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Week 1 /September
Tuesday, 1st September, 2009

To All White Water Paddlers!
Help to Preserve Access to the Middle Murray
4th September, 2009,
submissions close to the DEC regarding current and future use of certain areas of the Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup.

Of major concern is the possibility plans for Rapids Road - will paddlers have access or not ? This is of particular concern given Alcoa's interests in the area. Can all interested people please pass this info on to all other people that may be interested, and do the following :

- Visit webiste : http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/community-and-education/open-for-public-comment/index.html   .
- Use the link to "Have your say"
- Emphasise the uniqueness, and importance of this section of river to paddlers.
- Emphasise that paddlers by nature are environmentally sensitive and have an interest in preserving the area, and don't need extra facilities.
Rapids Road is extremely important for access.
- and if possible read the draft management plan on the website, and make reference in your submission to pages 102, 102, and map page 149 - these pages refer to areas that can't be used for mining (Calm act Section 5(1) g - "reserve" ) which this area is, safety of users, maps etc.

The more submissions the better....please let them know... only a few days to do this...

Thanks, Craig Wallis, 0413 574 663.

Nanga Challenge
It's on again - some info' follows, but go to the AKC website listed below for all the details. Enter online at that link also.  It's not too late to enter; entries close Tuesday, 8th September at midnight.

Saturday 12th September, 2009, based at Baden Powell Campground, Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup. There's  10.5km river paddling in moving water including a couple of small rapids, 21km mountain biking and 9.6km cross-country run. 
Enter as ironman/woman, pairs or teams. Age categories are: Junior 16-18 years, Open 19­44 years and Veterans 45 years and over.

Nanga Challenge link:

http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=11122&MenuID=Club_Events/20045/0/ .


Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu d'Urgell, Spain
Margie Jeffery sends us these sites:
Who's who in this year's Australian team: <http://www.youtube.com/user/AustralianCanoeing>here (short YouTube video) - C1 paddlers, Robin Bell and Robbie Jeffery, are both from WA.
<http://worldseu09.parcolimpic.com/index.htm>Event website for championships which start on September 9.

Freya Hoffmeister Nears Perth
Terry Bolland tells us that "Freya will be here in 7 ­ 10 days time depending on weather. She has agreed to do a question / answer trip talk when she gets here. Of course we won't know when that will be until she gets closer." So hopefully that evening is a convenient time for most paddling folk. In case you're not aware of who "Freya" is . . . she is a German paddler who is circumnavigating Australia in a sea kayak, repeating the trip made by Paul Caffyn, the only person so far to have accomplished this. Terry has a <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/freyatalk.html>flyer with more detail on this event. 

New Front Page Pic
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>This beach was voted the best one on a recent paddle by a group of nine Perth paddlers through the Dampier Archipelago. The rocks surrounding this beach were the pale granite which you can see here on one side with the red-black basaltic rock, so typical of the Pilbara, on the other - notice it on the tops of the hills in the background. More pics and story on this magic trip later.

Crossing The Ditch
One of the two paddlers who completed the epic paddle across the Tasman Sea, from Forster, NSW to New Plymouth, New Zealand, James Castrission, has written up the tale of the adventure. Well worth a read.  It's available in bookstores now.

Avon Descent 
Some of the Finn sponsored paddlers are featured on this YouTube video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCGjMz5q_Fc>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCGjMz5q_Fc  . 

Mainpeak Paddle Sports
There's a new look to their website which has just had an upgrade - go <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/products.html>here to view. Also the deal of the month for September is shown <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pageinstance_PADDLEDEALSSept09/paddle/products.html>here: save heaps on Perception "Essence" sea kayaks.

Epic Adventure Training - News
Give Guy a call if you are interested in doing an Avon trip whilst there's still water, 0407 474 659. 
Champion Lakes - Mini Triathlon to be held, 5th September, 7:00am. This is a fun session consisting of a 3.5 km paddle, 5km bike ride and a 1.8 km run (or walk if you prefer). Guy says, "I have some bikes available for people that don't own one
but you will need to let me know . . . We will also be putting on morning tea so you will need to book in for this session."
There will be a one-week break on the 12th September and then back to Katanning Street for training, 7:15am on the 19th.

Murray Marathon Entries Open
The new website for this event is <http://www.murraymarathon.ymca.org.au/Pages/default.aspx>here. The new organisers, YMCA, are only having online entries which close Thursday, 10th December. There's a few other changes as well. The event consists of a 404km paddle from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill, starting on 27th December and finishing on New Year's Eve.

Also on the Murray River . . .
British adventurer, Dave Cornthwaite, will be paddling the length of the Murray River between October and December this year. He's looking for support crew for film making, etc. Go <http://www.thegreatbigpaddle.com/>here to check out details. The following year he will be paddling from UK to Africa, standing up, mostly by the canal-river systems in Europe. Then he plans to paddle the full length of the Amazon River - the three journeys are part of what he calls The Great Big Paddle, over 8,000 miles, which he's using to raise money for East African communities.

Spirit wing paddle
with blue blades at Glen Avon Rapid, 1st August. Please contact David 9361 4403 or 0409 893 269.
Maxpaddle M333 Kevlar Carbon paddle. Bottom of Syds 23/8/09.  Black shaft, green blades. Reward offered. Ph 0403 254 665.
Mako paddle at Emu Falls
, full carbon. My race ID, 333 is engraved on each blade. It was left on the bank on the northern side of the river just below The Washing Machine. Please contact, 0400 944 818, Andrew, if found.

Spirit winged paddle, plastic blades, and carbon shaft, found between Riverton and Shelley bridges on 19th August. Contact Dean 9354 9792.

Mirage 580 Sea Kayak
, must be in good condition. Robbie 0429 930 497 or <mailto:rabtrap@hotmail.com>rabtrap@hotmail.com .
Dagger Trinidad - 0417 833 426 or <mailto:adrian@concordia.sa.edu.au>adrian@concordia.sa.edu.au .
Carbon K1 seat
to suit Clear X, or contact for someone who can make one, please. Contact Paul, 0419 916 069.
2nd hand Finn Endorfinn, Greg 0428 956 800.
'Alpha' Internal Module (seat & support strutting)
-- contact Johan Willers 0409 291 377 or <mailto:jmwillers@yahoo.com.au>jmwillers@yahoo.com.au . 
Fenn XT or an Epic V10 Sport.  <mailto:Jonathan.Brown@sgs.com>Jonathan.Brown@sgs.com or 0429 088 290.

Tuesday, 7th September, 2009

Freya Hoffmeister arrived at Hillarys Boat Harbour this afternoon on her way around Australia, escorted by a flotilla of local ocean paddlers. The media were there in force on her arrival.

She is being hosted by Terry Bolland whilst in Perth. 

Just a reminder -
"Freya will be giving a talk and will answer questions at the Maltese Club, May Holman Drive, Bassendean, at 7:30pm, Thursday, 10th September. $10 donation (goes towards Freya's " Race Around Australia"). 

Please contact Canoeing Down Under, 9378 1333 or email <mailto:terry@canoeingdownunder.com.au>terry@canoeingdownunder.com.au if you will be going along.

This is one amazing adventure story! Don't miss it!

Week 2 /September
Friday, 11th September, 2009

Freya Hoffmeister in Perth
A large crowd turned up to hear this amazing paddler's stories of her Australian adventures so far. Now there's just 4,000km to go! All those present were very impressed. It goes without saying we all wish her the best of luck for the remainder of the trip.  Our thanks to Terry and Alaine for organising the evening.

Burrup Peninsula and Beyond
There were so many photos in my camera showing the pristine beauty and interesting features of this area where a group of nine of us paddled recently it was hard to limit myself to just a few.  However, go <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/burruppics1.html>here to see some of them or click on the main pic <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe>here.

Level One Whitewater Coaching Course
If you're interested in becoming a beginner whitewater coach please read on:
Saturday, 19th September & Saturday, 24th October
This course, both on the water and in the classroom, provides the expertise to coach at school, club and State level. It aims to develop practical coaching knowledge and skills for the beginner coach of slalom or wildwater racing on flatwater and whitewater. It will be presented by Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic. Course cost: $200.
For more info' please contact:
Canoeing W.A. 9285 8501    <mailto:kylie.broad@canoe.org.au>kylie.broad@canoe.org.au       .  
Zlatan 0421 936 282  <mailto:zlatanibrahimbe@hotmail.com>zlatanibrahimbe@hotmail.com .  
Margaret Jeffery 0415 221 058 <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au .   
Entries, with payment, close Wednesday, 16th September. Organised by the WA Slalom Technical Committee.

More About Zlatan!
Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic has been an AIS, VIS and NSWIS coach for the past ten years. He has raced whitewater at international level many times: in three Down River World Championships and five Canoe Slalom World Championships. He also raced in Canoe Slalom at the 1972 Munich Olympics and competed on the Canoe Slalom World Cup circuit. Zlatan is well-known in W.A. where he coached slalom at Harvey and now coaches at Swan Canoe Club, Ascot Kayak Club and at Walyunga.

Brevis Choate Memorial Race
Sunday, 20th September, Walyunga National Park 
This is a friendly morning of slalom at our favourite national park. All are welcome to join in.  Go <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?MenuID=Slalom/c20457/16793/,Race_Dates_@_Results/c20470/16822/>
here to enter online, before the event. 

Brevis was a much appreciated President of CWA, the West Australian canoeing association, an active sporting person and white water paddler.  He was tragically killed in a mountain biking accident just a few short years ago.

RLSSWA Classic Paddle
Sunday, 1st November
Paddle 12km from The Narrows to The Left Bank at Fremantle. This is one of the mega paddling events on the calendar and makes a spectacular sight at the start line as all head past The Brewery. It's open to a wide range of craft: single & double kayaks and surf skis, Malibu boards, outrigger canoes, dragon boats, surf boats and this year, for the first time, stand up paddle boards. Entries are now open. For more info' visit the website: <http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au>www.lifesavingwa.com.au .  There's a short course as well, 4km, from Point Walter to The Left Bank. Please note the 'Early Bird Discount' if you enter before 9th October. Entries close 29th October.

World Canoe Slalom Championships, 2009
9th-13th September, La Seu d'Urgell, Spain
Margie Jeffery sends us this link to ICF video newsflashes on this event.
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9fuBxMZM7w>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9fuBxMZM7w .

Event website is here <http://worldseu09.parcolimpic.com/index.htm>http://worldseu09.parcolimpic.com/index.htm .

World Kayak Freestyle Championships,Thun, Switzerland
31st August - 6th September
Videos, results, reports and photos are available at <http://www.kayaksession.com/WC2009.php>http://www.kayaksession.com/WC2009.php .

Slalom WA Schools Championships, 30th August
Adrian Quick was there with his camera and the pics are available <http://www.flickr.com/photos/qiki/sets/72157622205431968/>here. Results are available here (AKC website) as well as on the CWA website. Mazenod College was the leading school.

Lettman paddle 
with a 'DHS Canoe Club' label on it. Found underneath the Narrows Bridge on Sunday, 6th Sept. Contact Stuart, 0450 313 539.

 good condition, new or used, Matt 0413 201 854.
Sea kayak
- good price paid for good quality model, Wilderness Tempest 170 or similar, <mailto:jimsinclair@ozemail.com.au>jimsinclair@ozemail.com.au or 0400 411 187.
Fenn Mako 6 or equivalent ski, prefer good condition but anything considered. Scott 0418 651 307 or <mailto:Scott.dickie@ciba.com>Scott.dickie@ciba.com .

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