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Week 2 /September
Wednesday,  8th September, 2010
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Inaugural Canning River Nomination Race
Sunday, 19th September

Anyone can win! Any paddle boat type, any experience! Each paddler nominates a time that he/she will complete the race in. The winner is the paddler who completes the distance closest to their nominated time ­ absolutely no watches, GPS or time assistance allowed. Race distance choice is either 10km or 5km; official courses will be released on the day.
Registration is at the Old Riverton Bridge, Fern Road, 7:30­8:30am. Cash prizes. Organised by Canning River Canoe Club. Contact <mailto:christia@iinet.net.au>Christian for more info'.

King of the Cape, 2010
Saturday, 2nd October

Part of the Spirit Ocean Challenge Series. This is an 18km ocean paddle around a scenic corner of  the south-west, from Smith's Beach to Bunker Bay, within 400m of the coastline, but not for the inexperienced. 

There are strict safety rules for participants. In addition, water safety will be organised by SLSWA who will provide 4+ of their powered water rescue craft and there will be larger vessels on the lookout for paddlers in trouble as well. This is all just in case the weather is a bigger challenge than usual! (Fingers crossed for idyllic conditions so you can enjoy the magnificent coastal scenery.) 

Go here for more info': www.indianoceanpaddlers.com or <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/>www.wa.canoe.org.au
Otherwise, contact Dean Beament 0402 255 500 or Ash Nesbit 0413 177 927. 

To enter go <https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=2991>here . Registration on the day is at Smith's Beach, from 12:30pm. Race starts 2:00pm. Organised by Indian Ocean Paddlers and My Ocean Pty Ltd.

Classic Paddle, 2010
Sunday, 31st October

12km paddle from The Narrows to The Left Bank, Fremantle. This is a very popular event with many categories of paddling represented. It is quite spectacular to see the huge field depart from The Narrows. All the info' you require is <http://www.clubsonline.com.au/site/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&orgid=1409>here. Early bird entries are now open; you receive a discount by entering early. Conducted by the WA branch of Royal Life Saving Society.

Canoe Slalom World Championships, 2010
Go <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mFAVnD8iOs>here to view a brief video of the opening ceremony, Taken, Slovenia.  There's other YouTube trailers on canoe slalom and other paddling events as well at that address.  You can reach live results via the <http://www.canoeicf.com/icf/>ICF website.  Competition is from 8th-12th September. Kynan Maley and Robbie Jeffery who are participating both hail from Perth originally, their clubs being SCC and AKC.

Congratulations . . .
to Perth paddlers Steve Bird and Jesse Phillips who won their class (K2 racing kayaks) in the Irish Liffey Descent, on their first attempt. There's a short video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-SanJxpDzs&feature=player_embedded>here of one of the tricky spots.  Worth watching.

Canoesonline
Kevin White (of Avon Descent fame - 2nd in K1, 2010) has recently established "<http://www.canoesonline.com.au>www.canoesonline.com.au"; an internet based paddle sports shop, with a depot located in Perth. Canoesonline supplies a range of racing kayaks, surf skis, recreational craft and accessories to meet the requirements of all paddlers, from novice to champion. Kevin says his goal is to see more people share his enjoyment of paddling and thus aims to increase the range of kayaks available and provide them at competitive prices.

As part of Kevin's desire to share his paddling experience with others, Canoesonline also organises tours to international races, providing paddlers with the opportunity to enjoy some of the most exciting river races in the world. Check out the website <http://www.canoesonline.com.au/>here.

Finn Kayaks: Sales Staff Required
FINN Kayaks are requiring sales staff to assist with their busy summer promotions. If you are interested in being part of a winning team then please contact Graeme on 0414 520 054.

New Front Page Pic
This beautiful pic was taken at a small bay on Rosemary Island in the Dampier Archipelago. Mike Edmondson is the photographer and the two paddlers, Jon (crouching at rear hatch) and Nat, are his sons.

Found
Tyronsea flat blade paddle with distinctive tape found near The Narrows on Friday, 3rd September. Contact 0403 111 709 if you think it's yours.

Wanted
2nd hand Ski - EPIC V10sport, Stellar SE, Fenn XT or Think Evo
. 0403 577 732 or <mailto:pbrowne@technip.com>pbrowne@technip.com .
Spirit PRS in good condition. Please contact Huey, 0412 942 228.
Mirage 580 sea kayak. Please call Robbie, 0429 930 497.
Second hand Lettman preferable LCS and in white. Around $2500 for an LCS, less for a DCS. Martin, 0439 951 101.
Second hand Finn "Affinity" cross-trainer. Willing to pay up to $750 depending on age/condition and accessories. Pam, <mailto:pam.formby@nd.edu.au>pam.formby@nd.edu.au

Event Reminder
Sunday, 19th September - Brevis Choate Memorial Race - slalom race to be held at Walyunga. All are welcome to attend. More info' closer to the date.

Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Wrap Up
Despite the lowest water levels in over 30 years this year's Avon Descent continued to provide a wealth of opportunity for individuals and teams alike to continue the challenge that the 134 km journey throws up. FINN Kayaks were in the thick of it with hundreds of participants using plastic craft as their vessel of choice. The low water levels wreaked havoc on the 900 contestants in both power and paddle craft with over half the field pulling out by the end of Day 1 at Cobblers Pool. Credit to all those who completed what is now acknowledged as the toughest year ever on what is a world class event. 

FINN Kayaks were the proud sponsors of over 50 of WA's finest Fire and Rescue Officers, who were promoting awareness of mental health issues through the ACT BELONG COMMIT mental health program. With over 50% of these hardy souls first time Descenters there is no doubt that the challenge of both physical and mental fitness was tested over the two days. Competing against each other as well as the rest of the field the FESA team achieved amazing results with Jane Humphreys taking out 1st place in the Female Division and 
the duo of Scott Gamble/Garth Civil placing 15th overall and 2nd in their division. Congratulations to all in the FESA Avon Teams on a great race and their continued support of these very important mental health issues. 

International Iron Man Legend, Guy Leech, and Olympic Champion female paddler, Yanda Nossitor, teamed up on the FINN Molokai MKII to provide their support to the FESA Team in the highly competitive teams' category. Finishing 18th overall and a very credible 4th in their division they were just pipped by fellow FINN race team members world champion Dean Gardiner and surf superstar Caine Ekstein. Second time entrant and FINN race team member Jarad Kohlar backed up last year's third place with a credible second in the highly contested open division. An international adventure athlete Jarad put this year's event down to the toughest paddle race he has ever competed in, but still rates it as his favorite kayak race in Australia. There was plenty of action no matter what end of the event the competitors found themselves. Congratulations to all that finished this year's 
race. The medals issued to all that completed the event will have even greater significance in the years to come. To those that were forced to withdraw early, this year's conditions will provide much motivation to have another crack in 2011. 

To all competitors and their supporters FINN Kayaks would like to say a big THANKYOU and look forward to seeing you on the water next year.


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