Spring may officially be here, but I couldn’t resist the urge to escape to the warmth and pristine waters of Samoa to provide paddler safety for the Samoa Events Five Islands Ocean Swim Series – an event for experienced ocean swimmers. It was great way to see Samoa, its coastal areas and find out the best areas for ‘rock gardening’, caving and surfing!
As no doubt, most of you will have read in the editorial of the latest issue # 196, Paul has decided to retire as editor upon completion of issue 200. The success of the magazine has been due to his continual dedicated commitment to producing a high quality informative yet balanced, amusing ‘bloody good read’.
If there is anyone out there who would be interested and who would like to commit to being editor or an assistant, please contact me at Shaun@kask.org.nz
For those preparing articles or photographs for the next issue, the cut-off date for submissions will be Sun 18th November.
Tsunami Rangers Retreat – 2018
Congratulations to Lance Smith who recently returned from an amazing paddling trip to the west coast of Canada, the Californian coast and was a guest at this year’s Tsunami Rangers Retreat. The generosity and skill of those whom Lance paddled with was inexhaustible. I look forward to reading about his exploits in the next magazine and spending some time on the water with him.
Safer Boating Forum
Paul and I recently attended the NZ Safer Boating Forum in Wellington, the second of two this year. It was well attended by all of the main players with Stand Up Paddle Board NZ participating for their first time.
The morning session was informative with two statistical presentations. The first presentation was given by Paul on Paddlecraft Fatalities from 1983 to date. An extensive and detailed study of fifty-nine recorded fatalities. The second being the result of an MNZ random behavioural survey of three thousand participants covering last Summer.
Safer Boating Campaign for the upcoming summer season through to March 2019 has just launched with the main message being ‘Check your lifejacket/floatation device’ and then as we approach the festive season it will change to ‘Take a waterproof VHF radio’ and ‘Take two waterproof ways to call for help’.
The campaign kicked off with a ‘splash’ in the form of wharf and jetty jumps in Wellington, Auckland and Whangarei. Sadly, due to excessive strong winds, KASK paddlers were unable to provide on-water safety.
With warmer conditions and great weather forecast for the weekend, now is the time to not only check your camping gear, but more importantly get out on the water to refresh your skills.
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers – Committee 2018