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Week 1 /October
Whitewater Kayaking in Borneo
Kiulu River (grade 1-2+)
; Padas River (grade 3-4+)
"I'm trying to arrange a kayaking trip between Christmas and New Year to Sabah (northern tip of Borneo). There is some serious whitewater there and local tour operators that can arrange for all our needs. If you wish to be joined by a friend or partner who is not confident on a kayak, they can still join us by raft. Furthermore, Kota Kinabalu, the capital, has lots to offer (eg., resorts, mountain bike tours, sea kayaking tours, mountain climbing, diving and the best seafood restaurants that I've ever laid my eyes on). Therefore you could easily extend your holidays to include some other recreational activity.

If you are interested in joining me, email Richard at  <mailto:richardserrano@iinet.net.au>richardserrano@iinet.net.au  or phone 0400 982 998."

White Water Paddling Partners
"Newly arrived, old, experienced and enthusiastic white-water paddler looking to join a group for social white water trips both near and far. Own gear and transport. Contact Martin at <mailto:madburg@westnet.com.au>madburg@westnet.com.au "

The "newly arrived, old, experienced, etc. white water paddler, above, sends us some pics of a spectacular <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/pakistanmartin.html>white water trip to Northern Territory, Pakistan.

Black helmet,
near the shower at the South Cott groyne on Sun 1st Oct (after playboating). The owner can contact me by email or phone to arrange return - Jan Hart, 9448 4637 or 0418 954 994  <jan@HARTofPerth.com%20>jan@HARTofPerth.com

If you're thinking of joining Ascot Kayak Club . . .
"This Sunday, 8th October, there will be a membership sign up day at Ascot Kayak Club at Garvey Park.
Come along for a free sausage sizzle, drink and pay your club fees at the same time AND go into the draw for a night's accommodation with breakfast at Pier 21 in North Fremantle. The draw for the accommodation will be done at approximately 12 noon, so to be eligible to go into the draw your fees must be paid by then. 

Also running from the Club is the Island to Island Race (about 12km) which is the first race of the marathon series for 2006/2007 season, so why not come down early (registration is from 7.30am) and have a go - all craft welcome."
- Rosalie Evans

A black leash
for a paddle lost at Walyunga on 3rd September. Contact Ian at 0417 981 787. Probably left at the water's edge near the water level measure at the lower pool.

Mountain Designs Nanga Challenge - Grant Pepper
"This year's Nanga went off without a hitch . . ." Go <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au>here to read the rest of the wrap up, see some pics and view the results.

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS
"If anyone is using a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS for training could they please contact Andrew <mailto:ahayden@westnet.com.au>ahayden@westnet.com.au"

For Sale
Capricorn Sea Kayaking - Having returned from Ningaloo season we are selling kayaks surplus to requirements:
Synchro (Perception) - double plastic sit-on-tops - $600 each ( x6 )
Malibu 2, double plastic sit-on-top (near new) - $550
Sequel (Challenge kayaks) - single sit-inside - $1000
Dusky Bay Doubles - double sit-inside, fibreglass sea kayaks - $1500 each ( x3 )
Priced for quick sale, first in first served. Please note all kayaks are to be sold in present condition, cash only.

Contact Hal: <mailto:hal@capricornseakayaking.com.au>hal@capricornseakayaking.com.au 08 6267 8059

Week 2 /October
In the Naga's Wake -
Documentary Presentation and Book Promotion
Wednesday, 25th October 2006
6.15pm (for a 6.30 start) - 8.00 pm (light refreshments will be served; wine, beer and nibbles)

This book is the incredible account of Kalgoorlie-born Mick O'Shea's voyage by kayak along the Mekong River. He became the first person to complete the 4,909km journey, exploring unmapped Himalayan gorges, negotiating killer rapids and whirlpools and even unexploded landmines along the way.

The presentation by Mick will include a 45 minute documentary, detailing his time spent navigating and exploring the Mekong, followed by an informal Q&A session. Copies of <http://www.boffinsbookshop.com.au/bookweb/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781741148695>In the Naga's Wake ($26.95) will be available for purchase and author signing.

Places are limited so book now to secure yours at this fantastic event. It's to be held at Peregrine Travel Centre, 1st Floor, 862 Hay St, Perth (150 metres west of Boffins) Free (gold coin donation going to the <http://www.mekongdescentfoundation.org/about_us.html>Mekong Descent Foundation)
Registration: Contact Peregrine Travel Centre 9321 1259.
(Thanks to Andrew Hayden for letting us know about this.) Organised by Boffins Bookshop

2006 Multiplex Channel 7 Classic Paddle
Sunday, 22nd October, starting at 9.30am

Organised by the Royal Life Saving Society
This community event is aimed at promoting a greater awareness of aquatic safety at the start of summer, focusing on the "Don't Drink and Drown!" campaign.

- Open to all recognised categories of paddle craft - 12km course for open, masters and junior competitors.
- 4km course for recreational and novice paddlers.
- 4km Malibu board course for open and junior board competitors

Go to http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au  to enter online. Get your entries in quickly as entries close 17th October.

(This is one of the most popular events on the canoeing calendar - all sorts of craft and paddling abilities turn up for this one! For most, it's just for fun!)

New Pic
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>My front page has a new pic of Swan Canoe Club paddlers, Elva and Terry, posing for me with the backdrop one of those impressive granite peaks found along the south coast. Norman's Beach inlet is a small but pristine and charming stretch of flatwater which is worth paddling after good winter rains, suitable for the whole family. There's magificent views east and west along Norman's Beach. (By the way, one of Albany Canoe Club's members, Ken, is the direct descendant of the "Norman" after whom this stretch of coastline was named).

For Sale
West Coast Kayaks paddle clearance: 2 Slipstream Helix carbon propeller paddles only $260.00 each and a Mako second hand carbon propeller only $200.00. Hurry if you want a bargain. Ring Les Allen 0419 900 715

Second hand surf ski / kayak suitable for the whole family, i.e., Finn gizmo. Fiona.   <mailto:potterave@westnet.com.au>potterave@westnet.com.au

Week 4 /October
Ocean Paddling

"West Coast Kayaks and The Sea Kayak School are commencing the summer Saturday morning training sessions. Due to the incredible demand last year we will now be having two training venues: one north of the river and one south. Woodman Point starts 4th November and Hillary's starts 11th November and then every fortnight for each venue. The cost is $20.00 for 3 hours from 9.00am to 12.00 noon. Call Les 0419 900 715 for details and bookings."

There's a new pic on my front page <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>here - five year old Carl Suffling. If you click on that you'll see him "styling the main chute at Bells!" Proud Dad, Tom, says, "he nailed all the best lines right thru the whole rapid that day!" He's paddlng a "Vaya" kids' kayak and if you want to play Father Christmas with one of these for your family this summer contact Tom at Rivergods, 9259 0749 or <mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au

Paddler for Blackwood Marathon. This weekend 28th Oct. "
I am hoping to find a replacement paddler as I am injured. It is very short notice but maybe someone is going anyway. Our team, "Fast Thinking", has been competing for many years and they are a very freindly bunch. Contact Graham 0407 997 005" or <mailto:plastic_sandwich@bigpond.com>plastic_sandwich@bigpond.com

Canoe Polo Calendar
The updated calendar can be seen here:

Two rings left in the toilets at Garvey Park last week, 11/10/06. If you wish to claim them contact Kylie, mobile is 0408 822 997.

Slalom Summer Series Race 1
The advertised race at Hester Park on October 29 has been postponed. The Summer Series will begin in November. Please contact Nicky <mailto:kisama@bigpond.com>kisama@bigpond.com or 0400 101 775 for more information.

Mainpeak Paddlesports Bay 2 Beach
Sunday, 5th November

Race about 14km from Mosman Bay out though Fremantle Harbour to Leighton - for sea kayaks, surf skis and outrigger canoes. Over $7000 in prizes to be won. Get your entries in before Thursday, 2nd November to avoid late fee. More details <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/b2b>here or pick up an entry form from Mainpeak stores. Organised by state canoeing association, phone 9285 8501.

Solahart Donnybrook Marathon Relay
Saturday, 18th November

The canoe leg in this 6 stage relay event is 7km on the calm waters of Glen Mervyn Dam. Other legs are 34km road cycle, 1.4km swim, 20km mountain bike, 8.5km walk and 12.1km run. Website is <http://www.donnybrookmarathon.org>here or contact Jill at the Rec Centre:9731 1822 or <mailto:pamelaharrison@westnet.com.au>pamelaharrison@westnet.com.au for more info'.

The Men's Health Ocean Races
For teams and individuals, open to everyone. The club with the most entries wins a Spirit surf ski.
Saturday, 25th November: Fremantle to Sorrento
Sunday, 26th November: Rottnest to Hillarys
(teams require an escort boat)
For more details and online entry go to the <http://www.menshealthoceanracing.com.au>website. Enquiries contact Dean Gardiner 0400 389 730.

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