Video Review: Mariner Drone Stress Test
By George Fielding As ariel video drones continue to drop in price, they’re starting to become more intriguing for amateur filmmakers. For paddlers, a POV camera mounted to a waterproof drone offers a new way to capture action on the water from a perspective that would normally be out of reach. But how well do they actually hold up in the field? When I started looking into waterproof drones I was surprised to find that there were no videos on YouTube that really put them through the paces, so I set out to make a series of videos to see how they would cope in rough conditions. After all, you buy a waterproof drone for reassurance when flying over water. Nobody wants to spend hundreds of dollars only to find the drone’s electronics fried when a gust of wind knocks it into the river. I spent a day flying FPV Factory‘s Mariner drone over a local river. I tested anything that I thought would be an issue: landing in whitewater, hitting trees, hard landings. Watch the video above to find out how it faired. –Pre-orders are now being taken for FPV’s newest model of waterproof drone on their Kickstarter page ($799).
Virtual Coach: Power Paddling
Sean Morley knows a few things about going fast. He honed his forward stroke technique as a flatwater sprint racer on the British junior national team, but has made his biggest mark traveling far and fast in challenging conditions. He’s held speed records for crossing the Irish Sea, circumnavigating Vancouver Island, and paddling 4,500 miles around Great Britain and Ireland, solo.
Advice on an Adirondack Escape
Last October I spent five days engulfed in the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, paddling the lakes of the Saint Regis Canoe Area with a couple good friends. This was our first overnight paddling experience in the area; I came away with a few bits of knowledge to pass on to the next paddlers planning this perfect fall escape.
New Era of a Classic: 2015 Santa Cruz Paddle Fest
A new era has begun for the Santa Cruz Paddle Fest, the largest and oldest continuously held surf kayak competition in the world. Photos, recap and results from the 2015 running of 29th annual event.
Faces of: Nujiang River Race
In the latest installment of Mountain Mind Collective's 'Faces' series, Todd and Brendan Wells chronicle China's first-ever Nujiang River Race, an innovative three-contest event on a high-water section of the mighty Nujiang (aka Salween), promoted as Red Bull Kayak Mania.
Sea Kayakers Rejoice: L.L.Bean supports Maine Island Trail with $100,000 endowment
The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), which oversees a 375-mile waterway for small boaters from the New Hampshire border to Canada, just got a shot in the arm from L.L. Bean. The venerable outdoor gear and apparel maker, founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, recently gave MITA and its Wild Islands Campaign a $100,000 grant to support its efforts to protect the trail system. It’s far from the first funds the company has awarded to the association. In 1987, L.L.Bean issued a grant to create the association, in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation and the Island Institute. It was from this that both MITA and the Maine Island Trail — America’s first recreational water trail, an establishment founded on the notion that visitors could be entrusted with the islands’ care — were born. “For decades, L.L.Bean and the Maine Island Trail Association have shared the common goal of being good stewards of the environment,” says L.L.Bean chairman Shawn Gorman. “It’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure that we all have clean, pristine and accessible places to recreate in the outdoors. The Maine Island Trail Association is to be commended for their efforts to make the great outdoors even
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Up the Mississippi
A month into their ambitious nine-month, 5,200-mile route, the six-man Rediscover North America crew highlights the first 27 days paddling up the Atchafalaya River, and crossing over to begin the long slog up the mighty Mississippi.