I recently heard from Scott Rawstorne from Global Paddler that he was passing through Sydney on his way to Tasmania and was keen for a paddle. Scott is the co-author of the paddle guide Paddling Around NSW and runs paddle tours both in Australia and soon abroad.
We decided on Pittwater in Sydney’s north and Scott also requested I bring the Folbot Cooper I used in Alaska, since he was looking for a folder for an upcoming paddle tour of Europe. So in the pre-dawn darkness we met up at McCarrs Creek and pushed off heading into the still waters of Pittwater.
The paddle was cruisy with Scott getting a feel for the boat. The sunrise was beautiful as usual and we chatted away casually about all things paddling. Eventually our conversations turned to book publishing, since Scott is already a successful self-published author and I have a book currently in production for release later in the year. We compared stories regarding the different processes we’d taken – Scott doing it all himself and the harsh lessons he learnt along the way, and me doing it through a publishing house with a mix of extra editorial support but the tension of creative directional difference.
As so often happens whilst paddling, the stresses of the world slipped away as two strangers with a shared joy for the water enjoyed each others company for a few hours. We talked about travel, kayaking, canoeing, marketing, business, writing, touring and more as the kilometres slipped by in the early morning. Then once finished I demo’d dismantling the Folbot before taking us both to a local hang-out for coffee and egg & bacon rolls.
I love the way paddling brings people together. I’ve met more interesting people over the last few years through paddling than I had in the many years prior. It’s a great sport and a brilliant thing to be a part of – cheers, FP