Our trips power needs lasted basically from November to February and Goal 0 made so many aspects of the trip possible from the base camp on a remote island 35 miles off shore to our mobile demands. We set out on our trip with a handful of goals in mind but the underlying theme was to raise money for Casa-Guatemala Orphanage and school. We couldn't have done that without the power created off our system. It allowed us to organize all the pre trip logistics and to document the whole trip.
This was about half of our mobile lab. This was the non pro kit. It was powered on two sherpa 50 battery packs and a nomad and two 100 watt inverters. We were able to charge and run everything seen here. We were also able to charge our videographers real kit which was even more important. Most of our trip was waterlocked and off grid so having our own power supply was key to making our project work.
This year we got to spend some quality time in Guatemala. Our SUP for Orphans Crew spent a few days at Paredon Surf House on the Pacific coast. We got to test some boards get some great surf and make them a little promo.
Now the dust has settled and the photos and video have been organized, I look back on the last 6 months leading up to our orphanage trip. What started as a shot in the dark idea blossomed into a group of fun loving and dedicated volunteers and was one of the coolest trips I have ever put together or been a part of. We did everything we set out to do on the trip. Now its time for the real work to start.
We are all back to our lives in Belize, Colorado, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and points in between. Our goal is to get our story out there and continue to raise funds for the children at Casa- Guatemala.
We have a lot of editing to do for our deadline on June 2 at the Teva games. We also have some post production hurdles to overcome. One of them being costs. All the money raised before our project was to buy supplies like paint, medicine, lightbulbs and pay costs of getting the donated equipment to Guatemala.
Thanks to all the folks who donated to our cause, please spread the word.
Special Thanks to C4 Waterman, Goal 0 and GOPRO
That has been my time tested model from our whitewater specific and standing wave boards to making my vehicles run on recycled vegetable oil. When I started planning this SUP for Orphans trip I naturally thought of my friends at C4. Their new Isup trekker is the best board for the paddle out. Since all gear for this trip has to be driven or flown in inflatables ae the ideal choice. There is only one problem: We are paddling the Trekkers 40-50 miles out of the Rio Dulce. Half of that journey is open ocean. The dilema we ran into is no one makes a longboard fin with a FCS plug. I contacted FCS and they said the biggest option they had was about a 5" keel. I didn't think that would suffice so I had a few fin bases machined and reshaped them to fit the Trekkers cuddlefish boxes. Now you can have an inflatable with a proper longboard fin.
My feet are cold. Thats the indicator that its time to chase the birds south and head to my winter home in Belize. I've been doing this seasonal migration thing for a decade and I have to say its the only way to go. Wearing shoes and socks sucks. I have a lot of exciting projects going this winter so stay tuned to this blog and Corridors Facebook page for all the latest happenings and wam weather eye candy from Latin America. Also, be sure to check out the full feature article I wrote in SUP the Mag on the Deflated road trip through Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Story goes to print Dec. 13.
Here are a few of this winters planned epics.
G-FORM PADDING FOR RIVER PROTECTION
I've been using G-Form for kayaking and running rivers on SUP's since August. Its a huge improvement to the motorcycle and mountain bike padding I've been using for years. The big differences are that G-form uses their foam in articulated shapes that don't hinder movement. The padding resembles a turtle shell made out of neoprene. The foam absorbs and distributes the impact instead of trying to reflect it. I have also found the the padding stays in position better than plastic padding and while doing so it gives added support to the area that it is worn. Its kind of like having a knee or elbow brace with padding. Im sold. I wear the elbow pads under my drytop for creeking and wear shins, knees and elbows for running rivers on SUPs
I've been logging a lot of river days with the Salamander SUP leash this summer and I feel confident that its the best whitewater leash on the market. The guys at Salamander have put a lot of thought into this and the end result is leaps and bounds above anything else I've used for whitewater. It's the first leash built for the river. It's not just modified from an existing surf leash. Some of the best features are the tighter coil, break away strength adjustability, and optional waste belt. The waste built allows the leash to be worn without a rescue vest and still gives the user a safe cutaway system. After a couple months of hard use it hasn't stretched out and is still as good as the first time I used it.
One man show for Corridor and general water sports hobo. Not sure why I use the WE all the time. I should get some more people.