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  • Paddling around Florida (literally) by kayak - The Florida Times-Union (FL) - December 15: Mary Mangiapia made kayak history when she reached the boat ramp at Fort Clinch State Park on Wednesday. She became the first woman to complete the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail in a single, continuous trip — what kayakers and canoeists call a thru-paddle. It marked the end of a journey that had started almost 100 days before and covered more than 1,500 miles. The trail, commonly referred to as the "CT," begins at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extends around the Florida peninsula and Keys, and ends at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border... Mangiapia is one of only 14 people to complete the CT, and one of two women to do so. The woman who completed the trail prior to Mangiapia traveled in segments over a period of several years.

  • Kayaking on Oregon's Thomas Creek offers rainy season fun - Seattle Times (WA) - December 14: One of my favorite things about winter kayaking in general — and Thomas Creek in particular — is that it harbors the illusion of grand adventure even when you're a stone's throw from Highway 226 and the town of Stayton, southeast of Salem... the 9.5-mile stretch of creek does have its share of charms, including waterfalls only visible from the stream and canyons where you can paddle inside small caves in the basalt cliffs. "It's a great run for newer boaters looking to work on their skills," Eugene kayaker Ryan Brey said. "There are opportunities for eddy hopping, ferrying, and casual surfing."

  • UK adventurer hopes to build the fastest canoe in the world - Torquay Herald Express (UK) - December 13: A Totnes adventurer is planning to paddle himself into the world record books by creating the fastest canoe in the world. Trying to set a record for the fastest canoe in the world though was not how Friar West's canoe initially evolved. He said: "I started to put an engine on the canoe just to take friends and children down the river and not have to wait for the tide. But I realised that it was going really fast and thought that I could be onto something here." He is hoping to make his record attempt in the spring of 2015 and it will be somewhere in Torbay, as it has calm waters and you need very flat water for the record attempt.

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Going around a bend in the Neches River, in East Texas, in morning light.
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