Milner, BC: Mark your calendars! Preparation for the 2008 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium is already underway. September 19, 20 & 21 at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary.
24 years the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium has been THE paddling event
to attend west of the Rockies. No where else have paddlers been able to
find the same concentration of world class on-water instruction,
seminars, presentations, and boats to demo. Next year TAPS is
introducing the same exciting symposium format to the Northeast. This
will be a great opportunity for both paddling novices and enthusiasts
to explore the sport, improve their skills, and have a great time." Tim
Rosenhan, President TAPS' Board of Directors
The location: For Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA
Water Access: Salt Water on Admiralty Inlet over 1200' of sandy beach
Fort Worden State Park has camping available. Beach camping must be
reserved through the Fort. The upper campground can be reserved through
the symposium. Officers Housing and Dormitories can also be reserved
through the symposium and Port Townsend has a wide variety of
accommodations available from bed and breakfasts to hotels. Check out
the Chamber of Commerce site at http://www.ptchamber.org/
Amenities: The town of Port Townsend has many restaurants, accommodations and all necessary amenities.
Transportation: Jefferson County Transit and Washington State Ferries
"The 25th anniversary Symposium is a great opportunity to look back at
where we've come from and also take a look at the future. Sea Kayaking
has grown from a small, interested community to an activity that
mirrors much of the diversity of our wider world. We've all benefited
from this growth; improved equipment, professional instruction, and a
richer and deeper paddling community have sustained sea kayaking over
the years. The WCSKS is in many ways a mirror for these changes. As our
sport continues to evolve so will the WCSKS. I am honored to host this
event and look forward to seeing everyone there again next year. "
Michael Pardy, Executive Director TAPS.
Jon Bowermaster will be
our keynote speaker on Saturday night in the McCurdy Pavilion featuring
his latest adventures in Antarctica.
The instructional component
will comprise of beginner to advanced level kayak instruction from
industry leading instructors and regional outfitters. We will have a
wealth of seminars, clinics and talks covering all aspects of
paddlesports from talented and accomplished enthusiast paddlers.
with my amazing organizing committee and TAPS I am so excited that we
will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the West Coast Sea Kayak
Symposium in 2008. This event has been key in the history of sea
kayaking in the Pacific Northwest and we plan to have all the things
that paddlers expect and more this coming year." Nikki Rekman, Show
TAPS - the Trade Association of Paddlesports - is
a non-profit trade association supporting the paddling industry in
North America and the world. TAPS' members are industry leaders and are
dedicated to providing paddlers with the best in equipment, services,
and experiences. TAPS represents manufacturers, retailers, outfitters,
instructional centers, publications, and more throughout the
Paddlesports industry, encompassing canoes, touring kayaks, whitewater
kayaks, and rafts. TAPS also has Associate members, businesses that
support the Paddlesports industry through legal, insurance, financial,
online, and other services.
25th West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium coming in 2008Friday, 16 November 2007
Mark your calendars! Preparation for the 2008 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium is already underway. September 19, 20 & 21 at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary.
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.