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Week 1 /September
WA Schools Slalom Champs & Slalom Race #6 - 3rd September, Walyunga

Classes in Open, Veteran categories will be held (Slalom Winter Race #6) as well as Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18. Categories are MK1 , LK1 , C1 , C2 and Plastic.
Entry Fees: Junior kayak club members $5;  non-kayak club members $10.50 (incl. $5.50 day insurance cover)
Open & veteran kayak club members $10; non-kayak club members $15.50 (incl. $5.50 day insurance cover)
Registration: Please register with Margaret Jeffery in advance of the day, <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au or 0415 221 058 or 9293 1909. Bring picnic or BBQ food and enjoy a day of fun for the family!
Sponsored by Mainpeak Paddle Sports

Swan Canoe Club Spring Friday Time Trials - now sponsored by Mainpeak Paddlesports
Starting tonight, 2nd September
There will be a new format - up to 5 different classes:
1. Composite boats (kayaks and skis)
2. Plastic > 4.5 metres
3. Plastic < 4.5 metres
4.       Doubles (mixed) at least 3 to make a class
5.       Doubles (male) at least 3 to make a class.
Plastics < 4.5 metres will start at 6.05pm each Friday 
Plastics > 4.5 metres will start at 6.10pm each Friday
Composites              will start at 6.15pm each Friday
Great prizes donated by Mainpeak for the winner of each class based on points. A prize each night and major prizes for most points in each class at the end of the series. As you see regular participation helps!
Points are allocated for: Finishing an allocated race (1 point); Personal best for last two time trial series only (1 point) (All Personal bests made before this year are now not considered as your PB for this series. So if the years have made you a bit slower and you are not likely to beat those PB's from previous years, your problems are gone!)
Swan Canoe Club is at Johnson Parade, Mosman Park, right next door to Mead's Restaurant - car park is at top of hill.

An Easy Lift
Now available in Perth is a new system to lift your kayak skywards to the top of your van or 4WD. The "Hullavator" (Thule) enables you to tie your craft, on its side, to its cradle at waist level by the side of the vehicle, then a gas lift system raises it to roof level and rotates it to horizontal position on the roof and Hey Presto!  it's ready to go! (just tie the nose and tail down). Auto Extra at Osborne Park have one on display to demonstrate to you. - they're open weekdays 9 to 5 and Sat 9 to midday, 15 Frobisher Street.

World Marathon Champs
Get your entries in by Friday, 9th September, to get the special discount. Entry foms available from canoeing retailers and canoeing association. More info (including lengths of races) on the website: http://www.marathon.canoe.org.au

Paddler Beware!
There are several new logs across the last rapid (in the same place as the last big log that has always been in the middle of the last bend). You can see them as you drive down the steep hill at the entrance. Probably from the high waters we experienced last week. Less experienced paddlers should be wary I think! I haven't been to Bell's for about four weeks but they definitely weren't there before then - Mike Enright

Wild Water Racing , European-style
Ben Mercer has sent in this link with 3 mt video clip, "The Europeans make those moves look easy, don't they . . . "
<http://www.edf.fr/index.php4?coe_i_id=1>http://www.edf.fr/index.php4?coe_i_id=1 then click on:

TV Mag : Chalaux 2005 - Championnat d'Europe de canoë-kayak

Their course reminds me of the now non-existent white water course at Harvey, below Stirling Dam.

Geegelup Cup, Bridgetown (Wild Water State Champs)
The best water level in years - not too powerful and all the main rocks covered - perfect weather and lots of paddling camaraderie. Our thanks once again to the organisers, South West Canoe Club and Wild Water and all the helpers. Paddy has put the results on Ascot Kayak Club's website:
There'll be pics there soon, as well, with thanks to Russell.
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under

Collie Descent Tale
Mike Edmondson has written a highly entertaining tale of the wild ride he and his son had in a double in this year's race -it's a PDF file, available here: http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/yarnindex.html and also on Marty's website. For photos and results, as well, go there: http://www.hyperactive.oz.nf/Collie_Descent/2005/Collie_Descent_05.htm.

Paddlers Wanted: Murray Marathon, Victoria, 2005
I will be racing in this marathon in December and am wanting to team up with anyone else who may be competing, or considering competing. Please contact Antony, 0439 933 344.

Wanted to Borrow
Marathon boat for Blackwood Marathon. I was wondering if anyone has a reasonably stable marathon boat that I could borrow for the Blackwood. Any offers would be greatly appreciated. Lesley McDonald, 0414 645 111

Event Reminder

Fluid Druid or Cobra Viper Kayak
. Good condition. Please contact Matt 9448 4603   <mailto:kirbym@ststephens.wa.edu.au>kirbym@ststephens.wa.edu.au
Finn Endorfin with white water rudder. Please contact Cameron 9381 1182 or design@cameronmcdiven.com.au

Week 2 /September
New Event - Victoria

If you can't make the Murray Marathon what about this? Go to http://www.vic.canoe.org.au and scroll down to Future Events, then down to "Feb 25 Yarra Descent, Urban White Water Challenge". It's the brainchild of a former West Australian who was involved with the Avon Descent in its early years. 113km from Yarra Glen to Warrandyte to Melbourne over two days (includes up to Grade 2-3 rapids). Here's an email contact as well: <mailto:eric@canoevic.org.au>eric@canoevic.org.au 

Wanting to Hire/Borrow K1
"I am coming to WA in October for the Masters World Cup in Perth. I'll be traveling from Austin, Texas in the United States and I have decided not to bring my K1 all the way to Australia. Do you know of any possible way to rent/borrow a kayak for the race on Wednesday October 12th? Or maybe you can refer me to someone I can ask? Any help on this issue appreciated, thank you.
Johan C. Dahl
(512) 249-6769

to Alwyn Duke, our paddling entrepreneur, Finn Kayaks, (and paddler extraordinaire) and his fiance, Andrea, on their recent engagement.
You will have seen the latest in the Finn Kayaks' fleet in this year's Avon Descent - the Multisport. Check out its dimensions and capabilities at http://www.finnkayaks.com

How strong are they?
Kelvin Lewis, one of those keen Collie paddlers, sends in this interesting page "showing how strong traditional Inuit style skin on frame kayaks are. It also shows why you should remove your kayak from your vehicle before you try rolling it." (There's also a pic of a beautiful sea cave)

Come and join Swan Canoe Club paddlers for a paddle and a get-together afterwards - to be held after the time trial this Friday night, 9th September. BYO food & drink or bring $2 for a sausage or two. Contributions to the communal salads are also welcome.

All time trial participants on this night will go into the draw for one of two $50 vouchers for Mainpeak Paddlesports. Be ready to race by 6pm. BBQ starts at 7pm. Spectators and supporters welcome.

Employment Vacancy
Royal Life Saving Society is looking for a new Event Manager (to run events like the Avon Descent). Persons interested should consult our website <http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au/>www.lifesavingwa.com.au . Peter Leaversuch

(Dave Hunt, who formerly held this position, has now started a new position managing sport for Surf Life Saving WA.)

Broome to Dampier
The story of this epic ocean paddle by Les Allen and Ian Pexton can be read at : <http://www.wozwebs.net/westcoastkayaks/stories.html>http://www.wozwebs.net/westcoastkayaks/stories.html 
Les will also be running free sea kayaking lessons soon, every 2nd Sat morning - an ideal place for new instructors or people who want to be an instructor to come and pick up skills. Contact him:<mailto:lallen@touch88.com.au> lallen@touch88.com.au

Good sleeping bag floating in the river by the finish line of white water course at Bridgetown, Monday morning, 29th August. Contact Russell <mailto:russell.miles@westnet.com.au>russell.miles@westnet.com.au

Throw rope and dry bag at Walyunga on Sunday, 4th September. Contact Aaron, 0405 063 930

Right hand blade, spirit wing paddle, at Bells 4/9/05. Could have been there a year, with the brown slime on it (which made it invisible) Has a sticker "Murray River MArathon 2004" "Team Light Oars"
john - <mailto:fiasco_j@iinet.net.au>fiasco_j@iinet.net.au

Second hand Buoyancy vest
med to large and spray deck for a keyhole cockpit. Please contact Joel 0411 821 109
One operational kayak ergometer, preferably with computer or leads for computer. Evan Shapley
0409 040 169
Second hand Buoyancy vest med to large and spray deck for a keyhole cockpit. Please contact Joel 0411 821 109
Ace 515  2 person plastic Kayak. Good Cond 0438 282 801   <mailto:troy@conceptcabling.com.au>troy@conceptcabling.com.au
Ace Explorer 515 K2 with white water rudder. Please contact Bryan Lee on 9284 4836 or <mailto:blj@iinet.net.au>blj@iinet.net.au
Plastic Slalom Kayak (2nd hand or new): Perception Reflex or Perception Fox.  Contact Dave  <mailto:david.stephens@westernpower.com.au>david.stephens@westernpower.com.au, 0402 043 594

Paddling News Extra, 19th September

The Sunday Times ran a story on the loss of rivers for white water sport and recreation in their September 11 edition. It received wide coverage and has generated considerable public response.

Thank you to everyone who has sent emails in response to the story. One letter, from Marion Ewing, was published in The Sunday Times of 14 September. Letters are also being received by Water Corporation and The Minister for Sport and Recreation. 

7 of the 10 significant white water rivers between Perth and Bunbury have been lost!!

Information about the loss of the white water rivers, and the Harvey International Slalom Course can be found at http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/lostrivers

Information about the proposed White Water Park can be found at www.whitewaterperth.org.au

If you have not already emailed and are concerned about the loss of white water rivers please email the Sunday Times, Water Corporation and Bob Kucera, Minister for Sport and Recreation expressing your concerns and supporting the proposed White Water Park.

Please email:
- The Sunday Times at letters@sundaytimes.newsltd.com.au
- Water Corporation at cust_centre@watercorporation.com.au 
- The Minister for Sport and Recreation at bob-kucera@dpc.wa.gov.au

Our campaign for the White Water Park has been running for 5 years and we are now entering a crucial stage. If you want to go white water rafting, bodyboarding or canoeing in the metropolitan area please help our campaign by sending the three emails. And get a friend to send them as well.

We now have a "Lost Rivers Paddle" for signing. When it is "full" we will present it to the Government as another indication of public support for the white water park.

The paddle is available for signing at Mainpeak Paddlesports in Jarrad St Cottesloe for the next two weeks. The following two weeks it will be at Canoeing Down Under. Please drop in and add your signature.


Colin Thorpe
Canoeing WA

Week 3/September
World Slalom Champs at Penrith, NSW - from Margie Jeffery

29th Sept to 3rd Oct. "Only the senior team from each country is eligible to compete so we will have Kynan Maley and Robin Bell (WA heroes) in the line up for Australia. Being a home course, they are quietly confident of a very good result. Readers may want to check out the Australian Canoeing web site (http://www.canoeslalom.com.au) which lists over 50 participating countries. Soon the start lists will be posted on the site. Robin Jeffery (another local hero, junior - Robyn K.) will be doing demonstration runs prior to events.

This is the biggest event since the Sydney Olympics and Penrith is chock-a-block with international paddlers.

If we had a white water park in Perth we could well be hosting a future World Championship event here!"

If you happen to be going to this event and want to be part of the Aussie Cheer Squad - email Katie to find out more <mailto:katie_etheridge_@hotmail.com>katie_etheridge_@hotmail.com  
Peter Martin says SBS is televising the event live if you wish to see the best in action.

Nornalup Riverside Chalets
They're situated just down the river from Sapper's Bridge which is the take-out of the Frankland River raging rapids white water paddle, though you would not think so as it so peaceful on the river at Nornalup. Also they're close to a magnificently forested section of the Bibbulman Track.

Here's an offer too good to refuse! Receive 20% discount (by staying 3 nights or more) or 10% (if you stay 2 nights) off chalet accomodation until 12th December. There's a range of chalets to suit your needs: http://www.walpole.org.au/NornalupRiversideChalets

And here's an ongoing  special offer for canoe association members: owners, Debbie and Taffy, offer 10% discount off accomodation all year round, except during school holidays.

Tree Top Canoe Hire is based at the chalets - ideal for the family or for fishing. Check <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/norncanoehire.html>here for the rates.

The Frankland white water from Bridge Road to Sappers' Bridge is paddleable when the level at Mt Frankland is 11.27m and above. Check level <>here. Flood level is about 13m and is only suitable for advanced/expert paddlers.

Upstream from Nornalup for several kilometres is one of the most beautiful flat water paddles in the state. Ever been to Monastery Landing?  

2005 Classic Paddle
Huge event open to all paddle craft. 12km (or 4km), from The Narrows to The Left Bank, Fremantle, Sunday 23rd October. Entry forms are available from Spirit Paddle Sports, Royal Lifesaving Society and
Please return all entries to Royal Life Saving, PO Box 28, Floreat Forum, 6014.
Entries close 17th October. Enquires please contact Royal Life Saving 9383 8200.

From Wayne Astill, Marathon World Champs, Co-ordinator
I have had a request from the Singapore Federation for the use of 3 x K2 boats and also the Italian Federation for 1 x K2 boat. Are there any individuals able to provide these federations with access to these boats for the World Championships? If you can help out please contact Wayne, ph 08 9245 3103 / mb 0438 242 167

From Peter Martin, Marathon Committee
"There has been quite a few enquires from overseas paddlers regarding the hire of kayaks for the event. If you are not using your late model, single or double, which is in reasonable condition ( and would like to make some money to enable you to upgrade ) please let us know. Going rate is between $150 - $500 for the event . This is cheaper than bringing a craft over from Europe or America. We may be able to set up a "shopfront" with insurance, contracts and deposits to protect your prized craft.

Open to all Paddlers - WA Ocean Enduro Event
16km or 8km paddle, Saturday 8th October, Cottesloe beach, Registration 7-8am, Start, 9am. Age group categories. Events include 2km swim, 16km ski paddle, 4km board paddle and 2km beach run.
Entry Fee: $20 (1 event) or $25 (2 or more events)
SLSWA members $15 (1 event) or $25 (2 or more events)
Entries Close:
Friday 30th September 2005 or late entry of $30 cash payment can be made on the day.
For entry forms or more information please visit <http://www.mybeach.com.au/>www.mybeach.com.au or phone 9244 1222

Outrigger Canoe Racing in WA
Port Bunbury Outrigger Canoe Club
is seeking new members for the coming paddle season 2005/06. The Club operates out of the Bunbury Yacht Club, training up to three times a week. Training and the annual race calandar starts mid October and carries through summer, ending in April. All are welcome - young and old, and encouraged to participate in this fast growing and exciting sport. For anyone interested, please contact either Clint Macri 0421 696 706 or Kim Murphy 0407 719 179.

Would-be Sea Kayakers ! - Saturday Morning Free Training - Les Allen
These classes are for anyone who has a sea kayak and wants to improve their sea kayaking skills. They are held at the east side of the Woodman Point Boat Ramp inside the harbor at Woodman Point. They go from 9am to midday and I ask all people who are coming not to be late as that way I can get the paper work done before getting wet. I do have some kayaks available for people who don't have a boat but they must be arranged before Saturday.
Please call to let me know if you are coming 0419 900 715.
Dates are as follows: 24/9/05 8/10/05 22/10/05 5/11/05 19/11/05 3/12/05 17/12/05

Basic Skills Course -Tell your rellies and friends about this one!
Peter Martin of AKC says that
Arnold Drok will be starting up again in Sept . . . if you know anyone who wishes to do the best beginners' course in the state , tell them to contact AKC . . . Eve 9274 4876 or 0409 291 085.

Marathon Series News from Peter Martin
The Marathon Technical Committee
will be holding the Annual Changing of the Guard meeting after the K2 Event on the 18th Sept. All nominations for a position on this committee or offers to help are to be forwarded to Nicole Orton at 9330 9011.   
The Marathon Dinner : This informal BBQ for all long distance paddlers will be held at 16 Loader Way , South Guildford on Sunday, 25th Sept, at 4:00 pm. Please bring a plate to share and drinks, meat will be provided at $5:00 per person, ( $2:00 for under 10's).
RSVP to Julie  9277 2260 , 0414 395 774 ( SMS ) or <mailto: cag_jepm@bigpond.net.au>RSVP Here  
A not to be missed event - find out who our leading Marathon Man , Lady , Junior and Sub Junior are ... Exchange tall stories .. relive the Avon .. plan World's strategies etc ... all over a steak and salad and vino.
Marathon Series, 2005 - 2006: there's 7 races plus State Champs over a variety of distances and water conditions. Pay for the whole series upfront to receive discount (only available to Canoeing WA members) - $80 senior, $50 junior. Otherwise each race is $20 (or $15 for Canoeing WA members) for seniors. For juniors $15 per race (or $10 for Canoeing WA members). Latest marathon handbooks will be available at the Island to Island Race.
Note : the Island to Island Race is part of the World Championships Festival of Paddle and entry fee is part of this event. Points will be earned for the state marathon series.

The Perth Kayak Centre is sponsoring a Guppy Event (under 14 years) at all suitable races this year with cash prizes. Contact Bull or Nicole 9330 9011 for details.

Canoeing Down Under - Book a White Water Course
Terry says, "We're still running group white water courses. If you're interested give us a call, 9378 1333."

Don't miss out - Wild Water Breakfast
Sunday 2nd October, 8.00am, at Isadora's Café, Guildford (across from the Guildford Hotel) $16.00. Only 40 places available. Book early - Terry or Alaine at Canoeing Down Under 9378 1333.

Paddler Available for Collie River Marathon Relay
One of the top paddlers in WA is hoping to join a team to do the Collie Marathon Relay. If you're looking for a fast paddler contact organiser, Marty, for details - and anyone else looking to make up a team for this coming event - <mailto:mart@geo.net.au>mart@geo.net.au

Albany gals looking for paddlers and boat for Rotto Swim - February, 2006
My swimming partner, Andrea (38), and I (33) are looking for a support boat and 2 paddlers to accompany us as we attempt the Rottnest swim as a duo in Feb. We're not entering the Rotto Swim to break any records but for the challenge, fun and buzz - Jenny Edwards <mailto:%20jenny@keshi.com.au>jenny@keshi.com.au

Spirit multisport wing paddle
, 210 cm, good cond. No name. Pebble race, Walyunga. Found Sun 18 Sept. Contact John <mailto:fiasco_j@iinet.net.au>fiasco_j@iinet.net.au
Also: Right hand blade, Spirit wing paddle at Bell's. Could have been there a year, with the brown slime on it? (which made it invisible) Has a sticker "Murray River Marathon 2004"  "Team Light Oars" Found 4/9/05 Contact John <mailto:fiasco_j@iinet.net.au>fiasco_j@iinet.net.au

Double Plastic Surf Ski
- Spirit or similar. Not sprint style, must be stable. 9722 3403 <mailto:bev.tillman@goodmanfielder.com.au>bev.tillman@goodmanfielder.com.au

: Horseshoe drop at Bell's Sunday, 11th Sept, winged paddle, yellow blades with green frogs. If found or spotted please phone Dea Curtis 9305 1113.

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