Sea to Summit Blitz Booties – Product Review

WORDS: Scott Rawstorne from Global Paddler.

As a paddle sports tour guide and instructor, I need comfortable paddling footwear that offers great grip and a high level of protection from oyster shells and other nasties. I also want it to be “set and forget”. Distractions of any kind resulting from footwear that is poorly designed or constructed takes away from the enjoyment of my paddling adventures, and that is not something anyone should have to contend with. It is at the very least inconvenient, and it can sometimes even be dangerous, when your shoes unexpectedly slip off mid-paddle or when you are walking through deep sand or mud to get to or from the water. That is why I wear Blitz Booties from Sea to Summit.

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Sea to Summit calls the Blitz Bootie the heavy duty workhorse of their range. It has a super grippy laminated rubber sole that is strong enough to offer protection from sharp objects but it is still flexible enough to give you a good feeling for foot pegs, rudder pedals, and any ground that you need to walk across. To protect you from the cold, the Blitz Bootie has a 3 millimetre neoprene upper with a high cuff that can overlap with a wetsuit if required.

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Features

  • Rugged water booties for kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, rafting, portaging, wading, fishing, sailing
  • High traction rubber sole for grip on wet surfaces
  • Stiffened sole for added protection and walking
  • Secure Y-pull velcro strap system
  • 3mm neoprene
  • Colour = black/blue

Sea to Summit Blitz Booties are available in sizes 5 to 13 (US Men’s) and have a recommended retail price of AUD $59.95. Use the store locator on the Sea to Summit website to find the Sea to Summit stockist nearest you.




Advance copies have arrived!

We are excited to announce that advance copies of the 1st edition of The Paddler’s Guide to South Australia have arrived! Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy of our new book. It looks great. We are really looking forward to receiving and mailing out the full shipment in mid-November.

The Paddler's Guide to South Australia Advance Copy

If you haven’t ordered your copy of the 1st edition of The Paddler’s Guide to South Australia yet, you can do so now through the Global Paddler online store for just $24.95. Discounted Global Paddler membership with unlimited access to online versions of all 320 of our guides is also available at the time of purchase.




Canoe the Coorong

The paddling community is overflowing with likeable characters but some people still manage to stand out from the crowd. Brenton Carle at Canoe the Coorong is one of those people. His love of nature is second to none, he is a great conversationalist, and he is quite simply an all round good bloke. Brenton’s brilliant company mixed with one of the most stunning and iconic paddling destinations in Australia is a surefire recipe for an unforgettable day on the water.

Canoe the Coorong Photo 1 courtesy of Canoe the Coorong

The Coorong is a “natural wonder” of Australia that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Uluru, The Twelve Apostles, Kakadu, the Bungle Bungles, Lake Eyre, and The Great Barrier Reef. Often referred to as an inland sea, it can be more accurately described as a 100-kilometre-long wetland separated from the Southern Ocean by the windswept sand dunes and tussocky vegetation of Younghusband Peninsula. The world community recognised the ecological importance of the Coorong in 1985 by acknowledging it as a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance.

Canoe the Coorong Photo 2 courtesy of Canoe the Coorong

This is a truly remarkable place where you will unquestionably see hundreds of birds, there is a good chance you will meet both long-nosed fur seals and emus on the same day, and if you are very lucky you may even be delighted by pods of happy dolphins.

Canoe the Coorong offers tours for people of all ages and skill levels. Popular tours include a three-hour Coorong sunset tour of the Murray Mouth, a full day all-inclusive Coorong tourovernight camps and, for real adventurers, a four-day expedition covering almost 100 kilometres. Kayak hire is also available. For more information, or to make a booking, head to the Canoe the Coorong website.

Canoe the Coorong Photo 3 courtesy of Canoe the Coorong




Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge 2018

Registrations open soon for Sale to Sea’s One Day Disability Kayak Challenge! Taking place on Saturday 17th March 2018, up to 100 kayakers will meet at the highway bridge in Bairnsdale to paddle 30km to the Metung pub.

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Founder, Andrew Bedggood, says “The original four day Kayak Challenge ran again in March this year and since then we’ve received so much positive feedback. We know there were a number of people who really wanted to participate in the longer Challenge but weren’t able to so the committee has decided to hold a smaller, but still challenging One Day event in the alternate year.

“All proceeds will continue to go towards the Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge Grant, which has been established to assist people with a disability within the Gippsland East community (Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire Local Government Areas).

“Since 2009, the Sale to Sea’s Disability Kayak Challenge has highlighted one’s ability to overcome adversity and lead an active life.

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“The Challenge aims to encourage active sporting activities for people of all abilities, raise funds for families and individuals with permanent or long term disabilities, encourage those living with a disability to live life on their terms and to raise awareness of the importance of a fully inclusive society.  Since the four day Challenge in March 2017, Sale to Sea has committed $17,000 in helping locals to access the vital equipment that makes their life much easier.

“The One Day Challenge is not a race and we aim for all participants to cross the finish line together.

“For safety reasons, we will be capping entries at 100 people so we encourage anyone wishing to take part to print off and send in their registration forms.”

The current Silver medallist from the Rio Paralympics Paracanoe team and current World Paracanoe Champion, Amanda Reynolds, will be attending after competing in the Australian sprint titles in early March.  Amanda completed her first Challenge in 2013 after losing her leg in 2012 and has continued onto the world stage with great success.

If you are interested in participating in this great event, as a paddler or as part of the support team, stay tuned to the Sale to Sea website for details about how to register.

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Best flat water paddling in Australia

WORDS & PICTURES: Scott Rawstorne from Global Paddler. 

I have paddled in more than 400 locations in Australia, and I have written “Top 5” articles for New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, but I can honestly say that my new favourite paddling destinations are in South Australia. Free camping, great facilities, and magnificent landscapes keep drawing me back time and time again. I have created a 152-page glossy full-colour guidebook called The Paddler’s Guide to South Australia which describes the best places and how to find them so that all you need to do is get yourself to the starting point and enjoy the ride.

The Paddler's Guide to South Australia Montage

If you would love to experience the best flat water paddling that Australia has to offer without lifting a finger to do any research then The Paddler’s Guide to South Australia is for you and the best time to buy it is now. A special crowdfunding bundle has been created to help raise the money required to print the book. This contains a signed copy of The Paddler’s Guide to South Australia with your name printed on a “Wall of Fame” inside; one year of Global Paddler membership; and a chance to win one of ten great paddling prizes including an Aquayak Ranger kayak worth $1,100. All of this for only $44.95 which is what you would normally pay for Global Paddler membership alone.

Crowdfunding bundles are available from the Global Paddler online store, but only for one more week because that is when the book is going to the printer. Seven days to go! I’m excited and I hope you are too.

Win a kayak - 7 days to go!