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Week 1 /February
Wednesday, 3rd February, 2010
2010 Summer Dash
Sunday, 7th February: 1:45pm registration at Claisebrook Inlet

The new format for the Summer Dash is exciting Olympic-style racing - knockout/repechage (three rounds). The 100m event is for all levels of paddlers in most styles of craft. This  style of racing is hugely popular in Europe. Go <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=2398>here to enter online. Entries close on Saturday, 6th February, 2:59pm. There's excellent viewing for spectators from the walkways surrounding Claisebrook Inlet. Should make for some fantastic action photoshoots, being so close to the participants. 

There's more info' available <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=10942&MenuID=Events/c13288/10600>here otherwise contact Jesse, 0422 678 055 or 9285 8501 (office) or <mailto:jesse.phillips@canoe.org.au>jesse.phillips@canoe.org.au . Presented by Be Active.

White Water Park
In case you have not already heard, Colin Thorpe brings us important news of the increased likelihood of a Penrith-style white water course being built in Perth. "The Western Australian Government has committed $5 million for the white water park. We thank them for their support. The park is estimated to cost around $15 million so we still have $10 million to go." It is hoped the shortfall will be made up by funding from the Federal Government and possibly private companies who may build and/or operate/lease the white water park as well.

Can You Help?
Please notify Colin if you know of any company that might be interested in any aspect of the project, before or after completion, including the development of business models. Likewise, if you have any ideas with regard Federal Government funding, <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>contact him, as soon as possible.

Visit the <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au>website and register as a "Friend of the White Water Park. "We are hoping to reach 10,000 by the time of the Federal election in 2010."

Moore River Paddling
An easier put-in for social paddling has been established at Guilderton.  It's on Silver Creek, a small tributary (which you may not have noticed but it's about 1.5km upstream from the river mouth. Look on Google Earth, approx. 31° 20' 56.12"S; 115° 30' 37.69"E). To get to it from the main Guilderton Road as you enter the town, take the first bitumen road to the left, Moore River Drive.  Then take the first street to the right, Stephens Crescent. The launching is a short distance (50m?) along this road in Silver Creek Reserve where there are ablutions and parking available.

Motorised craft are now not permitted in Silver Creek.  They have also been excluded from the water near the sandbar at the river mouth for safety reasons and from the west side of Diamond Island due to it being a water bird habitat. In addition, there are now more marker buoys with 5 knot speed limit restrictions in place which should make paddling more relaxed for families in the stretch of the river near the big sand dunes, "The Desert". 

There's more info' on Moore River paddling, including boat hire, <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/mooreriv.html>here. 

VHF Radio Course
Swan Canoe Club is running a VHF radio course in March. It has proved to be popular, with all places taken quickly. Organised by Geoff Emery.

Albany Canoe Club
Their calendar for February-April is updated <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/albanycc.html>here.  Lots of choice for some great southern paddles: rivers, bays and the open ocean.

The Best River Photos
The Swan River Trust is conducting an amateur photo competition which might interest snap-happy paddlers: "show us what you love about the rivers, can include photos of the Swan and Canning rivers or any activity in the surrounding river park." The best photos ("The Top 30") will be announced and displayed at the Autumn River Festival, Riverside Gardens, Bayswater, 28th March. The competition closes, 12th March.

Prizes include:
First prize - $350 Camera Electronics voucher
Second prize - $150 Camera Electronics voucher

To find out more, contact the Trust, 9278 0900, or visit <http://www.swanrivertrust.wa.gov.au/>http://www.swanrivertrust.wa.gov.au . For entry forms and 'Terms and Conditions' please email <mailto:guardians@swanrivertrust.com.au>guardians@swanrivertrust.com.au .

2010 Buyers Guide Download
Kayak Session/Paddle World/Kanu Messe Buyers Guide to craft is now online and free to download. You can either download the full document, or <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102924092726&s=6115&e=001MDxvOryqxK7NiZ3JTrlowOV3XxzqxB1Y0pSr7ptNpILfoly
MXl4UbNK6ThWANjHgNXn4w5YNwk81_GBKtkdvE1jJ8mdfBHSC4wpxtvOepMp9Br-U-k7XiViX9BT7qHEai5DmuuRlLGk=>download per sections (whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, kayak fishing, stand up, etc).

Some 2010 Updates for Non-Association Events
For a full calendar, with links, of WA and interstate major events which include paddling go <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/cancal.html>here.

State Masters Games, Albany: Paddling Event
Saturday, 24th April with registration at 7am and the start at 8am. It's a 12km paddle suitable for sea kayaks and skis as it is on open water. Contact: Ralph Flowers,  <mailto:ralph48@omninet.net.au>ralph48@omninet.net.au or 0429 104 556. If you haven't paddled down Albany way it's worth the trip. Try a social paddle on one of the many water ways in the area on the Sunday. There are many other games events to participate in as well, if you're a multisport person, 17th-26th April. Contact <mailto:dwoosie@bigpond.com>Barb Wilson ( Chairperson) for entry forms and more info'.

Capel Descent
Sunday, 13th June: the course may be extended to make a longer race if upstream obstacles can be cleared.

Collie Descent
Saturday, 21st August: new organisers last year changed the format of the race, making it shorter.  Keep reading to find out this year's details, available closer to the date.

Mainpeak Collie Adventure Race
Saturday, 9th October (to be confirmed). Note the name change: formerly known as Collie River Relay Marathon.

Hawkesbury Canoe Classic
23rd & 24th October.  Organisers say, "We have had a few sandgropers over the years. This year the tides are very favourable and it is supposed to be close to full moon." Go <http://www.canoeclassic.asn.au/>here for all the details of this popular environs Sydney overnight fundraising event. 

Donnybrook Relay Marathon
Saturday, 20th November is this year's event date," We are looking to changing the event around. It will start earlier with the run, then walk, mountain bike, canoe, swim and cycle back to Donnybrook." Keep watching  for confirmation.

Are You Here?
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>New front page pics are of the start of the Claisebrook Marathon. Grid 2 is at the top of the page (mix of craft). Scroll down to see the very competitive K2s hurtling down the inlet. Results are online <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/site/canoeing/wa/downloads/Race%25203%2520Claisebrook%25202010.pdf>here.

Different Point of View: More Burrup Pics
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/burr2pics09.html>Here's some pics by a different photographer, Helen Breed, also a participant in this 2009 six day paddle in this striking landscape.

DIY: Tie Down Anchors for Modern Cars
Keen paddler, Gnarlydog, has some tips for those requiring to install secure anchor points for kayak loads, front and rear of their car, in his blog, <http://gnarlydognews.blogspot.com/2009/12/diy-tie-down-anchors-for-modern-cars.html>here. Thanks to Steve for sending this in.

For Sale
Think Fit Kayak
 ex demo fast and stable made for ocean and flat water racing exc cond $2100 for specs go to <http://www.thinkkayaks.com.au>www.thinkkayaks.com.au .
Gibbons Rhino Chaser spec ski suit paddler 5'7" to  5'10" $650ono
Endorfinn done a couple of Avons $550ono
Ruahine Opus multi sport kayak kevlar $1750
Contact Guy, 0407 474 659

Spray skirt
 for Old Town Millenium 160 kayak or any other skirt that could fit in any condition. Contact <mailto:monique@rmstyles.net>monique@rmstyles.net .
Spirit CTR and paddle Ph: 0418 945 790, Corey
Spirit CTR Ski; Good Condition; Contact Mike 0488 701 961
Finn Endorfinn in excellent condition. Carbon fibre paddle to suit 192cm male. 0419 594 723 and <mailto:geraldbb@hotmail.com>geraldbb@hotmail.com .  
2 x Double sit on kayaks in any condition, looking to only pay a few hundred bucks each (for playing around with the kids), although may look at paying a bit more if required. Contact: <mailto:michael@overflowindustrial.com.au>michael@overflowindustrial.com.au  .

Week 3 /February
Friday, 12th February, 2010


Success for WA Junior Canoe Slalom
<http://csaus.csp.wikispaces.net/Results>Check out the swag of medals won by our WA group of junior paddlers, aged 10-17 years, at the Australian Canoe Slalom National Championships and the Australian Schools Wildwater Championshlps, held in January on the Goulburn River in Eildon, Victoria.  There was a field of more than 200 competitors. Here's <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/juniorslalpics.html>a couple of pics from the event: Tess Watson and Tim Whitlock are together in C2 and Isabella Choate is in K1. (I think these pics are beautiful - photographer is Peter Ewing, SCC.) The West Australian junior programme received much praise from Australian Canoeing.  See the <http://www.canoe.org.au/?Page=18365>website.

New Intake of Junior Slalom Paddlers, 2010
Girls and boys who may be interested in joining a WA TID* slalom squad are invited to come along and try out at Ascot Kayak Club, Sunday, 21st February, 9:30am. You don't need experience, just be aged 10-13 years, be enthusiastic and a competent swimmer.  Even if you're outside of the age range and interested come along and try out. You're guaranteed to have a lot of fun in 2010 and might even compete in the 2011 Championships.   

Both Robin Bell, Cl paddler (a World Champion and Olympic medal winner) and Robbie Jeffery, currently ranked third in Australia in C1, started their slalom careers in Perth as juniors!

For more info' contact either Margaret Jeffery, 0415 221 058 or Greg Kippin, 0428 768 654, or CWA, 9285 8501 or go here.  To register your interest for the try-out, contact Greg Kippin, 0428 768 654. 
*Talent Identification

Summer Dash
There were lots of happenings at Claisebrook on Sunday afternoon: wedding photographs, cyclists and tourists meandering through the crowds, picnickers lazing on the lawns, restaurant goers wining and dining, occasional boaters cruising in and out of the inlet. Amongst all of this CWA held its new format of the Summer Dash race. A great event and certain to heighten awareness of this aspect of our sport amongst the community. Results are <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=18390&MenuID=RESULTS/385/0/>here. All went very well, except for <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/>one paddler who didn't expect the unexpected! (Scroll down.) The new top of <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>front page pic shows most of the starters of Round One of U18 Female K1 event.

Paddler Needed: Urgent!
From Mike Wood, Mountain Designs, "Through Peregrine Adventures we have a group of Japanese who come out to do the Rotto swim, 20th February. They need a paddler if anyone is available. They are prepared to pay." Must be experienced enough to paddle over to Rotto all day...there will be full boat support of course (usually large fishing charter type boat). Kayaker will be paid $ 275. Please reply to Jos, 9321 1259.

Canoeing Down Under: Avon Activities - bookings essential , 9378 1333
Avon Descent Information Night
: Monday, 22nd February, 7:30pm. Terry is a twenty times Avon Descent competitor and can fill you in on all you need to know: the gear, the training and skills, the rapids and much more. $5 donation to the Junior fund.
Avon Descent Skills Training Courses: 13th & 20th February, 6th March, 9:15-11:15am. Own boat and PFD required. $150.

Surf Kayaking
A popular place locally for this is at Point Peron, Rockingham, where you might find some of the slalom gang having a go on a good day.

Here's a funny short video on <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCOXYvmtLSc&feature=related>How to Surf a Kayak by a UK paddler, Wez. (He's also done one on <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibzLlIEs-D8&NR=1>How to Handroll in a more serious vein- well explained.) 
Some big time kayak surf stuff on You Tube: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2FFUA2XE2s&NR=1>Costa Rica Negra: Surf Kayaking  and  <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J-B4Fbx03c>Freestyle Surf Kayaking. 

Mainpeak News
Mainpeak Paddle Sports has the Bic Bilbao ($ 899) <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/sit-on-tops/12677.html>http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/sit-on-tops/12677.html and Bic Ouassou ($749)  <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/sit-on-tops/15548.html>http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/sit-on-tops/15548.html on sale for the month of February with 25% off. Don't miss out!

New in store: THINK ocean racing skis now at Cottesloe store: Think Evo (beginner-intermediate), Think Legend (intermediate - advanced) and Think Uno (top end!) <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/index.html>http://www.mainpeak.com.au/paddle/index.html .

Canoeing Down Under Special
Epic V10L
: special price, $2300, usually $2750. Blue join stripe, fibreglass only. Terry says, "We have other Epic skis and paddles in stock". 9378 1333.

Down River with Canoeing Down Under
The idea is to practise manouvrability on flat water before the rains come and the rivers start to flow. All down river owners are invited to come along.
Down River Training: Friday mornings, 6am, Claughton Reserve (end of Katanning St.) Bayswater 
Then! Race Around the Buoys @ Ascot Kayak Club, Tuesday, 16th February, 6pm. 

Event Reminder
Sunday,7th March: Marathon #4, Canning Ascent
 - 14km upstream to Hester Park via Bull Creek. Short course is 6km. Registration is 6:45-7:45am under the trees at Deep Water Point car park.

Wavehopper without rudder. Contact Dhruv, 0431 817 783 or 
Epic V10 Ski or Fenn XT - willing to pay for good condition. Kerri, 0401 002 667 or <mailto:kedgington@westnet.com.au>kedgington@westnet.com.au .

Sunday, 14th February, 2010


Another Paddler Wanted Urgently!
A team of two swimmers need an extra paddler to help with escort duties during the Rotto Channel Swim, next Saturday, 20th February. If you would like to help out at the same time as participating in this amazing event contact Bill, 0415 860 652 as soon as possible. 

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