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WA Paddling News, September, 2001

AKC webmaster, Peter Carter, has done a speedy job with preliminary results which are now online at: http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/nanga/2001_nanga_challenge_results.htm

, 9th September
After the Nanga Challenge, either in the transition area either next to the "iron person" changing tent (or in it) or at my bike (about 10 feet after the tent).The two items would have been rolled up together and were :

- Wetsuit : shorty Wetsuit- quicksilver- black with yellow patches
- Pogies: my pair of Pogies. These are a maroon colour with a big pink manufacturer's label marked "nooky". ( For those not sure what pogies are, they are neoprene paddling mitts that velcro onto the paddle so keeping
your hands warm )....
The pogies especially are sadly missed as they have been my trusty allies on many a Scottish and alpine whitewater trip....and there is a several beer reward for them !

Anyone who may find them scooped into their gear can contact me on 9315 9500 or 0411 877 147, or email craig.wallis@perth.roxar.com

Perth paddler, Alex Fox, has sent in a dramatic pic of shooting Little Millstream Falls, far north Queensland. He would be interested if anyone knows of it being paddled before: email him at <arf@hpsb2b.com>
View the pics at my site - click the link "Little Millstream Falls" on front page: http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe

To keep you amused, I have added the story on "Steep Creekin" in FNQ, written by reformed paddleaholic now going straight as family man and resident of Tasmania, Giles (why spoil a good story for the truth) Thomas. Go to http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/gthomsteepcr.html for a good laugh.

Gentle giant, Peter Fitzgerald of SWCC, had an altercation with a not so gentle fork lift two days before the Avon Descent. As a result he spent the last month in hospital with a broken ankle. He's home now on crutches and sends a hello to all his paddling mates whom he missed in the Descent.

If you're thinking of joining Ascot Kayak Club Pres Peter Martin would love to send you a downloadable entry form - just email him <petermar@iinet.net.au> or you can get it from the website: http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/ and go to membership .  Fees are due on 1st October.

8 am, Sunday, 16th September at the Guildford Hotel is the time and place to be if you're a down river paddler or even if you're not. Celebrate the end of the season - paddlers $10, others $15, volunteer helpers 'FREE' - Ring Burky on 9275 6622 for details.

18/9/01 CANNING 5000 Series
The last Canning 5000 will be on Sunday, 23 rd September
(next to Shelley Sailing Club, end of Corbel Dve, Shelley)
The Canning 5000s are run in fun novel formats to cater for all abilities to provide an interesting training race Don't worry about being too slow (or fast) - just come!
7:30am registration, 8am briefing, $5 entry, small prizes Contact: Fiona Scarff 9330 9633
Surf Rodeo

More fun in the sun with Main Peak!
Sunday, 14th October, at Isolaters Surf Break at Cottesloe, sponsored by Mainpeak.
Join in & strut your stuff! or just come along & watch the amazing antics of our playboaters.
Details in next email or ring Nathan at Main Peak, 9284 3759
Presentation - Sea Kayaking The Montebello Islands,
by Les Allen
See video and slides of the first sea kayak trip to the fascinating Montebello Islands, famous for the nuclear tests in the 1950's. Attacked by sea snakes, harassed by sharks and chased out by cyclone Alistair, this was an exciting and interesting voyage!

UWA Social Sciences Theatre, Wednesday, 17th October, 7:30pm. Bookings essential, through Mountain Designs, Perth. Cost - $10. Part proceeds to the Friends of the Bibbulmun Track. (part of the Mountain Designs Alliance program)
Happy Ending

Beloved pogies (and wetsuit) reported lost after the Nanga Challenge have been found and returned to the grateful owner: "What a great community the paddling community is."
Sad Ending

The K1 missing some time ago from Keron Hepworth's front yard was also found, but in pieces and next to the railway line.

27/9/01 Kayak Surfing at Cottesloe
Details are now firmed for this event organised by Main Peak. It's a Surf Demo Day, with just a small competition at the end. Come along and try the different boats - free - prizes as well. Or just come along and watch.
Sunday, 14th October
Isolaters Surf Break at Cottesloe (near the corner of Pearse St. and Marine Pde)
Event kicks off at 10am
Call Nathan 9284 3759 for more details
Swan River Classic Paddle, Sunday, 28th October

Organiser Phil Scott from Surf Life Saving would like to remind you to get your entries in for this mass event - around 700 paddlers last year! All paddle craft welcome in this Bank-West sponsored race from The Narrows to the Left Bank Pub at Freo. Canoe Club with the most entries wins a surf ski from Spirit - also school with the most entries for a shorter race wins a Spirit surf ski. Plus prizes for winners in each category.
There's a T-shirt available this year - $25 each (cool!)
There's more info on my website - go to 'Other Events' on the main page:
contact Phil at RSLSA 9383 9988 or email pscott@rlsswa.org.au
Missed it!

Water Corporation has been scouring Wellington Dam for a few weeks releasing heaps of water (500 megalitres/day) into the Collie River. Please note I have used the past tense - found out too late - they are now only releasing aobut 150 which is too low for paddlers.
Nanga Challenge Pics

Peter Carter, webmaster at AKC has some of the photos taken at Nanga organised very nicely for you to peruse:
Blackwood Marathon
, Sunday, 27th October
New website for this event at:
Email Alan Wilson for an online entry form : alanw1@iinet.net.au
Further enquiries phone Trish 9761 2328 or email her: norman3@iinet.net.au

There are many returned emails from hotmail addresses again - so if you've been missing out on the news, that's why!

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