Saturday, May 9, 2009

2009.10.141 - 2009 Vancouver Island Paddlefest

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Today was a beautiful sunny day and me and my peeps headed up island to the town of Ladysmith for the 2009 version of the Vancouver Island Paddlefest. Bernie, Paula, Louise, Marlene and myself were looking forward to an action-packed day full of boat demos, gear shopping and mini-doughnuts.
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We arrived at the site at Transfer Beach not long after the day had officially begun...
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...and Louise wasted no time checking out the bargains at the Ocean River tent.
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Then we checked out the boats...
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...but I couldn't tell if this was a kayak or a television aerial. At least it has a cup holder.
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But soon the lure of trying other boats took us to the water. Here Brian from Ocean River checks Louise out on a Valley Aquanaut.
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Then we tried some Atlantis Kayaks. We both took out Titans. I really enjoy these boats, and it was a tough call last year before I finally bought my Delta instead. Louise didn't like them as much, she found the seat uncomfortable.
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Paula was out in a short Necky Looksha, while Marlene was enjoying a Current Design model plastic boat.
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Later, Paula tried this Necky Chatham 17....
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...while Marlene made for the horizon in this Seaward Infiniti 175. She really liked this boat, she took off like a rocket.
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A great time was had by all...except maybe this sea star who I'm sure was wishing that we'd all just get the heck off his beach!
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My pictures are here.

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