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Come join us for a creative adventure and carve your own Greenland paddle. This paddle will be made to your measurement and therefore will be the perfect size for you. Chris Raab of Tuktu Paddles will be presenting an all day workshop on June 6. He will supply all the necessary wood blanks and tools to complete your paddle. The cost is $125 for members, $140 for non-members. The location will be Captain Kayak in Sayville NY . If you wish to take advantage of this great opportunity contact Ann at 631-286-8782. Don’t wait,  class size is limited.

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Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, 2010 the Dinghy Shop in Amityville,  New York, will have all their kayaks available for on water paddling.  This is your chance to get down there and try the boats.  Demos will run from 10AM until 5 PM each day.  The shop is located at 334 South Bayview Ave in Amityville and the shop number is 631.264.0005.

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What to Wear?

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It seems that whenever paddlers head out on the water the most frequent topic of conversation is the seemingly age-old question of  “what to wear”.  Of course the first consideration is to dress for possible immersion, but when it gets cold will it be a wet suit, dry suit or something else.  For todays Paddle Out Hunger event (see post below) we had 38 degree air temperature, water temp of about 50, moderate wind and bright sun. I chose to use the, new for 2009, Kokatat Tempest Tropos Dry Pants and OS Systems Dry Top with light weight polypropylene underneath. These pants have built-in dry socks just like a drysuit.  Plenty warm enough without overheating or the restrictive environment of my full dry suit.  The Kokatat pants are light and breathable offering a good, dry, warmer weather solution.  With sufficient layering and the right top they make a great combo for three season paddling attire. No wonder why Jerry at Captain Kayak says they’re flying off the shelves.


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