Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Spring issues will be bound and shipped later this week. The online versions goes live for print and digital subscribers on Tuesday, February 1st, including digital extras like video boat reviews, interviews and photo galleries.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
FreeStyle Canoeing is the "art and science" of precision paddling. FreeStyle Canoeing emphasizes smooth, efficient technique and precision boat control. FreeStyle techniques can be applied to all canoeing situations, from touring to whitewater. Freestyle instruction has been referred to as "Obedience Lessons For Your Canoe".
The Florida Freestyle Symposium is first and foremost about teaching. We will be offering classes from beginner level to advanced. If you are new to canoeing and still fighting to go straight or you're an expert looking to for that special edge, we've got classes for you. In addition to offering the complete ACA Freestyle curriculum ( Levels 1 through 5), we will be offering afternoon enrichment classes in the following topics.
• Heeling and Kneeling (how to confidently heel and pitch your boat to the rail)
• Classic Form (A review of classic FS technique)
• Touring Technique (Commonly known as hit and switch)
• Forward Stroke including the inside circle and X inside circle (advanced forward technique)
• Canadian Style paddling (just how it sounds)
• Creekin Freestyle (use of FS technique for navigating streams)
• Make Every Stroke Count (To be practiced on a buoy course)
• High Kneel Thrust (technique to enhance pitch and heel)
• Paddleography (How to develop an Interpretive FS routine)
Instruction will be by some of the best paddlers and instructors in the country. All are ACA certified. Classes are small with no more than 5 students per instructor.
On Saturday evening there will be a Giant Slalom Competition where freestyle maneuvers will be used to navigate a slalom course. On Sunday evening there will be an Interpretive Freestyle Exhibition, where freestyle technique and maneuvers will be combined with music in a manner similar to long program figure skating.
Low cost bunkhouse style accommodations as well as camping are available on site. A catered meal package is also available. Motels and restaurants for those that prefer, are a short distance away.
Combined with evening social activities and pre/post event trips being organized by some of the participants, the Florida Freestyle Symposium is excellent way to jump start the canoeing season.
For more information, go to www.freestylecanoeing.com, or contact Marc Ornstein by email at dogpaddle @ frontiernet.net
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Access to clean water - a key component to paddlesports.Read more...
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service announces additional Temporary Special Use Permits for the Nantahala River.
The ACA recognizes that there are a wide diversity of users seeking access to this classic whitewater river and the U.S. Forest Service has been faced with a challenging situation.
Although the decision of District Ranger Michael Wilkins of the Nantahala Ranger District is a step in the right direction, it ultimately fell short of providing the appropriate acccess needs to the diverse range of groups involved.The ACA will continue to work on behalf of all paddlers to improve access to the Nantahala River in western North Carolina.
As we move forward, we need your input as we continue to advocate for appropriate access to the Nantahala River for a variety of paddling groups.
Please email your thoughts, suggestions and comments to the ACA Director of Stewardship & Public Policy.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
We are looking for Brunswick County Community members to provide feedback on a project called the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. We will be hosting public meetings to describe the project and to get feedback from citizens about the project. The meetings will be held in the evenings from 7:00-8:00pm January 27th at the Waccamaw Community Center (Ash, NC) and February 1st at the Wild Life Bait & Tackle (Pireway, NC).
This project is in the beginning stages and community feedback is greatly appreciated. There will also be an opportunity for questions.
If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Jennifer Holcomb at 910-640-2818 or call Brunswick County Parks and Recreation at 910-253-2670.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The heroes announced in December brought to 85 the number of Carnegie awards presented in 2010. Carnegie Medal Commission President Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees will also receive a financial grant.
The Carnegie Medal is in addition to the Certificates of Merit, signed by President Barack Obama, from the American Red Cross and Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition the Havens trio received in December of 2009.
The Havens family didn’t plan on becoming heroes while vacationing in Hawaii in June of 2009. They were taking in the beauty of Larsen's Beach on the island of Kauai when they spotted a man and a woman who had been caught in a very strong current that carried them seaward through a channel in the reef. Unable to return to shore, they shouted and waved their arms for help.
"We looked out, and there's this couple waving and hollering out there quite a bit from shore," Keith Havens said. "I said to my wife, 'Sue, we should go out and swim where they're doing it. It looks like they're having a good time. They're hootin’ and hollerin’. ‘She said, ‘Keith, they're calling for help.’”
According to the citation published on the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission’s website, “They entered the water and swam out toward the victims, reaching the woman at a point about 300 feet from shore. As Zaak and Zane continued to the man, who was about 100 feet farther out, Keith had the woman hold to him while he swam toward shore. Unable to escape the current by swimming parallel to shore, because of the channel configuration along with converging waves, Keith swam directly against it. After taking the woman to wadable water, he returned to the channel with a rescue tube that had been offered from shore. Zaak and Zane, meanwhile, had reached Jason. On either side of him, they grasped him by the arms and started to swim against the current toward shore, en route pausing to rest on the coral. Keith joined them, had the man hold to the rescue tube, and again swam against the current the rest of the way toward shore, towing the man as he was accompanied by Zaak and Zane. Progress was arduous, Keith at one point swimming under water and pulling himself along the coral outcroppings. He and his sons reached wadable water with the man, and all exited to safety. Keith and his sons sustained lacerations from the coral, and they recovered.”
"Both our training as American Red Cross lifeguards and our experience as American Canoe Association whitewater open canoeists gave us the skills, knowledge, and confidence to handle the big waves and strong currents that we had to deal with during the rescue. It was pretty hairy out there!" -Keith Havens
Zack was also a summer intern at the ACA National Office in Fredericksburg, Va.
Carnegie Hero Medals