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Week 2 /June
Wednesday, 9th June, 2008
The Sydney World Masters Games
10th - 18th October, 2009 

Early bird registration opened on 2nd June, 2008, and will close 31st July, 2008 - that is, THIS YEAR, not next year.  Entering early will ensure that you take advantage of the 15% discount to the entry fee.  Information about how to register will be made available soon on the 2009 World Masters Games web site <http://www.2009worldmasters.com/>www.2009worldmasters.com along with what you get for your entry fee.

All the canoe disciplines - marathon, flatwater, slalom and canoe polo will be held at or near Penrith, NSW.  If you are seeking accommodation I recommend contacting the Games Travel Office via the World Masters Games web site as many accommodation places have blocked the games period for inquiries only from Games Travel Office staff.  Prices are displayed and are 2009 prices.

At this stage over 500 people have registered their interest in the canoe/kayak disciplines for the 2009 World Masters Games.

In the near future a call will be made for persons who are able to hire kayaks / canoes to others during the games.  A database will be established and the persons wishing to hire the craft will be put in direct contact with the hirer to make all necessary arrangements. Jeremy Dunn

Upper Swan Marathon, No.7 -  Julie Morgan
Sunday, 22nd July

"We're going to run it as we have done for the last 2 years (and probably will keep it this way now) - with the start at Middle Swan heading upstream to a turn at Barrett St Bridge then downstream past AKC turning at the first Red Spit Post downstream of the Tonkin Highway bridge and then back to AKC.

We look forward to having a good turn out for this last race of the season - it should be a good warm-up distance for the Avon. If you have any questions just drop me a line. <mailto:julie.morgan@slb.com>julie.morgan@slb.com ."

More details below.

Beginners Canoe Polo Course
Sat 5th July, 8.45am ­ 5.00pm at Beatty Park

Are you a kayak paddler looking for a new way to have fun, keep fit and improve your paddling? Canoe Polo is then the sport for you. Any age from 13 upwards can play. And its in a nice warm swimming pool at Beatty Park!

Perth Canoe Polo Club (PCPC) is running a one day Introductory Canoe Polo course. This will cover canoe polo boat skills, ball skills, and team tactics. The course will also introduce you to the rules, basic refereeing and competition organisation. This will give you the skills to enter the Beginners-grade competition which follows on from the course.

Special canoe polo kayaks, paddles, life jackets and helmets with face guards will be supplied. Members of PCPC will provide the instruction. Participants do require some basic paddling ability. Fees cover pool hire, use of equipment, and coaching.  Affiliation to Canoeing WA is required for insurance purposes. Pool entry needs to be paid separately.

For more information, or to register, contact Bryan Lee, <mailto:bilee@iinet.net.au>bilee@iinet.net.au  .

Capricorn Seakayaking - 1, 2 & 5 Day Seakayak Eco-Adventures on Ningaloo Reef
What's your idea of paradise? Is it waking in the morning to the sounds of gently lapping waves? Or seakayaking over pristine coral reef before grabbing your snorkel and exploring the wonders below? Is it watching dolphins frolick only metres away? Or swimming with sea turtles? Or enjoying a cold beer whilst watching yet another magnificent sunset?  Capricorn Seakayaking offers all this and much more on our 1, 2 and 5-Day Seakayak Eco-Adventures. 

Operating from our base in Exmouth between May and October each year, Capricorn Seakayaking will show you the wonders of Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and Cape Range National Park as we paddle, snorkel and relax along its mesmerising length.  If you're pressed for time come along on one of our one or two day explorations and get a taste of the reef. Or, if you're after a truly life-changing experience, join us for the five days. We provide all food, paddling and safety gear and fully-qualified, fun and inspirational guides. 
<mailto:bookings@capricornseakayaking.com.au> www.capricornseakayaking.com.au .
(08) 6267 8059

Extracts' Weir
New paddlers and novice Descenters should check out <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/extracts07.html>these pics of what to expect on Day One at this popular spectator spot.  I've also put together some of the best of my old pics of Extracts', "how it used to be", <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/extractshistory.html>here, a couple of which will elicit a 'wow' !

New Page: The Avon Rapids Close Up 
I've also added a <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/avonrapids.html>new page on the "Avon Descent" section of my website - of most interest, again, to the newcomers. It's an amalgamation of many already existing pages, with lots of tips on best lines, plus the new ones on Extracts' Weir above.

New Front Page Pic
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/index.html>The happy paddlers in last year's Avon Descent have just passed by Stronghill's Farm and the notorious Hart's Thickett. They are Helen Smith and Daniel Hocking.

This Year's Avon . . . 
Need a Support Crew? Looking to join a team?  A few people have notified me they would like to get a team together and others have volunteered their services as support. So if you're in need let me know: <mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>rokhor@iinet.net.au .

Adventure On the High Seas
Marathon paddler and sea kayaker, Antony Mee, will be leaving his boats at home for this trip.  He's crewing on a large catamaran from Broome to Perth, shortly.  Back in time for the Avon.

 left in carpark at Scarp Pool on 1/6 around 5pm. Black shaft with orange and yellow blades. If found please call 0428 930 329.

Mako Paddle
: On 26th May I received a phone call from a kind lady who had found a paddle in Manning which had my phone number on it. The paddle is no longer mine as I sold it with a boat a few years back but obviously the new owner never took my name off it. I have picked up the paddle and have it at home ready for its rightful owner to collect. The paddle is a Mako flat blade with blue shaft and white blades. The owner can contact me 0418 228 990 to arrange pickup.  John Mulcahy

Wilderness Systems Piccolo or Perception Umiak
 kayak or any other touring kayak that would potentially suit a seven year old child. Contact Paul 0421 705 633.
515 Explorer to do the Avon Descent in. Will pay cash and will buy carbon fibre paddles if available. Contact 0412 121 669 or <mailto:gavin@corerealestate.com.au>gavin@corerealestate.com.au .
Wavehopper - call me or send me an email if you have one laying around you wish to sell? John, <mailto:jsbrownie@e-wire.net.au>jsbrownie@e-wire.net.au or 0408 167 267.

Event Reminders
Sunday, 15th June, Wildwater Racing: Upper Swan Ti-trees Race
 - finishing at Amiens Cr. Meet at lower car park, Bell's Rapid, for registration 7:30-8:00am. Enter via email to <mailto:goldsea@bigpond.com.au>goldsea@bigpond.com.au by Friday, 13th June. Enquiries Bruce McWhirter, 0419 196 423.
Sunday, 22nd June, Marathon No.7, Upper Swan Race. See note in 'news' above
. Registration is at Middle Swan, 7:00-7:45am. It's a 27km paddle with a short course, 12km, as well, finishing at Ascot Kayak Club.

Week 4 /June
Wednesday, 25th June, 2008

Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Sponsorship Drive
"Register Now!

It's on again. The Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Sponsorship Drive for 2008 is in full swing. It's bigger and better this year, with ten sponsorship packages up for grabs. All paddlers are eligible and encouraged to register regardless of paddling prowess or experience as we have various levels of sponsorship available.
Simply email us your paddling resume or express your desire to win: <mailto:info@finnkayaks.com>info@finnkayaks.com . 
Get in early!"

Go <http://www.finnkayaks.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=26%23SPONSDRIVE>here for flyer. For more info email Finn Kayaks (as above) or phone 08 9314 3109. 

FINN Kayaks Avon Info' Nights
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm, 1st July and 15th July

In case you missed the first Avon info' evening there's two more being held at The Left Bank Hotel, Fremantle.  "Experienced guest speakers will guide you on training, nutrition and equipment. " As well there's a free drink and some finger food on arrival and you'll have a chance to win one of three "Ultimate Descent" packages. To register, phone 9319 1136 or email <mailto:functions@leftbank.com.au>functions@leftbank.com.au .

Northam - Toodyay Race
Sunday, 6th July
Here's a good practice event for Avon Descenters. It's about 30km. Registration is from 7am, briefing, 8:30am and race start is 9am.  Meet at Broome Terrace, Northam.  Entry fee is $40 (CWA members) or $50 (for non members) which includes hamburger or soup & roll plus drink at the finish.
Event flyer is available <http://www.canningriver.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=14926>here . You'll also find (hard copy) entry form at that address or enter online <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=1186>here . Entries close Wednesday 2nd July, close of day, and no late entries will be accepted. Organised by Canning River Canoe Club and sponsored by Turner Engineering, Canoeing Down Under, Spirit Paddlesports and Perth Kayaks. For more info' contact Nicole, <mailto:buloboy@bigpond.net.au>buloboy@bigpond.net.au . 

WA Slalom Winter Series - Race 3
The next race is Sunday, 6th July, at Walyunga National Park. Entry forms will be out this week. Slalom results of the last race available from <mailto:reality.check@bigpond.com>reality.check@bigpond.com .

2009 Slalom Nationals
Information regarding the 2009 Slalom Nationals is now available on the Canoe Tasmania website and will be updated regularly as more info becomes available. Links to this info are directly from the Event logo on the left side of the AC home page or from the Slalom in Australia website (<http://www.slalom.canoe.org.au/>http://www.slalom.canoe.org.au/).

From WAIS container: a number of paddles which are Jantex paddles with distinctive green and yellow paint on the back of the blades and are an unusually long 220cm. In addition to the paddles several pieces of gym equipment were also taken, including gym mats, tornado balls and medicine balls. We'd appreciate it if people are able to keep an eye out for anyone trying to sell such goods. Jenni Bateman, 0418 907 967

For Sale
Arro K1 
- ex-Lancer hull, all epoxy/kevlar hull.  Brand new, never used. Very strong and comfortable, Avon ready. $1800. Phone Trish, 0407 710 785 or David, 0431 983 324.

News from Rivergods 
Rivergods rafting season is now running 
- half day Avon and full day Lower Murray trips are now running, mainly on weekends. Rivergods is also seeking raft guides for these trips.

New kids' kayak from Rivergods - Turns out the small Fluid Spice is a kids' boat - parents of paddling prodigies might like to arrange a try out. Call Tom at Rivergods, 9259 0749.

Sad News
It is with sadness we hear of the sudden and unexpected death of Wayne Langmaid, one of the group with whom Andrew Linton paddled across Bass Strait in 1998. Wayne was an extremely skilled paddler with a sea and white water background. He founded "Ocean Planet" and then "Rogue Planet", both based on the central NSW coast. As a sea paddler he had vast expeditionary experience around the world and was a sea paddling trainer for the Australian Army and Navy. To learn more about him go to his website <http://www.rogueplanet.com.au/>here and Ocean Planet <http://www.kayaktours.com.au/>here. You can also email me for a copy of his most interesting paddling resume which Andrew has sent in. Thanks to Andrew for letting us know.
PS. You haven't seen Andrew on the water much lately as he's recovering from injury. But he still has a shed full of boats!

Google Earth 
Patrick Irwin lets us know that "Google Earth has extended the legible coverage of the Avon up to Jimperding and a bit beyond. The photo looks as if it was taken very late in the year; the river is still trickling, but many rapids are virtually dry. It all looks pretty benign from the air! "

Also from Patrick . . .
"It was a good event on Sunday (15th June); the DR race (at Upper Swan ti-trees); 40 competitors . . .  and we brought the rain . . . plus there were lots of new female faces."

Avon River Water Levels - Dept. of Water (DoW)
Great Northern Highway, Walyunga and Stirling Terrace, Toodyay data were not available for a few days for different technical reasons. DoW was aware of the problems and they're all back online now. Thanks to those who sent in the readings recently - they did not appear immediately on the website as I have been away.

Avon Paddlers Chat Forum
Want to swap notes with others? Have your say? Here's a fun blogspot for you: <http://bigwateravon.blogspot.com/>www.bigwateravon.blogspot.com .

Double Ski -
for Anaconda. Any brand but in pretty good condition. Call Steven, 0400 128 400 or <mailto:steven_richards@iinet.net.au>steven_richards@iinet.net.au .
Endorfin Ski (Finn) or similar, (Qty 2-off) to suit two 6 foot (183cm) people. Good condition. Contact Andy 0400 051 518 or <mailto:00marshall@gmail.com>00marshall@gmail.com . 
K2 Nelo XXL or similar shape in other brands (the lighter the better). Call Chris 0404 555 004.
FINN Endorfinn or Spirit Racing Ski - good condition. Call Steve 0437 783 833.

Carbon wing paddle - length 208-212cm, in good condition. Will pay up to $400. Call Mark 0410 652 612 or <mailto:dongomkd@hotmail.com>dongomkd@hotmail.com .

First Slalom World Cup Race, 2008Silver for Robin Bell
Hi All,

The Aussies had a good race for the first World Cup here in Prague, Czech Republic. We had three boats in the final: C2, Kynan Maley (also West Australian) and myself. The course was technical which suited the likes of Kynan and myself in C1. The course designers managed to use every feature on the river, surfing every wave which made it enjoyable.

Racing in Prague is tough. Results are very tight here with a touch being the difference for a final berth. Warwick Draper the Olympic kayak was a victim of this circumstance, finishing in 17th.

I meandered through qualification cautious of my oblique abdominal muscle on a few of the waves. I ended up in 7th with a few touches. Video review showed I had the pace around the gates, it was just a question whether or not my oblique would hold up for a extended period of time.

The semi final was a hard race. I raced off the start and had an awesome top and middle section, heading into gate 16 I let the boat slide and lost a second. I managed to hold it to the finish but Tony Estanguet went into the lead by a second. I was a little annoyed about letting it slide near the finish, but I was sucking in the oxygen more than I usually do. I think the three weeks of sitting on the rehab couch in Sydney was catching up to me.

The final was a show down. I ran the boat a little more conservatively on the top and really knuckled down on the bottom. This paid off with a slightly faster second run, but it was not fast enough to overcome Tony. Dave Florence from Briton was third with a good race.

Overall it is a very good start to the world cups, which are a building block for the Olympics. My oblique seems to be healing well, pulled up a little tight from the racing, I am hoping to be in full training by next weekend.

We are leaving for Slovenia this afternoon, the site of the second World Cup.

Also there is an article on Foxsports website: http://www.foxsports.com.au/beijing_olympics/story/0,27313,23891292-5014107,00.html .
Have a good one.

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