Swinging through Bellingham to demo the First Light kayak at Lake Padden topped this off. This folding kayak being imported from New Zealand. It was really a fun, light kayak that responded to paddle controls easily.
Coincidence brought another paddler, Manfred, to the lake. He competed in slalom at the nationals in the seventies. I had gotten some tips from him a few years ago and so asked him for more and what a blast! We spent an hour together sharing strokes and techniques and ideas some of his drills were so hard I flipped and came up laughing.
Phew! The range of kayaking is amazing this was also apparent to me while training for a new certification as a whitewater instructor trainer at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina it was so fun to see such a range of people in kayaks on the Nantahala from kids in slalom boats to people in double open canoes, playboaters, rafters ad infinitum.
Most of all I realized that what kayaking brings to me is a way to stay outside and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. For me that is what it is all about getting outdoors with great people.
Thats about as much of a nutshell as I can pull off!
Upcoming stuff Im working with Agua Verde Paddle Club in Seattle (I love that place kayak on Lake Union and adjourn for some of the best Mexican food youve ever had!
We are getting courses going in Bellingham as well check the schedule and wait for more news there.
Im planning instructor certification courses in Jacksonville, Florida, and at the tip of Long Island, New York. These will probably be in September and October.
October brings the annual cert classes in the northwest there is a great and very excited group of candidates coming to our ICE, which will probably be at the coast this year.
Introduction to sea kayaking (Quick Start):
Port Townsend - July 6 and 7 evenings
Port Townsend - July 31
Port Angeles - July 24, 2004
Agua Verde Kayak Club, Seattle - August 1
Seattle - Agua Verde Paddle Club - June 22, June 30, 2004
Bellingham - Boat Works - June 23, July 1, 2004
Port Townsend - July 2, 2004
Port Angeles - July 8, 2004
Poulsbo - July 15, 2004
Redmond: July 9 - 18th
August 7 - 8 (discount for club members)
Outdoor Retailer Show, August
San Juan Island Excursion:
August 26 - 29
Evening clinics on whitewater - taking advantage of all that sun!
Check the URL for the spring schedule: http://www.kayakinstructionexcellence.com/KIX/ClinicSchedule.html