PaddleNews: Crazy Launch Videos; Your Top 12 Gift Ideas

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9 December 2015
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Recreational Products of the Carolinas

 • Skipper Kids kayak by Jackson Kayak
 • Pocket Blanket by Matador
 • DFP kayak by TrueRec
by: Rod Benson

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 • Kayak program helps kids with disabilities grow, learn
 • A wild and historic island via kayak
 • Hit-and-run boaters injure kayak fisherman
 • Featured Product:
Ladies Full-Zip Hooded Kayak Sweatshirt
 • Photo Runner-up
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Mini Water Filter

by Katadyn
Top 12 Gift Ideas + New Paddle Leash
Need some holiday gift ideas for the paddler in your life? Check out our Top 12 Christmas Gift Ideas list that includes paddling-themed gear, DVDs, jewelry and t-shirts. We've also added a coiled paddle leash to the store that they might like. To make your shopping even better, we've extended free USA shipping on orders over $35. Get additional savings by joining Paddling Perks and using the discounts and $10 gift certificate that come with the membership.

Buy 2 Shirts, Get 1 Free

Unique Launches & Entry Video Clips
We've come across a few unique entry methods and interesting launching technique videos on the web and posted a few of them for your enjoyment. Of course, there are those that don't always work out so well, so we've also included a few FAIL videos too. Crazy the things people can do (or try to do) with a canoe or kayak!

Adjusting Trim in a Canoe
Adjusting trim is an important method to use in a canoe to make an open water crossing easier. The term describes how much of the boat is getting impacted by the wind or the current. This short video looks at what trim is, and what needs to be done when you're paddling downwind, upwind or cross wind in a canoe on open water.

Enter the Sweepstakes!
Enter the sweepstakes daily for a chance to win one of these great boats: a Freedom modular kayak package from Ukai Kayak, a Journey 14 kayak from Jackson Kayak, or a Prospector 15 SP3 canoe from Nova Craft Canoe. The boat prizes all come packaged with other valuable items such as PFDs from MTI Adventurewear, portable coolers from IceMule, locking cables from Lasso Security Cables, and storage systems from Talic. Congratulations to David Smith of Mt Washington, KY who won a Small Stormproof Compact Camera Pouch from Aquapac just for entering this past week!
In The Same Boat: Get A Grip
Winter drives many paddlers off the water and onto the land. Snowshoes and skis can take us over the drifts in style and (relative) safety, but when the snow turns to ice, we need help "Getting a Grip." For several years Tamia strapped Yaktrax traction devices to her boots. They made travel easier on icy trails and frozen ponds. But they really haven't gone the distance, and now she's looking for something better. It's a story in progress, and you can read it at In the Same Boat.
Trips Directory Spotlight
Ultimate Adventure - Belize
by Island Expeditions
Sea kayak, snorkel, hike through a rainforest, explore Mayan ruins, and descend a tropical river through canyons of lush rainforest on this adventure to Belize.
Product Review Spotlight
Prospector 16 canoe by Nova Craft Canoe
The carrying capacity is truly amazing; I regularly paddle with 3 children aboard as well as myself, and have more than ample free-board left. The canoe also paddles well solo, turned around on the bow seat and using a j-stroke. A great, versatile, all-around canoe... Rating 8 of 10 by bradpareis
Read more reviews or get more info on the Prospector 16 canoe.
Submit Your Review of a Kayak or Canoe!
Best time to join Paddling Perks
Join Paddling Perks by Dec. 31 to get the most value possible - including a 2016 Calendar and a $10 gift certificate to the Store where you can shop for last minute Christmas gifts, including ornaments, outdoor gear, jewelry and t-shirts, which make great stocking stuffers.

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