Friday 9 January 2009

Rock & Roll 2009

Not a Woodstock for kayakers, but rather the premier Australian sea kayaking event on the calendar. This year being held at Umina beach, about 60km north of Sydney, at a venue which allows everything from serious ocean paddling & coastal exploration, to calm river cruises, & the most sea kayak-friendly surf breaks to be found anywhere. The NSW Sea Kayak Club takes safety very seriously, so you'll need to be either a member or a member of an affiliated club to attend, but I can't imagine a more comprehensive three-day dedicated weekend of all things sea kayaking. A keen paddler could do as many as 5 half day trips with qualified sea leaders, guides & instructors, and still have time to take in a forward stroke instructional session, a photography seminar, paddle more demo boats than you can throw a Greenland paddle at, as well as have two rip-roaring nights of socialising, listening to guest speakers & making some new paddling friends. We'll be there exhibiting our range of gear, & will have every single one of our demo kayaks on hand for paddlers to take out to paddle for a few minutes, or on one of the trips if they so desire. As the Platinum sponsor, both Expedition Kayaks & Rob Mercer's Balanced Boater are offerring prizes ranging from a Reed Chillcheater pack, to a Valley Storm Surf Kayak. Whether you're new to the sport & don't really know which way to jump, or are a salty old paddler who has maybe not ever been bothered with these sorts of soirees, I can't recommend Rock & Roll highly enough. Click on the funky dolphin graphic above to find out more or to register.

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