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5th Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium
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5th Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium

9/25/2015 to 9/27/2015
When: 9/25/2015
Where: Kiptopeke State Park
35540 Kiptopeke Dr
Cape Charles, Virginia 
United States
Contact: Rick Wiebush

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Please save the dates and join us for this fun and energizing symposium that offers classes, trips and related events for paddlers of all skill levels. There is nothing else like it in the mid-Atlantic region. The Kiptopeke venue is perfect. The Virginia Barrier Islands are a true wilderness area in the middle of the east coast. Moreover, from the state park, we have immediate access to both the calmer waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the rougher water of the Atlantic Ocean. There will be about 10 classes to choose from each day including those for "newish" paddlers (e.g., Beyond the Basics), intermediate paddlers (e.g., Intro to Rougher Water, Intro to Surf) and more advanced sea kayakers (e.g., Advanced Surfing, Advanced Rescue Scenarios, Open Water Skills, Wreckage in the Wave Train). The instructors are some of the best! They include Jen Kleck, Chris Raab, Alison Sigethy, Tom Noffsinger, Ed Schiller, Brian Blankinship, Mitch Mitchell, Paula Hubbard, Ken Fandetti, Mike Kunselman and Rick Wiebush. Each year there are about 55-60 participants representing 8-10 different states. . Most participants stay together in the spacious and comfortable lodges at the state park. People say this is one of the things that makes the event so special, because it results in a strong sense of comraderie and community. The $410 cost is a real bargain, since it includes three full days of classes, plus lodging (semi-private rooms), and the Saturday evening dinner (which is usually a Low County Boil). Full course listings, schedule and registration information will be available on the Cross Currents website around April 1. 2015. We hope you can join us!

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