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Kayak Club looking for members

The Whistler Kayak Club, based at Captain Holiday’s facility in Wayside Park on Alta Lake, is looking for new members to participate in its adult drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beginners and experienced kayakers are welcome to join for $30 a year plus a $5 drop-in fee.

For beginners, that fee includes the use of Captain Holiday’s equipment and some instruction, providing you stay in Alta Lake. More experienced kayakers will head to different local boating spots, and be divided into groups based on ability to tackle different parts of the river.

"There are a lot of people in Whistler who know how to kayak, they have some of the equipment, they just don’t know a lot of people yet. This gives those people a chance to network, try out a few new runs, work on their skills, that kind of thing," explains Don Butler of Captain Holiday’s. "Then there are people who want to learn, and what we want to do is set them up on Alta Lake with boats, and let them learn to paddle there. We hope to have someone there who can teach people a few of the skills they’ll need to get out there on the rivers."

In addition to giving experienced kayakers a venue to meet other kayakers bringing new people to the sport, Butler says it is also his goal to boost numbers in the Whitewater Kayaking Association of B.C., which is included in a Whistler Kayak Club membership.

"We’ve been up against it a lot lately, what the parks are going to do (about access), the run-of-river hydroelectric issue…. The more members we get, the greater numbers we have on our side," says Butler.

Call 604-905-2925 or write info@kayakwhistler.com for more details.

EVENTS

What: CrankWorx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

Where: Whistler Village, bike park

When: Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 25

The CrankWorx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival features five freeride competitions, demonstrations of trials biking and North Shore riding, live concerts, and more. The complete schedule is available on the Web site at www.crankworx.com. Spaces are still available in most events.

What: Whistler Creek Cup

Where: Local creeks

When: Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25

Kayakers from around the province and the Western U.S. are expected to take part in this inaugural race down three of Whistler’s top whitewater kayak runs – the Upper Cheakamus River, the Soo River and Callaghan Creek. The runs get progressively harder each day, with each section expected to take paddlers 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Paddlers will leave the put-in 15 seconds apart, so there should be lots of passing. The winner will be the kayaker with the lowest combined time over three days. Call 250-490-6452 for more information or visit www.reelrooster.com.

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