|Danny Mongno, Wener Paddles regional sales manager and field marketing coordinator, paddling past sailboats in the Grand Marais harbor.|
When GLSKS comes to town, Grand Marais explodes with activity. Woodland Park Campground is awash in tents and trailers, the beach is covered in kayaks, and Lake Superior Brewing Company is packed every evening.
The symposium offers three days of tours along with two and a half days of instruction, both on and off the water. Coaches from around the midwest and far beyond come to teach, present, socialize and compete in the manic kayak race to win rights to wear the ceremonial paisley vest.
|An ominous designation for a paddling destination.|
We couldn't resist getting on the water, of course.
|Sharon and Keith prepare to paddle around the tip of Whitefish Point.|
|The beach, too, looked like a graveyard--of driftwood, not ships.|
|A calm day on the west side of Grand Island.|
|Steve Scherrer teaching a course on boat control for wind and waves.|
|The race course, explained in graphic detail.|
What keeps us coming back, year after year, to symposia like this one? Partly the camaraderie of an amazing community of coaches; partly the opportunity to give back to a sport that's given us so much. And partly because it's inherently rewarding to share the pleasure of paddlesports with people who are as into it as we are.