Paddle festival makes a big splash

first_imgHundreds took to the water, many in the head-over-heels or capsized-boat sense, at Vancouver Lake over the weekend as part of the 25th annual Spring Paddle Festival.Paul Kuthe, program manager at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, a local paddling sport retailer and school that organizes the event, said the festival is a way to kick off the season.“It’s kind of the start of things, so it’s appropriate it seems like the weather is turning the corner. … Finally,” he said Sunday.A big part of the festival has always been about introducing new people to paddle boating, whether on kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddleboards, said Chris Bensch, a coach with Alder Creek.“Our idea is to just get butts in boats,” he said.Guests sign in, usually, then learn about which boat type might be right for them, Bensch said. Then they’re quickly in the water and learning the basics.last_img

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