Wednesday, September 20, 2017

An Ode to the OC-2

I bought an OC-2 (2 man outrigger canoe) two years ago.  And just sold it.  Going to get an OC-1 (1 man outrigger canoe) to replace it.  The OC-2 was great fun the last 2 years, paddling on it with friends and family.  It definitely requires good teamwork to get it moving.  And the old saying "the boat doesn't lie" definitely applies here as it only takes one slight off rhythm paddle stroke to disrupt the flow and speed.

Paddling outrigger really forces you to get the paddle stroke technique right so that the boat really moves.  It also helps with the SUP stroke and you can tell a big difference paddling SUP after paddling the outrigger.

My daughter and I raced it for fun in the 6 mile Money Island race at Carolina Cup in 2016 (the only OC-2).  My friend Rob and I raced it at the last two Chucktown Showdown 9 mile Harbor races (two first place finishes although it was a very small field of OC-2s both times), and the 2017 Cold Stroke Classic (we were the only OC-2).  Rob and I trained a lot on the OC-2 and got a good flow going on it.  In the last Chucktown Showdown race, we really put the hammer down and made our last race together on it count.

I'll miss it but I'm looking forward to putting the hammer down on an OC-1 and seeing where that goes.  The new owner of the OC-2 is a paddle person and will take very good care of it, and put it to good that feels good.

So here's to the OC-2...and great memories on it....Cheers!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Couple of New Short Videos

I haven't been very active on the video front or blog postings lately.  Life has been super busy in 2017, all good but it's just been keeping my creative juices down quite a bit.  However, here are a couple of short video edits of some cool recent events with my family at the coast and in the mountains.  Enjoy!

Two Manatees from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

Max Patch from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016 and Welcoming 2017!

Wrapping up another year and heading into 2017 with continued motivation to do more epic stuff.  A great way to end the year in Charleston - being with family at the coast, surfing with my daughter and friends, flat water paddling /dolphin searching (success!) with my daughter/niece/nephew, and also getting in some windsurfing.

2016 Year In Review video below and pics from the last week of the year.  Happy New Year everyone!

2016 Year In Review from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

my go girl!

Robert Hess

my daughter

Dave Cavanaugh


my daughter, down the line!



Jeremy Whitted

my daughter


yours truly 

yours truly

offshore sandbar full of sand dollars

historic Charleston

family beach walk with immediate family, sisters, brother in law, niece, & nephews

Morris Island Lighthouse

excellent view at Bowens Island Seafood Restaurant

Fresh Oysters!

Hobcaw Creek paddle outing


Ravenel Bridge in the distance