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Dave's World Earth Day Kayak Event
 Posted By: David Schuster
 Posted On: May 2 2010 9:53AM
We just had our 4th Earth Day Kayak Demo, Trail Run, Tree Planting and Park Cleanup, at Big Foot Beach State Park.  The organization of the event was great, thank you Laura and our entire team at Clear Water Outdoor.  Thanks to the volunteers, they removed huge piles worth of garlic mustard and buckthorn.  Well done Anne and the team at Big Foot Beach State Park, you are awesome. Our industry guests were awesome, they helped us offer our friends and neighbors the opportunity to test over seventy different kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, as well as trail running shoes, slacklines, and nordic walking poles.  Thank you:   Current Designs / Wenonah Canoes, Wilderness Systems, Perception Kayaks, Mad River Canoes, Hobie Kayaks, Montrail, Leki poles, Gibbon Slacklines and Smith Optics.

Every year we wonder how the weather will turn out and this year was…not so good.  I have noticed that we still get interested kayakers and friends on the poor weather days, but we are not able to reach the next layer of people we want to infect.  We hope to bring the message of paddling and outdoor activities to the masses.  When the weather is good our little event gets thousands of people active over the weekend, so there is a bit of a let down feeling when we don’t get to share with large numbers.  We were blessed though with hundreds of visitors and made some great new friends.

We met some new paddlers and made a few; I can especially remember Gary’s boys.  The one young fellow had been doing good paddling around in a Pungo 100, which is really too wide for the boy.  When he came back, we helped him into the Tsunami SP (much better fit!).  He was launched with a good push and, sure enough, another paddler comes flying into the boy’s line.  The little guy throws down a well positioned reverse sweeping low brace and turned the boat liked a seasoned kayaker, to easily avoid the collision.  A new kayaker is born.  I hope the rest of the year goes like that turn and I get to teach that little guy how to J-lean.

If you didn't get the chance to paddle at the event, stop by the store and we'll see about getting you in a boat.

Thanks, David


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