Saturday, June 4, 2011

Paddling News June 3

Today - Friday, June 3

Upcoming Guided Tour Schedule

Davis Bayou                        June 7                   half-day 8-12, call for reservations

Graveline Bayou                 June 8                   half-day 8-12, call for reservations

Fishing Trip                         June 10                 To deer island, half-day, 7-11, call for reservations

Full Moon Paddle                July 15                 Call for reservations

CELEBRATE SUMMER!  Ocean Springs Kayak Festival 
June 17-18, Ft. Maurepas - Front Beach - Fun for the whole family!

Friday Night - Barefootin’ on the Beach 5:00 pm- 10:00 -pm
Come enjoy an evening of family fun on the beach with music, volleyball, food and drink. It’ll be a laid back beach party. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs.

Registration for the Mississippi State Games Kayak Race from 6 – 8 pm.

Saturday All Day – Kayaking Fun 8:00am – 8:00 pm

We’ve scheduled all day fun with paddle sports including the MS STATE GAMES KAYAK Race, a Poker Run in kayaks, demonstrations and LIVE MUSIC with some of our favorite original      local bands! Come join the fun and CELEBRATE SUMMER!

                        On the beach side                             At the Fort- Stage & tents
6:30-8:00         Set-up                                                  Set-up
7:00 – 8:00                                                                  Race registration
8:00                                                                             Welcome & Announcements
8:30                 Race #1 (4.5 miles)
9:30                 Race #2 (1.5 miles)
10:00 – 1:00    Kayak Basics (fee)                               DJ music on stage until 2:00
10:45                                                                           Race Awards
11:00               Stand Up Paddleboard demos                                   
11:30 – 1:30    Kayak Poker Run #1 (fee)
1:30                 Kayak Advanced “Get Your
Rescue On” (fee)                   
2:00- 4:00        Kayak Poker Run #2(fee)                    Dangeaux and the Baby
2:30                 Stand Up Paddleboard demos                       
3:00                                                                            Dangeaux and the Baby                     
4:00                 Close exhibitions                                 Alligator Zebra                       
5:00                                                                             Alligator Zebra
6:00                                                                             Suns of Eden
6:30                 Deer Island Kayak Camping Trip (fee)
7:00                                                                             Suns of Eden
8:00                 Festival ends                                   

Kayak Classes Offered at Festival

Advanced reservations are highly recommended as class sizes are limited.

Kayaking Classes 1 and 2:  with Joe and Rachel, First Coast Outfitters, American Canoe Association (ACA) trainers
·         Each  class will last “up to 3 hours” (Depending on how quickly the class moves through the skill levels) 
·         Cost for each class will be $75.00 if you rent a boat.  $60.00 if you bring your own boat.
·         Advanced reservations are recommended as class sizes are limited.
·         Students who complete the classes are eligible for ACA certification (an optional cost.  Certification requires membership in ACA, which is $40)

Class 1:  Kayak Basics will be held in the morning, from 10:00-1:00.  We won’t start the class until the Mississippi State Games race is completed.  Be a little flexible with start time.
Students who take the morning class will be eligible for the afternoon advance course:  “Get your Rescue On”.    

Class 2:  Kayak Advanced – Get your rescue on will be held in the afternoon.  We anticipate from 1:30-4:30.    Refresh you safety and rescue skills.

Gulf Hills Hotel offers a special weekend rate to kayakers and festival participants.  228.875.4211.  Be sure to tell the reservation clerk that you are coming for the OS Kayak Festival.

Summer office hours in effect - come by and see Gene or Carolyn. Book a trip with us soon!  228.872.2030 
Both self discovery and guided tours are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Yes, we do accept walk-ins -- but we aren’t always available.  For guided trips, we prefer advance reservations.  But, we are in business to serve you - so we’ll do our best to remain flexible and accommodate your schedule. 

CLASSIFIED ADS for clients and friends of South Coast Paddling: 
Free classified ads for paddlers, gear, and the like.  Post a trip, an environmental cause, gather a group for fun, sell a kayak, upgrade to a new one.  Call or email us if you have something you want in the classified section!

I am selling my 2010 Hobie Tandem mirage drive kayak. It is papaya colored. Price $1,800.
CALL Lori Brannon Carter (228)215-0296

I am selling my Epic 16X Performance.  Composite of fiberglass, kevlar, and carbon, length 16 feet, weight 40 pounds.   Excellent condition.  Fast and stable with adjustable rudder peddles and seat.  Price $2,250.  Email or call 601-807-4867.  Can email photos.

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Call:  228-872-2030

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