I couldn't be there but I have been activity reading other blog updates on the highlights of the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. It seems that everybody is gaga over Dubside's new black Sterling's Kayak. It looks like a real work of art indeed! The dates have been set for next year's symposium. Book your plane tickets now for September 19, 20 & 21, 2008! Below is a list of links to thoughts and highlights of the weekend: Dubside's Ice Kap - Kayak Wendy State of the Art - The Dash Point Pirate Fire Dance With Me - The Dash Point Pirate Sweetwater wins the 2nd Annual IR Vacation to Hell - Kayak Journal Podcast West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Highlights - The Dash Point Pirate

Do you know this guy?
Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Authorities hope to identify this kayaker as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Marianne DeMartin of Evesham. The Burlington County, NJ Prosecutor's Office released an unidentified man's photograph Monday as part of a continuing investigation into the disappearance of an Evesham woman two years ago this week. Investigators don't feel that he is a suspect in the case but a photograph of the bearded man was downloaded into DeMartin's laptop computer a couple of weeks before she disappeared on September 23, 2005. "Quite frankly we don't have any fresh leads in the case right now . . . but this (photograph) in no way, shape or form should be interpreted to mean this is a suspect or a person of interest," Bernardi said. Her family recently lunched a website ( to collect information on her disappearance. More info:
Members from the Surfrider Foundation - Sebastian Inlet Chapter want to remind all watermen and women, as well beachgoers of all ages, that the annual Paddle for Clean Water is scheduled to take place this Sunday, September 23, 2007, at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral.
Rapid Media, publishers of Kayak Angler magazine, announces the creation of two new film categories in its 2008 Reel Paddling Film Festival and World Tour. The two new categories are Best Kayak Fishing Film and Best Instructional Paddling Film.

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.

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