Easy Currents News: Gordon Brown, Boat Show, We’re Hiring, and more…

• Saturday Night – Gordon Brown in Anacortes January 25th
• Northwest Paddling Festival and WWTA at the Seattle Boat Show
• Dinner and Discussion about Water Trails
• We’re Bringing Back Rendezvous Paddles!
• Blazing Paddles – Reel Paddling Film Festival – Two Dates in May
• Sign Up for Blake, Wolfe, and Blind Work Parties
• We’re Hiring: Administrative and Outreach Coordinator
• WWTA Wish List
• Thank You to Our Donors and Members!

Saturday Night – Gordon Brown in Anacortes Janaury 25th

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Gordon Brown in Anacortes tomorrow night! Valley Sea Kayaks is pleased to be hosting a WWTA fundraiser where world-class kayak coach Gordon Brown will be speaking about his paddling expeditions to Greenland! The evening presentation will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Village Pizza in Anacortes where Valley Sea Kayaks will be buying the beer & pizza!

Gordon Brown has a lifetime’s experience on the sea and rivers throughout the world, and has trained and tutored many of the kayaking staff at outdoor centres around the UK. Organizer of the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium, Gordon is in demand as a guest coach at sea symposia throughout the world. Gordon holds the British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Sea Kayak award, the Level 5 Inland Kayak, and Level 3 Surf, and is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Advanced Open Water Instructor.

For more information about this limited engagement, please contact Rob Avery at avery.rob@gmail.com or 206-661-3745.  Thank you!

Northwest Paddling Festival and WWTA at the Seattle Boat Show

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) produces the Seattle Boat Show and this year’s show will run from  today (January 24) through February 1st.

You may have heard that In 2014 the NMTA will begin producing the Northwest Paddling Festival as part of their mission to “grow” recreational boating in the Northwest.

If you’d like to volunteer at the Northwest Paddling Festival booth for one shift (or more) during the show, please contact us at WWTA! Volunteer for a 1/2 day shift and enjoy the boat show for the second half of the day! Volunteer shifts are 5 hours each and include a free admission to the boat show!

The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat is the West Coast’s Largest Boat Show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest accessories indoors at CenturyLink Field, plus afloat on South Lake Union. A free shuttle is available between locations throughout the Show!

The 2014 Northwest Paddling Festival itself is scheduled for May 9th (industry day) and May 10th (public) at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. Exhibitor information with rates, application and a site plan are available at www.NorthwestPaddlingFestival.com.

Thanks to the hard work and vision of Paddle Events, LLC (Joan Collins, Michael Collins and Greg Whittaker) the northwest paddling community has an event to showcase and promote paddle sports!


Dinner and Discussion about Water Trails

Huge thank you to Senator Kevin Ranker for attending, and another huge thank you to Leon Somme and Shawna Franklin for setting up a dinner and discussion with Senator Ranker to discuss water trails priorities. Much appreciation and thanks to Melinda Moree for attending and setting up an agenda in support of WWTA.


We’re Bringing Back Rendezvous Paddles!

WWTA Rendezvous paddles are meant to be a pleasurable source of fun and several paddles are being planned for the 2014 spring and summer season. Last run in 2007, these events will be open to everyone who wishes to join in, an activity for members to become involved and get to know other paddlers.

We’ll be scheduling one rendezvous event a month, and all trips will be Level 1, as defined by The Mountaineers. Each event will start and end at the same site, and will rest midway for lunch. Where there are tides (as on Willapa Bay and Nisqually paddles) start times will depend on the tides.

These Rendezvous paddles are meant to be guided nature experiences. Lighter fare than our stewardship work, these experiences will be about who we are, what we do, will give some history of the water trail we’re paddling on, a bit about Leave No Trace philosophy, and offer an opportunity to learn about the local ecology. Newcomers will get their feet wet—so to speak—along each journey.

We’ve got the first three paddle dates scheduled so you can add them to your calendars!
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Sammamish River
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Nisqually River Delta and Anderson Island
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Willapa Bay

Here’s a general description of the first scheduled paddle (details subject to change): On March 1st we will gather at Wilmot Gateway Park (City of Woodinville), enjoy the park amenities, and provide education on the history of public access to the Sammamish River, Lake Sammamish, and Lake Washington, salmon runs, and current opportunities and challenges. Then we’ll paddle, row or sail to Redhook Brewery for a much deserved respite before paddling our return route. The rendezvous is an opportunity to connect with others, like yourselves, who are inspired by being on the water. Event Leader—Michael Silence

In an effort to connect with a diverse geographical base, events will be scattered along and between several different Cascadia Marine Trail sites.  An event leader will be assigned to each Rendezvous paddle, with a minimum of two experienced paddlers as safety guides for each event. Trip leaders will be experienced volunteers.


Blazing Paddles – Reel Paddling Film Festival – Two Dates in May

This paddling festival inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle. The films will cover action, documentary and environmental categories featuring sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, surf skiing, canoeing, rafting, stand up paddle boarding and other paddling-related footage. Though the emphasis is on paddlesports anyone with a sense of adventure will love this festival.

Get in on the action—and a unique opportunity to view some of the best in watersports films! This year there will be two screenings so be sure not to miss this:

Thursday, May 29th at the Black Box Theatre
Mukilteo Hall, Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood
(available at the door)

Friday, May 30th at the Lincoln Theatre
712 S First Street, Mt Vernon
(available at the door)

Shows start PROMPTLY at 7 pm
Doors open at 6 pm

Celebrating the Passion of Paddlesports
Brought to you by Paddle4Ever and Washington Water Trails Association


Sign-Up for Blake, Wolfe, and Blind Work Parties

If you haven’t already, get these dates on your calendar and let us know which work parties you’re interested in joining! Details, including start and end times, along with other logistics will be coming with spring weather.
Saturday, March 22 – Blake Island Work Party
Saturday, April 12 – Wolfe Property Work Party
Saturday, May 10 – Blind Island Work Party


We’re Hiring: Administrative and Outreach Coordinator

Please see the position description for Administrative and Outreach Coordinator!

At the same time we send heartfelt thanks to Rita “Fritz” Amer for all her hard work and service as WWTA’s Membership Coordinator these past months. We wish Fritz all our best as she moves forward to other challenges.


WWTA Wish List

Can you help fulfill WWTA’s wish list, or know someone who may be able to help?
• Current computer, 2 years old or less, with Windows 7 operating system – needed in the WWTA office!
• Projector and large screen for WWTA outreach events and classes!
• Double kayak so we can take out officials – senators, mayors, partners, and others – to introduce them to the joys of paddling and the wonders of water trails!

Thank You to Our Donors and Members!

We are most grateful to all the many people and organizations who contribute to Washington Water Trails Association all year long. Your continued commitment makes our work possible!

Werner Paddles
Kenneth Cook
Babbette Kunkle
Susan Macomson
Carolyn Mastin

Sidney Anderson
Claudia Bach
Barb Brock
Vern Brock
Elaine Chuang
George Collazo
David Cusenza
Kris Cusenza
David Dougherty
Que Evans
James Fenlin
Chris Ferris
Terry Fox
Will Greenough
Jean Henderson
Paul Henderson
Peter Hendrickson
Gregory Hepp
Gail Hermanson
Steven Johnson
Michael Jones
Linda Kutil
Michael Laurie
Mira Leslie
Roy Massena
David McCracken
Marcia McCracken
John McFarland
Angus McKay
Jim Merfeld
Lianne Morgan
Corrie Naasz
Corrie Naasz
Art Nicklaus
Sarah Roberts
Alex Shroff
John Sindelar
Phil Smart
Nancy Temkin
Lisa Thocher
David Tolmie
Frithiof Waterstrat
Nancy Whipple
Dean Zellers

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