Up the creek with a canoe
NORTHERN Rivers kayaker, adventurer and author, Scott Rawstorne, knows a thing or two about our local waterways, having traversed them with a paddle in his hands for many years now.
To celebrate his achievements Scott is launching an updated version of his book The Paddler's Guide to New South Wales this Sunday, February 10, with a paddle on Cudgen Creek from 9am.
A veteran explorer of 250 waterways throughout NSW and Queensland, Scott has documented many day trips, all of them easily accessible to the common paddler, not just extreme explorers.
"I think that's what makes my books so popular," he said.
"They're for the average guy that doesn't get catered for - they just want to go out for a paddle, have a cup of tea and a scone and go home."
Scott says he has done the background research, visiting places like Bungawalbyn Creek, the Evans River, the Wilsons River and Leycester Creek, Toonumbar Dam ... the list goes on.
"I've been there. I've spoken to the locals," he says.
For every journey there is a map and GPS co-ordinates and each of them tends to cater for older, more mellow paddlers not necessarily chasing an adrenalin rush, but rather looking for quiet inspiration on the water.
The former IT worker turned kayak instructor said paddling technique relied on using the torso, rather than the arms, twisting the body to provide power through the stroke.
He also notes that a longer craft will track through the water with less effort, as will one that is narrower in the beam.
But the downside of length is its difficulty in transporting and storing a paddle craft of that size.
Scott says his favourite boat is a 5.5 m sea kayak which keeps him warm when he sits inside. But he also loves his plastic sit on top paddle craft and his stand up paddle board.