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Old 08-28-2013   #1
 
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ICF Taiwan qualifier - Taiwan river kayaking

All are now 720p HD and you must click the youtube control gear and set to 720p otherwise youtube defaults to low res 380 or 480p.

Rockit Kayaking 720p - YouTube



ICF C1 C2 K1 Race 2000 - Taiwan 720p - YouTube


The Don The Cupcake The God 720p - YouTube


Adventure Kayak - The Movie 720p - YouTube


Garden of Taiwan - Rulers of China 720p - YouTube

Just a fun day messing around not really kayaking


Whitewater kayaking in Wu Li, Taipei County, Taiwan at Lee Wu River. We had AIRE inflatable kayaks, Dagger and Prijon hardshells. We used Gumotex Innova inflatables on lakes/Class II. The Lee Wu River is a 22 kilometer run which was too much for the beginners and many didn't have a river roll down. The Taiwanese culture is short on patience and they just wanted to run the entire river. I knew I couldn't delay and make them practice much longer and they were already planning on going behind my back if I didn't take them down soon. We drove what I thought was about half way up to the Fu Shan put-in and I could see how the road came closest to the river here, and I told them to stop and I wanted to scout (a concept which doesn't exist in Taiwanese). I found a tiny 30 year old path mostly covered. There was an older telephone pole near the path, the plaque was written in Japanese and had a number "222" designating this was the two hundred and twenty second poll in this line. This became the infamous "222" run. In Taiwanese you'd here "let's go kayaking at Er Er Er" which means 222. The sad part of this, the Taiwanese suffered a BRUTAL murderous occupation by the invading Japanese from 1895 to 1945. This is the origin of the poll and plaque. You will see the easy 222 put-in in the movie Adventure Kayak - The Movie. What you see in the movie is 2% of the climb down. 222 was about 45 minutes from our club house in Hsin Dien (Sheen Dien). This metro area consists of 6.7 million citizens. Hsin Dien City is nearly as dense as NYC or Chicago but more so than San Francisco.

The movie "C1 C2 K1 Race 2000" was an official ICF, (International Canoe Federation), Asia Qualifier 2000. You will see our Adventure Kayak paddlers using their river boats against the "copied", made in communist China, fiberglass racing boats. You will see one blue kayak, it's a Dagger racing K1 kayak. The paddler is Afa.

A friend of The Boat People Inflatable Kayak & Raft Specialists who was on (permanent) vacation in Taiwan taught these kayakers and made these movies from 1998 to 2004 with an iMac DV and iMovie 1. The iMac DV was the only PC capable of making movies like this for under USD10K. I've found second generation tapes of the exported movies, so I no longer have the source files to edit. But these new movies are all at 720p HD and I can/did add a few photos to the beginning and end using Final Cut Pro. (the old 2 movies released were at 280p so I feel such a dramatic increase in quality and the 3 new movies warrants a Rerelease Party!)

For our kayak club, I made helmet face guards mandatory, A few have asked why we all wore football face guards. There was no question in my mind, I would not take these guys/girls down without face guards. The type you might see in the USA ( Cascade Full Cut Kayak Helmet W/ Face Mask-Red-S - Sporting Store ) was way too expensive so i sourced out Riddel. They were more than accommodating and allowed me to become their Taiwan importer. Riddel's were very low cost, high quality, and light weight, the same mask used in high school/college football. In one of the movies there is a violent impact in which the mask may have saved one's life (at least a horrific injury in a gorge). See if you can pick it out? Maybe I can talk Arbach into giving a small low cost prize to the first one who points it out?

Reasons for importing Riddel face guards.
1: Everyone were beginners having never touched a kayak.
2: For 90%, sports in general were never played at any age so there was a lack of "general" knowledge, reflexes, experience in water...
3: The creeks often were shallow, fast flowing, sharp rocks, and land slides common and frequent. A place you'd just been yesterday now had jungle trees spread through the river/creek.
4: Combine the above with many not really able to catch eddies and more unable to roll.
5: A monkey could swing down and try to eat your face.
6: Friends don't let friends get hurt!

There was no rescue/ambulance system in the country. When I saw this it was just another reason to add "7." in the the above list. An ambulance rescue was being thrown in the back of a taxi who sped off to the Emergency Room. Not just in the mountains, but in the cities too. There just wasn't any system set up.

Our club was the first to run these rivers, incredible since they were so close to town. Rockit was the first dog to ever kayak in Taiwan. CK (SeeKay), after I insisted "NO DOGS" because I'll be going back to USA some day, she snuck him home when I was out kayaking. From that day we haven't been separated, literally, in sixteen years. He became very famous from all the 400 plus TV shows, magazines, and newspaper reports. We'd be walking down the streets in Taipei and someone would say "I saw that dog on TV.". I'd say to them "do you remember me, I was next to him?" Answer, "NO".

PS. The Taiwanese and Japanese were the friendliest people I've ever met.
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Prize for 1st pointing out face guard injury prevention

This morning, Lee A, the owner of TBP has authorized a PRIZE for the first person to point out, in one of these movies, where the Riddel face guard prevented, at least, a horrific injury deep in a canyon. (In the 4th paragraph of the initial post I wrote last night "Maybe I can talk Arbach into giving a small low cost prize to the first one who points it out?" He's said okay.

Youtube player shows the exact time in the movie, so post that movie name, time, and a quick description what happened. This is a friendly event so please, not too serious. There could have been instances under water... but not those. It's above water. There is only one event I see and I'm thinking about, so we're going with that one. I guess you don't have to watch the movies if you can read my mind!

The prize is one of the below, your choice:

B.P. Thighstraps or
Dirty Devil or AIRE Throwbag or
Large or X-Long See Thru Lock Top Drybag or
a red XL size GSI Lexan Drybox.

PS. The movies look much better going to Youtube and click full screen, set to 720p resolution.
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"Adventure Kayak" movie...about 5:10 in...looks like the guy rolled up and smashed his face on a large rock...river right.
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"Adventure Kayak" movie...about 5:10 in...looks like the guy rolled up and smashed his face on a large rock...river right.
Well, I was hoping this would drag out at least a month! LOL! GoodTimes, please contact Lee Arbach, 925.820.2628, and pick your prize!
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