Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Red Neck - ouch! - in Pt Angeles

Every guest at the Port Angeles Red Lion got a good look at some happy paddlin'

So "Redneck" isn't a bad thing. It's what happened to me after a nice sunny weekend on the beach in Port Angeles without sunscreen. Wow. Gorgeous weather, new paddlers, old friends, and a 3-day paddling party made all the pain go away. What could be better?

Lots of pretty Eddylines all over the beach... and a nice blue Spitfire too!

Many thanks to Dave King of Olympic Raft & Kayak, and his whole crew who helped set up boat displays for my Eddylines and all the other gear Dave carries. Dave works his tail off to make this event a success every year, and he's done nine of them in a row.

Paddlers of all ages are digging the new Eddyline Journey!

In between putting plenty of excited new paddlers into every Eddyline model in the fleet, I saw my old paddlin' friends Sarah Krueger, Dave & Helaine Mottershead, Kirt Lenard, and Jory Kahn, among many others. Got to meet soon-to-be-150-mile standup paddler Ken Campbell, and hung out on the beach with Chris Mitchell of Secondwind Sports, who also just happens to be Eddyline's rep for the European market, where he says the Brits and everyone else is gaga over Carbonlite in general and the Fathom in particular.

3 nights of parties and music and friendship rounded out an excellent event. Great show OR&K, y'all rock!

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