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    I see that Quitewater Films have been at it again and this time made a tandem DVD to follow on from their 'Paddling the Solo Canoe'.

    Why does no one in the UK import these DVDs as an addition to Bill Masons?

    Are there any retailers out there ready to plug this gap in the canoeing DVD market?

    Ray H

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    I know they are looking for a distributer in the UK. I gave them a few names when I was last talking to them.
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    That is one excellent wee video.
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    Hello,
    There is a wonderful website where you can buy Bill Mason DVDs.

    I run a website www.redcanoes.ca that is based in Canada and I sell world-wide. I made a Classic Solo Canoeing dvd which I sell and I've just started to carry Bill Mason DVDs in my store because lots of people have ask me where they can get them. They are reasonably priced and I send them world-wide mostly first class letter rate so the shipping is reasonable too.

    You are welcome to visit my site and read about and buy my or Bill Mason DVDs at http://www.redcanoes.ca/store/index.html

    Cheers,
    Becky Mason
    P.S. I figure you're going to ask, yes I am the daughter of Bill Mason.

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    Hi and welcome Becky.

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    I have ordered a few DVD's through Becky's site and can confirm they arrived quickly with no problems.
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    That looks like an interesting DVD.

    Hello Becky, thanks for the link, I shall take a look.

    Richard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Mason View Post
    Hello,
    There is a wonderful website where you can buy Bill Mason DVDs.

    I run a website www.redcanoes.ca that is based in Canada and I sell world-wide. I made a Classic Solo Canoeing dvd which I sell and I've just started to carry Bill Mason DVDs in my store because lots of people have ask me where they can get them. They are reasonably priced and I send them world-wide mostly first class letter rate so the shipping is reasonable too.

    You are welcome to visit my site and read about and buy my or Bill Mason DVDs at http://www.redcanoes.ca/store/index.html

    Cheers,
    Becky Mason
    P.S. I figure you're going to ask, yes I am the daughter of Bill Mason.
    First of all Hello and Welcome to the site Becky.
    I have your excellent DVD, "Classic Solo Canoeing",and your Fathers excellent,"Path Of The Paddle",series I have "WaterWalker" on order from a supplier here in the UK,but try as hard as I might I cannot find the DVD "Song Of The Paddle", anywhere in the UK.
    My question is if I were to order it via your site would it play on standard UK equipment,or would I have to get a new "multi region" type DVD player?.
    Sorry for the technical Questions but as a bit of a technophobe I usually ask my kids but on this occasion they don't have an answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike B View Post
    My question is if I were to order it via your site would it play on standard UK equipment,or would I have to get a new "multi region" type DVD player?..
    You will find that you will most probably be able to convert your current DVD player to Multi Region. Do a google search on your DVD player model and the words "multi region hack". you should find instructions about how to make the alteration
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    Hullo there Becky, your Solo DVD is mesmerising

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Mason View Post
    Hello,
    There is a wonderful website where you can buy Bill Mason DVDs.

    I run a website www.redcanoes.ca that is based in Canada and I sell world-wide. I made a Classic Solo Canoeing dvd which I sell and I've just started to carry Bill Mason DVDs in my store because lots of people have ask me where they can get them. They are reasonably priced and I send them world-wide mostly first class letter rate so the shipping is reasonable too.

    You are welcome to visit my site and read about and buy my or Bill Mason DVDs at http://www.redcanoes.ca/store/index.html

    Cheers,
    Becky Mason
    P.S. I figure you're going to ask, yes I am the daughter of Bill Mason.

    It's a shame Becky's first post is to flog her DVD's .............. especially when the thread was about getting hold of a Quietwater films........Rhamlet even mentioned that the Mason set of DVD's are easilly available in the UK
    Last edited by Sprout; 8th-April-2008 at 09:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    .............. especially when the thread stated that the Mason set of DVD's are easilly available in the UK
    I did not think it did say that they were easy to get. I read it as being why does no one bring these in and while they are at it the Bill Mason ones as well. I may be reading it wrong but it is open to a couple of interpretations.

    Certainly my experience was the Song of the Paddle DVD was very hard to get over here. Path of the Paddle is available but for some reason over here it is split into two DVDs and much more expensive. Paddle to the Sea was all but impossible to get.

    So while Becky is advertising her site I think she was trying to be helpful rather than this being an attempt to spam us.
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    Should not have included the word easily……….apologies

    Most canoes shops I visit, seem to sell the Mason DVD’s…. though I am not aware of the full set, so perhaps my perception is skewed ,

    I did not think Becky’s post was spam. However, am I not correct in thinking that others have been reminded, that there is a right time and place to advertise their own goods and services ?

    I have Becky’s solo DVD and three of her fathers, they are great ……..I just think if it was someone else posting a similar intro as a first post...........?

    Maybe its just may socialist sense of fair play working overtime
    Last edited by Sprout; 8th-April-2008 at 10:09 AM.

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    You are right in that I would probably be inclined to be more lenient on Becky because of who she is but we do get a lot of first posts from companies that are regular lurkers then sign up to post about a service they supply when they see a post about it.

    The criteria I tend to go by is to ask myself a) Is it at all relevant? b) Will the members of SotP be interested or is it to their advantage to know this? and lastly c) Are they motivated purely to take advantage of SotP for their financial gain.

    Depending on the answers to these the post stays or is deleted. By far most stay but often a PM is sent to say not to get carried away. If you want I can find examples to show as I have had a week of having my judgement called into question
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    MK – It is a shining example of how we feel about the site, you started , that we have this sense of ownership.

    I hope that Becky becomes an active member of the forum, as others with significant canoeing experience have done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    I have one of the earliest models of the Minnesota II. Very similar lines to the Jensen, but a foot and a half longer. While the Jensen is a dream to paddle, I don't care for my Minnesota II. Miserable canoe. Tippiest damn thing I've ever paddled. While the final stability is very good, the initial stability is so bad I end up with aching hips every time I paddle it. I've dropped the seats to gain initial stability and I still hate it. The MN II is one of the most sought after canoes around here - but not by me. I've heard they've redesigned the MN II soon after mine was made. I hope so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    You will find that you will most probably be able to convert your current DVD player to Multi Region. Do a google search on your DVD player model and the words "multi region hack". you should find instructions about how to make the alteration
    Cheers for that John I now have a multi region player.
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    Many thanks for everyones comments, and especially to Becky.

    I think that the availability of both Becky's and her fathers DVDs depends lots upon where you live in the country. Here in the North West I have no problems as I have three suppliers close by, well an hour and a bit max.

    My original question was about Quietwater Films and if anyone had any intentions of importing them into the UK, retailers especially?

    Ray H

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike B View Post
    First of all Hello and Welcome to the site Becky.
    I have your excellent DVD, "Classic Solo Canoeing",and your Fathers excellent,"Path Of The Paddle",series I have "WaterWalker" on order from a supplier here in the UK,but try as hard as I might I cannot find the DVD "Song Of The Paddle", anywhere in the UK.
    My question is if I were to order it via your site would it play on standard UK equipment,or would I have to get a new "multi region" type DVD player?.
    Sorry for the technical Questions but as a bit of a technophobe I usually ask my kids but on this occasion they don't have an answer.
    Cheers Mike B...
    Mike there are ways around this if you have a computer and DVD writer

    If you download and install some free software

    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi...dvd_shrink.cfm

    This programme copies the disk to your PC and rips out the regional codes of the DVD and makes it a size you can copy on to a home blank disk. I've used the progamme many times with old classic movies that I could not find in the UK and sourced from the States. If you (or others) need help using the programme feel free to PM me

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    Cheers Rik
    Unfortunately a DVD writer is one of the things I still haven't taken the plunge on.
    I thought about it at one point and decided that there was no point if I liked something on DVD then I'd just buy the original UK version.
    The problem came when I found there was a DVD of Song Of The Paddle, I've tried in vain for almost 2 years to get a UK version of this,I have the Path Of The Paddle full series,Classic Solo Canoeing,and Waterwalker is on it's way.
    Now thanks To our Honourable Host Magikelly my DVD player is now multi regional so I will be ordering S.O.T.P. from Beckys' site and until somebody tells me that Thrill Of The Paddle has been produced I will be happy with those.
    The number of times my computer has come close to being re-programmed by my axe is uncountable so for me to start playing with writing CDs' or DVDs' that would surely be the end of it.
    But cheers anyway mate n if do have probs (very likely) I'll certainly be PMing you.
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    If I remember correctly Becky's DVD's are all Region.

    I asked about it but never bought any.
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    An honour and all that . Have had your 'Classic Solo Canoeing' for a while now. You make a ballet of paddling a canoe, across the water's surface. Relaxing and inspiring at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre girard View Post
    ...Tippiest damn thing I've ever paddled...
    I hear LAS247 is after something like that.

    TGB
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    Have a look at this link - http://www.rutabaga.com/product.asp?pid=1022153

    I think some people from here have purchased from Rutabaga in the past so might be worth a try.

    Cheers

    Jon

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    Hi all

    Jeff Bach here at Quietwater Films. Just thought I would add in my .02 here.

    We use Createspace, a third party company, to manufacture, ship, and process the orders for our DVDs. This has been an immense help to our small startup business, because Createspace handles all of the "backoffice" affairs. For all of you across the pond that means:

    1.) Global shipping is possible and routinely handled by someone that knows all the rules for global shipping. They custom calculate your shipping costs when you go through the checkout process.
    2.) All of the currency translations and credit card transactions with different currencies are possible and a matter of routine.
    3.) All of the DVDs Createspace manufactures on our behalf are REGION FREE. I believe this means that they will play on a UK player even though they were made here in the US.
    4.) Our DVDs are NTSC. Happily not only do we share some common ancestors we share the same DVD formatting , unlike much of the rest of the world which is PAL.
    5.) Our DVDs are shot in a wide screen format. Of all of the above issues, this was the hardest one of all. Do we use the aging 4:3 old style and shape?? OR do we take a bit of a risk and use the newer 16:9 style and shape?? We went with the newer wide screen, which is 16:9. So if Darren looks a little skinny to your eye, it is because the 16:9 video is being squished to fit a 4:3 television.

    Several months ago, one gentleman on this forum was kind enough to go through the trouble of researching contact info on my behalf, which he then emailed me, so that I could initiate some contact with potential UK distributors for our DVDs. I still owe him a DVD for his kind work on my behalf. Sorry for the delay! Getting through to someone live, that is a decision maker, at these stores has been tough. I have tried several times. Just as tough as it is here in the US. I am also uncertain as to whether or not there is enough demand in the UK for a retailer over there to bother with calling me or one of the distributors we have here in the US to place a wholesale order. I wish they would though!! Alpenbooks and Peregrine Outfitters are our two wholesale distributors here in the USA.

    Happily for those of you that want one of our DVDs, they can be securely ordered direct from our website, with accurate shipping and currency translation guaranteed by Createspace.

    Quietwater Films is wholly owned by two people - myself, Jeff Bach, and by Darren Bush. Darren Bush is the owner of Rutabaga Paddlesports. Darren is a great guy. He works hard and does the right thing. He is also a HUGE solo canoe lover, and a big admirer of Bill Mason.

    In addition to being one of the Top Ten Independent Paddlesports Specialty Shops in the entire USA, Rutabaga Paddlesports also owns and operates Canoecopia, which is one of the largest paddlesports expos on the planet.

    OK I'm talked out. UK canoers rock! I hope we can paddle together some day!
    thanks all
    Jeff Bach
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    (US country code is 10 right??, I've never had to dial back in to the USA before)

  27. Default PS - one more thing - Water Walker Film Festival

    The wonderfully Canadian and very pleasant Anne Baxter called me yesterday to inform us the our first DVD - paddling the solo canoe - had won an honorable mention award at the Water Walker Film Festival. The Water Walker Film Festival (WWFF), I believe, was started by the family of Bill Mason to carry on his conservation goals and canoeing promotion efforts.

    This WWFF has a tour setup for the films that are included in it. I think they are trying to do something on a global scale. Someone of you enterprising and globally savvy UK paddlers might consider sponsoring a festival tour stop over there in your home space.

    Anne Baxter is the director of the Film Festival and is working hard to promote canoeing, both Canadian style and everything else
    thx
    Jeff

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    Hi Jeff
    Good to know that international orders should be straightforward. Now, it's my birthday soon......

    We may have common ancestors but we still have different broadcast standards! Britain is PAL rather than NTSC, but this isn't usually a problem since most modern DVD players will play either fine. The international dialling code for the States is 1 (nothing as run-of-the-mill as 10)

    Cheers

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    Thumbs up big welcome becky

    how did i miss this post!!! welcome becky, i really hope to see some more posts from you on the site, you may get a few pm's but i'm sure your use to the odd question....or hundred..LOL

    well i have most of the mason family dvd's and books, most signed and sent by becky and family. they really are great at setting the mood, giving insite and inspiration and a fantastic source of canoe/camping info...

    becky has even gone out of her way to try and find me a book thats not in her shop..(ta becky)...

    now all we need is to get the mason family over to do the scottish symposium in 2009!! (any sponsers???)
    Foggy

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    Hi, if you are interested in what is goin on on the continent, you may ask for the three DVD´s from "Kringelfieber".
    My friend Silke is willing to send them out but wants that I transfer your requests to her. The DVD´s are worth watching, it is all about fFreestyle-canoeing, both solo and tandem and even "dancing" in groups, as well as Canadian Style.
    Jörg Wagner

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