The registration package for the Florida Canoe Symposium is now on line at www.freestylecanoeing.com.
The symposium will be held March 21-24 on the campus of the Florida State College in Yulee.
A significant change this year will be an optional, full day, CREEKIN FREESTYLE class on March 25th. This class will be held on the N. Prong of the St. Mary's River, about an hour from the Yulee Campus. The N. Prong of the St. Mary's River is a beautiful, narrow, twisting stream with modest current. Those familiar with the Mullica River or the Batsto River in the NJ Pine Barrens will find they have a lot in common. I'll post additional information about the symposium in general and the creekin class in particular over the coming weeks and months.
There will likely be additional discussion on the FreeStyle Face Book page.
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paddling before or after symposium|
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-03-13 1:15 PM (EST)
I am not certain I will be able to attend the event this year, but if I do I would be interested in spending a few days either before or after the symposium paddling in the Ocala Florida area.
There are usually some of us|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-03-13 1:46 PM (EST)
not just for straight shaft types|
Posted by: baldpaddler on Dec-03-13 9:16 PM (EST)
I learned a lot and had a lot clarified by Marc at one lesson, and I am a well known low life no good pond scum hit and switch type of paddler!
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-04-13 5:36 AM (EST)
In tandem freestyle, bent shafts are used very effectively by some paddlers. The angle of the blade allows one to get the blade flat on the surface for some low braced maneuvers.the bent shaft can also be used to advantage when executing wedges. I'm just scratching the surface here. Charlie could expound much further on this subject.
bring any sort of paddle you like|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-04-13 9:08 AM (EST)
We can work with it. Great way to play with others toys too, as there is plenty of opportunity to try out stuff other paddlers have.
Super program, skilled and patient|
Posted by: ricknriver on Dec-04-13 7:49 PM (EST)
instructors, neat demonstrations, fun participants, great for beginners, learned a lot and had a very enjoyable long weekend. R
Posted by: pgeorg on Dec-07-13 7:29 AM (EST)
Although I have been absent in recent years due to advancing age, I did attend several times a few years back. When I first went, I did not know what I did not know. They patiently and methodically started me down the road to competent paddling. The change is dramatic, you go from being a frustrated paddler to a joyful one. I've since expanded my canoeing activities and horizons. Had I not learned form these fine folks, I probably would have dropped the sport.
Yeah, but Peter, . . . |
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-07-13 3:22 PM (EST)
. . . it so motivated you that you then bought 27 open canoes at about $6000 each. Folks might want to figure that into the budget.
But he sold most of them|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-07-13 3:27 PM (EST)
for $7000 each. The only 6000 associated with that Blue Hole was its weight in ounces.
Save the rocking chair|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-07-13 4:17 PM (EST)
I'm likely to make it this year to learn the cross reverse christie, but I won't know for sure until late January or so.
Cross Reverse Christi|
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-09-13 6:08 PM (EST)
Thats another neat thing|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-09-13 6:32 PM (EST)
about "school". Everyone gets into lively discussions at mealtimes and sometimes into the gentle dark Florida night.
Paddling is not|
Posted by: pgeorg on Dec-08-13 4:42 PM (EST)
like playing the violin. One Stradvirius is not enough. You need one for each concert.
That is exactly what I fear.|
Posted by: string on Dec-09-13 11:36 PM (EST)
I am content with my 3 kayaks, but there is some lingering feeling for canoes.
A "string" fears a Stradivarius?|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-10-13 6:53 PM (EST)
No, this string fears his wife if he|
Posted by: string on Dec-10-13 11:58 PM (EST)
acquires a Stradivarius.
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-11-13 1:09 PM (EST)
Stradivarius could make wonderful music with any violin. Thus the idea is to become Stradivarius, not necessarily to acquire one. Of course there is the danger of becoming and doing both.
Seems to me|
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-11-13 2:47 PM (EST)
a Stradivarius is a decked boat, not an open canoe.
If I had a little Grumman 129|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-11-13 4:26 PM (EST)
G-129 actually paddles pretty nicely.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Dec-28-13 12:44 PM (EST)
But, it ain't no Flashfire.
I read somewhere that Davey and Kathy|
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-12-13 2:41 PM (EST)
Hearn learned play cello as kids. I thought of getting an old slalom c-1 and rigging it as a string bass for them, with the cockpit as soundhole. The long stern will serve for a tuning peg location, and the bridge can go down on the bow. With any foam removed, the resonance should be awesomely hideous.
Well I wish he would come to FCS|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-12-13 4:33 PM (EST)
cause a wider variety of musicians are needed. They are all good but I think aside from one the other six are guitarists.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-10-13 8:53 AM (EST)
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-10-13 8:57 AM (EST)
You left out the violas, cellos, and bass fiddles.
Posted by: vic on Dec-11-13 12:04 AM (EST)
My favorite piece of chamber music is Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major - the Trout Quintet. So, we'll need to add a piano to the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
I have the old classic Cortot/Thibeaux |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-12-13 6:42 PM (EST)
recording. I also love the last three string quartets and the string quintet.
What is the creeking class?|
Posted by: daytripper on Dec-22-13 7:40 PM (EST)
Is this a whitewater program? What class water is this?
I haven't paddled it|
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-22-13 10:09 PM (EST)
But the highest point in Florida is at less than 350 foot elevation above sea level.
Running Florida's highest waterfall|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-22-13 11:38 PM (EST)
In '89 I moved from Woodstock, NY, to Tallahassee for a year to teach. I was then just past my peak as a whitewater boater. So I brought my Whitesell Piranha, figuring it would be a cinch to run the highest waterfall in those flatlands.
I'm not sure there is anything in LA |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-26-13 1:40 AM (EST)
The Creekin Class is|
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-23-13 6:43 PM (EST)
an opportunity to use the precision paddling techniques we teach in FreeStyle, in a real world situation. The creek in question is narrow and meandering, with modest current. There will likely be some dead fall adding to the necessary maneuvering.
Posted by: kypaddler on Dec-24-13 5:21 PM (EST)
Never heard of a Creekin Freestyle class, but have practiced many of the freestyle maneuvers on many of the small rivers in Southwest Michigan. The rivers are known for their many twist and turns and the challenges posed by tree falls. I find these rivers are ideal for a Wildfire using freestyle techniques.
The Wildfire is one of my favorite boats|
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-25-13 7:51 AM (EST)
I'll likely be paddling one when I teach the Creekin class however the class is about technique and getting the most out of the hull that you have.
Sure Thinking About It, But|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-27-13 10:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: canoeist11 on Dec-27-13 11:13 AM (EST)
We have had students who have never been in a canoe before, and make great strides. The symposium classes are geared for all levels. The instruction is superb, and you will have a blast. Great group of people, too!
Going To See If I Can Get the Time.....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-27-13 11:35 AM (EST)
....off from work. Heck, we have friends in the Jacksonville area we've been wanting to see too.
You're right in the right age group|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-27-13 1:54 PM (EST)
You'll be right at home. Having paddled with you I doubt you would be regarded as a duffer.
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-28-13 8:04 AM (EST)
are you calling a bad singer?
The mission of Florida Canoe|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-28-13 9:21 AM (EST)
Symposium is two fold
There are sometimes secret missions|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-31-13 5:30 PM (EST)
"Mission" sounds so organized and even military. I like the parts that are mostly chaotic hedonism.
Posted by: CEWilson on Dec-30-13 10:17 PM (EST)
The concept of the FCS is to give dedicated paddlers and excuse to run South when winter gets oppressive!
Still time to register|
Posted by: mornstein on Feb-02-14 11:50 AM (EST)
Bad news this morning, from down in PA.