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15 April 2015
PADDLENEWS: The Weekly Newsletter of  

KEEN Footwear
KEEN Footwear



 • Stranded kayakers rescued, charged with reckless operation
 • Paddlers race 160 miles to Lake Michigan
 • Get active at East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Fest

 • Featured Product:
Schitt Creek Paddle Co. Distressed Hat
 • Photo Runner-up
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Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit

by SEA-LECT Designs
Lincoln Canoe & Kayak Added to Buyers' Guide
Lincoln Lincoln had its humble beginnings in Stow, MA in 1959 and since that time has always called New England home. There have been three sets of owners through the years and each set has left their mark on the company - currently owned by two brothers, Marc and Ron Bourgoin, who acquired the business in 2009. Now you can check out their line of canoes and kayaks and compare them with the plethora of canoes and kayaks available to research in the Boat Buyers' Guide.

Join Paddling Perks: Best Time to Join
Paddling Perks!
If you haven't joined Paddling Perks yet, now is the best time ever to join! Join today and your membership will be valid until Nov. 1, 2016 - over 17 months for the price of 12!

Heel-Hook Assisted Kayak Rescue
Heel Hook Rescue Mike Aronoff takes a look at how to do this valuable assisted rescue technique. It works well for more people than any other rescue because it allows you to use your leg strength to get back on top of the kayak rather than just having to rely on a lot of upper body strength to pull yourself on top of the boat.

Basic Canoe Parts Identification
Canoe Parts Do you know what a thwart is? What about a gunnel? How is a dowel used in canoe construction? Canoe guide Denny Lange displays the parts of a typical canoe in this short video and explains some of the uses for them. If you're a beginning canoeist this is useful information to know. If you're a veteran, well, it never hurts to get a refresher...

New Product Announcement
Delta 17 kayak by Delta Kayaks
Delta 17 kayak
Introducing the all new Delta 17. Our top sea kayak now offers more performance, comfort and features than ever before. Its v-shaped hull, pronounced chine and moderate rocker offer paddlers a smooth transition to edge and impressive tracking and speed. For 2015, the Delta 17 features a new low profile deck design, 3 Press-Lock hatches including a much sought after day hatch, retractable soft grip handles, our multi-position Contour Seat System with new contour padding and a lighter weight at 50lbs. It's an ideal craft for the enthusiast and advanced paddler looking for a boat that performs in all conditions.

Winners of the Kayak/Canoe Sweepstakes!
Congratulations to Jack Przybylski from Twin Lakes, WI won the Borneo SOT kayak from BIC Sport! Also to John Balser from Elizabethtown, KY won the SpitFire canoe from Placid Boatworks. Lastly, Kurt Sopp from Sewickley, PA won his choice of a GPX kayak or a V10 surfski from Epic Kayaks. These boat prizes also were packaged with some great gear: PFDs from MTI Adventurewear, gear bags from SealLine, boat racks from Talic, mosquito screens from Skeeter Beater, and other boat accessories from Danuu Paddle Sport. The next sweepstakes will be starting up soon.

In The Same Boat: Dressing for Paddling
Paddlers fall into one of two schools: They're either Frogmen or Amphibians. The former are go-anywhere, do-anything types, while the latter have a more laid-back approach to their sport. This difference is reflected in their respective wardrobes. Frogmen favor rubber from head to toe, and rightly so. Amphibians, on the other hand, observe a less restrictive dress code. Are you an Amphibian? Then you'll want to take a look at Tamia's latest piece for In the Same Boat. "Dressing for Success" has never been easier.

Trips Directory Spotlight
San Juan Islands Budget Kayak Trips (WA)
by Crystal Seas Kayaking
Outfitter Photo
Our Casual Lodging Kayak Vacation includes 3-6 days of kayaking in whale territory along the shores of the San Juan Islands, paddling at the base of rocky cliffs and drifting by pebbled beaches.

Kayak Photo Product Review Spotlight
Vapor 10 kayak by Old Town Canoe
I believe this to be a very nice kayak for the money. I purchased the Vapor 10 Angler edition last year for myself, and within 2 hours was hooked up with a 2.5 lb bass. It's a decent hull, fairly efficient albeit not perfect... Rating 10 of 10 by barkriverjunkie
Read more reviews or get more info on the Vapor 10 kayak.

Jetboat incident Jetboat/Kayak incident caught on video
It is hoped that this close call between a group of paddlers on the Rangitaiki River in New Zealand and a commercial jetboat operator will open doors to water safety talks. After watching the video, what would you suggest?
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