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Exmouth RNLI called for potential incident after failed kitesurfing equipment

By Kite surfing

The two Exmouth RNLI lifeboats were launched this morning after a report of an unattended kiteboard stranded on the beach at Ladram Bay.

At 8:41 am today, Monday October 19, 2020, HM Coastguard has affected both our RNLI All Weather Lifeboat
13-03 R&J Welburn and coastal lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D to a report of an unattended kiteboard found on Ladram Bay beach and potentially a person in trouble in the sea.

The lifeboats, tasked with searching the shoreline from Ladram Bay to Jacobs Ladder, were assisted by two HM Coast Guard rescue teams.

The all-weather lifeboat was piloted by the crew of rescue volunteers, Steve Hockings-Thompson, Scott Ranft, Roger Jackson, Chris Sims and Andrew Stott and the inshore lifeboat by Henry Mock, Sarah Beresford and James Edge.

The two lifeboats were withdrawn from their mission at 9:18 a.m. today when it was established that the kiteboard had been on the beach, apparently abandoned, since yesterday.

They were back at the station ready for service shortly thereafter.

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Parasailing regulations in Lake George tightened after near drowning

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LAKE GEORGE – Parasailing operations will be a little different, and hopefully safer this summer on Lake George, if and when they open after the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

The Lake George Park Commission adopted new license conditions at its monthly meeting on Tuesday following a near-drowning during a parasailing trip last summer. The new rules set the minimum number of crews and the maximum wind speed.

Last June, a 23-year-old man from New Windsor fell into Lake George and got entangled in the rigging of a Pinky’s Parasailing Adventures boat. By the time the man was removed from the water, he was unconscious and was not breathing. He was in critical condition for a while, but recovered.

In July, the Park Commission listened to a number of public comments on the safety of parasailing operations, in which a boat tows clients held in the air by a parachute-like kite. The public also discussed kayaking safety, and in October, the Park Commission passed a resolution requiring flags on all commercial canoes and kayaks.

The Park Commission has formed a subcommittee to work with Pinky’s Parasailing Adventures and Parasail Joe’s on updating their permits to include new safety measures. These changes were announced and unanimously adopted on Tuesday.

Parks Commission executive director David Wick discussed some of the most significant changes, including the fact that parasailing boats must have at least three crew members on board, unless all guests are on board. be harnessed before boarding the boat. Then there could be two. Originally, permits only required two crew members.

“What was really going on was when the parasail was actually in the air, the crew member was taking care of the passengers,” Wick said.

The captain both ran the boat and supervised the paratroopers, which Wick said was “a problem in terms of having a dedicated observer.”

The Parks Commission has also clarified the wind speed information for when to fly safely. Parks Commission Enforcement Director Lt. Joe Johns originally said the permit rules did not take gusts of wind into account.

Paratroopers now cannot operate “when the actual or predicted wind speed (i.e. sustained wind) in the next hour is 16 mph or more, as recorded or predicted”, and they cannot operate “when the actual or forecast speed of wind gusts in the next hour is greater than 20 mph,” according to license updates. Wind information is obtained from the National Weather Service station at Warren County Airport in Queensbury.

The permits should “anything but guarantee” that operations occur at a speed of 20 mph or less, Wick said.

Both parasailing operators agreed with the changes, he said.

A version of this article first appeared on, a non-profit news magazine covering Adirondack Park.

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The kite-surf yacht pushes the limits of sailing

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The ArmorKite 650 is a Mini Transat style yacht sailed in a motorized kite, without conventional mast or sail, writes François Tregouet

It is a gray and wet day in February on the pontoons of Port la Forêt, the Mecca of French solo ocean racing. Olivier de Kersauson, a man who has never hesitated to find the right words, once renamed the place ‘The valley of the fools’ (the valley of the fools). Michel Desjoyeaux, Armel le Cleac’h or Jean Le Cam, all local notables, take this as a compliment.

But standing in front of this boat (I’m not sure you can even call it a sailboat?), With no mast, boom, stanchions or any apparent paraphernalia, I begin to wonder if this local madness is not contagious.

At first glance, the ArmorKite 650 is as intriguing as its deck is empty. To navigate it, we will clearly have to forget everything we have learned to take for granted. In addition, although it may not be seen at first glance, there is no keel, or even ballast. The stability comes from the shape of the hull, thanks to a 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in) beam and a design reminiscent of the Mini Transat 650 class.

The motorized wing provides good boat speed on or out of the wind. Photo credit: Chloé Dubset

It is therefore not surprising that the architect of ArmorKite, Etienne Bertrand, not only participated in the legendary transatlantic race in 2011, but designed around fifteen development boats.

Maxime and Marc Denoix from ArmorKite gave me a brief briefing before leaving – and it was brief. The ArmorKite only has two trimming lines and a drawbar; the boat can be double sailed easily. Pushing off the pontoon by hand and out of the port powered by the small outboard is especially easy with a hull weighing only 273 kg (602 lb). Without ballast or rigging and therefore very little structure, the weight is reduced to a minimum.

Once in the bay, however, our sail is radically different from a traditional outing. First, a sea anchor is deployed aft to limit drift while we prepare and “hoist” the kite. Even more unusual, we contact the coast guard by VHF to warn them of our next test sail: on two occasions well-meaning sailors have called for help after seeing a boat without a mast, apparently dismasted and attempting to put up a rig. of fortune by deploying the kite!

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First sailing and surfing, then windsurfing, before kitesurfing, paddleboarding and more recently the foil arrive to illuminate water sports …


As the mist rose from the surface of the water in the picturesque port of Morges, on the north shore of the lake …

The wind is light, around 7 knots, the theoretical minimum necessary to get the kite out of the water. So we take out the largest sail, at 25m² (270ft2). There are five size options, at 8, 13, 21, 23 and 25 m² (89, 140, 226, 248 and 270 feet2) for all types of wind from 7 to 35 knots.

The kite is placed on the roof, well flocked in its sail bag, and the five lines connected (two front lines, two back lines and a fifth line) to the boat via a transverse Harken track. The wing flies free and to leeward upwind, limiting any heeling, although the design allows the ArmorKite to heel up to 15 °.

Once connected to the boat, the kite can be unfolded and the leading edge inflated thanks to the on-board electric pump. After inflating the kite, the five lines are unrolled simultaneously using the electric winch. With Thibaud Grasset, board sports specialist at ArmorKite at the helm and Maxime Denoix at the helm, they launch the kite at a perfect pace – but they have more than 50 outings to their credit. This is useful because in this light wind range the kite tends to stick to the water, and takeoff can be tricky.


Launching the kite is the trickiest part of the navigation. Photo credit: Chloé Dubset

Finally the wind rises to 9 knots, the kite takes off, the drugs are brought on board and the boat takes off! The speed is immediately exhilarating. We make a few turns, sailing crosswind, going almost at wind speed.

The ArmorKite is extremely sensitive on the tiller, and also sensitive to the positioning of the crew, whose total weight can easily equal that of the boat itself. It is important to keep a close eye on the longitudinal and side trims. A center footrest would help you keep your balance at the helm, but the feeling of gliding across the water is delicious.

We are far from breaking the 19 knot record that the team has already reached, but sailing at 10-12 knots when the real wind is barely 15 knots is more than enough to put a big smile on your face.


The ArmorKite’s current speed record of 19 knots (SOG) is sure to be broken as the team exploits it to its full potential. Photo credit: Chloé Dubset

When it comes to going upwind, skeptics will say that a kite cannot go upwind. But the ArmorKite holds a course upwind comparable to a keelboat, sailing 30 ° to either side of the true wind, at speeds very close to a Mini 650 of 6-7 knots in 10-12 knots of wind. . But where the boat gets even more impressive is downwind. We had 9 knots displayed on the GPS with 11 knots of wind behind. What conventional boat could offer this?

The power developed by the kite is impressive, and sometimes surprising; you have to hang on for gybes, for example. Especially, if there is an error in the angle of the rudder or the wing, or a lack of synchronization between the helmsman and the adjuster, instead of the pulling power turning into speed, it causes the boat to tip over. on its edge.

We experienced this during a wild “downloop”; Denoix got their hands on the automatic fifth row release, and the boat came down the right way – unlike the two capsizes they already experienced in testing sails, when they had to right the boat like a dinghy.


Picking up the fin with one hand while controlling two lines with the other is the only time things get a bit tricky when navigating with two hands without an autopilot. Photo credit: François Tregouet

So, if there is a foiling revolution underway, will the next one be a kite revolution? There is still a long way to go before this solution can be universally adopted. Even if learning to handle the kite only takes a few weeks, according to its inventors, the constant attention and necessary adjustments to the kite during navigation put a real brake on its use outside of competition.

If they are tempted to test the performance of their radical design on an event like the Bol d’Or, or the Mini Transat, the designers admit that they do not yet know how to manage the necessary sleep times over such a long period. .

There are so-called self-stabilizing kites, but they are not up to par in terms of performance, with speeds reduced by 50 to 60%. Right now, the choice is between performance and peace of mind. The challenge is to reconcile the two, possibly through the development of a kite autopilot, or by adopting a faster reel winch to bring the kite back on board quickly.

In the meantime, a second boat is experimenting with some design changes, including a single swivel centerboard. This saves a maneuver, because asymmetric daggerboards require movement with each tack or jibe. With an autopilot at the helm, the whole thing takes on the appearance of a very pleasant dayboat: simple, efficient, fun and easily transportable.


LOA: 6.50 m (21 ft 3 in)
MEUGLER: 6.05 m (19 ft 8 in)
Shine: 2.20 m (7 ft 2 in)
Disorganized: 0.07-1.00 m (2 3⁄4 inches-3 feet 3 inches)
Shift: 273 kg (602 lb)
Sail surface: 8-25m2 (86-269ft²)
Design: Etienne Bertrand

First published in the May 2020 edition of Yachting World.

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Kite surfing and social distancing, but no Sullivan on Castle Island

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“It would be nice if we could go to another country until it’s over,” said Brendan Gilroy, a 58-year-old construction worker who has been off work for two months. “I guess we just have to do the best.”

Gilroy sat with his back to the granite fort, an Australian Labradoodle at his feet and Logan Airport across the water in front of him. Normally a hive of activity, the airport was strangely quiet this recent afternoon, its runways almost empty as only a few planes were flying there or bringing passengers from elsewhere.

A runner had a path all to himself on Castle Island.David L. Ryan / Globe Staff

Above our heads the roar of jet engines was absent, and the only obstacle to a conversation at normal volume was a strong wind off the harbor.

That wind swept through the empty parking lot outside Sullivan’s, the Castle Island seafood and snack restaurant that was closed during the lockdown. A locked gate, more suited to the dead of winter, barred the entrance where a long queue would meander outside on happier days.

“Don’t worry,” read one review. “When the time comes, we’ll be there to provide the comforting beach food that our family has been providing your family for almost 70 years.”

The adjacent playground was not in use, not a single child climbed while parents rested on the benches. Near the playsets, piles of overturned hulls from the Harry McDonough Sailing Center waited to be launched in better times.

Still, a small but steady stream of people was walking around Pleasure Bay. They included Marie Morris and Maura Hanrahan, masked friends in their thirties who decided to wander clockwise on the loop, flouting orders from two large digital signs that pointed to visitors in the opposite direction.

“I’d rather do that than stay inside the house,” said Hanrahan, who lives in Lowell.

Mike Doucet can understand. The Lexington man, 62, known as Kiter Mike, wouldn’t let the coronavirus stop him from playing his sport.

The sport is kite-surfing, and Doucet was circling Pleasure Bay, soaring tens of meters into the air and plunging back into the water with a cry of joy that, for a moment anyway, seemed to signal that all was well in the world.

Doucet and a few pals in wetsuits gathered on the beach near Day Boulevard, which was closed to cars on the ocean side of the marine park. A friend is from Morocco, another from Ukraine, a third from France. They joked to each other, measured the wind changes, and rode a breeze that blew 15 to 25 miles per hour.

They weren’t wearing masks. They also didn’t get closer than 6 feet from anyone.

“You’re socially distanced anyway because you’re on the water and away from each other,” Doucet said. “You get in your car, put on your wetsuit and jump into the water. Then you get in your car and drive home.

Doucet, who sells seafood, said kite-surfing has helped fill in the gaps in his schedule.

“I always wake up at 4 am without an alarm clock,” Doucet said, shrugging as he stood in the sand. “So you’re up, making coffee, and there isn’t much you can do in the house. It’s a godsend.”

Gary Pikovskay, 41, from Ukraine, beamed as he prepared for the water for the first time in more than two months. Pikovskay had been quarantined at his Cambridge home, but with a broken leg, not because of the pandemic.

“This is my first day away from home since having had surgery,” Pikovskay said. “The whole virus thing kind of missed me. In a way, this is the right timing.

Good timing, however, doesn’t extend to the other parts of the band’s routine: the hot dogs, fries, and cokes at Sullivan’s. Then stop at Santarpio’s across the water in East Boston. And the camaraderie over a post-surf beer, said Doucet.

    Empty tables at Sullivan's.
Empty tables at Sullivan’s.David L. Ryan / Globe Staff

It’s all about adapting to the era of the coronavirus.

At the end of the beach, Giovanni Sambotti was getting ready to put away his windsurfing equipment as a spitting rain fell. The 47-year-old from Cambridge had only surfed for the second time this spring. The other years, Sambotti said, he would go out three to four times a week.

Sambotti said he was not afraid of contracting the virus, but wanted to do his part to keep others safe.

Still, the change in routine was difficult. Sambotti held his sail, admired its slender lines and smiled slightly.

“This,” he said, “is my psychologist. “

Brian MacQuarrie can be reached at [email protected]

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The thrill of kite surfing in Zanzibar | London Evening Standard

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It’s hard to improve the exhilaration of a day of kite surfing, no matter where you are in the world.

But as the evening sky turned pink over the Indian Ocean and the bartender tossed ice in my glass while someone else was packing my gear, I was struck by the fact that the kite scene in Zanzibar has a lot to offer.

Located 26 km off the coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Archipelago has an exotic past and an alluring present. The same winds that now attract kites have for centuries brought sailors from Persia, India and China. Zanzibar was known as the Spice Islands for the thriving exchange of cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. The spice trade was supported by an equally lucrative but barbaric slave trade; both were encouraged by the Omani sultans who ruled from the 1600s to the late 1800s, when the British took control of a protectorate that continued until 1964, when it became a part of newly independent Tanzania.

This rich heritage comes to life in the old quarter of Zanzibar city, Stone Town, which received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000. It is an intoxicating mix of sultan’s palaces where Scheherazade told his stories, forts and fish markets, town built in coral houses with carved and studded teak doors. The site of the old slave market is now an Anglican church, but the air is heavy with ghosts and the original slave chains are on display. There are still spice markets, and you could stop at Africa House, a venerable colonial-style hotel with a terrace reminiscent of the days of Victorian explorers Richard Burton and David Livingstone, who came to Zanzibar to prepare their expeditions to the deeper in Africa.

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If Stone Town is captivating, the coast is spellbinding. Over the past five years tourism, including kite-surfing, has increased in Zanzibar, bringing a greater choice of upscale hotels, a campaign to remove garbage (I haven’t seen any) and improved roads. The main kite destination is a 4 km stretch of coast in the southeast. For the nightlife and tourist buzz, stop at the northern end of the strip at the village of Paje: bounce along a rutted track and you’re immediately on the beach in a scramble of kite and snowboard schools. beach bars, flaming white sand and strange shepherds taking his cows for a walk.

“It’s not as crowded as Tarifa, but yes it can get crowded,” says Mo, 32, a consultant from Dubai whom I meet on the way out of the water. “But it’s really great: once you get past the learners near the shore, there’s a lot of space. ” Advices ? “Do you see the fishing boats? They attach to sharp anchors that are difficult to see. Don’t hit one.

Correctly warned, I deployed my kite. The coral sand was like sifted flour, warm and light underfoot. Warm, crystal clear water and steady wind, curling just enough waves to lift my jumps. The joy I felt was reflected in the shining faces of the runners around me.

At lunchtime there was live music at Mr Kahawa, a café-guesthouse famous for its flat white and wi-fi lingua franca, avocado toast and freshly grilled tuna. peach. The guests appeared to be mostly French and Italian; girls in brash vests braid each other and henna, tanned guys comparing plank sizes.

Sail: Kite Paradise pro-rider and founder Marcel Glaser catches the breeze off Zanzibar

From December to February, the first season of Kaskazi winds, with an average of 16 knots; the second is from June to September, bringing the Kusu to around 18 knots. They both blow across the shore which is great for kiteboarding, when you veer to and from the beach and hopefully if you lose your board at sea it will be sent back to the beach. Speaking of which, that night I was learning a new trick and lost my board. A passing kite gently brought him back as I floated in the sea; by this time I had drifted to the southern part of Paje and caught a booming pace coming from burger shack B4. Apparently the bars in Paje collude to make sure there is a party every night; that night, B4 was an alluring mix of electronic music and powerful Caipirinhas.

A few miles south along the shore, the village of Jambiani is a quieter option, where you’re less likely to be invited for a game of beer pong on the beach. This is the place to go for low-key hotels that open up to the beach: think sun-bleached hammocks hanging for lounging with a view. We stayed at Mwezi Boutique, a friendly place with a lovely pool, thatched-roof beach cabanas, and service heavily inspired by the Swahili currency, pole pole, or slowly slowly.

There were fewer people in Jambiani, but there were also fewer opportunities to be on the water. Low tide in Paje just means you have to walk further to get to the ocean. But in Jambiani, when the water turns off, it reveals a bottom of coral dotted with farms of algae. These represent a much needed source of income for local women, but pose a danger to the kite with many rusty struts.

Villa Relais & Châteaux

“Whenever there isn’t enough water here, we take customers to the lagoon,” shrugs Julia, the Swedish-born co-owner of the Mbuzi Kite Center in Jambiani. “It’s a nice area of ​​shallow water within a 10 minute walk.”

Although it is more of a kiosk than a ‘center’, Mbuzi is the friendliest and cheapest of the kite spots I have explored (around £ 17 to hire a board for the day, even if it can be a bit ringing). It is also one of the few places where the instructors are all local. There is always someone happy to help you pump up your kite or pack your kit, and even though I was only paying for the board rental, Gardi, the head instructor and a gifted rider, was always ready to go. give useful advice. One day, as we were returning from the lagoon, I asked Gardi what he does during the windless seasons. “Anything,” he smiles. ‘If I can get 10,000 shillings a day [around £3] I will do it.’

“There is no seaweed or boats to avoid, just a huge expanse of ocean. I ran outside; the day has faded, illuminated with pure joy “

Located in the luxury Relais & Châteaux White Sands villas between Paje and Jambiani, Zanzibar Kite Paradise is unmistakably luxury. Founded by Austrian pro-rider Marcel Glaser, it’s the pinnacle of efficient service: the kind of place with a compressed air pump and well-trained assistants, as well as multi-skilled instructors from all over the world. Being between the villages means that there are also less kiters around. “I love that we have flat water here on the shore, but if you kite all the way to the reef, there are always big waves,” says Glaser. “Some people see dolphins.” Best of all, there’s no seaweed or anchored boats to avoid – just an expanse of ocean beckoning you. I ran outside; the day fades, lit with pure joy.

At the Kite Paradise bar, I chatted with Alizée, a 28-year-old Parisian yoga teacher with enviable movements. “I’m used to the strong winds and cold water in Cape Town. Having a light wind and flat water to practice new tricks is amazing, especially compared to the big waves in South Africa which can make things painful! ‘

If you fancy a day off, there are a myriad of options. Take a boat with operator Safari Blue for an idyllic day trip to one of the small local islands: feast on Swahili food and fresh fruit, and swim to see shoals of brilliant fish and huge red starfish. Take a trip inland to visit the spice plantations or spot the endangered Zanzibar red colobus monkey.

But whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro, kiting here is very special. No doubt: I will go back.

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Dive into snorkeling, even scuba diving in Greeley and northern Colorado – Greeley Tribune

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Colorado is a landlocked state, but that doesn’t mean there’s no interest in scuba diving.

The owner of a Greeley-based dive and scuba center said Colorado has a healthy number of divers in its overall population of 5.6 million, although the nearest coastline is over 1. 000 miles.

Pamela Bland, wife of Ron Bland, owner of the Greeley Tortuga Bay Dive and Snorkeling Center on 10th Street, dives into the Denver Aquarium. (Photo courtesy of Ron Bland).

“People come to Colorado for the outdoors,” said RonBland, owner of Tortuga Bay on the 10th.e Street. “The demographics of scuba divers are based on activity.”

Bland, 70, estimates that there are a few hundred thousand certified divers in Colorado. He has worked in the dive industry since the late 1980s. He started with a store in Fort Collins. Bland opened TortugaBay in Greeley in 1998, and it’s safe to say he’s hooked.

Bland and his wife, Pamela, organize diving trips throughout the year. One of their annual trips is to Cozumel, Mexico each September. Thirty-five people have joined the Blands this year, including 20 divers.

The Blands visited Fiji in November 2018 and they are planning a trip to the Philippines in 2021 – a dive site Bland describes as “spectacular.”

“There is so much to see,” Bland said of scuba diving. “In Cozumel there are so many beautiful reefs. You are looking for things that are out of the ordinary, lobsters, crabs, turtles.

But no big sharks, so don’t worry if you’re inclined to give diving a try. Bland said larger sharks will avoid divers.

“Catfish, eels,” Bland continued. “You will see marine life, you are not going to see snorkeling.”

The difference between snorkeling and scuba diving is the equipment. Snorkeling does not rely on autonomous air. Scuba is an acronym that stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

For more information on diving with Tortuga Bay, visit or call (970) 353-DEEP (3337).

Ron Bland, scuba diving
Ron Bland, second from right, owner of Tortuga Bay, a snorkeling and scuba diving center in Greeley, and a group of divers in May 2018 at Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah. Bland, who teaches snorkeling and scuba diving, takes his students to Homestead Crater for their open water certification. (Photo courtesy of Ron Bland).

While there are places to dive in Colorado – see this 2016 story from and this list from Aquaviews – Bland takes its students out of state for the open water certification phase of their training.

There are three phases to becoming a certified diver, Bland said, and the start-up cost will be around $ 600. The first phase of certification is for academics and it’s done online these days. After the course there is an aquatic training in a swimming pool. Bland takes the students to Eaton High School once a month. Then there’s the two-day open water test.

For this part of the certification, Bland takes his students to the Heber Valley near Park City, Utah, to snorkel in the hot water of Homestead Crater.

With certification, the new diver is ready for life.

Bland wrote in an email that basic certification is similar to getting a driver’s license.

“You didn’t know much about driving back then, but you learned a lot more over time with experience,” Bland wrote.

Scuba diving
A look at soft coral in Indonesia on one of Ron Bland’s scuba diving trips in 2011 or 2012. (Photo courtesy of Ron Bland).

Bland recommends if you are considering a hot-weather location for spring break and want to dive, then get certified soon. The whole process can be accomplished in a few weekends.

“You get this card and it’s your ticket to rent planes anywhere in the world,” Bland said. “You are certified for life. ”

– AnneDelaney covers high school and recreational sports for The Greeley Tribune. Contact Anne at [email protected], (970) 392-5647 or on Twitter @ AnneGDelaney.

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Parasailing tourists have jellyfish surprise during descent

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Two tourists recently suffered the shock of their lives after being immersed in Bulgarian waters filled with jellyfish.

“My mates and I (4 of us) decided to go on the parachute boat. Two went first and they got submerged in the water and Julz (who was with me) thought it was cool and fun, ”one of the tourists explained in a statement to Viral Hog.

“Our pals came out and didn’t say anything and when Julz and I got up we looked at each other and saw that there were a lot of jellyfish below us.”

What good are friends, if not to scare you from time to time?

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August is a great time to explore by sea kayaking

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Of the many reasons to love New England, one of the best is that the ocean is close by and ready to be enjoyed.

Now I’m not a ‘beach person’, but I enjoy bodyboarding (having failed to learn to surf and windsurf) and beachcombing (which really results in a hike along the seashore. sea), and I especially love sea kayaking. August, when it is often too hot for hiking and biking, and too dry to paddle most rivers, is sea kayaking season.

Now almost anything that floats can be used to paddle a quiet cove or saltwater river estuary, but if you want to explore where wind and waves are factors, nothing beats a sea kayak. general, most sea kayaks are at least 15 feet long, usually between 21 and 25 inches wide at their widest point (wider than that and they can become unstable on steep wave faces) and they have often a rudder on foot or a drop-down fin (keel) to help them maintain a straight course in wind and waves. Good paddling technique can compensate, but it’s just easier to have a rudder or a centreboard.

Real sea kayaks take some getting used to. For people who have used wider, flatter “recreational” kayaks, a sea kayak often feels “lively” when you first step into it. But when you take them out in waves or choppy water, the water tends to flow harmlessly under the hull rather than trying to tip you over. They may feel ready to rock, but they really aren’t.

Another good thing about a sea kayak is that it also works wonderfully on large lakes, easily handling wind and boat wake. On some large lakes like Winnipesaukee, Candlewood in Connecticut, Champlain in Vermont or Sebago and Moosehead in Maine, a sea kayak is almost necessary if you want to paddle on a busy summer day. The wakes of colliding boats can create more waves and choppy water than you sometimes encounter in the open ocean. If you mainly paddle large waters, a smaller sea kayak is a good choice for a multi-purpose boat.

Getting to know your sea kayak opens up a whole world of paddling possibilities. You can head out to the ocean almost anywhere along the New England coast and find a nice spot to paddle. Some days it may be in the open sea, while other days it will require more sheltered areas.

I literally dipped my paddle in the water at dozens of places between Westport, Connecticut, and Eastport, Maine. Some of my favorite spots include Great Bay and Portsmouth Harbor here in New Hampshire, the Thimble Islands off the Connecticut coast, Buzzards Bay and Chatham in Massachusetts, and Casco, Merrymeeting, Penobscot and Cobscook Bays in Maine. I also paddled my sea kayak on Lake Huron, the St. Lawrence River, the Saguenay Fjord in Quebec and on most of the great lakes of New England. I don’t remember having a bad day on the water, whether the trip was short or long, under clear skies or clouds.

Introduction to sea kayaking

If you are new to the idea of ​​sea kayaking I suggest you either start with a professional instructor (that’s how I started) or find a group of sea kayaking enthusiasts who will let you follow along. and learn as you go.

I did my first sea kayaking trip with H2O outfitters on the Isle of Orr in Maine and I always highly recommend them. Tell Cathy I said hello.

The Appalachian Club has a very active sea kayaking program – just go to the activity database and choose sea kayaking from the drop down menu. At the time of this writing, 27 trips and clinics were posted. Books can be considered quaint relics of this internet age, but the AMC has released a definitive guide, AMC’s best sea kayak in New England, which contains a wealth of information.

New England Coastal Paddlers offers clinics and outings all summer and into the fall.

Sea kayaking safety

■ Start in protected waters and slowly expose yourself to greater challenges. Remember that the weather can change in an instant.

■ As soon as you decide you like sea kayaking, attend a rescue and re-entry clinic. Practice these skills regularly.

■ Never paddle alone. If you are in trouble, you want to have people around you.

■ Always wear your personal flotation device (PFD) when in a kayak.

■ Give plenty of space to motorboats and sailboats and make sure they can see you.

■ Someone in your group should have a marine radio. If you’re heading for open water, everyone should have one.

■ Wear sun protection and pack plenty of snacks and water.

Tim Jones is the editor of the online magazine and can be contacted at [email protected]

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SD woman injured in parasailing crash in Mexico recovers

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The young woman seriously injured in a parasailing accident in Mexico walks and surfs a year later.

Katie Malone’s recovery has come a long way. “I survived something that I shouldn’t have survived,” she said.

Malone was in Puerto Vallarta in June 2018 for his birthday. His parasailing ride turned into a nightmare, “I saw the boat capsize and people on the beach running around trying to grab the rope to bring me down.” She said that for almost half an hour she was in the air, she worked to keep her calm, thinking about her dog Leroy and what she was going to wear that night.

Her family say the rope broke and she fell into a twist. Katie said that was all she could do to avoid passing out or getting sick. She said the next thing she remembered was to open her eyes on the ground with emergency crews surrounding her.

“My heart fell on my feet,” said Katie’s brother Brendan.

He started calling and coordinating the trip to Mexico to be with his little sister. He has spoken of being the spokesperson for the family, spreading the word through his music community in Nashville, returning home to California and creating the Gofundme online who reached the world.

She had three surgeries in Mexico and two weeks later the swelling in her brain had not abated. Katie’s mother said doctors doubled her dose of steroids to reduce the swelling in the pituitary gland and this caused a severe reaction.

Katie’s mother Sidona said she was sick all night long and that was when they all feared she wouldn’t make it. Sidona said the doctor took her aside the next day and said: “You don’t understand, she could die and she has to go home now,” urging them to fly her to the United States.

The family overcame enormous hardships, from paying cash for surgeries in Mexico, as Katie was between insurances, looking for a way home by plane. Sidona said some airlines would not fly this far south in Mexican airspace and medical airlines would not take her without insurance. Their network of friends and family gave them solutions.

The last piece came at the last minute, an anonymous donation of $ 20,000 to fund his flight home. His fight to get back to normal is only just beginning.

Katie has relearned to walk, drive and surf over the past year, all while smiling.

“Instead of this terrible accident controlling her, she took control of it,” Brendan said.

Katie says the positivity, her family and her dog, Leroy, kept her going. She said she took Leroy, her support dog, to the hospital to help others and that she was grateful that he was there for her recovery.

She advises anyone facing a challenge that your mind is more powerful than your body, and that positivity will help you overcome it.

“I’m not 100% back, I’m getting there, I’m back to work, not full-time just part-time,” she said as she focused on her health. She works as a masseuse, helping others to feel better.

Among her challenges, she finds it difficult to sit for long periods of time and has to adjust her gait and position.

She hopes her story will change the regulations in Mexico so that it never happens to anyone else.

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Pedal boats, rafting and scuba diving – in the mountains? Yes – Inside the Appalachians

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For many people in the Appalachians, lakes, rivers, and streams are the first places we swam, played in the water, or caught crawdads. For many adults, our streams are some of the best places to get out and cool off in the summer. We have rafting, swimming, boating, and even scuba diving to choose from (yes, scuba diving, you read that right.)

We know that sometimes you want to go back and listen to individual stories. Here are links to four stories from this episode.


Just about any search on the web for “the best whitewater rafting” or “the most dangerous whitewater rafting” includes West Virginia. Each year, approximately 150,000 people go commercial rafting on a West Virginia river, most of them on the New and Gauley rivers, which flow through Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Our Folklife reporter Caitlin Tan spent a day with river guides on the New River.

Diving in Summersville

Summersville Lake in Nicholas and Fayette Counties, West Virginia, was built in 1966 as part of a flood control project and is now a popular spot for water recreation, paddlers, climbers. and motor boat operators. But have you ever thought about scuba diving there?

Our associate producer Eric Douglas is a diver. He recently visited Lake Summersville and took his recorder with him on a dive below the surface of one of the clearest mountain lakes in the Appalachians.

If you’ve ever wondered what the lake looks like below the surface, here’s a short video of Eric’s dive parts.

What’s in a Name – The New River

Some people claim that the New River is over a billion years old. But it turns out that’s not true. According to Steve Kite, a geologist at the University of West Virginia, there are rocks in the New River drainage that are a billion years old, but that doesn’t mean the river is a billion years old. Geologists are not sure how old the river is. Kite says he could be 320 million years old or 3 million years old.

In this episode, we’ll learn more about the geology of the New River and how it got its name.

Garbage in water

It is not difficult to find abandoned campsites along rivers, often littered with garbage. And rainy weather can easily drag these leftovers, teddy bears, sleeping bags, and even drug paraphernalia like dirty syringe needles, into waterways, contaminating river ecosystems and posing a risk to life. human health.

In this episode, we’re going to learn about a man from Morgantown, West Virginia, who took it upon himself to load his bike and use a grapple and a powerful magnet to clean up trash along the Monongahela River.

Rear wheel river boats

The sight and sound of a paddle steamer might remind you of a bygone era. But for some people, it is still a part of life today. There is a community on the rivers of the central Appalachian Mountains that strives to preserve this history of the boat.

Eric Douglas takes us on a trip on the Kanawha and Ohio rivers to find out more.

History of Bluestone Lake

In the central Appalachians, there are more than 30 man-made lakes, built and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. In the United States, there are more than 700 artificial lakes created by dams. Some of these lakes were built to prevent flooding in populated areas while others were built to create recreational activities. Jessica Lilly discusses her own roots in the destroyed Bluestone Lake town of Lilly in this episode. You can also listen to an earlier episode of Inside Appalachia that delves into the history of man-made flood control lakes throughout the region.

Controversy and mystery still surround the lakes built by the Army Corps of Engineers


We had some help producing Inside Appalachia this week from The Allegheny Front. Music for today’s show was provided by Dinosaur Burps, Spencer Elliot, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tina Turner and Ben Townsend.

Roxy Todd is our producer. Eric Douglas is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Jesse Wright. He also edited our show this week. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. You can find us online on Twitter @InAppalachia.

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