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Busy weekend for paddlers
Thursday, 13 September 2007

This weekend is shaping up to be a busy weekend for paddlers here in North America. There are two large events taking place. West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium takes place September 14-16, 2007. Located at Fort Worden State Park Conference Center in Port Townsend, Washington, it is a weekend-long festival with activities and events for paddlers of all ages and paddling abilities. Speakers at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium include Bryan Smith, Wendy Killoran, Derek Hutchinson, Dubside, Shawna Franklin & Leon Somme. MEC Paddlefest Also taking place in Toronto is MEC Paddlefest. Paddlefest is an urban celebration of canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boating. The day will feature learning opportunities on water and on land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. Speakers include: Paul Mason, Becky Mason, Kelly Blades, Erik Ogaard and Yours truly. I'm totally looking forward to it. Last year was the ORCKA AGM the same day so I couldn't go as I was sitting on the board at the time. This year they moved it to next weekend. That made sense.

Injured by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Thursday, 13 September 2007

I'm going bald. I have known then for years but I recently was made aware of it again when a scar appeared through the thinning shoreline. I haven't seen it since I was 7. I don't really remember a whole lot except for tears and stitches. I have decided to tell people that I got the scar from Lord Voldermort since it prickles every once and a while. I will fill you in if I start to see visions.

Trouble at Eagle Bluff
Thursday, 13 September 2007

Looks like an outfitter in Okalahoma has been a little naughtily and gotten caught. It seems that Eagle Bluff Resort tried to sell 110 state-issued flotation licenses to a competitor. To purchase them from the state, it costs $5. They tried to sell them to a competitor who was looking for them for $500 each. A nice tidy profit of over 10,000 percent. They sent a contract to Arrowhead Camp asking them to sign the contract and send a deposit of $5,000. A quote from the cover letter: "The offer is not made to make profit on our investment, so the price and the terms are not open to negotiation." "I am constantly amazed when I learn more about this underground currency," said State Sen. Jim Wilson. "You cannot sell state property. These float operators try to treat the licenses as chattel. They try to get bank loans using their license capacity as proof of potential income. They don't own the licenses. They are not collateral." There has got to be more to this story as there are always two sides to it. I mean, who send a notarized contact over to a competitor asking them to pay cash when you haven't even been approved for the permits yet? It just leaves you open for...well, you know...bad press. Contact us if you know what is going on. [More info]
Claiming it is the Number One Jackson Kayak boat yet to be released, Jackson Kayak will re-introduce the Hero series of river running boats in time for Christmas.

Site Tip - kayakpaddling.net
Wednesday, 12 September 2007

My friend Serge Savard just directed me to kayakpaddling.net. It is an animated Sea Kayak Instruction website. It has full flash animations on all the basic information for somebody just getting started into kayaking. It's absolutely fantastic and I'm completely blown away. Thanks for the tip Serge!

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