Dystopia and Utopia

Buggin’ Out and The Shared Economy

Photo by David Martin

Photo by David Martin

 

Buggin' Out

Dave Shively/Jeff Moag
What does the future hold? Zombies obviously, if you've been paying attention. And everyone knows that zombies can't swim, instantly increasing paddlers' chances. A few questions remain: Where to go? What to pack? The folks at urban disaster/survival fetish mag OFF GRID posed an answer with an exhaustive six-page profile of the ultimate "Bug-Out 'Yak" in their Fall 2014 issue, straying from more typical canned-meat taste test and amputation-tip stories. Doomsday preppers loaded down camo fishing kayaks with no less than nine firearm options, plus ammo, spare magazines, bandoliers, folding shovels, machetes, even a Gurkha kukri knife. How about a decent paddle? If you can't out-paddle the undead, then, in survivalist lingo, you're SOL when SHTF. — DS
— Check out Eddy's end days bug-out boat tips on p. 30

The Shared Economy

By Neil Schulman
If you can rent someone's spare bedroom on AirBnB, why not kayaks and canoes? In my own neighborhood, I can borrow a flatwater canoe, a high-performance tandem sea kayak, a surf kayak and all manner of whitewater canoes, kayaks and inflatables. When traveling, a shared boat is more than a cost-saving convenience—it's a way into the local scene, with all the inside knowledge and cultural immersion that come with it. Today, Facebook provides an imperfect portal to this boat-sharing utopia. Soon we'll have apps for that, both homegrown paddler networks and Silicon Valley startups like Sportzy, which is determined to do to the sporting gear market what Uber and Lyft did to taxis.

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