Crowdfunding The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria

My name is Scott Rawstorne. I have been involved with paddle sports in a professional capacity for more than ten years. I have been involved in wholesale and retail sales, and also worked extensively as an instructor and guide. Throughout this time I have been struck by the lack of quality advice available to potential paddlers. I am fanatical about paddling and I wholeheartedly believe that anyone who knows what I know and experiences what I experience cannot help but share my passion.

Paddlers in Victoria

I set up the Global Paddler project in 2007 with a grand plan of providing comprehensive paddling information for everyone who loves seeing the world from the water. With the generous support of many paddlers and non-paddlers alike, I have since managed to create a series of online paddle guides and three books – The Paddler’s Guide to New South Wales, The Paddler’s Guide to Queensland, and The Paddler’s Guide to Melbourne.

I am currently writing a fourth book called The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria. This will be the first paddling guidebook for Victoria in more than ten years. It will include maps, directions, colour photographs and running commentary for eighty of the most amazing places you are ever likely to see by kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard.  I have explored each location myself, so readers can be sure that they are getting first-hand information from an experienced paddler. The book is scheduled for release in September 2014 and I am hoping that crowdfunding will help raise the $20,000 required for printing, marketing, and distribution.

The Paddler's Guide to Victoria

This is an invitation for you to be part of the crowd and I have some fantastic rewards to offer you for your help. For a contribution of just $50.00 you will receive:

  1. Competition entry: A chance to win a fishing kayak or SUP package valued at over $1,500;
  2. Goodies: Your very own copy of The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria containing a handwritten personal thank you note… value $40.00;
  3. Friends: Eighteen months of Global Paddler membership… value $50.00; and
  4. Fame: Acknowledgement of your contribution printed in every copy of the first edition of The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria… priceless.

If you would like to be part of the crowd but would prefer your crowdfunding bundle to include a copy of The Paddler’s Guide to New South Wales or The Paddler’s Guide to Queensland instead of The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria, all you need to do is let me know when you jump on board. You will still receive everything else listed above.

Please note that crowdfunding bundles are only available until the 31st of August 2014.

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4 thoughts on “Crowdfunding The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria

  1. David Pickersgill says:

    Hi Scott,

    A group of paddlers that I organize have been paddling the grade one rapids on the Yarra River near Warrandyte for 2 years now. Downstream of your Christmas Hills trip.

    I am about to start using your book “The Paddler’s Guide to Melbourne” to get myself and this group “flat water” paddling on a monthly basis. This will give us the opportunity to explore new paddling places around Port Phillip Bay.

    I am looking forward to your “Paddler’s Guide to Victoria”.

    Yours Sincerely,
    David Pickersgill

    • Hi David, That’s great to hear. I look forward to hearing how you and your group like the trips that I have described in the book. Please feel free to share photos on the Global Paddler Facebook page. I would love to see them and I am sure everyone else would too. All the best, Scott

  2. hi Scott, I would like to support your work as I think you are doing a great job, however I am totally unlikely to ever paddle in Victoria, but I would like to purchase a copy and may be you could donate it to someone or a club may be able to use it as raffle prize. that way someone will get the benefit of reading it and I will get 18 months more membership.

    please let me know if this will work.

    regards

    graham Keena

    • Hi Graham, Thank you so much for your support and generosity. I contribute a percentage of my book sales to a non-profit organisation called WetlandCare Australia to help them continue their important work. We could use your copy of The Paddler’s Guide to Victoria to help raise funds for them. What do you think?

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