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Terry Bolland is a well known legend among the Australian canoeing community - Terry has clocked up many notable river and sea expeditions. He recently paddled the entire 500 km length of Western Australia’s longest South West River, the Blackwood in 8 days. Terry was using an Australis ‘Gecko’ kayak and was self supported. Read all about this journey on his website. He has also paddled the entire Yukon, Mississippi and Murray Rivers and has covered thousands of kilometres in a sea kayak paddling around the Australian Coastline.  As an Australian Instructor for over 25 years, a pioneer of kayaking in the Kimberley, an Australian Geographic silver medallist recipient, a Life Member of Canoe WA and Ascot Kayak Club, he is considered to be one of the most well respected, experienced and knowledgeable paddlers in W.A.
Terry is the author of the book ‘Canoeing Down Under’, as well as 2 other adventure books. ‘Canoeing Down Under’ is the most comprehensive canoe/kayaking book you will find. It takes you through the basics to advanced paddling in all disciplines of the sport. One Olympian and two Australian Champions also share their knowledge in their respective disciplines. You will not be disappointed with the 283 pages of detailed information.
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National News Update
|Augsburg Olympic Course Under Threat | Support The World Class Training Venue|
The city of Augsburg recently announced new plans to build a hydro project that would have a huge impact on the Olympic venue. The project currently indicates planning is expected to occur in the existing dam across the river Lech, top of the Eiskanal...
|Olympic Champions competing at the K4 Surf Club Challenge | Delfin|
Some of the worlds best paddlers will be participating in this years challenge. It has attracted the likes of Clint Robinson (Olympic gold medalist '92 plus 3x olympic medalist - Daniel Collins (silver in Sydney, bronze Atlanta) David Rhodes - 4th in Athens world single ski champion Nick Crilly and ironmen Caine and Shannon Eckstein and Jeremy Cotter...
|Coach development aids transition of junior | English Institute of Sport|
The journey from talented junior athlete to elite competitor is rarely a smooth one, but an innovative programme being developed by the English Institute of Sport in Yorkshire is designed to make that transition easier...
|Dutch water dreams update| whitewater course construction begins|
ZOETERMEER - Mayor Jan Waaijer and Alderman Ton Roerig have given permission for building and tree felling licenses to the initiator, Tobias Walraven, of Dutch Water Dreams. They will prepare the site at Burgemeester Van Tuyll Sportpark in Zoetermeer for building immediately. In mid December the actual building work will begin. The building work needs to be finished late summer 2006...
|NSW Slalom & Wildwater Presentation Night|
The NSW Slalom & Wildwater committee held there presentation night and dinner on the 12th of November at the Kingswood Sports Club. The night was a great success with over 75 people attending...
|NSW | Glenbawn Junior Coaching Weekend Information|
NSW Slalom & Wildwater committee is hosting a Slalom Coaching / Development weekend at Glenbawn 10th & 11th of December, senior paddlers will be coaching on grade 1 to grade 2 white water. This is a great opportunity to prepare for Tasmania. Entries close on the 5th of December numbers are limited don't miss out...
|Position Vacant | National Centre of Excellence Canoeing Coach - QAS |
Purpose of the Position - To provide leadership, management and coaching of the NCE Program to maximise the development of elite athletes and optimise the athletes’ success nationally and internationally. To apply, click through for details...
|Wanted | Canoe & Kayak Specialist for Summer Camps|
Camp directors are screaming out for Aussie Canoeing instructors,leaders and assistants. Canoeing enthusiast are in high demand so apply now!
|Coaches Required - NSW Slalom & Wildwater Committee.|
Expressions of Interest for Coaches are being called for by the NSW Slalom & Wildwater committee...
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Website of the Week - Floating the Arctic Tundra
By Ted O'Callahan, The Seattle Times
Please go to http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2002642844_tedstundra27.html  to read the full article. This is only an insert.
In Inuvik, a regional center of 3,435 people located on the banks of the Mackenzie River, we were able to rent sea kayaks and buy supplies for an eight-day paddle to Tuk.
The Northwest Territories is not heavily populated. There are more caribou than there are people. It is the eastern edge of the Porcupine caribou-migration route. The herd calves in ANWR and has more than 120,000 members. In contrast, there are only 40,000 people living in the entire Northwest Territories, an area more than seven times the size of Washington. The Northwest Territories as a whole has an aboriginal population of 50 percent. Tuk is 94 percent aboriginal, according to the 2001 territorial census.
Water and sky
From the start, the people along the way greeted our trip with a casualness that was refreshing, if unnerving. Molly and I were experienced in the wilderness, but we were awed to be so far north, paddling still farther north, yet in Inuvik it was treated as if we were taking a rowboat out on the pond behind the house.
In fact, when we asked where to put-in, the outfitter, who also happened to be the mayor of Inuvik, literally pointed us to the pond behind his house.
For the next few days we paddled the Mackenzie River delta and camped on the riverbank amid mud and alder. In the mornings there were tracks of moose, sometimes grizzly bear. We saw a surprising variety of birds at the far end of their summer migration, including trumpeter swans.
The Mackenzie is the Mississippi's north-flowing twin. The headwaters of the two river systems originate just a few hundred miles apart, and each flows several thousand miles, yet instead of flowing past New Orleans and emptying into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mackenzie hardly notices Inuvik, tucked away on a secondary branch, before it spills into the Arctic Ocean.
The river seemed wide and sluggish, a slow silty tan, but some of its power could be seen in the huge driftwood logs along the shore. The detritus of logging operations was remarkable because there wasn't a tree in sight, and nothing substantial for hundreds of miles. It had carried some of those trees 1,000 miles.
Every day we praised the 12-year-old stock clerk at the grocery store for suggesting the Raid mosquito coils. We would each light one, keep it immediately upwind and in a few minutes our kitchen site became bearable. Again and again we were lulled into believing we might be safe.
Then one of the two of us would go for water, or to grab a bag from the boats, and upon leaving the chemical cloud would be covered with mosquitoes, to such an extent that I understood how caribou summering in the area periodically go mad from the bugs.
While still on the river, we occasionally paddled past lonely industrial buildings — oil- and gas-exploration complexes that have been around long enough to be marked on the charts.
A river in the ocean
Even after we left the river delta and moved onto the ocean, the river's residual presence was felt. We collected water straight from the ocean, 20 miles down the coast from the river's mouth, and it wasn't the least bit brackish.
The way people related to the land changed, though. The sporadic industrial structures of the river became, on the sea shore, the makeshift wall tents and wind battered shacks of seasonal fishing camps. They seemed to be the epitome of outermost houses — unending views in all directions, faced by water until the Pole, on the line between idyllic and dangerously exposed.
The exposure stood out but so did the flatness. There is a flatness to the whole place. Most of the land is only a few feet above sea level, about eye level when sitting in a kayak, so though we always stayed within a few hundred yards of the coastline, at times, in the flat hazy light, the land appeared to blend with the water.
There were moments when everything in sight was either water or sky, and it seemed that somewhere they must come together. Like top and bottom lips meeting at the corner of the mouth, that the two joined was obvious — somewhere very far away.
The relief in the land's flatness comes from pingos. Pingos are essentially giant frost heaves made of tundra and ice — hills form along the otherwise flat tundra when fresh groundwater is pushed up as it freezes in the winter. They persist because they are insulated on top by a layer of dirt and vegetation and by permafrost from below.
From the sea, pingos in the distance seem enormous. But they loomed only in comparison and would shrink as we paddled closer. The biggest are a couple hundred feet tall. Still, their distinctive shapes and visibility are keys to navigating in the region. Twin pingos marked our arrival in Tuk.
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