of lures and plugs and vertical jigging in search for one of the fastest (and tastiest) fish on planet Earth. We also get into yellowfin tuna and one kayak fisherman gets the ride of his life from a giant shark. Then, back at the lodge, we’re showing you how to cook these delicious wahoo.

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