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Week 1 /May
Thursday, 1st May, 2008

Film Night Fundraiser
Saturday, 24th May, 6:30pm - Astor Cinema, 659 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
Help support Josh Kippin's Junior World Champs campaign and have an entertaining evening as well.  The film is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (set in 1957, it's Indiana versus the Soviets!).  Come early, 5:30pm, for some nibbles and light refreshments (gold coin donation). The Junior World Slalom Championships are to be held in the Czech Republic in July. It's a great honour for Josh to be representing Australia but a just reward for his hard work and dedication in reaching this level of skill.

To obtain tickets, $15 adult/ $13 kids, please contact Greg, 0428 768 654 or <mailto:dune@iexpress.net.au>dune@iexpress.net.au .

Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival
Sunday, 1st June (Foundation Day weekend)
What a great way to spend a long weekend with the family - certainly something different and something for everyone. Here's what's on offer for kids and adults:
· Competitive canoeing events - great prizes and trophies to be won
· Canoe capers - just for fun!
· Lots of games and activities to keep everyone busy
· Heaps of yummy food including crayfish
· Live music in the evening with fireworks

Enquiries to Kalbarri Visitor Centre, 9937 1104 or <mailto:kalbarrivc@westnet.com.au>kalbarrivc@westnet.com.au . Visit their <http://www.kalbarriwa.info/events_monthly.asp>website .

'Skin On Frame' Kayak Building Course - Sandy Robson
January, 2009

Have you been fascinated by the historical roots of the kayak?  Are you curious enough to want to build one yourself? Well - here is your chance! In January, 2009, I hope to organise to host Turner Wilson & Cheri Perry in Perth.

There will be a ten day boat building course and also Greenland kayak technique and rolling workshops available. To make this happen, I am looking for six people to participate in the boat building course. Turner will take us step by step through the process of building our own skin on frame traditional kayak. At the end of it you will have your own kayak that is fitted to your body, that you built yourself (with help from the master!). Have a look at the website and get excited!: <http://www.kayakways.net/SOFkayakworkshop.html>http://www.kayakways.net/SOFkayakworkshop.html .

The cost for the boat building course is still being calculated but I think it will be around $2300 per person plus kayak building materials and you will need to supply your own tools (a list will be provided). Please phone or email me if you would like to participate: Sandy Robson, 0428 163 314 or  <robsonsandy@hotmail.com>robsonsandy@hotmail.com .

Slalom Pics
Trevor Lamond sends us these great pics of USA Olympic slalom trials:  <http://www.charlotte.com/777/gallery/596732-a596731-t3.html>http://www.charlotte.com/777/gallery/596732-a596731-t3.html . (I like No. 8!)

Rod Fry Memorial Race Results
Go here: <mailto:http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/?Page=14619>http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/?Page=14619  .

Event Reminders
John Sims Race - this Sunday, 4th May at Ascot Kayak Club. 12km to Barkers Bridge and return, plus short course, plus "Guppies" course for the youngsters.  You must enter online <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/>here by end of Friday, 2nd May. No entries on the day. Registration: 8-9am.
WW Series - Race 1: Buoys Race at Ascot Kayak Club. Saturday, 10th May. Registration: 8:15-8:45am; briefing 9am. Race open to all boats with no rudder or rudder tied up. Participants to enter beforehand via email to <mailto:amorbey@citymotors.com.au>amorbey@citymotors.com.au or phone 0421 543 586 . Pay on the day.
CWA Paddle Challenge - 18th May. 18km on the Swan River, upstream and downstream from Garratt Road Bridge. Individual or team.
WW Series - Race 2: Drain Race - 25th May. A short race on a pretty section of the upper Canning. It requires manouvreing skills as the course is meandering and has overhanging branches and maybe logs here and there. Ideal introduction for novice DR paddlers. No current.


TK1 for novice paddler any reasonable condition. Eric Cromb 9419 6337 or <ford.coupe@bigpond.com.au>ford.coupe@bigpond.com.au .

Float bags and a seat for a Fluid Druid - please call Paul 0421 715 633 or <mailto:pabk@iprimus.com.au>pabk@iprimus.com.au .

WWK1 (Down River Racer) - I'm looking for a 2nd hand composite boat (kevlar or carbon fibre). I'm 90kg and 6' 1", so I need some buoyancy and leg room. Please call Laurie ­ 0417 918 792 or <mailto:geopsychology@bigpond.com>geopsychology@bigpond.com  .

Big Scapa in good condition. Contact Graham 0434 861 963  <mailto:gdcookuk@gmail.com>gdcookuk@gmail.com . 

Week 3 /May
Wednesday, 14th May, 2008


Australia to Host the 2009 Wildwater World Cup Series
The International Canoe Federation Board has confirmed that Australia has been awarded the running of all six Wildwater World Cup races, in Tasmania, in October/November 2009. They will consist of 3 x Classics and 3 x Sprints, forming a World Cup series, to be run by Canoe Tasmania, on Tasmanian rivers, ranging from the Mersey to Brady's Lakes and Cataract Gorge. Those interested in Australian team membership should attend 2008 National Championships in Victoria this September. These lead on to selection races at the 2009 National Championships in Tasmania in January, 2009. Learn more from Australian Canoeing <http://www.canoe.org.au/>website. There's also the latest news of the 2008 Australian 'wildwater boys' currently in Europe, preparing for the World Championship.

Local DR News
Race #1, the Ascot Buoys Race, was held last Saturday with an individual time trial and, for a bit of fun, a teams' race . Next race is the 'Drain Race', which despite the unappetising name is actually held on a pretty section of the upper Canning with leafy banks and overhanging branches. It's a meandering course so as to test your DR boat handling skills.  Paddle upstream from Hester Park as a warm-up and race back, about 4.5km. Ruddered boats are permitted with the rudder tied up in the DR races.Results of last Saturday's race are on the AKC <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/?Page=14690>website.  Also posted is a "Leader Board".

Winter Slalom Series
This starts on the same day as the WW Drain Race at Hester Park where there is a permanent flat water slalom course set up. See details below.

Film Night Fundraiser - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Thursday , 22nd May, 6:30pm, Astor Cinema, Beaufort St., Mt Lawley

Proceeds go toward Steve Bird, Reece Baker and Jesse Phillips trip for Australian Kayak team, to Europe in June. Tickets, $15. RSVP for tickets on the night or buy from Jesse. 0422 678 055 or <mailto:styla_numba1@iinet.net.au>styla_numba1@iinet.net.au .

Saturday, 24th May - same venue, same film, but meet at 5:30pm.  Fund raising for junior slalom paddler, Josh Kippin (previously advertised). Please contact Greg, 0428 768 654 or <mailto:dune@iexpress.net.au>dune@iexpress.net.au for tickets. 

Real Life Adventure
Long time Perth paddler and adventurer extraordinaire, Geoff Mullins, is travelling to the Kiril Islands for a sea paddle - they're a chain of islands which are just about all active volcanoes to the north of Japan, belonging to Russia. They also have a few earthquakes over that way.  The last one was 8.1 on the Richter Scale so you need to be a bit brave to paddle here. Mind you, tsunami are mainly a problem when they reach shallow water, they tell us, so the group just needs to paddle out to sea if there's an earthquake! Check out this fascinating area on Google Earth, tilting the layer to get the best idea of the lay of the land.

John Sims Race
Must be the largest club event ever held with 180+ participants of all ages. . Ascot Kayak Club organisers should be congratulated for the smooth running of the event.  Yet again the kitchen turned out the tastiest and healthiest food for the hundreds of hungry paddlers and supporters. Sponsor Canoeing Down Under was generous as always with useful prizes and gift vouchers for the winners of the various categories. Males outnumbered females by about 5:1 in this race.

Organisers of paddling events always welcome your suggestions, comments on any matters relating to events. Such feedback always helps to make next year's event even better.

A Year of Kayaking - "Un An de Kayak"
Brush up your French for this ten minute video clip of white water/ playboating by some French Canadians - one of the best I've seen - of course they have a few more rivers with a bit more water than us. The drops and the waves get bigger the longer you watch.

Top Slalom Boats For Sale - but be quick!
These belong to top paddlers in Penrith, but are able to be brought to Perth on Friday (yes, this week) by Robbie Jeffery.
Prijon, a current model K1 suitable for 70 - 80 Kg paddlers, colour black, length about 3.62m, made in 200, perfect condition, belongs to Anthony Brown and is going for $1100, plus the cost of petrol to the airport for whoever takes Robbie to catch his flight.

The other one is a Vajda belonging to Amanda Pain and is suitable for a light paddler (50-60 Kg), perfect condition, blue colour, cut-down, around $700-$800.

Potential purchasers should phone Robin Jeffery 0431 101105 or email <mailto:rjeffery87@hotmail.com>rjeffery87@hotmail.com as soon as possible to get the contact details for the sellers. People are also welcome to ring Marg Jeffery, 0415 221 058, who will try to get more information.

Event Reminders
Paddle Challenge
, this Sunday, 18th May. Registration: 7:30-9:00am. 18km or 11km or Guppy course from Garratt Road Bridge on the Swan, upstream and downstream. <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=1128>Register online before Friday,11am. There may be a late fee - have not been able to find out if this still applies.
WW Series - Race 2: Drain Race - 25th May. Meet at Hester Park for registration, 7:30-8:00am. Helmets are compulsory.  Email entries beforehand to <mailto:ryan.goodchild@maptek.com.au>ryan.goodchild@maptek.com.au . Check for details <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/site/canoeing/ascot/downloads/WWR/Race%2520Flyer%2520Drain%2520Race.pdf>here.
Slalom Winter Race 1 - Sunday, 25th May, Hester Park, Langford - Prior registration is required - email to Nicky at <mailto:reality.check@bigpond.com>reality.check@bigpond.com or 0400 101 775. Please state boat class, age and AC membership number (if known).

 for new paddler; any reasonable condition is okay. Otherwise does anyone have a mould for TK1 - to sell or for hire?
Mirage 580 Sea Kayak - fibreglass or kevlar in very good condition.  Call Nico 0407 987 570 or <mailto:nico.signorile@iinet.net.au>nico.signorile@iinet.net.au  .

Week 4/May
Wednesday, 28th May, 2008


Brookfield Multiplex Avon Descent - Entries Open
Entries opened at the CWA Paddle Challenge on 18th May. They close on 10th July. To keep up to date with event information visit the <http://www.avondescent.com.au/>official website . 

FINN Kayaks Avon Info' Nights
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm, 17th June, 1st July and 15th July

FINN Kayaks, in conjunction with The Left Bank Hotel, are holding three information nights to support the Avon Descent, 2008. Learn everything you need to know to perform your best; experienced guest speakers will guide you on training, nutrition and equipment.  It's also a social event where you can get to swap notes with other Descenters over a drink on arrival, some finger food and a 'goody bag'.  Plus there's a chance to win one of three "Ultimate Descent" packages. Register now, 9319 1136 or <mailto:functions@leftbank.com.au>functions@leftbank.com.au .

Now That The Water's Flowing . . .
On Monday afternoon (26th) the Walyunga wooden post read 0.32m - that was 10.35m DoW. Upper Swan ti-trees were a great paddle at this level.

If you plan to visit Walyunga National Park a few times you'll save much money with a park pass. Go <http://www.naturebase.net/content/view/214/549/1/4>here to choose the one most suited to you. You can order online.  Avon Valley & Walyunga local park pass is only $20 for the year. Otherwise it's $10 per car per visit.  

<http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/avonrivwatlev.html>Here's a brief outline of the paddleability of the Avon Valley. Scroll down the page to below the links to DoW water levels. This is a repeat from an email last year, but have now added the approximated DoW readings. This is my own personal version of paddleability, but it serves as a guide for new paddlers who may have no idea as to what the different water levels mean. I have only ever paddled the Valley in a plastic slalom or a kevlar DR boat so ruddered plastic boat paddlers (the majority, these days) should bear this in mind.

Remember, too, that after heavy rain locally in the hills the Walyunga water level is a guide to the lower half of the valley only. You should look at Toodyay level as well to have an idea of the top half of the valley. When there has been good wheat belt rainfall feeding into the inland catchment then the river has a more even distribution of water and the Walyunga reading is more applicable to all the valley. 

You can check out the most recent rainfall distribution <http://www.bom.gov.au/hydro/flood/wa/>here or go <http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60045.txt>here for weekly totals.  

Lookout Rapid
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/lookout07.html>Go here for a few pics of the lower, turbulent half of this long rapid at low water, showing all the rocks, with a few notes on what to expect as well.

Good Luck, Guys!
Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under (CDU) and Tony Chounding leave for their two month, 4,000km paddle down the Canadian Athebaska, Slave and Mackenzie rivers on 30th May. We wish them a fantastic and a safe journey and look forward to hearing all about the adventure on their return. Their later paddling companions, Alaine from CDU and Leonie Cockman, leave in a few weeks time for the second half of the trip.

WA State Marathon Championships
Saturday and Sunday, 7th & 8th June
 - singles and doubles, for officially recognised classes as well as a race for non-official classes (WA State Recreational Marathon Championship) and for school students (WA State School Championships). To be held on the Canning River, from Riverton Bridge, Wilson, upstream and downstream. You must enter beforehand via the official entry form before 6pm, Wednesday, 2nd June. There's more details <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=14773>here or contact the Race Secretary, Peter Martin, 0427 004 035 or (08) 9277 4704 (h) or <mailto:petermartin1953@aapt.net.au>petermartin1953@aapt.net.au . (Don't be late!  Late entry fee is double normal fee!)

Presentation: Sandy's Long Australian Paddle
Wednesday, 11th June, 7pm, Penrhos College, Rixon Theatre

Sandy Robson's story of her round Australia paddle attempt: she paddled over 6000 kilometres of the Australian coast, solo, in a sea kayak. 
"Three rudders by Sydney, the learning curve with a very heavy boat, in very big surf. The endos, the sharks and the bluebottles were all do-able. And then there were the crocs. We'll let Sandy explain about the crocs and what to do when they start coming over the side . . . " 
Tickets available at Mainpeak Paddlesports: $20 per person, $15 concession

New Paddle Shop in Cottesloe
Mainpeak Paddlesports
 has moved - just around the corner to 2A Railway Street, Cottesloe - that's next door to Van's Cafe, on the corner of Napoleon Street.  The old premises is the snow sports store.  The new premises is larger: more room for more gear.

National Outrigger Sprint Titles - Laurie Haynes
The National Outrigger Canoeing Sprint Titles were held at Penrith's Sydney International Regatta Centre, 17th-18th May.  Fifteen paddlers represented WA in the OC1, OC2, and OC6 events. The WA Team did really well and came home with some hardware:

OC1 Snr Master Women (Annie Williams) 500m ­ silver medal
OC2 Master Men (Laurie Haynes & George Williams) 500m ­ bronze medal
OC6 Open Women 500m ­ silver medal
OC6 Master Men 500m ­ bronze medal
V12 Open Mixed 500m ­ bronze medal

For a summary of the Nationals and more information about outrigger canoeing go to <http://www.aocra.com.au/>www.aocra.com.au. 
Wildwater Series
Race 2, The Drain Race
, was held last Saturday with plenty of water in the upper Canning after a helpful deluge the night before.  There was even just a bit of current assistance for the short race downstream.  Results are <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/>here. Next race - the popular Upper Swan Ti-trees race on Sunday, 15th June. Enter beforehand <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/>here. (Scroll down the page for event flyer.) Paddle about 7km from lower Bell's to Amiens Cr., a slightly longer race than in previous years. Registration is 7:30am to 8am at the lower car park at Bell's Rapid. Contact for the race is Brian McWhirter, 0419 196 423 or <mailto:goldsea@bigpond.com.au>goldsea@bigpond.com.au .

Slalom Winter Series, Race 2 . . . coming up!
For slalom paddlers and those thinking about competing in slalom racing again it's on 22nd June. Race details and entry forms are coming soon. Nicky Pope, <mailto:reality.check@bigpond.com>reality.check@bigpond.com .

Indiana Jones Film Night
From Greg Kippin, "The response and support for the evening was fantastic with all sectors of Kayaking representing. Combining this with a large family and friend contingent we filled our allocation and some more. Thanks to all Kayaking for their support."

Thursday night was also well attended and the sprint paddlers are grateful for your support.

Men's Wedding Band,
 at the John Sims Race, Sunday, 4th May, 2008. (Car was parked in reserve area.) Yellow and white gold approx. 1cm wide, quite heavy. Large unique and original "Checker Plate" design and engraved on the inside. Please contact Adam Fahey, Mandurah Paddling Club, 0438 875 497 if found.

Slalom Boats and Gear 
­ our TID Squads are looking for slalom boats (f/glass through to carbon/kevlar). Also required are skirts, PFD's and slalom paddles. There must be plenty of this type of gear unused in sheds around Perth. Please contact Greg Kippin, 0428 768 654, or <mailto:dune@iexpress.net.au>dune@iexpress.net.au  .
Molokai or other ski  for Avon, to suit paddler 5'9". Contact Jenni 0418 907 967 or <mailto:ejennib@hotmail.com>ejennib@hotmail.com .
Newish intermediate level boat for adventure racing. Ideal vessel will cope well choppy water, modest swell and wind. I'm 6'3" and 90kg so needs to suit large person.  5.2m min boat length, plastic or other material OK. Trailing or surf rudder OK. Ideal budget- under $1000. Max $1500. Myles ph. 0401 533 336, 08 9756 7801 or <mailto:myles@happspottery.com.au>myles@happspottery.com.au .

Letter (excerpts) from Robin Bell, WA C1 Slalom Olympic representative at Beijing
Hi All,

Thought I might send out an update from the last month of training.

I went to Beijing for ten days of work on the Slalom course from 5th May. This is a valuable time to get experience on the Olympic course. The course is very unique and difficult and so there will be some home course advantage. Thankfully the Chinese C1s are still off the pace, give it another few years and they will be in the mix. The Chinese have restricted access for foreigners so it is important to get there in these accessible times. The training was brutal, rough water, at one stage I remember being upside down bobbing up and down on top of a tyre unable to roll. But never fear, that was the worst of it. I did manage to get confident on moves down the big drop in all directions. The coaching staff and other team members left me for the last two days of training and my trip to the USA.

I ventured to Charlotte, North Carolina for nearly three weeks of training. Charlotte has a new course designed by an old training mate of mine, Scott Shipley. And, yes, he is an American cowboy. The course boasts two channels - around 1.6km of paddling and twice as much gradient as Sydney. The AIS sent Ben Patrick, a lawyer and old training partner, from Melbourne for support. We worked well together allowing for a hard white water slalom session each morning followed by a fitness session in the afternoon. The fitness sessions included boxing, running sprints and mountain biking. There were 19kms of fantastic mountain bike trails around the white water venue.

The last weekend of the trip was the PanAm Slalom Championships and Olympic selection for the US, Canada, Ireland and South America. I kept training up until 24 hours before the three days of racing. Unfortunately this did not leave enough time and I went in the first day fatigued. The second day was the PanAM final, I managed to pick up  for this event with world ranking and World Cup points on the line. I won comfortably with two good solid aggressive runs. The third day of competition was nothing special, fatigue kicked in again.

The trip was fantastic in the end. I gained good knowledge of the Beijing course and a lot of white water specialised training. In the US I focused more on general fitness with a good shoot out in the end. Even though I lost two out of three days I won the major race and all the days' fitness training will be beneficial come the Olympics. It's a balancing act whether or not to rest for the races or keep training.

Last week I had a minor tear in my oblique abdominal. I have been resting on doctor's orders. I see the doctor this Wednesday and hopefully he will give me the all clear to start training. I have had to delay my departure to Beijing from 31st May to the 5th June. From Beijing I fly to Europe on 10th June for three World Cups on consecutive weekends. I will be back in Sydney on 7th July, then head up to the Olympics on the 28th.


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