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Big Bear Paddlefest

Big Bear PaddleFest is a festival of clinics and races for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards on Big Bear Lake, hosted by North Shore Trading Company. For two days in July, paddlers can test their stamina at 6700′, take beginner through advanced clinics, and learn about the latest in paddling gear from vendors and sponsors. With 5k, 10k, and around the lake 20k races, there’s an event for everyone.  And kids 5-12 race free.  To register or to get more information go to their...

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Devito’s Clean House at Big Bear Paddlefest 2011!

    Big Bear, Ca, July 11, 2011, 1:00pm – The 4th annual Big Bear Paddlefest was this past weekend, and the weather was perfect.  Swim Beach, the new larger venue for the event that has grown over the years, was filled with kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards.  Kids of all ages were in the water learning better paddling technique, or just trying something new.  The races took place on Sunday, with the 20k around the lake course taking off at 7:00am with 21 boats competing.  Ted Devito put down an impressive time of 2 hours and 7 minutes, with Matt Smith behind him with a time of 2 hours 10 minutes, followed closely by Ramon Escobar with 2 hours 14 minutes.  Heather Devito wasn’t far behind her husband Ted, as she led the women with a time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.  Cathleen Calkins followed with 2 hours 26 minutes, and Rachel Ghrist got third in the Women’s 20k with a time of 2 hours 45 minutes.   In the 10k course 14 year old Cameron Williams won the men’s kayak division, with Judy Shannon winning in the women’s 10k kayak.   The Devito’s now have the top spots in the Conquer the Bear divisions, and Jimmy Johnson, and Janet Maxwell remain the top competitors in the Conquer the Cub division. For complete event results go to...

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Paddlefest This Weekend!

Big Bear, Ca, July 6, 2011, 12:00pm – Part three in the Conquer the Bear Series is this weekend.  Paddlers from all over the world will converge in Big Bear to compete in one of the three races at the 4th Annual Big Bear Paddlefest.  Those interested in learning more about the different types of paddling, or want to try out different types of self propelled watercraft can do so on Saturday, July 9th at Meadow Park at the Paddlefest Clinic.  There will also be an advanced kayak and stand up paddleboard clinic, as well as a beginning paddle clinic for kids. The races will take place on Sunday with the around the lake 20k course taking off at 7:00am, followed by the 10k race at 8:00am, the 5k course at 10:00am, and the free kids race at 11:00am.  Personal flotation devices are required for each person racing, and kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards must go through a Quagga Mussell inspection.  For more information or to sign up for a clinic or one of the races go to...

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Standing Up & Paddling Is A Fun New Way To Get Around On The Water

Big Bear, Ca, June 29, 2011, 3:00pm – The newest in water sports, stand-up paddle boarding, is the latest craze to hit not only Big Bear Lake, but bodies of water across the US.  “Simply put, SUPs are easy to learn, a great way to explore flat waters, and nonstop fun,” said Captain John Sanders, owner of Captain John’s Fawn Harbor Marina. “It’s like surfing, but much easier. If you can stand, you can paddle.”   Captain John is even offering free paddle boarding, as part of “Babes on Boards”, a weekly service that happens Thursday nights at Captain John’s Fawn Harbor at 5:00pm, and is for women only.  If you want to try your hand at competing on the stand up paddle board or SUP, or in a canoe or kayak, the 4th annual Big Bear Paddlefest returns Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. On Saturday, July 9 there are clinics for beginner and advanced paddlers taught by local paddling instructors, boat and board demos with Seda and Necky kayaks and Hobie paddleboards, and an outdoor-industry sports exhibit. SUP, kayak and canoe races are scheduled for Sunday, July 10, and are open to all levels of paddlers. The races include a 30K, 10K, and 5K races. For more information about Big Bear Paddlefest including registration details, kayak and canoe rentals or to be an exhibitor, please contact Jim...

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Paddling Under the Moon on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, Ca  June 5, 2011 12:00 pm – Big Bear Lake has attracted canoe and kayak enthusiasts for many years.  With the large increase in the popularity of paddle sports, there have been even more paddlers on the lake each year.  A tradition during the warmer months has been the monthly full moon paddles run by the Mountain Paddle Club.  Paddlers with even a little bit of experience can enjoy the lake in the evening.  According to David Dopps, the volunteer leader of the full moon paddles for over 15 years, even if the lake is windy during the afternoon, it calms down around sunset.  He says it’s always been smooth and beautiful as the moon rises and his group paddles home.  Interested paddlers can bring their boats or rent from Captain John’s, the launch site in Fawnskin.  The important thing says Dopps is to have the correct clothing, a properly fitted life vest, a lake permit for your boat, and a flashlight or headlamp.  In June the paddle trip under the full moon will be on Wednesday the 15th.  The sunset and moonrise are at about 8:00 pm so the paddlers will launch at 7:30.  They expect to be out on the lake until 10:00, enjoying the full moon on Big Bear...

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