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6 May 2015
PADDLENEWS: The Weekly Newsletter of  
Retractable Fins
Lifetime SUP


by: Dave Conley
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 • Family of 3 canoeing from Edmonton to Montreal
 • Freya Hoffmeister completes solo circumnavigation of So. America
 • Passing Kayaker Foils Apparent Suicide Attempt

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Hand Paddles

by Backwater Paddle Co.
Kayak Forward Stroke Tips
Forward Stroke Tips In this short video, Nigel Foster looks at the upper body elements involved in the ubiquitous kayak forward stroke. He looks at the entry and exit of the paddle as well as stressing the importance of torso rotation. Yes, there are more components involved in this stroke, but Nigel uses this brief segment to provide tips focusing on the upper body part that you can normally see when someone is paddling.

How to Launch and Land a Canoe smoothly
One Match Fire This short video describes how to get in and out of a canoe - from a shoreline and a dock, solo or with a tandem partner. Important pointers include staying low (center of gravity), keeping your feet over the center line of the boat while keeping hold of the gunnels, plus launch directly into wind and waves. Check it out!

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New Product Announcement
Trailer LidsTrailer Steel Lids by Remackel Trailers
Remackel Trailers is now offering lockable galvanized steel lids on its canoe/kayak/SUP trailers. Our lids are approx. 2ft wide by 7 ft long and we use two 30 lb shocks for each lid so you can easily open the lids. Securing your gear while your paddling is so easy now!

3-Boat Sweepstakes!
The latest sweepstakes offers you a chance to win one of three boats! Choose from a PAL 16 canoe from Nova Craft Canoe, a NC 17 Quest LT kayak from NC Kayaks, or a Navato 120 kayak from Evoke Paddlesports. These boat prizes also come packaged with other valuable gear items: portable coolers from IceMule, PFDs from Stohlquist, camping meals from Cache Lake Camping Foods, and storage racks or boat carts from Suspenz. Congratulations to Randall Lackey from Opelika, AL who won a $20 gift certificate to the store just for entering the contest this past week!

Share Your #SecretSpots
Secret Spot
Summer is nearly here and we have partnered with Oru Kayak and SealLine to create a list of undiscovered paddling spots from around the country. We need your help and you could win a kayak from Oru Kayak or gear from SealLine by submitting a photo of your #secretspots. Entries must be received by May 17. See full details at:

In The Same Boat: Readers Write on Drysuits
Are drysuits worth what they cost? And which is better — to be a comfort-loving Amphibian or a safety-at-any-price Frogman? Those were the questions Tamia posed in a couple of recent articles for In the Same Boat. She outlined her answers to both questions, of course, but paddlers have minds of their own, and they weren't shy about letting her know what they thought. Now you can read all about it in "Readers Wade In." Check it out.

Trips Directory Spotlight
Guided Dead River Paddle Trip - Maine
by Maine Huts & Trails
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This trip is great for beginners and anyone looking for a unique, unplugged adventure that combines three days of paddling and hiking with comfortable accommodations and delicious, home-cooked meals at one of our four world-class eco-lodges.

Kayak Photo Product Review Spotlight
Nordkapp LV kayak Valley Sea Kayaks
I've had this boat for about 3 years now, and I love it more all the time. It does everything quite well (fast cruising, surfing, camping, rock gardening), although it is not a specialist at any one of these things. It is, however the best boat I have ever used for a day paddle in varying conditions; it basically handles better and better the rougher it gets, and it is so much fun in wind, currents, and waves! Rating 10 of 10 by BethS1
Read more reviews or get more info on the Nordkapp LV kayak.

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