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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Pair Arrested After Rafting Down Main Street" (Philadelphia, PA)
"Row, row, row your boat, just not down Main Street in Manayunk. That’s the message police are sending after arresting two men who used a raft as an alternate means of transportation down the flooded street Sunday.

"CBS 3 reporter Dray Clark caught up with Pete and Pat, best friends and roommates from Manayunk, who paddled their way down the water covered street. 'I thought, Main Street floods a lot, go get a raft and float down,' said Pat, who admitted the idea was his.  Minutes later, Philadelphia police stopped the men and hauled them away in handcuffs...”

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Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Kayak Fishing Trip Snags Shark" (Little Rock, AR)
"A father and son in Texas got quite a ride while fishing in a kayak off the Galveston coast.

"It's apparently a new fishing challenge in the area, and thanks to their video camera, they can share with the world their catch of a seven-foot shark.  'Super scary and crazy,' is how Hunter described the ordeal. 'Instead of us using all of our energy to try to pull the shark, the shark pulls the kayak. It's called the Texas sleigh ride,' said Kevin..."

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"Waves Sink Paddler's First Attempt" (York Region, ON)
"Only an hour into what was expected to be a 10-hour trip across Lake Ontario, Saul Almeida and Steve Morrow were forced to face facts and turn their tandem kayak south, heading back to Niagara-on-the-Lake where they started 60 minutes earlier. Despite this setback, the two emergency workers took to the water as they had planned and while they may have lost their first physical attempt to cross, by no means are they ready to concede victory to the cold waters of Lake Ontario. The last documented kayak trip across Lake Ontario was in 2007, when Ed Mahony paddled across the lake in 16 hours..."
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"Woman attempting to paddle around South America" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Earlier this week, long distance kayaker Freya Hoffmeister set off on another epic journey. The German woman, who once spent 332 days kayaking around Australia, has set her sights on an even bigger challenge – a solo circumnavigation of South America...."
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"Local business owner sets up plan to catch kayak thief" (Worcester, MA)
"The owner of a kayak rental business was tired of seeing his kayaks stolen, so he decided to plant a GPS device in several of them. His plan helped him catch a kayak thief..."
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"Blind canoe paddlers prove their are no limitations" (Honolulu, HI)
"A crew from California has already captured the respect of their peers.

"They paddle in unison, *tuning in* to the sound of their blades hitting the ocean together, while *feeling* the moving water beneath their feet. Timing is crucial in canoe paddling especially for this group. 'The canoe is the perfect place for them to just be comfortable,' said Kirsten Williams. They are like no other crew in this year's Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race. The men and women in this club share a common bond besides their love for the sport, they are all blind.

Complete story: KHON2
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"Man kayaks 175 lakes in 54 months" (Alexandria, MN)
"More then 350 lakes stretch across Douglas County. It is Tom Johnson’s goal to kayak them all.   'I didn’t have any training for it, I just knew I wanted to do it,' said the Alexandria resident. 'I talked to a friend of mine who kayaks and he gave me a few pointers but that was all. Before I talked to him I tipped it a few times'..."
Complete story: Echo Press
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"Coast-to-coast canoeists" (Canada)
"Fueled by a passion for canoeing and a commitment to the importance of Canadian waterbodies, six young Canadians are in the midst of a journey to canoe across Canada in a single season. The crew reached Ottawa this week. The Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey began April 17 in Vancouver. After more than 7,000 kilometres of self-propelled paddling and portaging through seven provinces over an anticipated 165 days, we aim to reach our destination, the shore of the Atlantic Ocean at Saint John, New Brunswick at the end of September..."
Complete story: Ottawa Citizen
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"A deadly water year" (Montana)
"In a year that has made headlines for raging floodwaters and the damage caused, it may be no surprise that more than 20 people have died of drowning in Montana.  Rain- and snowmelt-swollen rivers and streams were often the site of accidents. Rafters collided with downed trees, those who fell in were swept away by the swift current, some bodies have not yet been recovered...

“I think the trend I see is its more accidents in nonmotorized boats — rafts, canoes and kayaks,” said Liz Lodman, FWP’s boating education coordinator. Although paddle sports have risen in popularity, new boat operators aren’t always schooled in paddling technique, water safety or reading the water, Lodman said.  “A lot of people buy nonmotorized boats and it seems easy, people just get in and go,” she said. “But for paddlecraft you do need some knowledge to be safe...”

Complete story: Billings Gazette
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"Bill would require paddlers to wear life jackets" (Bangor, ME)
"In the wake of multiple kayaker deaths this summer, a state lawmaker is proposing a new law that would require paddlers to wear life jackets while out on the water..."
Complete story: Bangor Daily News
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"Kingwood woman shares experience of Lake Houston by canoe, kayak" (Kingwood, TX)
"A couple of years ago, when all but one child had flown the coop, Flores and her husband, Eloy,  moved the family to an apartment in Kings Harbor. The lake next door - or, technically, the San Jacinto river - beckoned, and soon Flores found her career as a real estate agent much too stifling. She reached burnout, quit, and decided to turn a passion into a small business instead.

“Our apartment has a view of the lake. We had a secret spot on the beach and used to hang out there all the time and meet up with other canoers and kayakers,” she said. “We found out they were going all the way to Willowbrook to get their kayaks and canoes, they had to have them back within 24 hours, and it cost a lot of money. So a light bulb went off and we decided to start renting them out right here..."

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Entry contributed by Scott Cook.