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17 September 2014
PADDLENEWS: The Weekly Newsletter of  


by: Carl Tjerandsen
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 • Kayaking in Alaska's 'bear utopia'
 • ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Begin
 • Teen completes solo Mississippi River journey

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 • Photo Runner-up
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The popular Shirt Special has returned! Right now, when you buy two t-shirts; long-sleeve, short sleeve, wicking, fleece, whatever - you'll get a third one of equal or lesser value for free. Simply add any three shirts to your shopping cart - including the low-priced clearance t-shirts! There are over 45 shirts to choose from, so mix and match any three and save! Ladies, don't forget that we have several great shirts just for you!

Kayak Fishing Basics: How to Choose a Kayak
There are four key questions you want to ask yourself when you're choosing a kayak for fishing... This video highlights the advantages of choosing a kayak for angling based on your need for: Capacity, Maneuverability, Stability and Speed. The video clip also advises that one of that smartest things you can do before making a kayak purchase is to attend a demo day where you can try before you buy.

The J-Stroke and Canadian Stroke
The J-Stroke and Canadian Stroke To paddle a canoe in a straight line, there are a number of different techniques, the most efficient being the J-Stroke and the Canadian Stroke. Kevin Callan talks about these two methods in his latest article which also features a short video where he demonstrates the technique for both.

New Product Announcement
Northern Outfitter canoes by Swift
Northern Outfitter canoe
Swift is proud to introduce the Northern Outfitter canoes (15' and 16' models). Hearty canoes for the adventurous, the Northern Outfitters are workhorses. With ample weight capacity and a straight tracking shoe keel, the whole family can travel with confidence wherever the water may lead. Whether you're planning an afternoon on the lake or a deep woods trek, the Outfitters are earnest adventurers.

4-Boat Sweepstakes!
The current sweepstakes features four great boats you can register to win: a Prospector 16 canoe from Nova Craft Canoe, an Edge 13 kayak from Riot Kayaks, a folding Gremlin kayak from Folbot, or a Classic V10L Club kayak from Epic. The boat prizes all come packaged with other useful items such as PFDs from Onyx, boat storage racks from Sparehand Paddlesports, paddles from Sawyer Paddles, kayak/canoe sails from WindPaddle Sails, and sunglasses from Silverfish. Congratulations to Ray Lavigne of Simpsonville, SC who won a $20 gift certificate to the store just for entering this past week.

In The Same Boat: Pinned! (part 3)
Making your own luck is easier than it sounds. It begins with meticulous planning. That's only the start, however. You also have to learn from your mistakes. Which is what Tamia tried to do after she and her five companions found themselves "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" on the Rivière Inconnu. But you don't want to wait till you've got a wire-taut rope pressing against your throat, do you? So read In the Same Boat, where this week's column sees Tamia making the kindest cut of all.

Trips Directory Spotlight
Virgin Islands Inn-to-Inn Tour
by Arawak Expeditions
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This is a multi-sport tour of the Virgin Islands - featuring sea kayaking, hiking and snorkeling during the day, while staying in charming hotels and inns at night.

Kayak Photo Product Review Spotlight
Arctic Tern 14 kayak by Pygmy Boats
The kit comes with very complete instructions and is quite easy to build with just a few simple tools. The best part is that you will have a beautiful finished boat with about 60-70 hours work. The finished boat weighs about 34 lbs. It handles beautifully in all types of conditions, easy to paddle and transport... Rating 10 of 10 by joelsyak
Read more reviews or get more info on the Arctic Tern 14 kayak kit.

Kayaker braves Falls Kayaker braves Tahquamenon Falls
Extreme kayaker 28-year-old Marcelo Galizio from Brazil, has kayaked over 100 waterfalls around the world in seven years. He's no stranger to Tahquamenon Falls in upper Michigan either. On Labor Day, he did what he calls a 'run' six times over them. Watch the news story that covered it.

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