Well Done, World Champions! Gold!
Local paddlers (AKC) Rob Roll and Jerry Alderson paddled brilliantly
to come first in their World Masters K2 Marathon race held in
Victoria on Sunday, 6th October. It was a keen contest with
the Hungarians and the Brits, but our guys came through in front
at the end. In their K1 marathon races held the previous day
both also did well - Rob was 5th and Jerry, 7th.
Fun and Fitness in the Forest
Ideally located budget accomodation is now available near Northcliffe
right next to the Bibbulman Track. "Watermark Kilns"
is also not far from Moon's Crossing (end of white water paddle)
on the Warren River and the Larkin Road put-in for the paddle
to the river mouth. Owners will help out with car shuffles for
canoeists! (This must be a first!) The main building, a converted
tobacco drying kiln, consists of bunkhouse/shared accomodation
with communal kitchen /laundry/ablutions. As well there is a
self contained smaller kiln which is suitable for a couple. There's
no need to take anything for the barbie - the owners will sell
their marron to you at wholesale prices.
For more info phone Trevor
and Jeanette Hulcup, 9776 7349, email <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
or go to Watermark Kilns, listed under accomodation on the Northcliffe
New Event - Paddle Polaris
7th & 8th December - Go to <>http://www.polarismtb.com.au/paddle/index.html
which has details of a new canoe/kayak event being launched this
It's in southern NSW, but the organisers claim they will rotate
the state to host the event.
It's based on a similar event for mountain bikes and involves
navigation as well as paddling, a bit like orienteering in a
Email Huw for more info': <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Liquid Logic is coming to Perth - from Ken at
Liquid Logic is the recreational kayak manufacturer which
was the winner of the Kayak Manufacturer of the Year by Canoe
& Kayak magazine. Mainpeak Paddlesports is now taking
orders for their range of kayaks including the Skip
and the Pop, the two sizes of their most recent
short freestyle kayaks. Go have a look at <http://www.liquidlogickayaks.com>www.liquidlogickayaks.com
and if you like what you see drop in and have a chat to Nathan
or Ken or call on 9284 3769 .
Boats For Sale
There's nineteen second hand (local) boats on the website at
the moment. With the Avon Descent way past and white water season
just about over it's a buyers' market. Here are some of them:
Fox - plastic slalom/white water boat - 9386 6842
Phantom - Avon/marathon boat - 9447 2598
Penguin - sea kayak -9574 7182
Dagger Medieval - playboat -9574 7182
MI 415 - plastic tourer/Avon boat - 0412 198 438
Finn - plastic tourer/Avon boat - 9725 6171
Go to the <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/newsfl.html>website
for more details of all the boats and some gear. (Most sellers
will negotiate over the price!)
Please remember to let me know
if you no longer need your advert on the website.
For Wannabe Playboaters
Tom Suffling from Rivergods has a clip of Robin Bell* doing an
aerial loop in his playboat at Penrith and is happy to send you
a copy. Robin paddles a Riot Techno and if you want to
try that boat just speak to Tom. As well there is a demo
Riot Booster which was Canoe and Kayak Magazine's
"Boat of the Year" available.
Contact him at -<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
or phone 9259 0749 for a copy of the video clip of Robin or to
have a go in the boats.
* For newcomers to paddling - Robin is our local slalom paddler
who has paddled his way to the top - paddled C1 for Australia
in the Sydney Olympics & has medal placings in many international
From Laura White - World Masters' Games Results
Results of each day's sporting competition have been posted on
and click on 'Sports and Venues' to gain access to your sport.
Win a New Perception Kayak - from Ken at Mainpeak
Come along to Mainpeak Paddlesport's Sunday 27th October
Demo Day - between 9.00am and 12.00 noon at Matilda Bay -
next to the boat ramp car park - and you could win a new Perception
Kayak. Conditions apply.
We will have a great selection
of craft down there from our huge range of canoes and kayaks
for people to try. For more info or to request a particular craft
to try please contact Ken or Nathan at Mainpeak Paddlesports
or just come on down and have a paddle. 08 9284 3759 or email
Rapids in the Ocean
Terry Bolland, John Dinucci, Tel Williams, Pam Riordan , Don
Kinzet and Gary Nixon have just returned from a hair raising
paddling adventure in the offshore waters of the Kimberley. Here's
an excerpt from what Terry has to say about it:
"The group (was) self
sufficient, carrying water, food, camping and medical supplies
for the duration of the expedition. (We) camped on remote islands
and parts of the mainland which always had beautiful vistas of
the unique Kimberley country.
Although crocodiles were a
threat and sharks followed the kayaks, the tremendous forces
of the ten metre tidal range was by far (our) biggest safety
concern. This became most evident when the team had to paddle
across the notorious King Sound on the biggest tides of the year.
(We) had to cross currents and tidal rapids that easily exceeded
15km an hour, at times impossible to paddle against and (we)
often got swept backwards. Flanked by many rocky oyster laden
islands, the currents sped between them at a speed unimaginable,
unless you witnessed them with your own eyes. These islands clashed
with the speed of the water and became horrific tidal rapids.
A capsize in these areas could have resulted in disaster."
Terry will have more on his website -
Blackberry Fields Forever?
Having paddled a couple of sections of the Warren River in the
last few days I contacted CALM about the blackberries which are
prolific in places along the river banks, making one or two sections
Here's their reply:
"Blackberries -a world wide problem: this is not really
my area of knowledge. However, I do know that blackberry eradication
cannot be achieved with current technology. Reinvasion from adjoining
infestations, seeds spread by birds and foxes, make the task
impossible. Some spot spraying occurs, but this is expensive
and not effective. Also the chemicals are non-selective and so
take out native vegetation too.
We are contributing around
$25 000 to a multimillion dollar per year research program to
develop biological control, hopefully this will be effective
in my lifetime!"
Cliff Winfield, Parks and Visitor Services, Warren Region, Manjimup
Finn, red, easy to spot as it has a retractable rudder
and rear pod with screw hatch (like a sea kayak) from Point Walter
spit. If you see it contact Dawn or Bear, 9339 5451.
Also, news just to hand: new W.A. marathon sea event for paddlers
go to <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>WA
Paddlers' News Page