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The cutting room floor
Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.... 'This is the Sea 2' is taking shape and getting ready to leap out of your DVD players at you. My main problem now is that I have too MUCH great material. Something will have to be left on the cutting room floor - but what!? I have to chose from my circuumnavigation of Tamsania with Gemma and Trys - stunning scenery in Norway's wild Lofoten islands - more excellent action from my local tidal race Penrhyn Mawr - whales, icebergs and millions of birds in Newfoundland - paddling with aligators in Florida - some of Britains best kayakers in an event dubbed 'Black Belt Seakayaking' at 'the Bitches' - Doug Van Doren showing that greenland paddles kick butt in all conditions - a feature on the ocean racer Ben Lawry surfing swells in Georgia - paddling under the Golden Gate Bridge - Trys Morris up close and personal with seals at Puffin Island - the extremely talented Sean Morley who makes surfing a racing kayak with a rudder within inches of a cliff look easy - a trip to the Manitou islands in Lake Michigan - a 6 month circumnavigation of Japan by Hadas Feldman and Jeff Allen - some great footage from Bryan Smith at the tidal wave at 'Skooks'....... and more.

So what do you reckon?? I'd love to get some feedback about what people most want to see. In truth, I expect that anything I leave out of 'the sea2' will be put into a future video but I'd still like feedback. You have a few days to let me know as I hope to finish the editing by next week. I should be working away at it now but there's a powercut here so I'm taking the chance to do some stuff on my laptop ( thank goodness for batteries! ).

As for the title..... I had lots of good suggestions from people, but none that reached out and grabbed me. Most people suggested things very similar to 'This is the Sea', like 'Back 2 the Sea', 'Return 2 the Sea', 'In2 the sea'. A few clever folks came up with things that made me laugh, like 'This is the SEAquel', and 'This is the Sea Too'. It might end up being 'This is the Sea Too'.... although the predictable, but recognisable "This is the Sea 2" is more likely!

I started making seakayaking videos so I could be more in control of my life and spend time doing the things that I enjoy - like seakayaking! In the last few months I seem to have been so busy working, editing and organising that I've hardly been
on the water. um, something a bit wrong there, but if you struggle to get hold of me once the DVD is .

A postscript.... I'm thinking about leaving the Tasmania cicumnavigation out of 'This is the Sea 2' because there is a lot of good dramatic stuff there and I am struggling to cut it down to about 15 minutes. I have plenty of other great features to make a good hour of viewing on 'This is the Sea 2'. Would people be interested in buying a separate longer, approx 30 mins DVD of the Tasmania circumnavigation trip, or would you rather have a taste of it within a video like 'This is the Sea'? Please let me know your thoughts, on this blog, or email me.


Blogger Ken said...

Hi Justine,

I would like to see as much sea kayaking action as you can film, so two DVDs are better than one!

Also being from "down under" I am biased towards the Tasmania story being shown in full

10:53 pm  
Blogger Keith Wikle said...


I think you should put out an entirely separate DVD just of the tasmanian expedition. I would still love to see the rest of the Kamchatka footage too. But I am a glutton for punishment. Just a great lakes perspective


8:27 pm  
Blogger bonnie said...

Well if I HAD a tv I'd want 2 separate dvd's.

Sea kayaking - at least in my area - seems to draw an awful lot of testosterone. There are some awfully nice guys but my god there are some pills of various types too. New York is like that though. Anyways, it is so fantastically refreshing just reading your website - a breath of fresh air in the same way that meeting Cheri Perry was - dang I wish we had more women like you guys in the NY metropolitan area (ie where I could get to them to be taught!!!!!!!) but as it is I would just vicariously WALLOW in an ENTIRE DVD featuring competent women kayakers doing a major expedition.

Er...If I had a TV that is.

8:10 pm  
Blogger LongYank said...


I would think you could just number your adventure videos like Nigel Foster's Instructional series.
"This is the Sea: Tasmania - Coast of Death Paddle!"


"This is the Sea: Swallowed whole by the Bitches!"

Well, er, you get the idea!!

And, Bonnie..some of us male 'yakkers are sweet, senstive, and also enjoy the Cheri Perry's, Justines, and Freya's of women's kayaking!!

12:52 am  
Blogger bonnie said...

Aww, Longyank, I'm sorry. And seriously, you're right - I paddle with a lot of guys and most of them are great; and of course not all women paddlers are perfect people either. On fact there are those in NYC who would put me in the "not perfect" category or worse. There's a ridiculous amount of politics in NYC paddling, but that's true of just about everything in this town - there may be an apolitical crocheting club or something but I wouldn't bet on it. Couple of run-ins I had back when I was still actively teaching & guiding in the area the still sting, but then there're also people like Bill Lozano (head of BCU NA) and Richard Chen See (Manhattan Kayak Company & one of my earlier mentors - I will always remember him hanging back with me and patiently trying out different ways of explaining the forward stroke, which I understood conceptually but just couldn't seem to get my arms to quit trying to run the show - finally he just said "Imagine paddling with your two bottom ribs" - somehow that was the magic sentence that fit the way my mind works) out there who are just fantastic.

Sexism isn't very attractive in either direction, is it?

11:00 pm  
Blogger LongYank said...


Not to worry..I was just toying with you a bit. I enjoy the Justines, Cheri's, Freya's, etc because I think they are good looking and I secretly admire athletic women!

One of these days I need to stop dating "non-paddling" ladies and step up and challenge myself to being outpaddled by a love interest. Not a bad thing if you can pick up good tips and get some sympathy love later for looking slightly inept in front of her!

Paddle on, Ladies. I will be right behind you eating your stern wake but enjoying the view!



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