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Do you like to do outdoor activities like biking, kayaking or skiing? Well, roof top car racks make it easier to carry your gear to your favorite destinations. Personally, I need a way to transport my canoe, so I decide to get the latest aerodynamic crossbars, the Jetstream bars by Yakima. The product is a bit complicated to install and is rather pricey, but it is worth it if you do a lot of stuff outdoors.

Check out my experience and review of the Yakima Jetstream in my video :) What kind of gear would you like to bring with you on your road trip?

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The following gear I used in this video:
Yakima Jetstream Aerodynamic Bar for Roof Rack, Black, 50″
Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Mounted Canoe Rack
Yakima Baseline, adjustable Towers (4 Pack)
Yakima BaseClip Attachment Mount for Baseline Towers
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800
GoPro Hero 6

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I recently got a new toy, that allows me to access water. One can fold it and fit it into a suitcase or a backpack! It’s called the Rogue Lite Packraft by Kokopelli. Simply hike into the back country and launch the inflatable boat into spots like never before.

This packraft is the lightest and most packable raft out anywhere. But, is it easy to inflate? How does it handle on the water? Find out in my short video as I give it a test run, paddling the small boat on a open lake.

drawings: boat postcards

April 25, 2019

fun_boat_postcards_by_al_lau

I made some fun drawings of recreational water crafts. My illustrations are printed as postcards in a set of four, including a Sit-on-top Kayak, a Sit-in Kayak, a Stand-up Paddle board and a Tandem Canoe. Each is a large card of 5 x 7 inches.

The postcards are available at my store. They are perfect to send to friends and family members who are paddlers, active, or simply, outdoor lovers. Check them out :)

As you can probably tell, I am ready to get outdoors. Are you ready for fun in the sun?

 

kayak_sit on top_pedal_by_al_lau

The first time I tried a Sit-on-top Kayak, it felt tippy. As a canoe paddler myself, it took some getting used to. A different boating experience, but fun all the same. The double-hulled design has it advantages, especially when paddling on wavy water. I tried it out as seen in my Sea Kayak Fishing video, taken in California. If swells pour into the boat, a Sit-on-top self bails through scupper holes in the bottom, essentially keeping you getting too wet.

My drawing is of a Sit-on-top Kayak with pedals. One can propel the kayak forward by the use of his/her feet just like a bicycle! And at the same time, have arms free to do some fishing and catch the Big One!

Spring is here! Hooray :) What are your plans for Spring?

illustration: tandem canoe

February 3, 2019

tandem_canoe_by_al_lau

I am having cabin fever, so I wanted to draw something outdoorsy like this tandem canoe.

The weather will be above 50 degrees in the coming week, in the Northeast. I hope to get out on the water and do some paddling because the outside is my gym. Being active is good for the body and soul.

When possible, I like to paddle with a friend or family member like in this video with my Uncle. (He is the one who inspired me to do Winter skiing and Summer paddling).

What are you going to do when it warms up? Maybe go walk, hike or cycle? I would love to know :)

sushi time (3 of 3)

December 31, 2018

sushi_time_C_by_al_lau

In case you didn’t know… I enjoy fishing and drawing. I felt it was about time to combine my two pleasures in my cartoon. My characters, who love fresh sushi, go on a boat to catch the big one. To their surprise, they reel in something much bigger than they expected.

Happy New Years everybody!

sushi time (1 of 3)

December 22, 2018

sushi_time_A_by_al_lau

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