Michael Pardy Welcome to our third installment in our 276 part series, "Better know a paddling instructor". Last week, I sat down with Michael Pardy from Victoria, British Columbia.

Michael wears many hats in the paddlesports industry. He is one of the owners of SKILS (Sea Kayak Instruction Leadership Systems) as well the Executive Director of The Trade Association of Paddlesports. Michael is the past president of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.
TAPS LogoPaddlesports Industry AssociationThe Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) today announced that it has stopped the previously announced unification efforts between itself and the Paddlesports Industry Association (PIA).

As you may be aware, the unification process became public knowledge during the Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market show in August 2008. At that time, PIA and TAPS sent a joint news release to their members and the media announcing that the two associations had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a non-binding legal document, to investigate the process of forming a unified trade association.
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Replacing the temporary pool, the Paddlesports Lounge and Innovation Center will be the gathering place for the industry and showcase for the latest in paddling products.
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The Paddlesports Industry Association (PIA) and the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) have come together and developed an industry-wide marketing program to promote canoeing, kayaking, and rafting in North America.
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Trade Association of PaddlesportsBoth events, underwritten by Kokatat, will be held from 12 - 1pm on Days 1 and 3 of the show and will feature women's paddling gear and skill training for experienced and newbie female paddlers.

"TAPS is very excited to be working with OIWC and Kokatat at this summer's Outdoor Retailer trade show. Promoting paddlesports to women is important for the health and growth of our sport. We appreciate what OIWC does on the industry side to promote women in paddling and all outdoor activities," stated TAPS Administrator Nikki Rekman.
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Thursday, 22 March 2007 16:09

TAPS Announces 2007 Board Candidates

Trade Association of PaddlesportsThe Trade Association of Paddlesports is in the middle of its 2007 Board of Directors Elections. 8 candidates are vying for 4 positions at North America’s oldest paddlesports trade association.
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TAPS, organizer of the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, has donated $2500 each to the Georgia Strait Alliance (www.GeorgiaStrait.org) and People For Puget Sound (www.pugetsound.org). Each year, moneys raised by the WCSKS Silent Auction are distributed to one British Columbian and one Washington State non-profit organization that work on paddling related issues that affect the paddling community in the Pacific Northwest. In previous years, TAPS has supported Healing Waters (www.hwaters.org) and C.O.R.K. (Creative Options for Recreational Kayakers. Since 2004, TAPS has donated over $10 000 through the WCSKS.
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