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Week 3 /March
Friday, 12th March, 2010
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Easter Fun with Canoe Polo - Juniors . . .
Perth Canoe Polo Club (PCPC) and Champion Lakes wish to invite any school aged paddling groups (U18 as at this Easter) to enter a team in a Schools' Canoe Polo Competition to be held in conjunction with the 2010 National Canoe Polo Championships at Champion Lakes at Easter. Teams consisting of 5­8 players will require an adult team manager to enter and must have had basic flat water paddling experience. A canoe polo coaching and training morning is being held on Sunday, 21st March, 9am-12 noon out at Champion Lakes.  

Teams only have to fit the age requirements and do not necessarily need to come from the same school. Some teams may need extra players so limited places may be available for individuals wanting to join a team.

For further details please contact Bryan Lee (PCPC) on <mailto:bilee@iinet.net.au>bilee@iinet.net.au or Robyn Brown (Champion Lakes) on <mailto:Robyn.Brown@ara.wa.gov.au>Robyn.Brown@ara.wa.gov.au  .

And Seniors . . . !
The 45+ players are also really keen to get enough together to run a Masters (+45) competition at the Canoe Polo National Championships. "The emphasis here is on fun, to meet a few people and generally have a good time.

Criteria are that you should have fair to good paddling skills, be 45 as at Easter, be prepared to get wet and have a good laugh.

I know there are many guys/gals that fall into this category in Perth and we want to hear from you to enable us to field this event. We are able to offer a bit of coaching to those who are not sure what is involved and there is still time to get a few training sessions in. Equipment can be provided ­ including boats, paddles, PFD & helmets. A training day is being held out at Champion Lakes on Sunday, 21st March, 9am ­ 12 noon. "

Anyone interested should contact Karl Cook, 0404 817 379 or <mailto:rackar@westnet.com.au>rackar@westnet.com.au or Bryan Lee, <mailto:bilee@iinet.net.au>bilee@iinet.net.au . 

Bevan Dashwood Dash
Sunday, 21st March

Meet at the leafy riverside park at Kent Street Weir for this annual race on the quiet waters of the Canning River.  There's a course for everyone: 12km long course, 6km short course and 3km Guppy course. The long course is downstream to Shelley Bridge, then upstream, via a portage at the weir, to Hester Park and back to the start.  

You will be pleased to meet Bevan Dashwood at the race. He's one of the pioneers of our sport in WA and still competes in major white water events. He has also helped a lot of youngsters and some not so young make their way in white water.  His home paddling territory has been the Darling Range Canoe Club, upstream at Hester Park, which used to be the start/finish of this race.

By popular demand the deluxe hambugers (and more) will be for sale again by the Slalom Mums, fundraising for the youngsters to go over east to participate in major competitions. In fact they're so popular you must pre-order or you'll miss out! 

Enter the race online <http://www.slalomwa.canoe.org.au/event.asp?ID=10940&format=popup>here, before 20th March. Pay on the day, at registration, which starts at 9am and finishes 9:45am. 
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under. (Lots of prizes up for grabs!) Organised by Slalom Technical Committee.

Swan Canoe Club Swap Meet and Open Day
Sunday, 28th March, 9am - midday

Everyone is welcome to come along to sell unwanted paddle gear and boats or else come just to check out the bargains.
It's also the club's Open Day where the public are invited to come 'n try canoeing. The club instructors  will be there to give folk of all ages an introduction to kayaking. For more info' visit <http://www.swan.canoe.org.au/>here.

City of Belmont Autumn River Festival: Come 'n Try Canoeing @ Ascot Kayak Club
Sunday, 28th March, 11am-3pm

If you have friends, family or workmates who might like to find out about canoeing encourage them to drop by and check out our sport. There's lots more happening at Garvey Park as well, with the Autumn River Festival.

Online Training Programmes by Precision Paddling
"This year we are offering an online training programme service leading up to the Avon Descent. You pay a one-off subscription which will give you monthly access to online training programs. Both Intermediate and Beginner level programs are on offer. Your first month is free so contact us to register your interest. February's programme is <http://www.precisionpaddling.com.au/Services/onlineprograms/>available here for your reference. We are also offering a Mail Order technique review service for the first time in 2010. Please visit our <http://www.precisionpaddling.com.au/Services/>services page here for detailed information on what we offer." Ty Stedman

Mountain Designs Great Southern Adventure Race 
Saturday & Sunday, 9th & 10th October

If you like motivation to keep fit mark this weekend on your calendar!  The event is an exciting multisport team event in the impressive outdoors, environs Denmark-Walpole. It involves running/trekking, mountain biking, paddling, navigation and rope work, with just three of your team of four on the course at any one time. It is designed for beginner and intermediate athletes so no leg is "epic", organisers say. However, you need to get your team organised now. All the details can be found here: <http://www.MountainDesignsGreatSouthern.com>www.MountainDesignsGreatSouthern.com . 

Mainpeak Sidwalk Sale Tomorrow!
Saturday, 13th March, 8am-6pm

Be at Jarrad Street and Cottesloe stores for 20% off all full priced merchandise in store, plus heaps of special bargains outside on the footpath.  Paddle sports are included, eg., Wavehopper ($999) + top of the range gear: paddle, helmet, PFD, hydration system and spray skirt ($595) for intending Avon Descenters.  

Ask Dave about the "March Deal of the Month" (Perception Arcadia) if you're a more leisurely paddler. 

Other boats with big reductions are Lettman Vegas .sprint, Finn Gizmo and Bic Ouassou.  You'll miss out on these one-day deals if you're not there!

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There's always something interesting to watch as you paddle past Fremantle harbour: the dredging boat at work, container ships and motor boats coming and going and on this day the SS Leeuwin was <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>a sight to see as it headed out for the day. Paddlers are ex-journos Mike ("paddles with white pointers") Edmondson (rear) and mate, Bill ("the didge") Reynolds.

Avon Descent 
Canoeing Down Under conducts both on and off water sessions to aid first time Descenters tackle the demanding event in the best possible way.
Information Evening: indispensable! 7:30pm, Monday, 22nd March. $5 donation to Junior Fund.
Avon Descent Skills Training: 20th & 27th March and 10th April. Cost is $150
Contact CDU for more info' or to book for either of the above, 9378 1333.

Surf Kayak World Cup
Though in its infancy as a paddle sport in Australia, the first round of the Surf Kayak World Cup Series was held at Alexandra Headland, near Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, a few weekends ago. Go <http://portugalks.blogspot.com/2010/02/results-of-first-round-kayaksurf-world.html>here and scroll down for the report and results. 

If you're keen on this kind of kayaking you may want <http://gokayaknow.com/index.php/surf-kayaking/world-surf-kayak-championships-2009-portugal-results/>to check out the World Surf Kayak Championships, 2009, Santa Cruz, Portugal. The World Championship will be held again in 2011, at Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA.

Was this on "The New Inventors"?
Someone has come up with a craft that you can paddle, pedal and motor!  It's a very stable sit-on-top and can be used as a platform for snorkelling (re-entry is easy) and is sure to have many other uses, with room for gear (your fish catch?) or a small child.

Terry Bolland at Canoeing Down Under has these for sale, if you want to check them out: the Mariner Propel.

Another Circumnavigation of Australia
Brad from South Australian Marathon Club tells us: "Not many people catch the CircleOz bug but it appears that Stuart Trueman, a NSW sea kayaker is going to start to paddle around Oz in April. Stuart is an accomplished paddler having amongst other things crossed Bass Strait in 2008. Follow <http://nadgeekayaks.com.au>this link for more info'."

Not Paddling but . . .
if you want to hear about a "new and exciting trek to a remote region in the east Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, go along to the Peregrine Travel Centre, 862 Hay Street Perth, 6pm, Tuesday, 16th  March. Mike Wood and other experienced and knowledgable guides will be leading this trek to little known parts of the country, discovering hidden valleys of the Yeti Trail.  Tour Dates: 25th September to 10th October, 2010. Ex Perth (twin share): $8190 per person. A detailed itinerary and further information will be available on the night.
Bookings are essential - please contact Nerida Roberts, 9321 1259 or <mailto:nerida@peregrinewa.com.au>nerida@peregrinewa.com.au . 

Event Reminders
Sunday, 21st March - Bevan Dashwood Dash
 - see above. Registration: 9:00-9:45am.
Sunday, 28th March - Marathon #5, Pinjarra to Ravenswood. 17km paddle on the Murray River. Meet at Henry Street boat ramp, Pinjarra for registration, 8:45-9:45am. Car shuffle required.

Wanted
Surf Ski - Fenn XT, Epic V10 Sport or Think Evo
 - good condition. Contact Steve <mailto:steveholmesphysio@gmail.com>steveholmesphysio@gmail.com or 0405 845 862.
Wavehopper - please contact Paul, 0405 183 173.

Spirit PRS -Andrew, 0422 566 969.


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