After an awful lot of cycling-heavy content… time to get back to that other fun thing to do.. sea kayaking… Now, I’ve learned over the years that there are particular topics in sea kayaking that are almost guaranteed to spark off a lively debate.. one is rudders (yawn).. the other is towing.. methods and equipment. This is not going to be another long winded treatise on what is considered to be right and wrong, you can find as much of that as you want elsewhere around the web, rather it’s to present a rather neat little bit of kit that fits nicely into an oft-neglected niche.. the contact tow.
I’m lucky enough to count amongst my friends a certain Steve Whetman, aside from being a decent chap he’s also a top kayaker with with more than 30 years of experience .. experience particularly notable for extreme whitewater solo descents around the globe as well as a spell in Latin America as a raft and jungle guide. He’s also a qualified Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Instructor.. and has been working in paddlesport manufacturing for 15 years. Suffice to say he knows his stuff. As a friend and someone working hard to build a new business I promised him a little while ago to show you his really rather well thought out solution for those quick extractions from awkward situations that is now available to buy. So here it is. The video below will explain it better than I could so have a watch and then head over to the Whetman Equipment website to find out more.. he also has a bunch of other related and useful widgets available – take a look. Steve is also now the UK agent for the German Lettman Kayaks so someone well worth bookmarking. I’ll try and get some more coverage of the Lettman boats over the winter. They’re really nicely made and a manufacturer you don’t see so often in the UK.
I would just like to point out that I have no financial or business association with Steve in respect of posting stuff like this. I just think it’s a really neat bit of kit that’s going to live on the deck of my kayak for those unexpected quick extractions… I shall be expecting a slice of cake however next time we go paddling…Steve (I’m easily pleased).
Here are some more pics..