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Week 1 /January
Monday, 4th January, 2010

Ocean Paddle Events Coming Up . . .
Saturday & Sunday, 16th & 17th January
Significant prize moneys are up for grabs in this two day event, part of the Surf Ski World Cup series. The Day One event, The Doctor, from Rottnest to Scarborough, 24km, has prize money for placings up to 12th. Other events are being run concurrently with this and also have good prize money. Stand-up paddleboards are included.

The second day has Part Two of The Doctor, the Finn Kayaks Coastal Challenge, a team of two relay race from Fremantle to Sorrento, with prize moneys up to 5th place in 'Open', 'Mixed' and 'Plastic' classes. 

For all the details and the online entry, go <http://www.oceanpaddler.com/Events/The-Doctor/Home.aspx>here.

White Water in Thailand
Glenn Rogers and Lesley Cameron, SCC, spent a few days of their recent holiday testing the waters of a tropical river, paddling their way through lush rainforest and huge rounded boulders.  

"We paddled with a company called <http://www.siamrivers.com/home/>Siam Rivers on the Mae Taeng River, about 90 km north of Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand. The run is about 10.3 km long and has three sections. The first section has a series of Grade II/III rapids, the middle section a series of Grade IV rapids and the last section another series of Grade II/III.

They have a great set of bamboo huts by the river and it's possible to stay by the river and do the run for a number of days - we stayed and paddled for five days. Their main business is rafting and there was a new group of rafters to join us each day.

It is a very professional outfit, with staff well trained in safety and rescue and the white water was great. If you're not up to Grade IV you can kayak the first section, raft the middle section and then kayak again on the last section."

There's a few photos <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/thaiwwglenn10.html>here, taken by the guys from Siam Rivers. Lesley is in the blue boat and Glenn is in the red boat.

Folding Kayaks and the Strait of Hormuz
Came across a very informative website on folding kayaks - the type of boat you can take anywhere.  It's not a commercial site and has independent reviews of most of the brand names available world wide and many other newsy bits and pieces to do with paddling that type of craft.  <http://www.foldingkayaks.org/>http://www.foldingkayaks.org/ .

Amongst the newsy bits and pieces is a story on paddling in one of these around the sometimes treacherous Strait of Hormuz, the narrow stretch of water that separates Iran from the Musandam Peninsula, Oman. Spectacular photos of the Musandam fjord scenery accompany the story.  http://www.foldingkayaks.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=943 . Scroll down towards bottom of page.

New Paddlesports Business
Ty Stedman of Precision Paddling has just launched a retail venture to complement his instructional business. 

It's known as Perth Paddlesports and centres on a comprehensive website: <http://www.perthpaddlesports.com.au/>www.perthpaddlesports.com.au. Ty says, "I am looking forward to offering WA paddlers an ever growing range of premium recreational and competitive brands."  it's located in the Morley area: 4/505 Walter Road East, Morley, Ph 6278 1991/Mob: 0400 723 359. Showroom is open by appointment. Demos of craft are available - check the website for details of times. As well as craft there will be paddles, accessories and paddle clothing for sale.

Ascot Riverside Kiosk
Not everyone knows about this new eatery by the river. It's the one at Ascot Kayak Club (at the end of Fauntleroy Avenue, Redcliffe) which opened quietly just a short while ago. 

Opening hours are 7am-2pm - so that means breakfast, morning coffee and cake or lunch are now available at this pleasant shady location overlooking the river. It's open every day.  Chief cook, Kathy, (also a paddler!) is well known at Ascot Kayak Club for the high standard of her catering.  Ice creams, drinks and the like are also available.

Woodbridge Tide Chart Updated
For those who paddle upper Swan go <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/tideindex.html>here to view the 2010 tide predictions for Woodbridge (which is environs Guildford).  Thanks to Warren Southwell for organising it again this year. 

Sprint National Championships
are at Penrith, Sydney in 2010, March 10-14.  

Canoe Polo National Championships
2nd-4th April, Easter

Perth Canoe Polo Club is the host this year.  The event will be held at Champion Lakes.

Australian Canoe Marathon Championships
Also to be held on the Easter weekend, at Wes Lakes, Adelaide, this year.

Mainpeak Post Xmas Sale
Ken says there's heaps of massive specials including for the elite paddlers $1500 off all Lettmann Vegas 390 Sprint K1. 15% off everything else in store except items already discounted and Lettmann products.
Here are just a few of the specials:

Save $500 on a Perception Arcadia 14 Double Now $1,099
50% Off Harmony backrests & seats
Save $200 on a Bic Ouassou Kayak Now $549
30% Off Pelican cases
Plus 15% off everything else*!

Go <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/content/pdf/PostXmasSalePaddle.pdf>here for more.  But be quick!  The sale ends on 6th January. 

For Sale
Wizard K1, Low Deck
 - Top of the range lay up - reinforced kevlar hull, carbon deck. Light, strong, stable, fast! Suit flat water or Avon. Excellent condition. Never used in white water. $1850 firm. Can email pictures if required. Phone Adrian on 0411 753 910 or 9249 8682 or email <mailto:quickas@arach.net.au>quickas@arach.net.au.

Event Reminder
Saturday, 9th January
Sprint Regatta at Champion Lakes, 2pm for 3pm, sharp, start. Nominations to Ramon by COB, 6th January.
Sunday, 24th January - Marathon # 3 Claisebrook: 13km, 2 lap course upstream and then downstream around Heirison Island, starting and finishing at the bridge at Claisebrook Cove. Short course is 6.6km. Registration:7:15am-8:15am; briefing 8:30am. 
Happy Paddling to all in 2010!

Week 4 /January
Friday, 22nd January, 2010

City Lights Long Distance Event
Late afternoon, Sunday, 28th February
From Riverton Bridge on the Canning River to Ascot Kayak Club on the Swan, via Perth Water (hence, "City Lights"). 

It's a team event, so enter as a pair of singles, in a double or as a relay team with two paddling together at any one time. Changeover for relays is near The Narrows. You do need to have had paddling experience but the event is otherwise open to all paddlers, not just canoeing association members.  There are discounted entry fees for CWA (canoeing association) and AKC members. Kayaks, canoes and skis are all welcome. There's much festivity at the conclusion of the race at AKC headquarters: food, live music and lots of camaraderie amongst participants and support crews alike. 

All the details of entry fees, times and so on can be found <http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=13120&MenuID=Club_Events/20045/0/>here as well as the online entry form.
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under and Alarm Systems WA. Organised by AKC with assistance from CRCC. 

Australian Canoe Polo Championships, 2010
2nd-5th April, Champion Lakes, Armadale
Bryan Lee tells us, "We are hoping to have attending some 20+ Australian teams and potentially some international teams (Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand). There is also a plan to have a schools competition alongside the championships, open to all high-school students."

Canoe Polo Local Competition
If you might be interested in this team sport (you will learn to be expert at rolling!) read on. The group meets all year round every Wednesday evening from 6:15pm onwards at the Scotch College Pool over summer and at Beatty Park during winter. The first hour or so is for beginners followed by the more experienced after that. "We usually run four intra club competitions per year which run for about six weeks each and in between we have social games."

Collie River Log
Pam Riordan, experienced kayaker of many years revisited the lower Collie a couple of weeks back.  She warns unwary paddlers of a new(?) and dangerous log, "I suspect this is very old news, but there is a log in the rapid above the waterfall that makes the rapid very dangerous. The log is almost vertical and in the middle of the stopper. We know the safe route is left, but if you screw up and end up in the middle (as one sometimes does), the result would now be much worse than a pounding in the stopper. It could now be catastrophic as you'd get pinned on this branch. We ALL walked it. I'm SO glad we got out and checked it first!"

Experienced Paddler Needed - Rottnest Channel Swim
"I am doing the 20km Rottnest Channel Swim, solo, on 20th February and need a kayak paddler. As part of the swim, I am going to raise money for a charity for brain tumour research (check out http://www.everydayhero.com.au/jane_tranberg).

Please let me know if you are able to help- email <mailto:janetranberg@hotmail.com>janetranberg@hotmail.com or call 0407 110 551.
I will provide your food and drink for the day, $150 for helping me and will cover the cost of getting you and your kayak back to Perth.
I already have a support boat organised and my boyfriend and friend will be on the boat and available to help with some of the paddling along the way, if needed. "

Have Kayak, Will Paddle
A Perth-based group of white water paddlers has gone to New Zealand to have some fun on a variety of raging rivers. We hope to hear all the news on their return.

Travelling the world to paddle different rivers has become a world wide phenomenon it seems! The pursuit of  "first descents" is popular.  Here are some inspiring links to paddling in the north of WA and New Zealand (thanks to Elaine Lennox for this one) and the rest of the planet.

King Edward River, WA, Descent,March, 2006. Story and pics. (Kayak Session Magazine) 
http://www.kayaksession.com/kayak-australia.php>http://www.kayaksession.com/kayak-australia.php .

Moran and Mitchell Rivers, WA, 2008. Story and pics. First descent. (Kayak Session Magazine)
<http://www.kayaksession.com/expedition-australia.php>http://www.kayaksession.com/expedition-australia.php .

King Edward River, 2009. Lachie Carracher blog, April 16, 2009 
http://kayak4play.blogspot.com/2009/04/king-edward-expedition-2009.html .

Fitzroy River, WA, February, 2010 
Australians Anthony Yap and Lachie Carracher have assembled an international group of ww paddlers to paddle and document the headwaters of this mighty river during its monsoonal flood. The expedition's aims are to increase environmental awareness of this remote region as well as to search for the best waves.  It will get underway shortly.

New Zealand: heaps of photos and stories of many trips on wilderness rivers. Zak Shaw is the paddler-author-photographer.
http://passion4adventure.blogspot.com/>http://passion4adventure.blogspot.com/ .

The Rest of the Planet: Kayak Session Magazine has some <http://www.kayaksession.com/kayak-video.php%23>excellent short videos worldwide, worth watching for the scenery alone, not to mention the paddling.

Precision Paddling Technique Clinic.
The next Technique Clinic is set for the first two Saturdays of February. Ty says, "We have had great feedback from clients of the first two clinics who have already made positive progress of their forward paddling stroke technique and race times. Places are strictly limited and a number of spots have already been taken by those on a waiting list, so get in quickly. This is the perfect opportunity for you to start thinking about shaving several minutes off your Avon and Marathon events this season. 

The clinic is designed to improve your overall understanding of what makes your boat go forward, FAST. 

The clinics include an in-depth video analysis of your, and international athlete, techniques. The Clinic is delivered by Ty Stedman and Jesse Phillips. Dates: Saturday, 6th and 13th February. Cost: $140 incl."

Epic Adventure Training: Saturday morning is back!
Saturday Morning Race Training
 is back at Hillary's from 9/1/10. Dust off your boat, come down and burn of some of those extra Christmas kg.
You will need to be there by 7:15am on the north side of the marina. The cost is $10 per session or you can buy a value card for $30 that gives you four sessions for the price of three. Contact Guy here or visit his website.

Canoeing Down Under: Basic Flat Water Course
Sundays, 31st January & 14th February, 9am to midday
Beginners, you learn all the basic strokes to keep you in control of your boat (and not the other way around!). $65 with boat hire available as well, $20. Contact Terry, 9378 1333.

Sea Passage paddle, one that comes apart, Saturday January 2nd outside AKC. I simply forgot it and left the area around 8pm. If anyone comes across it I would love to have it returned. Thank you for your assistance. Norma Josephs 0402 356 514.

For Sale
Fenn Mako 6 Carbon 11kg excellent condition $2,800 Contact Simon, 0430 802 214.

Finnatic playboat -
 Large paddler looking for a first short boat. Pictures would be useful if you have them. Lincoln ­ <mailto:lincoln.kay@water.wa.gov.au>lincoln.kay@water.wa.gov.au .  
K1 suitable for beginner.  <mailto:Pamelap@iinet.net.au>Pamelap@iinet.net.au or 9390 6357.
2 x Finn Finnatics suitable for the surf. Phone Stuart, 0419 049 678.
White water/play boating paddle, good condition, preferable carbon/kevlar shaft. contact Matt 0413 201 854.
Double Sit-on-top - preferably plastic. Will pay up to $400. Joel, 9528 7055.
K1 for Avon Descent - good condition. Call Cameron, 0401 504 858 or <mailto:cameronaa@hotmail.com>cameronaa@hotmail.com .

Event Reminder
Sunday, 24th January - Marathon # 3 Claisebrook: 13km, 2 lap course upstream and then downstream around Heirison Island, starting and finishing at the bridge at Claisebrook Cove. Short course is 6.6km. Registration:7:15am-8:15am; briefing 8:30am. 
Sunday, 7th February: Summer Dash, 200m sprint races. For kayaks and skis including plastics. Registration: 1:45pm. Meet at Claisebrook Cove.  Take care with parking - read the signs! <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>More info.

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