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Taking photos from a kayak in the ocean (i.e. saltwater) borders on impossible with a non-waterproof camera. I have tried a few things over the years, but have never really been satisfied. Using an underwater housing isn’t ideal as the lens is covered with a salt film all the time which is extremely hard to remove. GoPro is OK, but not really what I need.
This year I tried using my little Ricoh GR with the Ricoh GW-3 Wide Adapter (21mm). Again, not ideal as I had to keep it in a dry bag under my kayak skirt, but I still managed to get a few keepers.
I also used a Singh-Ray Color Combo which makes nice BW conversions but slows my ISO down considerably.
Here are a few samples. Not sure what I will do next year….

Ricoh GW-3 Sample

Ricoh GW-3 Wide Adapter 

Ricoh GW-3 Sample

Ricoh GW-3  

Ricoh GW-3 

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Our our last 600 km kayak trip down the Thai coast I shot a ton of GoPro time lapse, but never looked at them till a couple of weeks ago. I found enough images to make this little vid.
This is what it looks like out there.

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I have kayaked the west coast of Thailand from top to bottom two times with my hometown friend Tim Morch. Travel Talk Asia recently interviewed me for a podcast about these trips. Lots of info for anyone in Southeast Asia who would like to get into this incredible pastime. 

Here is the link to the interview.

koh panak
Kayak Thailand


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Feathercraft Wisper XP

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Feathercraft Wisper XP
One of the best big ticket purchases of my adult life is my Feathercraft Wisper XP kayak. My friend just bought a used 5 series BMW here in Hong Kong for what this thing cost me, but it is worth every hard earned dollar. The thing fits in a bag that goes on buses, trains, planes, boats, whatever. I have taken three fairly large trips with it. 
The biggest of these was a 560 km trip last winter, where my buddy Tim Morch and I paddled the entire west coast of Thailand, from the Burmese border to the Malaysian border. We averaged 30 kms a day, which might not sound like a lot, but it felt significant. The first week is a sort of hell on the body, but after that it gets much easier. I reckoned it was around 250,000 paddle strokes, of which about 150,000 hurt. 
I didn’t shoot any video on that trip, but I documented it with an Instagram photo essay, which you can check out here.
I have shot a few videos out of my Wisper. The first was a trip on the Thai coast in 2010. 

The second was a nice little day paddle around Koh Phayam, an island off the Thai coast where I spend a lot of time.


And the third is a trip we did along the coast of Palawan, in the Philippines. 


These are admittedly pretty amateur, but they give you a taste of what it’s like to paddle and camp these spectacular locations.  

Wisper
Feathercraft Wisper XP

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