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25 March 2015
PADDLENEWS: The Weekly Newsletter of  
Backwater Paddle
Backwater Paddle


by: Sharon B.
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 • Whitewater mecca faces uncertain future
 • Paddle Nation Grant application deadline approaching
 • World Championships awarded to new canoe slalom course being built for Rio 2016

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 • Photo Runner-up
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by Sparehand Paddlesports
TriKayak Added to Buyers Guide
TriKayak Check out the XS-1 from TriKayak and compare this boat with the many other boats available to research in the Buyers' Guide. The TriKayak XS-1, with its unique outrigger design, offers the stability, performance, and storage that many kayakers are looking for. The height of the seat and a spacious cockpit with built-in back support gives you the ability to move around with ease – keeping you comfortable for your day on the water.

Kayaking Safety - The Essentials
Essential Kayaking Safety Getting ready for the upcoming paddling season? Beginners are encouraged to watch this video before hitting the water. This general overview of kayaking safety explains that by knowing what to look for, what to avoid, and what safety gear to bring along, you can insure that your paddling experience will be fun and relatively safe for everyone involved.

Training Canoe Newbies
Canoe Newbies Cliff Jacobson has been on many wilderness canoe trips where there have been paddlers attempting to canoe whitewater rivers for the first time. Over the years, he has formed a few tests to get newbies ready and confident enough to successfully run rapids. Beginners can learn these techniques in a few hours by following the regiment Cliff has laid out in his latest article.

New Product Announcement
Excursion 10 SS Fishing kayak by Sun Dolphin
Excursion 10ss kayak
The Excursion 10 SS was designed for an amazing fishing experience. In this kayak it is easier to catch the big one and more fun trying all day long. Amenities include one swivel and two flush mounted rod holders, hands-free electronics console (Bluetooth speaker and dry bag optional), large open cockpit with adjustable padded seat, removable P.A.C. for extra storage, shock cord deck rigging, protective thigh pads, paddle holder, adjustable foot braces and carrying handles.

Two Weeks left in the Kayak/Canoe Sweepstakes! is giving you the chance to win one of three great boats. The boats are: a SpitFire canoe from Placid Boatworks, a Borneo SOT kayak from BIC Sport, a GPX kayak or a V10 surfski from Epic Kayaks. These boats also come packaged with 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. Congratulations to Bob Soucy from Hackettstown, NJ who won a 2015 Paddling Perks membership just for entering the contest this past week!

In The Same Boat: How Steep is My River?
No prudent paddler runs a river without checking it out on the map first. This means more than giving the map a hurried once-over on your way to the put-in. You need to go to school on your map. And you can start by running the numbers on drop and distance. Once you have these, you're ready to compute average gradient. Not sure why you'd want to do this? Then check out "Deliver Me From Danger." It's Tamia's latest for In the Same Boat.

Trips Directory Spotlight
The Berry Islands of the Bahamas
by Kayak Voyagers
Outfitter Photo
Treat yourself to an all-inclusive, live-aboard mothership tour in the Bahamas!

Canoe Photo Product Review Spotlight
SE-370 kayak by Sea Eagle
Stability is a bit touchy in high crosswinds, but easy enough to get used to. The length of this boat is roomy for two people and cargo. With one person you could easily pack all necessary equipment for several day's camping... Overall, this is a great boat. It's easy to store, easy to pack for a trip, and will get you out on the water for a great day of paddling... Rating 9 of 10 by roncharest
Read more reviews or get more info on the SE-370 kayak.

Canoe Sinks Canoe FAIL
Watch this video of a canoe going under on the Black River in Wisconsin; for one participant, it sounds like it was a laughing matter however...
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