Monday, April 28, 2008

East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival 2008

East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival 2008

After spending a couple of weeks in the North East we were pretty excited to be heading down to Charleston, SC to the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival. Don’t get me wrong, I love the North East but after spending nearly the last month traveling in cooler temperatures, we were really looking forward to some much needed sunshine.

Since our job requires us to drive around in really big trucks all year long we are always looking at ways to help minimize our environmental footprint any way we can. Since Danny Mongno of Werner Paddles was driving down we decided to carpool with Danny and only take one huge diesel guzzling rig instead of two.

After the four hour drive from Asheville to Charleston we decided that a round of golf at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course was in order.

Getting ready to play.

How were the scores you may be asking, well let’s just say there is no chance of any of us getting an invite to play in the PGA anytime soon.

After golf we drove over to Folley Beach to check into the beach house that we had rented for the weekend. We decided split the rental with Werner Paddles and our friends from Sea Kayak Georgia.

Beach Rental

The View from the front porch.

The next three days we were all busy event days. The Festival was held at James Island County Park. Thanks to all of the people that make this event happen each year. Keep up the good work! Also a big thanks goes out to all of the people who stopped by the Impex booth to check out the boats.

Here are a few shots from the weekend.

Saturday evening the coast guard brought a helicopter into the event site to do some rescue demonstrations.

Sunday morning Mette and I decided to put Werner’s new stand up surf paddle, the Spanker ,to the test and do a little stand up paddle boarding at the event site. If you have never tried stand up surf paddle boarding you should check it out, it is a ton of fun and puts a whole new perspective to things on the water.

Mette using the Spanker

Sunday evening Sea Kayaker Magazine in conjuction with Werner paddles held a raffle for a free Werner paddle.

Danny Mongno from Werner Paddles drawing the winner!

Mette Bergvall, the Werner Paddles South East Sales Rep, and the lucky winner with his brand new Werner Paddle! Congratulations Walt!

Loaded up and ready to start the drive home.

Joseph Mosquera
Team Impex

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