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Week 1 /November
Thursday, 19th November, 2009

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Bayswater Paddlesports Open Day
Sunday, 22nd November from 9am to 12pm.
 Come and have a paddle at WA's newest club facility. If you have friends or family that live close to the club and may be interested in trying paddling, please send them down. AP Hinds Reserve, Bayswater. Email: <mailto:bayswater@canoe.org.au>bayswater@canoe.org.au to reserve a place in one of our Come & Try sessions ($10).

Shark Stories
Paul Browne sends us <http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/shark-attacks-kayaker-off-victoria-20091031-hquu.html>this link in The Age newspaper to a kayaker's lucky escape from an encounter with a great white off the south-west Victorian coast.*  However it's not always a problem if you come up close with one of these creatures.  Read <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/sharkspotting.html>Mike Edmondson's story which took place locally.

* Note: strange that the paddler calls his paddle "oars", as you will read in the article.

Freya Hoffmeister's Progress
This intrepid paddler will soon be on the last leg of her mammoth, year-long paddle around Australia, finishing at Queenscliff, Victoria.  We hope that she's safe in these remaining waters off Australia's southern coastline. Go <http://qajaqunderground.com/australia-2008/race-around-australia-trip-report/>here for her daily progress.  South Australian paddlers are planning to welcome her when she gets closer to them, just a few days away now. From their newsletter: "Once Freya hits Port Lincoln we will make a plan about meeting up with her on the water along the Fleurieu coast."

Boats Available for WA Paddlers at South Australian Paddlefest
Brad Butler from the South Australian Marathon Club gives WA marathon paddlers advanced notice of the 2010 Riverland Paddling Marathon . There are details of the event <http://www.mcc.canoe.org.au/?Page=6845>here, but it's basically a 200km, 100km individual or relay event. It's their major event for the year (a bit like the Avon Descent) and they would love to have some WA paddlers join in.
"This three day event is held annually every (Sth Aust.) June long weekend and will be on the 12th to 14th June next year.

As advised (rather late) last year we will allocate a number of kayaks for interstate paddlers to hire at a very low cost should they wish to participate in the marathon on a 'fly in - fly out'  basis.
The kayaks are likely to include double mirage sea kayak, TK2, TK1 and K1 boats. The kayaks will be booked on a first in, first served basis for any interested paddlers wishing to make the trip to South Australia.
The Riverland area is still a 2.5 hour trip from Adelaide airport and so paddlers will need to have their own SA based transport or hire car but their kayak can be delivered to the start." Contact Brad <mailto:brad@bbpl.com.au>here.

Frothy White Stuff
One of Canada's major outdoor pursuits retailers recently conducted a short online video competition.  The second placed entry was of "Mikkel" and a mate strutting strutting their stuff on a couple of big and beautiful white water rivers in British Columbia and Alberta. Good viewing.

Perth Paddler's Honour
Simon Fraser University in British Columbia has awarded Fremantle born and bred (but long-time Canadian resident) Lyn Hancock their Outstanding Alumni Award for her lifetime contribution as an "Author, Photographer, Environmentalist and Educator". Apart from everything else she is a keen sea kayaker and has written for Perth publications as well as the Canadian Wavelength. She always fits in a paddle when visiting family in Perth.

WA Slalom's Website
Charlie Collin sends this link - "it is a new website for slalom set-up by committee members - still rather young but it is up."
<http://www.slalomwa.canoe.org.au/>http://www.slalomwa.canoe.org.au/  .

Unusual for November
Slalom training may even take place at Walyunga this weekend instead of the summer-usual Point Peron, Bevan Dashwood advises. More of this week's above average for November rainfall has been <http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60225.html>in the hills so full valley or upper ti-tree trips are unlikely, though <http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDW60229.html>the wheat belt  (scroll down) did get widespread significant falls. You may have noticed - wow - Gidgegannup received 41mm during yesterday - Woorooloo Brook which drains that area enters the Avon above Walyunga.

Kayak Session #32
I often receive emails from this 100% white water magazine which encourage us to subscribe. The current issue to be released November 20 includes an extensive gear review which will be available as a free download from their website soon, they say.  As well, there's a free DVD of an African white water tour, "The African Revolutions Tour" with issue #32.  There's a short trailer of this DVD <http://www.kayaksession.com/video143.php>here to tempt you with the magazine subscription.  It contains glimpses of some mega-horrific waters which the participants attempted. I'm glad my sons never wanted to do this!

Wanted
Paddle 
approx 200cm to suit girl 165cm tall. Preferably fibreglass shaft with moulded wing. Basically a paddle for the Avon. Please contact <mailto:Tiernan.m.Byrnes@gmail.com>Tiernan.m.Byrnes@gmail.com . 
White water creek kayak
- Dagger Mamba 8.0, Pyranha Burn or Karnali, Wavesport Habitat 80 or what have you!   Contact Martin, <mailto:madburg%20@westnet.com.au>madburg @westnet.com.au .
Intermediate K1 - 
something like a low deck Wizard or a Pro-kayak Burn. Contact 0427 177 341.
Ace 515 double plastic kayak
 in good condition with or without rudder. Steve,<mailto:%20smpjmp@bigpond.net.au> smpjmp@bigpond.net.au .
Gekko kayak,
contact Narelle 0412 135 501.
Spirit Racing Ski, good condition, contact Matt 0413 201 854.

Event Reminders
Spirit Paddle
 Ocean Challenge Series, Race #3 , Mandurah Classic Paddle - Saturday, 21st November. <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=2219>Enter online before 3pm, Friday, 20th November. 14km paddle from the Dawesville Channel up the coast to Halls Head and then to Comet Bay and finish at Seashells Resort. Registration 12:30pm.  Race starts, 2:00pm.  <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=18068>More details. Organised by Indian Ocean Paddlers.
Marathon Series Race #2: Moore River Race - Sunday, 22nd November. Registration, 7:30 ­ 8:30am at Guilderton boat ramp; briefing, 8:45am. 12.5km paddle upstream and return. Short course is 7km.
Mainpeak Paddlesports Bay 2 Beach - Sunday, 29th November. Start: Johnston St, Mosman Bay,Finish: Cottesloe Beach. Registration: 8:00am - 9:15am; Briefing: 9:30am; Start: 10:00am. Enter <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=2079>online. Registration closes 9pm (local time) 26th November.


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