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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Paddlers navigate Buffalo Bayou during annual Regatta" (Houston, TX)
"More than 500 entrants floated their way downtown during the 42nd annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta. While the last group to leave the launch area at San Felipe dodged raindrops, earlier competitors got off with no major hitches. Hosted by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the 15-mile Regatta is one of the largest American Canoe Association-sanctioned races in the South..."
Complete story: YourHoustonNews
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Houston Non-Profits Collaborate to Launch New Outdoor Activity Site" 
(Houston, TX)
"The steering committee of Get Out Here Houston! (GOH!)  announced today the launch of, a website that aims to be the go-to guide to the great outdoors. The mission of the project is to become the comprehensive outdoors website and App for the region–educational, recreational, and promotional. A one-stop-shop for finding out what’s happening outside, the site will feature all sorts of activities and events, from bird watching to kayaking, bike rides to nature trails..."
Complete story: GetOutHereHouston
Entry contributed by John Bartos.

"New Braunfels council raises tubing fee, will appeal can ban" (New Braunfels, TX)
"The city of New Braunfels will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down its disposable container prohibition and a limit on the size of coolers used by tubers on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.  Also Monday, the City Council voted 4-3 to increase to $1.50 a river management fee charged by local outfitters..."
Complete story: MySanAntonio
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning"
"If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life..."
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"Solo paddler aims to break world record" (Canada)
"An Atikokan man has set off on a cross-country canoe trip that he hopes will break a world record. Mike Ranta is paddling from Vancouver to Cape Breton in an attempt to set a world record for the longest solo paddle. But Ranta is not completely alone. "I got my best friend in the world, my dog Spitz,” he said..."
Complete story: CBC News
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"The Canoe Collector" (Grand Rapids, MI)
"There's more than just a little wickedness in the history of the canoe, and the largest collection of it resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the hands of Ken Kelly. His collection of old style courting canoes, vehicles of furtive love in a bygone era, fill the rafters of his cottage, garage, and warehouse. Kelly is smitten by the old world charm of wood and canvas canoes..."
Complete story: RapidMedia
Entry contributed by RapidMedia.

"Paddling and Romance" (Canada)
"From a thousand sentimental valentines, to beautifully-varnished courting canoes, to clever songs that explore just how many things can be rhymed with "canoe," canoes and romance go together. In the early years of the twentieth century, on countless summer evenings, the waterways were full of young men and women chatting, courting, paddling and sometimes canoedling as they sought a little quiet time together afloat. The Canadian Canoe Museum will explore this engaging topic in a new exhibit..."
Complete story: RapidMedia and Canadian Canoe Museum
Entry contributed by Rapid Media.

"Lake Minnetonka canoe is 1,000 years old" (Minneapolis, MN)
"A long-neglected American Indian dugout canoe is suddenly the main attraction at a Long Lake museum.New tests show that the old canoe, unearthed from Lake Minnetonka 80 years ago, is more valuable and rare than first thought — estimated to be nearly 1,000 years old, the oldest of its kind in Minnesota...."
Complete story: Star Tribune
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"Kayaker Shot on Maryland Creek" (Anne Arundel County, MD)
"David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, VA, launched his kayak into Bodkin Creek from a friend's home near Pasadena about 4:15 p.m. to go stargazing. About 10:30 p.m. he stopped paddling to take a rest and saw a bonfire and heard what sounded like a party, police said. That's when he saw a laser-like red dot on his abdomen and suddenly felt an excruciating amount of pain..."
Complete story: WJLA
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"Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop – Cedar Bayou Watershed" (Mont Belvieu, TX)
"The workshop will include both indoor classroom presentations and an outdoor field portion at the river to discover how they function and the role of riparian vegetation in properly functioning stream systems by viewing the river in action..."
Complete story: TWRI
Entry contributed by Tom Douglas.

"Trans-Atlantic kayaker arrives after 6,000 mile journey" (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
"To the cheers of hundreds of supporters on the water in kayaks and on land, 67-year old Polish adventurer Aleksander "Olek" Doba paddled into New Smyrna Beach Marina on Saturday after a more than 6,000-mile journey across the vast Atlantic Ocean alone in a kayak..."
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"Grad to canoe Labrador with 1905 gear" (St. Cloud, MN)
"High School grad Peter Marshall describes "Labrador Passage," his next adventure and documentary project, as the "2012 Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition" in miniature, a four-man, 130-day, 2,600-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to Hudson Bay.  This time, he'll set out in a cedar-and-canvas canoe — not the nearly indestructible Royalex he's used on previous ventures.  "My intention for this trip is not to kind of do the next great challenge or the next great canoe feat. It had much more to do with the curiosity I had for exploring old ways of travel, and just interest in the way people did it 100 years ago before nylon, Gore-Tex, plastic everything," Marshall, 31, said..."  
Complete story: SC Times
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"A leader’s guide to the Kayaking merit badge" 
"Move over canoeing. Kayaking is here. Recreational kayaking’s popularity increased by 32 percent in the past three years, according to the 2013 Outdoor Participation Report. And as of summer 2012 — a decade after the Kayaking Boy Scouts of America activity patch was introduced — America’s fastest-growing paddle sport now has its very own merit badge..."
Complete story: Scouting Magazine
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