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Olympic Countdown

People love counting down the days til Christmas, and while that’s all well and good—it ’tis the season—there’s another countdown underway across the pond. Of course you probably know this already, but there’s something like 589 days until the 2012 London Olympics commence.

BBC London, for one, is already counting down. Recently, the BBC visited the London Olympic slalom canoeing venue and it would appear it’s already in a nice state of readiness. See for yourself »

RIP Brad Hinds

C&K was saddened to learn that a passionate member of the paddling community, Brad Hinds, passed away.

From the Alabama Mountain Games — Brad Hinds was found dead of an apparent heart attack suffered on Dec. 3, 2010. Brad was an icon of the paddling community in the state of Alabama and beyond and there is no way to express this loss. Please keep his family including his son Walker and daughter Lily and wife Emily it your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and months.

For the Alabama Mountain Games and NAWF(est) Brad never said no. He has been a stand up supporter of the AMGames and the Alabama Cup Races over the years and there is no way to replace him.

We at the AMGames are deeply saddened by this sudden loss and there there will be a big whole in this year’s games and games to come without him, but we would like to try to figure out how to honor Brad’s memory in the most positive way possible. Any suggestions and/or comments about this matter would be greatly appreciated. Also, any pictures or stories of Brad would be great. Please post them all here. Rest in Peace, Brad Hinds.

God speed, Tim Taylor of Tauranga

Earlier this month a 24-year-old tractor driver from New Zealand set out on a solo expedition to paddle around the country in a sea kayak.

According to the Gisborne Herald, Tim Taylor of Tauranga expects the 5,500 km journey to take three to six months to complete. It would be the first continuous solo circumnavigation of New Zealand, the report says. Taylor’s mum, Lyn, says, “He is a competent paddler and he has all his safety gear in his kayak… he will be just fine.” So, god speed and good luck, Tim Taylor of Tauranga, and please do drop us a line… we like your style.

Old Man Canoe

Old stuff is cool. But this little tidbit originating out of Cornwall, England, is wicked cool—transcendent even.

According to a recent report in the Cornish Guardian, officials from Cornwall’s National Maritime Museum recently took possession of what may be the oldest canoe in the whole wide world.

Made of birch bark and believed to be of Native American origin, the canoe is in a rough state of repair at the moment; it had been, after all, sitting in a barn in England since the late 1700s before it was recognized as a historical artifact. Once restored, the vessel will be displayed at the Cornwall museum and then returned to Canada. The canoe was brought to Britain from Canada by Lt. John Enys after he fought in the “American War of Independence” in 1776, according to the story, and then it sat in the Enys family barn for, oh, about 230 years. Like we said, wicked cool. —C&K staff report