Last year there were over 200 registered participants & the weather & Nelson Bay seascape conspired to give paddlers a taste of everything.
This year organisers have a bumper program heavy with trips & instruction, and guest speakers Ben Woodcock & David Williamson.
Who you ask?
Between them, and together mostly, they have paddled unsupported from New Caledonia to Australia, Australia to East Timor, circumnavigated Tasmania with a western Bass Strait crossing to start & an eastern Bass Strait crossing to finish, as well as a host of other non paddling adventures.
Later this year they have a grand trip planned, paddling from New Zealand to Australia via Lord Howe Island & Norfolk Island. You can see details of this adventure HERE.
The event kicks off with the traditional Beer & Pizza welcome party, which this year has a Hawaiian theme. Organisers have employed extra security to ensure the free beer only goes to attendees wearing floral attire. There are some seriously good prizes for the best dressed, and no, not just a slice of Hawaiian Pizza.
Ben & David will speak at the Saturday night dinner, and I'll admit to being very pleased to see some home grown paddlers topping the bill at Rock & Roll.
Sunday night is the second annual Pogies, a short paddling film festival that last year nearly brought the marquee down. I have entered a film this year, focusing on a crucial element of paddling that needs urgent attention. You'll have to be there to see it.
For the 7th year in a row we are the major sponsor of Rock & Roll. We're proud to have supported this premier event so closely for such a long time & look forward to a ripper of a weekend. It's now gone beyond being a parochial club event & has morphed instead into one with a healthy interstate roll up, last year a phalanx of Queenslanders & even a few Sandgropers made it across, and this year there looks like being a big turn out from our Victorian friends.
You need to be a member of the NSW Sea Kayak Club or an affiliate interstate member to attend, but the good news is you can join & pay for RnR in one go. Even if the club had nothing else to offer for the whole year, attendance at Rock & Roll would get you back your membership fees in pure instruction alone.
You can register for Rock & Roll through the club website HERE.
To quote John Lennon - "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'. It's that good!