Mark your calendars and plan your trips.
A Surf competition events calendar coming soon.
9-11 Golden Gate Sea Kayaking Symposium, San Francisco, CA.
19-21 Zoar Outdoor's 5th annual Demofest, Charlemont Mass.
23-1 Sweetwater Kayaks Florida Symposium, St. Petersburg, FL.
7 Quiet Water Symposium, Lansing, MI.
13-15 Canoecopia, Rutabaga, Madison, WI;
20-22 Northern Alabama Whitewater Festival, Short Creek and King's Bend;
20-22 22nd Annual Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Festival, Steamer's Lane, CA
27-29 Paddlesports 2009, The Jersey Paddler, Brick, N.J.
27-29 Southwest Kayak Symposium, San Diego, CA.
4-5 Virginia Collegiate Canoe & Kayak State Championships Fredericksburg, VA.
6 Wavechaser Nor Cal Paddling Series Relay from Berkeley, CA.
17-19 East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival, Charleston, SC.
23-26 Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo, Minneapolis, MN.
25-26 Stonycreek Rendezvous Johnstown, PA.
29-1 The River Network’s 2008 National River Rally, Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron. Rivernetwork.org
2 25th Ann. Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race, Memphis, TN,
7-9 Mid-Atlantic Kayak Festival & Demo Days. Annopolis, MD.
8-10 Reno River Festival, Reno, NV. Visitrenotahoe.com
9 36th Manasquan River Canoe & Kayak Race, Howell Park Golf Course.
15-16 The Kayak Fishing Classic, Ft. Myers, FL. Kayakfishingclassic.com
15-17 Adirondack Paddlefest, Old Forge, NY. Adirondackpaddlefest.com
15-17 HRL Paddlefest 2009, Denton, NC. HRLpaddlefest.com
15-17 River Rage, New River, WV. Paddlespolesnmore.com
18 Paddle & Portage, James Madison Park, Madison, WI. www.sportsinwisconsin.com
21-26 Immersion Sea Kayaking Skills Symposium, Kachemak Bay, Homer, AK, Alaskakayakschool.com
22-25 17th Annual West Michigan Sea Kayaking Symposium, Big Blue Lake, MI,
22-24 CKS Festival, Buena Vista, CO, Coloradokayak.com
23-24 Yampa River Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO ,
23-24 Buena Vista Pro Rodeo, Buena Vista CO.
25 Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison,
25 Third Annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational, Steamboat Springs, CO ,
29-30 Canoe Poling National Championships
30-31 US Team Trials Glenwood Springs, CO.
30-7 National River Cleanup Kickoff Week, (865) 558-3595, Nationalrivercleanup.com
4-7 Teva Mountain Games, Vail, CO, Tevamountaingames.com
5-7 Maine Canoe Symposium, Bridgton, ME, Mainecanoesymposium.org
12-14 Wenatchee River Festival, Leavenworth, WA. Wenatcheeriverfestival.com
12-14 Lyons Outdoor Games, Lyons, CO. Lyonsoutdoorgames.com
12-14 Animas River Days, Eureka, CO
12-14 MEC Toronto Paddlefest, Toronto, ON Canada. http://www.MEC.ca
11-12 New England Intermediate Rough Water Symposium. RI
17-21 FIBArk,, Salida, CO (719) 539-6916, Fibark.net
18-21 Fiddlers on the Trent Festival-Musical Canoe Run, Frankford, Ontario, Canada.Fiddlersonthetrent.com
19-21 Payette River Experience, Garden Valley, ID. Sunsetracing.com
20 2nd Annual Jackson River Paddle, Clifton Forge, VA. Magicinthemountains.org
20 4th ann. White Water Race and Jazz Festival, Wingfield Park, Reno NV, Angelkissfoundation.org
26-28 Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison,CO, http:///Gunnisonriverfestival.com
1-5 Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver National Championships, West Forks, ME. 207-285-7356
2-12 Great Hudson River Paddle (150-miles; 3 community festivals), Hudson River Valley Greenway,
11-12 Potomac Fest Potomac, MD. Potomacfest.com
30-2 USA National Wildwater Championships, Deerfield River/Zoar Outdoor Center, Charlemont, MA
13-16 Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium, Houghton, MI. Downwindsports.com
31-6 ICF Freestyle world Championships, Thun Switzerland.
5 214th Annual Deb martin Memorial Slalom Race, Greys River, 303-733-2471
5-6 Ottawa Rodeo, Beachburg, Ontario Canada
13-14 Blackwater Challenege, Watertown, NY
19-20 American Whitewater Gauley Fest, Gauley River, W. Va.
28-31 Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium
30 Tybee Island Surf Jam.
29-7 Nov Calusa Blueway Paddle Festival
Newbie looking for Stable Wreck Boat: Must be under 10'', and fast,very stable for paddling lakes and rivers, interested in running Class IV whitewater and maybe ocean too. It needs to be light too and have a large seat for my big butt.
How many cupholders does a good stable boat have? How hard are these to lift onto my motor home? Can't spend more than $500 for both boats for the wife and myself. Where are some good paces to fish and drink alcohol while paddling?
DO I need a wet suit?
Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, and slipped quietly into the garage to put the kayak on the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. There was snow mixed with the rain, and the wind was blowing 50 mph. I turned on the radio and discovered that the weather would be bad throughout the day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. There I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of twenty years replied, "Can you believe that idiot husband of mine is out kayaking in that shit?"