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  Necky Kayaks, an industry leader in the performance kayak market, is proud to announce that its Eliza kayak has been named ‘Best Women’s Kayak’ in Sea Kayaker Magazine’s newly minted Readers Choice Awards. The Readers Choice Awards, featured in Sea Kayaker’s December 2011 issue, are based on the results of a six month poll administered through the Sea Kayaker website from January through June 2011. “Any time you’re awarded a Readers Choice award its cause for celebration and to receive this honor for the Eliza is both humbling and inspirational,” said Sara Knies, Director of Marketing for Necky Kayaks. “The touring kayak market is a mature one, filled with savvy paddlers who know what they require out of a boat and we couldn’t be more pleased than to deliver on our consumer’s expectations.” As the magazine points out, ‘a good kayak is one that fits’ and the Eliza was specifically designed to fit women. The deck of the Eliza is designed to shed water and minimize windage, while allowing better stroke clearance for paddlers with narrower shoulders. Advanced female paddlers can appreciate how the low profile and cockpit dimensions of the Eliza allow flexibility for rolling, bracing, surfing and spirited paddling. One of the lightest production kayaks on the market, the Eliza is both easy to load and a joy to paddle. Available in a number of models including a new composite with rudder, the Necky Eliza boasts a roomy cockpit, padded thigh braces for superior handling and control, and a Necky touring seat with supportive back band for all day comfort. Other key features include bow and stern hatches with sealed bulkheads, adjustable foot pedals and reflective deck rigging for added safety. Since the Eliza was first launched, Necky Kayaks has donated 1% of the Eliza gross sales to the Breast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund is one of the leading national organizations focused on identifying the environmental causes of breast cancer and preventing the disease. Necky Eliza kayaks are currently available through authorized specialty dealers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on Necky’s…
Dave and Amy Freeman's adventurous honeymoon began about a year and a half ago.  On Tuesday, October 25th they completed a 2,300 mile canoe paddle from Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories to Grand Portage, Minnesota. This marks the end of the fourth stage of Dave and Amy's North American Odyssey, an 11,700 mile human (and dog) powered expedition. So far they have logged over 6,000 miles in their canoe, kayaks, and dogsled. This stage of the expedition began in the last week of May while ice still covered most of Great Slave Lake. The adventurous pair, accompanied by their favorite lead dog Fennel (a 100 lb. Lab-husky mix), worked their way up remote rivers and through immense lakes. The clear, cold waters of Lake Athabasca and Reindeer Lake were on their route, along with the algae-filled waters of Lake Winnipeg. The end of their route has taken them through Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Dave and Amy call Grand Marais, Minnesota home, so they wrapped up this leg of their journey in very familiar territory.  The purpose of the North American Odyssey is to raise awareness of North America's waterways and wilderness. It is also a call to action, urging people to simplify their lives, reduce their carbon footprints, and get outside to enjoy nature. Their message has been heard by about 65,000 school children from around the globe so far. Dave and Amy update an educational website, WildernessClassroom.com, where students and educators interact with the expedition team. A second website, NorthAmericanOdyssey.com serves as a blog for armchair adventurers to see what they are up to. The Freemans began the North American Odyssey in the spring of 2010 near Seattle, Washington. They kayaked the Inside Passage and then headed inland, working their way up to the Mackenzie River delta. They then turned south, paddling upstream until the snow flew and they spent last winter dogsledding across the Northwest Territories to Fort Resolution. Despite this homecoming after about 5 months of paddling, the couple are just over halfway done with the North American Odyssey. They are taking this winter break…
Becoming the first all-female team to ever paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, Sierra Designs supported Ann Raiho and Natalie Warren finished the historic 2,250-mile route in 85 days. Labeled as the “Hudson Bay Bound” adventure, the trip was inspired by the fur trade route outlined in the 1930 novel Canoeing with the Cree.  Raiho and Warren were struck by the fact the trip had never been completed by an all-women’s team, and saw a potential journey as a way to inspire other women to plan and embark on their own multi-day adventures. “We hoped that our trip would bring awareness and inspiration to women who do go on …or want to go on wilderness canoeing adventures. We did make it, so the first part of our goal is fulfilled. Now we will work at spreading our story to inspire other people to get out there,” said Raiho during a post-adventure interview. Raiho and Warren were not only the first women’s team to complete the arduous journey, but also were the fourth team ever to complete the trip.
  Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), today announced the launch of the “Why I Deserve to Win a Kayak” video contest. The contest is designed to engage participants into convincing the viewing audience, by means of a short 3-minute video, why they deserve to win a kayak by Native Watercraft or Liquid Logic. Participation consists of a four-part process that encompasses registration, video creation, video submission and voting. ACK is encouraging participants to keep their videos humorous and entertaining in order to captivate the judges. All video entries must identify which brand and model kayak the participant is attempting to win. “The contest was designed to help us grow our fan base and ultimately cultivate a richer more interactive experience for our social media network of friends and followers,” said Roland Jimenez, ACK Director of Marketing, “Facebook is the ideal platform for this but at the end of the day, it’s really all about having fun.” Winners will be chosen through a voting system by Facebook Fans that “Like” the Austin Canoe and Kayak Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/austinkayak. Voting will be launched after the initial submission period ending November 1st, 2011. Interested participants can register and obtain additional information including eligibility requirements, rules and agreements at yakr.us/c7cv. About Austin Canoe and Kayak Founded over 20 years ago, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) is an award-winning paddlesports and outdoor retailer based out of Central Texas dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and the widest selection of paddlesports and outdoor equipment. ACK operates three physical retail shops in Austin, San Marcos and Houston, Texas and an online store at www.AustinKayak.com. If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Austin Canoe and Kayak, please call Roland Jimenez at 512-687-3010, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is pleased to announce that Werner Paddles has joined our organization as a Vendor Partner. Over forty years ago, founder Werner Furrer Sr. saw a need to design and build his own kayak paddles. His goal was to give his family more enjoyment as they explored the waters of the Pacific North West. Today, a short distance from where the first paddle was built in the family garage, Werner Paddles now calls Sultan Washington home. It is here that the employees of Werner’s design and production team handcraft the world's finest kayak, canoe and stand up paddles. These folks pour their pride into every paddle to give their customers more enjoyment on the water. This pride and quality workmanship is evident every time you pick up a Werner Paddle. You see their unsurpassed attention to quality and feel it with every stroke.  The employees at Werner believe Advanced Designs and a Great Fit are the key ingredients to achieving Ultimate Paddle Performance. “Advanced Designs” mean much more than great blade designs and light weight construction. It includes maintaining bomber durability, shaping comfortable grips and providing amazing features to ensure all these features work together as a whole to create a well-balanced paddle.  Doug Ragan, Director of Sales shared his thoughts on Werner becoming a vendor partner with Grassroots Outdoor Alliance: “We are excited to be a part of Grassroots and looking forward to growing closer with its many members. Grassroots provides a super platform to partner with some of the smartest and strongest outdoor dealers in the industry.” With such high product standards and a history of producing fine, quality products, Werner Paddles seems a natural fit to the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. Ed McAlister, owner of River Sports Outfitters and Chairman of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance’s Paddle sport Vendor Committee, shared his thoughts on Werner Paddles: “Werner is the best paddling manufacturer in the industry and we could not ask for a better company in terms of quality product and staff to partner with. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”  Grassroots Outdoor Alliance unites independent outdoor…

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