Monday, June 16, 2008

MEC Paddlefest Odds and Ends

Hats off to the organizers of the 2nd annual MEC Paddlefest in Victoira over the weekend. Alex Matthews, Andrew Woodford and Nigel Brown where some of the people who put the show together. It was great to see so many kayaks on the beach and lots of people out on the water trying new boats.

Victoria has needed such an event for years. It's good to see it happen.

Walking across the crowded parking lot I come across this very large van backing out of a very tight spot. I stop and give the driver a hand, waving him back them waving at him to stop and pull ahead. Only when I look through the window do I see it's one of my oldest and dearest friends behind the wheel: David Pinel. Later in the day I spend a pleasant hour catching up with David who had his young son Morgan tucked into his child carrying back pack (that brought back memories) while Mom Caroline was trying out some new boats to add the the fleet of kayaks. David has a fleet of kayaks as he is now a part owner of West Coast Expeditions. David has been associated West Coast for over 12 years going way back to when Ruppert Wong's family operated the base camp on Spring Island. Here's the link for more information;

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