Aimed at the serious coastal paddler or any fan of big water moves, Justine Curgenven’s fast-paced celebration of the sea kayaking lifestyle is a perfect cure for the pending winter blues. Her exuberance for all things kayak is more than evident in the fast-paced production of this excellent video. While far from an instructional piece, one cannot help but learn from watching the on-water antics of folks like Maligiaq Padilla, Greg Stamer, Ginni Callahan, the Nigels and a host of others.
From Maligiaq’s unbelievable rope tricks to the eye-popping scenery of the Kamchatka Peninsula, this video will keep you riveted. The almost unbelievable story of kayaking neophyte Alexei Sitnokov’s trial by fire attempting huge surf launches on his first expedition is pure inspiration. Chris Duff’s soft-spoken philosophy on the attraction of long-distance paddling and Nigel Foster’s amazing feats of kayak balance will also provide motivation for the hearth-bound paddler.
This video gives us a personal glimpse of some of the sport’s biggest names, as we hear Maligiaq’s shy modesty, Greg Stamer’s gentle reminder to avoid dogma in our search for paddling excellence, and Justine Curgenven’s explosive breathing and the occasional strangled "wheee!" as she battles intense tidal rips off the coast of Anglesey.
Some of the best kayaking venues in the world are featured from a paddler’s perspective, such as the heaving mayhem of California’s Sonoma Coast, the calm beauty of Florida’s manatee-laden Weeki Wachee River, and the nail biting chaos of Wales’ Penryn Mawr tidal race.
This is a video sure to be played over and over by those trapped in winter’s grip, and by those who wish to experience the thrill of their favourite sport without actually getting wet. You can almost taste the salt spray, and the featured paddlers’ grins are infectious.
This is the Sea
A Cackle TV Production
Running time: 1 hour