Patch n’ pad­dle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

GI­ANT pump­kin kayak­ing ap­pears to be quite a pop­u­lar pas­time throughout this crazy world of ours, in­clud­ing long­stand­ing events in the USA ( Tualatin OR and Burling­ton VT) and Lud­wigs­burg, Ger­many.

All of these events fol­low the same ba­sic pat­tern of pad­dling a gi­ant pump­kin as far as you can and as quickly as you can.

The race or­gan­iser in Tualatin has given po­ten­tial com­peti­tors the fol­low­ing ad­vice: “Once you get used to the tip­ping-ness, it’s just a mat­ter of pad­dling hard and try­ing not to spin in cir­cles, be­cause pump­kins aren’t re­ally de­signed to go straight.”

So all you need is a 450kg-plus pump­king, hol­low it out, grab a pad­dle and then you’re on your way to a pump­kin good time.

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