Easy Currents News: You’re Invited… and a little history!

• WWTA at Deception Pass Dash with Raffle for Epic Paddle this Weekend!
• Meet Leon Somme and Shawna Franklin December 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm
• You’re Invited to WWTA’s Holiday Party December 19, 6:30 – 9:00pm
• Secrets of Tides & Currents Revealed – Take Two January 2014!
• Celebrating 100 Years, Supporting a Second Century

WWTA at Deception Pass Dash with Raffle for Epic Paddle this Weekend!

Join WWTA at the 8th annual Deception Pass Dash (register here if you haven’t already).

Held Sunday morning, this race will start before sunrise! The weather will be cold and clear, so be sure to visit our booth where (FREE) HOT drinks will be available for paddlers and spectators alike.

You’ll have a chance to purchase raffle tickets at the WWTA booth to win an Epic Paddle courtesy of Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers, Inc., a long-time and generous supporter of WWTA.

Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers, Inc.

Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers, Inc.






This beautiful paddle is a full carbon fiber Epic Relaxed Touring paddle with the more flexible burgundy shaft (easier on the shoulders); 210-220cm length with full angle adjustment. Valued at almost $500. Raffle tickets $5 each.

Epic Relaxed Touring Paddle




So come by our booth for a chance to take home this paddle. Morgan Scherer our Executive Director will be there to meet and greet, and share good company. Morgan is eager to see you and hear ideas you have for our work.

Why We Paddle
This video posted to YouTube highlights the 2011 Deception Pass Dash and asks the question, “why we paddle”? (Courtesy of Andrew Elizaga – 5 mins.)

NEW for 2013 – Deception Island Paddle Board Short Race! This stand-up paddle board race is set for 10:00am on December 8th, following the Deception Pass Dash. Designed for beginners, the SUP race includes a 2-mile paddle from the Bowman Bay Boat Launch to Deception Island and back. Register for the short race here.


Meet Leon Somme and Shawna Franklin December 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Leon Somme and Shawna Franklin (Body Boat Blade International) will be speaking on December 12! For months Shawna and Leon have been on a whirlwind tour, teaching and taking classes all over the world! In this talk and slideshow they’ll be regaling us with tales of their very busy summer and fall traveling to Denmark, the UK and Chile among other remarkable sites. Sure to inspire!
Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme - Photograph by Bridget Ambrose

Join us at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th Street, Seattle; 7:00 – 9:00pm; $10 donation




You’re Invited to WWTA’s Holiday Party December 19, 6:30 – 9:00pm

Rev up your ovens and shine up your dancing shoes for WWTA’s holiday party!

  • Bring cookies to compete for the Tastiest & Fanciest Cookie Bake-Off Challenge. Prizes!
  • Thank you GIFTS for long-time members!
  • Live Band & Dancing
  • Delicious finger-foods
  • Beer & Wine (by donation)

Thursday, December 19, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Join us at the Phinney Community Center Hall (6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle)
$10/person or $20/family donation at the door





Secrets of Tides & Currents Revealed – Take Two January 2014!

If you missed this class the first time, you have another chance! Due to an enthusiastic response to our first Secrets of Tides & Currents Revealed class, we’re scheduling a second one on Tuesday, January 14th (7:00 – 9:00pm), at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford (Seattle), Room 202.

The November class was so well received, and attended (45 people), that ACA Instructor Trainer Educator Andree Hurley has agreed to a repeat performance.

This indoor class is a pathway to greater confidence, safety, and relaxation when planning for a paddling/sailing trip (day or overnight) on Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and wherever tides and currents are found. Don’t miss this one!


Celebrating 100 Years, Supporting a Second Century

Did you know Washington State Parks turned 100 this year? Our Washington state park system was established in 1913 and for a century people have been adventuring and making memories in beautiful places because of Parks.

Our state waterways have long been a part of the park system, and Washington State Parks has been a partner and supporter of Washington Water Trails Association since 1990, the beginning of our joint endeavors to protect and care for public access to and from water trails.

In preparing for a second century, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs your support. You can take an active role simply by purchasing a Discover Pass. Funds from the sale of the Discover Pass support Parks as well as the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Discover Pass - paddler

While you’re thinking of friends and family this holiday season, think about gifting them a Discover Pass. When you do you will be gifting each of them a way to enjoy millions of acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands: water-access points, state parks, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads. Thank you so much.


Here’s a look back even as we move forward…

The first photo is of Tom Steinburn – a WWTA founder – here at the beginning of the Cascadia Marine Trail.
Camano Island - Tom Steinburn







The following photos depict a little of the history of our waterways that are so central to our lives in the Pacific Northwest, both yesterday and tomorrow…

Tulalip Canoes 1912





Ferry Landing at Deception Pass - historical






Moran State Park Shoreline - historical






WWTA is excited to be part of tomorrow along with all of you in partnering to protect our waterways and shore lands, expanding access to and from water trails!

We hope to see you at one or more of our events this season to share our good cheer and to wish you Happy Holidays!

See you soon.



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