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East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival

  • Apr 11, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Hey folks, tired of the cold and wind and, did I say, cold? Think about attending this festival held in Charleston, South Carolina. By all accounts it is one of the biggest paddling festivals on the East Coast, and one I happen to be attending.

http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?nid=1542

Registration for the 3 day festival is $115.00. For that price one can take in unlimited lectures, see demonstrations of techniques, demo kayaks and SUPs, and rub elbows with like-minded enthusiasts. This price also includes access to live music, and at least one dinner.

Quote: The East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival showcases something for every outdoor enthusiast: kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, slack lining, archery, disc golf, mountain biking, climbing, Leave No Trace ethics, adaptive programs tailored to individuals with disabilities, and more! (end quote)

Most of the on-water classes are $20 to $35 dollars each and really are lead by some top-notch instructors. I myself will be taking at least 4 classes, and maybe more.

I will be staying in the campground: http://ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1434

While there are hotels available I have found that the cost is a bit prohibitive. I would suggest camping if you are comfortable doing so. Another alternative is available if you know the WKC event organizer "Tom 17 Sea Kayak."

Although I can't promise to hold your hand the whole time we are there I can promise to coordinate with other club members so that we can attend the concerts together in the evenings and share meals whenever possible.

Please RSVP here AFTER you register at the Festival site.


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  • Jack D.

    This was the first time for me. I attended the entire weekend and enjoyed every minute

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Randi K.

      Glad you made it down. The only thing that might have been better were food vendors, they were sadly lacking.

      April 16, 2014

  • Randi K.

    This is event was under utilised by the paddling community this year. Next year I will go again and this time I'll try to get more joiners to come along. The Master classes were superb! Where else could I get to meet both Nigel Dennis and take classes from Nigel Foster? Wow!!

    April 15, 2014

  • Don M.

    Is there a carpooling option? I may be interested in participating but don't want to drive by myself. Haven't made a reservation yet.

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • Randi K.

      Sure! Pete and I each have different time lines for the trip so I don't know that either of us can participate in a car pool, but no harm in asking. I am staying after the festival to paddle with Tom Blount's group.

      March 19, 2014

    • Pete H.

      I am going down 4 days early to attend the adaptive paddlesports workshop, and then staying and extra 4 or 5 days for the CPA trips.

      March 19, 2014

  • Deke M.

    Bring back an Aries!

    1 · March 13, 2014

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