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Week 1 /December


Thursday, 4th December, 2008

White Water Park - It's Time for Action!

Public access to Logue Brook Dam has been restored.  Canoeing WA has put a proposal to Terry Waldron, Minister for Sport and Recreation, that the $10 million compensation Water Corporation provided as compensation for the loss of Logue Brook, be placed in a trust fund for a white water park. This would allow:

· - Water Corporation to honour its promise to replace the Harvey International Slalom Course which the community lost when they built the Harvey Dam.

· - The Government to implement its commitments.

A decision should be made this year.

Please email Minister Waldron, <mailto:Minister.Waldron@dpc.wa.gov.au>Minister.Waldron@dpc.wa.gov.au , expressing your support for Canoeing WA's proposal. Get your friends to email as well. Time is short so please email as soon as you can.

The case is detailed at 
<http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au>www.whitewaterperth.org.au . 

After a very long wait the opportunity is at last here, but we need to act fast!!!

Colin Thorpe
White Water Park Spokesperson
Canoeing WA
0409 88 7011

For Sale
Stinger fibreglass surf ski with underslung rudder in very good condition. Would suit someone between 176cm and 182cm (5ft 9 to 6ft). Very stable for a fibreglass ski. $500 ono. Contact Mark on 0410 652 612 or <mailto:dongomkd@hotmail.com>dongomkd@hotmail.com .
Kayak 'Plastex' Red Sprint K1 -  for 65 to 75kg paddler. Weighs 11.5kg. Designed for flat water sprint paddling. Please email 
<mailto:srandall1@optusnet.com.au>srandall1@optusnet.com.au  for photos.  $500 ono. Emily 0415 110 192.

2 x 2 or 3 person Canadian Canoes with paddles, 
second hand. Contact Rob 0417923142 or <mailto:rklug@bigpond.net.au>rklug@bigpond.net.au .
Fibreglass or similar Surf Ski, second hand, with underslung rudder, to suit paddler 6 '0" ­ 6'2" up to $1000. Contact Rob 0417 923 142 or <mailto:rklug@bigpond.net.au>rklug@bigpond.net.au
Epic V10L Surf Ski -
in good condition. Please send pics if possible? Contact Brett, 9844 1149 or 0488 149 798 or <mailto:bacatja@mysoul.com.au>bacatja@mysoul.com.au  .
Down River Racing Kayak or similar, secondhand, reasonable condition, reasonable price. Please contact Mick <mailto:mthorne@westnet.com.au>mthorne@westnet.com.au or 9586 3357.
Kids' PFDs to suit 5-10 yr olds. Call Richard 0403 111 709 or <mailto:richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au>richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au .
Kid's wave ski/kayak to suit 7-10 yr old. Call Richard 0403 111 709 or <mailto:richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au>richard_a_hart@yahoo.com.au .

Week 3 /December
Thursday, 18th December, 2008
Season's Greetings to All!

10km Championships
Sunday, 28th December, at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, 9390 7051

Registration: 8:00-8:30am; race starts 9:00am. For a bit of fun there is a theme - "Cat in a Kayak" (not "Dog in a Ute").  So dress up or dress up your kayak letting your imagination run wild!  To raise money for cancer research "Cat" stickers for your boat will be on sale. Organised by the Marathon Committee.

Marathon #3 - Claisebrook Race
Sunday, 11th January

Registration: 7:15-8:15am at Victoria Gardens in Claisebrook Cove, East Perth. 13km: two laps of a course which includes Graham Farmer Freeway Bridge and Heirison Island. Short course, 6.6km also available.

'Epic' Shipment Arrived
Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under tells us that his container of Epic V10s, V10L and V10 Sport Skis has arrived - just in time for Santa.

Canoeing Down Under - Christmas Sale Now On . . .
20% off cags; 10%-20% off PFDs. Many other specials.  Check out the <http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au>website . Spend $100 before Christmas and go into the draw to win an Ocky Sit-On-Top and accessories valued at $850.

Wild Water Racing
All the January Tasmanian happenings can be viewed here: <http://www.tas.canoe.org.au/?Page=15998>http://www.tas.canoe.org.au/?Page=15998 .

The page has recently been updated and includes all the nomination forms for races and for the Australian teams, which can be downloaded. There's a few pics there as well, one of which is a great shot of Brady's course.

3rd Jan - Mersey Classic
7th Jan - Brady's Rapid Sprints
10th Jan - Mersey Rapid Sprints (Aust Champs)
11th Jan - Mersey Classic (Aust Champs)

Look forward to seeing everyone on the river! Dave

Finn Kayaks Videos
There's several short video clips at the following link which feature Finn Kayaks craft in Nepal, surfing and so on. There's also animated instruction on this page.  Worth checking out for fun in the sun and maybe some tips on that kayak surfing.

http://www.finnkayaks.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=63  .

For Sale 
Sea Kayak, Pittarak Expeditioner (with history)

The original version of Larry Gray's superb design. Build number 14 (now 1000+), built by Larry himself at Mallacoota VIC in 1989, it is a veteran of many ocean journeys, some of them epic including a Bass Strait crossing. With the right engine, could do it all again. 

This was the first in W.A. and still one of only a handfull in the state. The cockpit floor has extra coremat reinforcing, so it is heavy (35kg +/- ) and very solid, bordering on bulletproof. Intended for the rough and tumble (literally) of extended ocean touring, this design is quite "tender" in a sea and works best when fully loaded and sitting low in the water. Load up to 180kg+ (including paddler) of supplies and equipment in this boat and go into the wilderness for weeks. 

The Expeditioner was not designed with the novice in mind, but could extend the cabilities of a talented novice to the next level and far beyond. It is fully fitted out with screw-on hatches fore and aft, hand operated bilge pump, deck ropes and retractable foot operated rudder, but will need some superficial refurbishment. 

I would ideally like to sell to someone who could to justice to this boat, it is not a plastic toy, and where it could take you is sometimes not a playground. I will throw in all my associated gear including 2 paddles (1 Powermaster , 1 split shaft spare), buoyancy vest, skirt, cag, parafoil and heaps of other stuff , so if you are ready to take the next step please call me. $=therightpricefortherightperson. ph. 0417 759 977. Rockingham. 
Graham Albrey

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