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 Week 1/August
Something Other than Paddling - from Mountain Designs

Sue Fear will be giving a lecture on her climb of Everest on Aug 26 at University of WA in the Social Sciences Theatre starting at 6.30pm sharp. Cost is $15, $10 concession. The event is sponsored by Mountain Designs and World Expeditions, bookings are through World on 1300 720 000. There is a show in Mountain Designs, Bunbury, as well on Aug 27, cost $10 and $5 concession.
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It's on!
The Inaugural 2003 Collie Descent - Saturday, 23rd August, start: 10am
36 Km
, starting at Harris River Winery (upstream of Collie township), finishing at Hamilton Bridge (downstream of township). All participants must be self- supported. For more details go to <http://www.hyperactive.oz.nf/Collie_Descent/Collie_Descent.htm>http://www.hyperactive.oz.nf/Collie_Descent/Collie_Descent.htm or email Marty <mailto:mart@geo.net.au>mart@geo.net.au At the website is a course description (ti- trees, rapids, pools, sound familiar?) and map.
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Perth 2 Darwin Completed
Read about the final stage of Huw's epic walk, paddle & cycle and his thoughts on the whole journey - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/huw5.html>here
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Results
2003 Summit Homes Avon Descent results are on the <http://www.avondescent.asn.au>website - organisers say subclasses such as novices and 45+ will be available - later this afternoon, all going well.
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Event Reminders
Slalom -
Race No.5, Slalom Winter Racing Series, the WA State Titles - Sunday, 10th August at Walyunga National Park. Information and race programme details are available from Marg Jefferies, <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au Registration 9-10am; body number distribution 10am; race briefing10.15am; demonstration runs 10.30am; Run 1 starts at 10.45; Run 2 at 11.45 am. Presentations12.45 pm in the BBQ area.
Would anyone who can help with judging on the day please contact Marg in advance - many thanks.
Sponsored by MainPeak Paddle Sports
Wildwater
State Championships to be held Bridgetown, 16th & 17th August. Don't forget to book for dinner. For details go to <>http//www.wildwaterwa.vze.com/ or contact Penny Bates 9299 6512 <mailto:batespe@optusnet.com.au>batespe@optusnet.com.au
National Championships - again, at Bridgetown, 27th - 31st August.
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under
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Other Slalom News
Congratulations from WA slalom paddlers to Kynan Maley who secured a berth for Australia in canoe/kayak slalom at the Athens Olympics by placing 9th in the World Championships at Augsburg two weeks ago!

In case you don't receive Australian Canoeing's E-news - Perth paddlers, now world class slalom C1 paddlers, Robin Bell (bronze medal in this event) & Kynan Maley have done very well once again in the World Cup series - go to http://www.canoe.org.au/story.asp?Item=1098
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Walyunga Water Level - from Steve Strachan, Ranger
"As I will be away for two weeks I will be unable to update the phone service for the water level. I will be unable to instruct the replacement ranger as he only arrives after I have gone bush, regards to all paddlers, Steve. "
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Hic . . . hic . . .
I have just switched to ADSL - broadband - with a few hiccups all week - hence time delay with answering emails and updating the WA Paddling News Page & Classifieds on the website. Please let me know if I have missed your email - cheers, Robyn
Next issue of this news email is likely to be Week 3 of August.
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Summit Homes 2003 Avon Descent Video
Pro Cam Video Productions (Grant Stephenson) will be available for sale soon @ $40 each, includes postage & GST. You can pre-order it by <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avonvideo03order.html>clicking here. Last year's is also available @ $30 each.
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Found
On Saturday of Avon Descent on left bank at Dunbarton Bridge, 3/4 of a paddle with the remaining blade bright pink. From damage may have come off a car. No name or phone numbers. If you think it is yours (half a break down for next year!) email Tony or Cathy, <mailto:fry@smartchat.net.au>fry@smartchat.net.au
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Lost
One and a half propeller paddles
, at Hart'sThicket Day 2, Avon weekend. Yes, it is possible to lose a paddle and a half of a breakdown at once! Both labelled with name and phone number, both sadly missed - reward offered for safe return - John Bates 9299 6512.
Skee paddle, just below Walyunga National Park, has 3 burgundy stripes on the blades and my name and phone no., reading Jim Halvey, 0411 883 776.
Broken paddle - wanted as my momento from 2003 Avon Descent. Lost on isolated rapid between Katrine and Dumbarton Bridges.......only safety personnel on site. Black propellor paddle carbon/kevlar shaft which snapped clean in half. Was a mate's paddle with white writing on the blade "#304, B. Green, 0417994835". If found could you please contact Trina (#868 in 2003) on 04177 04107.
Breakdown paddles at 2nd big rapid after Emu Falls, Saturday, 19th July. They were fixed together and have name on them. Also marked with 3 bright red bands on left blade and 3 flouro green bands on right blade. <mailto:grant@alarmswa.com.au>grant@alarmswa.com.au
Paddle lost at Bells (Descent paddle from NZ) 210cm long Black. One of the marshalls found it but in attempting to throw it downstream threw it into the teatrees-bugger!!!  <mailto:reidhamilton@hotmail.com>reidhamilton@hotmail.com
Skee paddle 216 at emu's. Also half breakdown paddle (Tyronsea) at Bells in Avon Descent. Both have my name and contact number,their return would be appreciated. Please phone Kevin Johnson 92041106 or johnsonk@vc.curtin.edu.au

 Week 2/August - Lost Paddle Bulletin
EXTRA PADDLING NEWS
According to a local source the Blackwood today is at a high winter level - perfect white water paddling. All the rocks are covered, but in the treed section there are a couple of trees to duck under - one is new.
Ian Garthwaite is back in town and carrying out plastic boat repairs - 9448 1452 or <mailto:iangarthwaite@iprimus.com.au>iangarthwaite@iprimus.com.au
Kayaking for juniors, Swan Canoe Club: Next beginners' course starts - Wednesday 15 Oct., 5.00pm to 6.15 pm & thereafter during school term. Cost $ 20.00 for members. Non members may try for three sessions at $4.00/session. Bookings are essential. Contact Colin Priest 9446 5505.

L O S T / F O U N D P A D D L E S
Here is a complete list of the lost/found paddles for this Avon season (so far) on the website. If your paddle lost or found is returned to its owner and is on this list please let me know: <mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>rokhor@iinet.net.au
Lost - black carbon propeller blade and kevlar shafted paddle.We got crunched at a boulder surrounded rapid after Stronghills in Avon. Paddle has phone 9387 4978 in white on it as well as the incorrect ID number 879 - should have been 897. Len.Christie@eddept.wa.edu.au
Lost -half a black carbon propeller "Performance Paddle" - somewhere a few rapids beyond Emus during the Avon - (snapped in the middle of the shaft) with pink performance paddle sticker. Loving owner would like to reunite it with its other half. Phone Simon w 9426 8287 or 0419 426 822.
Lost - Glen Avon - custom made black carbon fibre with a white handgrip taped on with grey tape.davebail@ca.com.au

Found - On Saturday of Avon Descent on left bank at Dunbarton Bridge, 3/4 of a paddle with the remaining blade bright pink. From damage may have come off a car. No name or phone numbers. If you think it is yours (half a break down for next year!) email Tony or Cathy, fry@smartchat.net.au
Skee paddle, just below Walyunga National Park, has 3 burgundy stripes on the blades and my name and phone no., reading Jim Halvey, 0411 883 776.
Lost -One and a half propeller paddles, at Hart'sThicket Day 2, Avon weekend. Yes, it is possible to lose a paddle and a half of a breakdown at once! Both labelled with name and phone number, both sadly missed - reward offered for safe return - John Bates 9299 6512.
Lost - Broken paddle - wanted as my momento from 2003 Avon Descent. Lost on isolated rapid between Katrine and Dumbarton Bridges.......only safety personnel on site. Black propellor paddle carbon/kevlar shaft which snapped clean in half. Was a mate's paddle with white writing on the blade "#304, B. Green, 0417994835". If found could you please contact Trina (#868 in 2003) on 04177 04107.
Lost - break down paddles at RAGING THUNDER (2nd big rapid after Emu Falls) Saturday 19th July. They were fixed together and have name on them. Also marked with 3 bright red bands on left blade and 3 flouro green bands on right blade. grant@alarmswa.com.au
Paddle lost at Bells (Descent paddle from NZ) 210cm long Black. One of the marshalls found it but in attempting to throw it downstream threw it into the teatrees-bugger!!! My email address is reidhamilton@hotmail.com 4/8/03
Lost- Skee paddle 216 at emu's. Also half breakdown paddle (Tyronsea) at Bells in avon descent. Both have my name and contact number,their return would be appreciated. Please phone Kevin Johnson 92041106 or johnsonk@vc.curtin.edu.au
Lost - paddle Sat. 2nd Aug., Baden Powell Waterspout. White water paddle, fibre shaft with the backside of the blades powder coated in yellow and the front of the paddle small amount of pink spraypaint. If found please contact Chris on 0438 308 177.
LEFT BEHIND :oarsome rowing suit black with orange and purple side panels. Left on back of utility at Super shoot Saturday midday 26/7/03. geoff barr 9331 2111 or  0427 933 121
Found - Two propellor blades paddles last Friday, 11th July - one near Moondyne and the other just below Syd's. If you think one belongs to you please phone Andrew aka 'Astro' 0407 447 972.
Lost - Black propeller blade paddle at Syd's on Sat 12 July. Has phone number on it 0412 090 965 but numbers have faded. Would appreciate anyone finding it to call. Reward for its return. Jim Bramley 0412 090 964
Found - Breakdown paddle, on Sun 13 Jul. Black. Between Lookout and Championships. Has brand and store markings. Please call Bradley 0414 552 626 if you think it is yours. (Paddle was very useful because I had just broken my own :-)
Lost - Propellor paddle, downstream at Emu Falls, Legend with yellow hand grips and Alan Hardman's name & phone number on it. Please phone Geoff Mclean 9296 1231.
Lost - silver Seiko Kinetic wrist watch  Sunday 13th July around10.00am Lost below Bells Rapids, reward, Ph Dave 0405 294 976  
Lost paddle - Spirit carbon propeller, aluminum shaft. Lost @ Bells Sun 13th. . Name and Ph.# on the blade. Contact- Tony Newman Ph. 9438 3245  amnewman@subcorp.com.au
Lost, at last drop at Bell's, a carbon propellor paddle, with purple/pink floral back and big Mrs Mac's Beef Pies Stickers on the back. Please contact Rob Jenkinson at 08-94488041 or jenkinsonrj@bigpond.com.au
Lost - Sunday, 6th July - Spirit Carbon Propeller Paddle between Posselt's Ford and Emu Falls. Has white gaffa tape in middle of handle with "Doyle 93850416" written, although writing has probably washed off. Contact Jeremy on 93850416 or 0413 224098 or doylefam@vtown.com.au  
Lost at Bell's Rapids, Sunday 6th July, Nokia 6210 Mobile Phone [silver] with the number in black pen on the front 0439 990 059. Please contact Ken Sheldrick 9277 8893 : 9249 3522 kyak1@iinet.net.au ken.sheldrick@sandvik.com 6/7/03
Paddle - carbon fibre scoop lost in the middle of the Ti trees on Saturday 5 July, it is clearly marked Alwyn 0412 401 034
Lost - paddle at Syd's. Black propellor with name and phone number on it. Alan Hardman 9296 1202. It is new and if returned I will offer a reward. 2/7/03
Lost - Paddle, at Bells 2/7/03 Mako Paddle with white blades, black fibreglass shaft and blue hand grips. If found please contact Michael Poole 9374 8300(wk) 9296 9326(a/h) email michaelp@scea.wa.edu.au. It may have Swan Christian College marked on it somewhere.
Lost - paddle, 'SKEE' with white blades, and blue and black shaft, at Syd's Rapid, on Sunday, 29th June. The only other identifying feature is a ragged bit of red gaffa tape on the shaft. If found plse phone Gena Binet 9336 7753 1/7/03
Lost - propellor blade paddle, just down river from Emu Falls on the Avon 29/06/03, carbon shaft, black with radiator sticker on the blades, please call Kieran 0404 860 922.
Lost - Spirit propellor paddle at the Upper Swan ti- trees on Sunday 29th.Owner is Helen Martyn 0421 450 035 . Home phone no. on blades is 9305 6997 .

 Week 3/August
Course for Wildwater Rapid Sprints

<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/winnejup.html>Go here  to see pics of <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/winnejup.html> Winnejup Rapids, site of Rapid Sprints racing in Wildwater National Championships to be held last weekend of August. Are you up to it?
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Get your Entries in . . .
for the Wildwater Nationals - pronto - as closing date is tomorrow, 22nd August. This is your last chance to participate so easily for years as they will be back over east. There is a spare bed or two still in some of the chalets so <mailto:rokhor@iinet.net.au>reply email if you would like to share - $20 - $30 per night. Go to  <>http//www.wildwaterwa.vze.com/ for more info' on the wild water weekend or phone Penny 9299 6512 or Burky 9379 0400. (You don't have to be a superstar or own a downriver boat to participate).
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under
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Kayakers! Skis! Sit-ons! Avon Descent Video Preview
Pro Cam Video Productions presents premiere viewing of the 2003 Avon Descent Video, 7.00pm,Thursday, 28th August, at 36 Whitfeld Terrace, Winthrop.
This year's film features a three camera coverage including "Kayak Cam". Videos will be available on the night for $40 or order <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avonvideo03order.html> here Order form is also available via <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>WA Paddlers' News Page.
$5.00 cover charge for nibbles, BYO drinks and chair.
RSVP Grant Stephenson 0412 551 522 by 25th August.  Video will also be available at canoeing outlets after the premiere viewing.
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Rotto Race?
Can anyone supply any details of the paddle race to Rotto which I believe is later this year?
Peter Becker 9279 5922 or <mailto:pb@specweldingwa.com.au>pb@specweldingwa.com.au
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Event Reminder
Last race, No. 6, Slalom Winter Racing Series.
Sunday 24th August, Walyunga National Park.
Contact Marg Jefferies <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au for Information and race programme details. All competitors
please register in advance if possible.
Registration is 9-10am, body number distribution 10am, race briefing 10.15am, demonstration runs 10.30am. Run 1 starts at 10.45, Run 2 at 11.45 and presentations will be made at 12.45 in the BBQ area.
Helpers always needed- please contact Marg as above.
Sponsored by MainPeak Paddle Sports
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For Sale
"Klepper" collapsible Single Sea Kayak.
Finest German quality. This boat is capable of true ocean crossings (read seller's story of Torres Strait crossing in a double on this site) and yet can be packed into a bag for easy transport by plane or road. Two years old. Used three times. Very good condition. Replacement value $5,500. Will sell for $4,000 to enthusiastic expeditioner. Contact: Andrew on 0411 55 6927 or <mailto:andrew.linton@riotinto.com>andrew.linton@riotinto.com
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Found
Battery for a Panasonic video camera
, day two start line Owner should contact Ros Hynes <>accounts@geo.net.au
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Wanted:
Kayak,
prefer Bass Australis or similar to fish out of. Plastic or fibre glass ok. $250-$500. Fair to excellent condition. Andy Thomsen 0409 466 336 or <andy@mackay.net.au>andy@mackay.net.au
Double Avon Ski, needs to be in good condition. Perferably with paddles, but not essential. Please contact Peter 0408093240.
515 double kayak  <mailto:tram.tran@woodsbagot.com.au>tram.tran@woodsbagot.com.au
 Week 4/August 
Nanga Bush Camp - It's on!
This year's annual Swan Canoe Club paddling & social weekend to be held at Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup, is on the weekend 5th to 7th September. The weekend is designed for paddlers with a range of skills, (except beginners) and members are welcome to invite family and friends. All visitors welcome. The Upper Murray has long flat sections with grade II rapids; suitable for paddlers with moving water experience. The Middle Murray is suitable for experienced white water paddlers.
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/nangabc.html>Click here for the full programme, costs, etc.
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2003 Swan & Canning rivers algal bloom and fish kills: what happened? why? from Robin Smith, WRC
Weather conditions in April - June, together with nutrient runoffs from urban and rural areas of the Avon catchment resulted in high levels of oxidised soluble nitrogen which favoured the growth of algae, Karlodinium micrum, which is toxic to fish. To find out what is being done to stop this happening again and how you can help, attend one of these free public forums, organised by Water & Rivers Commission:
GOSNELLS - Richard Rushton Community Centre
Baron Way, off Corfield Street - Monday 25 August 7 - 9 pm
MELVILLE, MT PLEASANT - Rowing WA
2 The Esplanade - Tuesday 26 August 7 - 9 pm
MT HAWTHORN - Community Centre Main Hall
Cnr Scarborough Beach Road and The Boulevard - Wednesday 27 August 7 - 9 pm
MIDLAND - Town Hall, Great Eastern Highway
Opp. Centre Point Shopping Centre - Thursday 28 August 7 - 9 pm
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Wanted
Panther or Sprinter K1
<>iangarthwaite@iprimus.com.au



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