Wavelength Magazine marks three significant milestones in one issue with the release of the Spring 2011 edition.
Wavelength Magazine first published in 1991, meaning the magazine turns 20 years old this year. Wavelength is celebrating with an online sweepstakes with the grand prize of a new Atlantis Titan VI in a custom kevlar layup and paint scheme.
The kayak has a retail value of about $4,500, and will be given to one lucky reader of the online edition. The clue to win the kayak is hidden in the multimedia version of the spring issue which can be viewed here. See page 28 for details on the contest.
In addition, history is made as Wavelength Magazine officially changes it's name to Coast&Kayak Magazine. The reasons for the change are explained in the First Word column of the Spring Issue on page 4, but editor John Kimantas says the decision wasn't made lightly.
"Wavelength Magazine is a great name, but too great as there are multiple other Wavelength Magazines out there," John says. "This was fine 20 years ago, but the world is smaller now and the titles are colliding. If you look at the official Wavelength Magazine Facebook Page it's actually a Brit surfing magazine. Not to mention that things like bluetooth technology are based on wavelengths, which really cloud the search function in finding us. So we needed a name that better expressed what we're all about. I think Coast&Kayak summarizes it nicely. It would be Coast&Paddlesports, but unfortunately Paddlesports is a very cumbersome word."
A work in progress is the change of the magazine's domain from wavelengthmagazine.com to www.coastandkayak.com. That will take place later in March.
Meanwhile, the Spring 2011 celebrates another remarkable achievement: the pending announcement of the creation of the BC Marine Trails Network. The BC government's support for the trail and the first two portions to be officially complete will be unveiled at the Vancouver Island Paddlefest in May. In advance, Coast&Kayak Magazine presents a world exclusive preview on details of the new marine trail destined to become the world's longest. It will link coastal routes between Alaska and Washington State by campsites, launch sites and safe havens to allow paddlecraft and small boats to travel the coast.
Most importnatly, it gives official status to casual but established kayaking base camps so the route will survive other coastal uses such as fish farms and resorts that may otherwise encroach.
You can read the multimedia version of the Spring 2011 issue here. The multimedia version includes video, slideshows and added features meant to enhance the editorial content of the printed version. It is the only paddlesports magazine with unrestricted global access to its online edition. The printed version is available for free at selected outlets across Canada and the United States and by subscription for a fee.