2017 Gear Swap

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2017 Paddler Workshop and Gear Swap

Saturday April 22, 2017

Have extra gear or too many boats? Need a new (to you) boat, paddling gear or equipment? Bring your spare gear, extra boats and wish list! Standard gear swap format - we'll provide a space and table for the gear you wish to sell - you set the price and make the deal!

Mini-Topic 1

9:30-9:55 a.m.: SUP Yoga in the Fox River Valley, presented by Sara Slaten. Learn and discuss the basics of yoga on a paddle board and discover tips and locations specific to the Fox River Valley.

Mini-Topic 2

10-10:25 a.m.: Future of the Fox River: Wisconsin's newest historic treasure! Presented by Soroosh Werner Karamyar of Fox River Kayaking Company.

Mini-Topic 3

10:30 - 10:55 a.m.: Keeping Your Boat on the Water - Common Boat Maintenance Issues and Solutions, a facilitated group discussion or Q & A. (Note this ties into the ongoing boat maintenance workshop.)

Mini-Topic 4

11:00 - 11:25 a.m. - Reading the (White)Water to Pick Your Path, presented by Ken Braband.

Mini-Topic 5

12:00 - 12:25 p.m. - Paddling in the Hood - Local Paddle Trips, a panel discussion highlighting NEWP's 2017 public paddle events and local places to get on the water.

Maintenance Workshop

All day: Need to repair or upgrade your boat? Or just need help adjusting it to best fit you? Bring your boat, supplies (if you have them) and simple tools. We'll share our time and talent to help you do simple adjustments, replacements and modifications.

  • Adjustments - back bands, braces, seat adjustments, rudders, skegs and their fittings
  • Replacements - deck lines, bungee cord, incidental hardware
  • Modifications - knee tube construction/ installation, foam pad shaping and coating; others!

Need major work? Maybe we cannot complete that in this format, but it's likely some of our participants can help you figure out what you need and how to do it! Some supplies will be available (for purchase) through participating boat builders and retailers.

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For those that cannot participate in our annual swap event, we heartily recommend use of http://www.craigslist.com and http://www.paddling.net/ for boat and gear exchange!

Who is invited? This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - anybody who wants to attend is welcome!

Where? St. Mary's Parish Gymnasium (Community Early Learning Center) at 312 South State Street Appleton, WI

When? 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 22, 2017 (Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for set-up)

Is there a fee? Yes - $1 entry fee for a participation count and we will offer door prizes! You do not have to be present to win!

Door Prizes? Yes - a paddle bag, emergency survival kit and two Appleton Segway tour passes!

Is lunch available? Yes! On the Fritz Concessions will set up a food cart with hot dogs, brats and all the fixings.

Format Open and casual - Participants are welcome to bring their boats to the facility for maintenance or sale, and gear to sell or swap.

Expectations? 2017 will be our sixth paddle gear swap year and we are still learning as we go! We expect to have a good workshop, provide an opportunity for people to exchange used gear or purchase new gear, learn some skills, meet old friends and make some new ones just in time for the start of the paddle season! This is an indoor event, so we are relatively weather-proof. About 125 people participated in 2016 with nearly two dozen boats available for swap or purchase. The facilities are great, so come check it out and we'll all have a good time!

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