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Week 1/September
Geegelup Cup

The water kept rising the whole weekend at Bridgetown and made for some fun paddling and fast times. Half the river bank at the start line was under water.

Results are <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/geeg04results.html>here and there's some pics of race paddlers at "Rock in the Middle at the Bottom" (also known as "first elbow" ) by Di Bramley <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/geeg04rapid4.html>here. 

That race concludes this year's Wild Water Series which was generously sponsored by Terry Bolland's Canoeing Down Under. If you'd like to become involved with planning the races Neil 0417 928 676 or Grant 0417 945 577 would love to hear from you.

Winnijup, Blackwood River
This little paddled stretch of white water 29km upstream of Bridgetown was almost washed out last weekend due to the high water level - (The Falls not quite!) The Rapid Sprints race of the National Wildwater Champs was held at Winnijup last year. See last weekend pics of river <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/geeg04rapid4.html>here

Thrills on the Lower Murray
The Murray River has heaps of water at present and Rivergods is running rafting trips most weekends. Contact Tom at Rivergods 9259 0749 or  <mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au for details or visit the website http://www.rivergods.com.au/

Nanga Bushcamp
Full details of the Swan Canoe Club weekend at Nanga, on the Murray River, Friday, 10th to Sunday, 12th September, are available <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/Nanga%202004.pdf>here (pdf file) as well as entry forms. Otherwise ring Mary, 9380 6313 or Gena, 9385 0802. All are welcome. There are other activities planned as well as paddling so there's sure to be something for everyone.

Doubling Up
New pic on <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>website front page is of Peter T. and Peter K. at Toodyay Rapid in the Descent. You can order your pics from Aussies In Action, official photographers, by clicking <http://www.aussiesinaction.com.au>here.

Yukon Slide Presentation - Terry Bolland
Take a journey down one of the world's remotest rivers. Hear about the longest canoe race in the world. Feel the pain of paddling 3300km from the mountains to the Bering Sea, (all recently undertaken by Terry and mate, Ed.)
Friday 24th September, 7.30pm at Canoeing Down Under, Railway Parade, Bassendean. $5.00 to the junior fund. Booking essential. 9378 1333

White Water Park - Call For Help
Support for the White Water Park is still growing well with over 5300 members currently.

The White Water Park looks like it could become an election issue in the Federal seats of Canning and Hasluck. To increase our membership in these seats we are holding a display in Carousel Shopping Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 9, 10,11. At a recent three day display at the Armadale Shopping Centre we gathered 1700 new "Friends"

If you can assist please contact Colin Thorpe on 9386 6842, 0409 88 7011 or <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>thorpec@icenet.com.au

Canoeing Down Under Courses Coming Up . . .
Half Day White Water Course: Beginner and Intermediate Paddlers.
This Sunday morning, (3 hours) 5th September. Please call us asap and we will organise a course if there are enough participants. 9378 1333
All Day White Water Course: Beginner and Intermediate Paddlers
Sunday, 12th September, 9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.$100.00 GST inclusive. Booking essential - 9378 1333. Location to be confirmed.

Event Reminder
Slalom Race No.6
will take place at Walyunga on Sunday, 5th September, in conjuntion with the WA SCHOOLS SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Sunday 5th Sept: Registration: 9am-10pm
Briefing and issuing of bib numbers: 10 am
Under 14 practice run: 10.15 am
Race 6 and Schools Champs Run 1: 10.45am
Race 6 and Schools Champs Run 2: 11.45am (start of Run 2 will depend on numbers of entries)
Sponsored by Mainpeak.

From John Mulcahy:
Real answer given by children in a Children's Science Exam:
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Endorfinn ski
- in good condition - Contact Ashley: 0418 927 221

Week 2/September
Downriver's Big Breaky Bash
Guildford Landing Reception Centre
,114 Swan Street, Guildford, this Sunday, 7:15 am, plenty of time to paddle afterwards. Swap paddling stories from the Avon and States. State Champs and Avon Descent Wildwater Class Trophies to be awarded. Photo slide show from Walyunga to Bell's race and more. Cost $20.00 buffet style breaky. Limited tickets, See Grant, Kellie or Neil at AKC Wednesday night or call 0417 94 55 77 or 0417 928 676 or a/h on 9475 0111. Discount for children (under 14).

New Pics . . .
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>on front page demonstrate different styles of tackling the famed Vinidex Chute at Extracts' by some of our top paddlers: Jerry Alderson, Simon Roll, Graeme Lawson and Lawrence Greed. Photos by Roger Smith who knows a good photo opportunity when he sees it! (Click on pics for larger version) If anyone would like copies of the larger files they can contact Roger <mailto:rogers@multiline.com.au>rogers@multiline.com.au

Black and purple paddle
, 210mm at Burswood Park on Friday 3 September, 6pm. Contact Aidan 9574 6771.

Fitness and Technique Training
Tuesday Night Paddling Sessions
by Olympic Medallist and World Marathon Champion Ramon Andersson.
For all paddlers interested in improving their technique and fitness in a squad environment. Ideal for Sprint, Marathon, White Water and Surf Paddlers.
Venue - Hinds Reserve Bayswater (Garratt Road) 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Cost $10 per session.
For more information call Ramon 0407 426 596.

White Water Kayak Trip, New Zealand, escorted by Andrew Pattinson, Main Peak
Jan 12-19, 2005 
If you fancy an instructional and guided kayaking experience of a lifetime with the New Zealand Kayak School at Murchison in the South Island then contact Andrew  <mailto:andrewp@mainpeak.com.au>andrewp@mainpeak.com.au or 9284 3759 . This trip is aimed at beginner to intermediate paddlers: there will be 4 days of instruction followed by one rest day then 3 days exploring on amazing rivers.

Men's Health Ocean Racing Series
If you're into racing on the ocean then keep up to date with happenings with their email newsletter - just email <mailto:dean@oceanpaddler.com>dean@oceanpaddler.com to be added to the list. There's two events coming up: November 27 & 28, Fremantle to Sorrento and Rottnest to Hillarys, Australian leg of <http://www.menshealthoceanracing.com.au/page.php?articleID=5>World Cup.

It's official! the new Wildwater Discipline page is the coolest. . .
(based on research commisioned by Wildwater Australia). The new page offers everything - Complete Low-down on the Ho-down: Tasmania 2005 National Wildwater Championships Carnival. May the Wildwater be with you !!! Check it out:
Find it by looking at the "Disciplines" pull down on the menu of  <http://www.canoe.org.au>www.canoe.org.au

Courses: Main Peak 9284 3759
Introduction to White Water in 3m plastic kayaks
: Sunday, 19th September, Walyunga. Bookings essential.
$120 Members (Main Peak Club) $135 Non Members
Next Demo Day: This Saturday 11th September 2004, 9:30am to 11:30am. Meet at Freshwater Bay [near the end of Leake street turn right] Please give Paddlesports a call to book a boat.

Slalom Results
Email Margaret <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au for a copy of the WA Schools Champs and Slalom Race 6 held last weekend at Walyunga.

Carbon or Kevlar Racing Ski
to Suit Paddler 5 ft 10' ­ 6 ft. Preferably trailing rudder, Wanted for Avon 2005.
Looking for a good craft. Contact Paul 0419 916 069.
Sprinter or similar stable K1, Good condition please contact Joel 0411 821 109
Canoe, just for canoeing down the river for fun. Good if it will fit 2 people, <mailto:lissybom@iinet.net.au>lissybom@iinet.net.au
Surf Ski suit larger person preferably with river rudder, do not mind repairs. Kim 0409139452

Week 3/September
A Nite with Olympic Slalom 
Canoe WA and Mainpeak
are organising a night with Robin Bell, 4th place in C1 at Athens Olympics and formerly Swan Canoe Club, next Tuesday, September 21. He has some great pics and footage and some amazing stories from the Athens games. Entry is a gold coin - proceeds to Canoe WA :Challenge Stadium Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm.

Canning River Canoe Club
Club nights will be under way soon with the spring series starting Thursday, 16th September: five races with prizes for best improvers throughout the series. Be there, warmed up and ready to paddle by 6pm. For those of you that did the club paddle from Toodyay to Posselt's there will be a draw for a DVD player on the first night. You must be there to claim your prize.(Centenary Ave Manning, part of the Canning Sea Scouts)
For more info contact Garth: garth04@optusnet.com.au or 0412 602 013

The Canning 5000
Races have been moved: K1's on  Thursday night, 21st October, teams' race Thursday night, 28th October and K2 races Thursday night, 4th November. Prize giving will be held directly after the last race on 4th November with a BBQ and bar facilities. (Centenary Ave Manning, part of the Canning Sea Scouts)
For more info Garth garth04@optusnet.com.au or 0412 602 013

West Coast Kayaks
This is the new retail paddling business around town, catering for river and ocean paddlers, the brainchild of Les Allen, sea kayaker extraordinaire. Check out the range and the prices: U2 187 Bank St East Victoria Park 6101, or on the website: <http://www.westcoastkayaks.com.au>www.westcoastkayaks.com.au  Phone 0419 900 715; Fax 9994 709228  (There's a link to the website from my front page).
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Thurs: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-1pm with demos and training 2-4pm

Also New! The Sea Kayak School
Up Coming Courses
- Les Allen 0419 900 715
Sea Kayak Instructors Course.
The sea kayak instructors course will be held on November 26,27,28 at Augusta. Course cost is $550.00. Contact Les Allen for details on pre qualification. "We will be camping at a caravan park near the river mouth. Friday and Saturday evenings will be for the theory component with Friday afternoon Saturday and Sunday till 2.00pm for the on water training and assessment. Sea kayaks are available if required."
Introduction To Sea Kayaking Course.
An introduction to sea kayaking course will be run on December 11 and 12. This course is open to all people and kayaks are available if required. Cost is $175.00
Sea Skills Course.
Sea skills courses or assessments can be run on demand. There will be advertised courses after Christmas.

All Day White Water Course: Canoeing Down Under
Beginner and intermediate paddlers:Sunday, 19th September, 9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. Location to be confirmed
$100.00 GST inclusive. Booking essential 9378 1333.

Spirit black prop blade. Last seen at Dutch Inn Beach (South of Cott) on Friday 10 September. Please contact Mark (041 996 9964 or <mailto:pieri@runbox.com>pieri@runbox.com)

A Bit of History For Sale
Marathon Canadian Canoe
(Kevlar MC2 with enclosed deck, $300) successfully completed over 6 descents (bomb proof!); well known craft in the Avon Descent - "Avon's Axolotyl"; owners upgrading; it will be a sad parting as she has been a solid and faithful boat; trying to encourage more Canadian competition for next year's descent; phone Laurie Haynes 9755 4685 or Tim Sambell 9528 4898

Double racing ski, Avon ready, good condition, prefer carbon/kevlar. Phone 0411 511 812

 Week 4/September
The Canning River Canoe Club - Garth Civil

AGM will be held on Saturday evening, 9th October, 5:30pm. We have been given approval and funding for the new club rooms, but we still need to raise more money. The building process won't start until 2006 but
we need to be pushing it now. All members need to come forward and put your name up for positions.

The CRCC is also having a meeting on 16th October, 5:30pm, for all interested parties, members, current, past, and possible to help us determine our future direction. There will be a BBQ and drinks available for all who come. Come and help us make our club bigger and better.

Both meetings are to be held at the Sea Scouts hall, Centenary Avenue, Wilson.

The Yukon River Quest - the longest endurance marathon canoe & kayak race in the world
Here's the website: http://www.yukonriverquest.com/index.htm . Terry Bolland made it onto their photo page during this year's event: <>http://www.yukonriverquest.com/photos04.htm

Don't forget the slide night of Terry and Ed's Yukon River trip this Fri at Canoeing Down Under, 7:30pm - let them know you're coming - 9378 1333.

Custom Sea kayak Trips
The Sea Kayak School will help you plan your next sea kayak trip so it is within your capabilities and safe. We can supply sea kayaks and an instructor for your trip to assist with decision making and ensure safe fun paddling. For details contact Les Allen, <mailto:lallen@touch88.com.au>lallen@touch88.com.au   Phone 0419 900 715

Ocean Paddling Series
Four events in November to decide the best WA ocean paddler in the categories Open, Open Women, Ski, Doubles, Sea Kayak:
Bay 2 Beach, November 7, http://www.canoewa.asn.au 
Classic Paddle, (Perth to Freo) November 21, http://www.lifesavingwa.com.au
Men's Health Series, November 27 and 28, http://www.menshealthoceanracing.com.au
For more details on how it works contact : <mailto:dean@oceanpaddler.com>dean@oceanpaddler.com

For Sale
5 x Double Surf Skis & 5 x Single Surf Skis
. Various Sizes, Brands & Conditions. SLSA Approved and compliant. Photos available. (Located Wollongong, NSW) Please call Brett Strong (02) 4229 6477, mob 0415 604 224 or  <mailto:bstrong@garrisons.com.au>bstrong@garrisons.com.au
[Brett, who is a paddler, says: "I ended up with them because a business owed me for providing financial planning advice to them and they paid me by way of the skis. I spoke to a local transport company (Dougherty) and they said they would freight them over for $330 Double Ski and $250 for the Single skis - fully bubble wrapped and inside the canopy of the truck. This price was only for one item. Apparently it gets cheaper if I send more than one."]

Spring into Canoe Polo
Yes, spring has arrived and with it canoe polo has now sprung from Wednesday nights back to Sunday nights. We are still at Beatty Park Leisure Centre and go from 6pm to 7.45pm. With the conclusion of the successful Winter competiton we are also having a more leisure centred approach to paddling so come on down and give it a go. Contact Ian Kininmonth on 0401 521 895.

Mainpeak Paddle Courses . . . coming up in October
Women's Introduction to Recreational Kayaking -
Thursdays 7th Oct, 4th Nov (2.5 hours)
10am Members $50 Non-members $65
Women's Intermediate Kayaking - Thursdays 14th Oct, 11th Nov  (2.5 hours)
10am. Members $65 non-members $80
Introduction to Recreational Kayaking - Saturdays 2nd Oct, 20th Nov, 27th Nov
9am Members $50 Non-members $65
Intermediate Recreational Kayaking - Saturdays 9th Oct, 13th Nov
Members $50 Non-members $65

All courses are held at Freshwater Bay near end of Leake Street. Bookings essential. Check out our full program at <http://www.mainpeak.com.au/events.aspx>http://www.mainpeak.com.au/events.aspx

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