|Leon Somme of Body Boat Blade, Intl., under a glowering sky.|
|Waves roll in next to Naturally Superior Adventures.|
|Leon, Alec and Keith execute a surf-kayak rescue in the tide race.|
|A group explores rafted sailing with the aid of a storm shelter.|
|Participants head out for a long boats in currents course.|
|A calm launch beach inside the mouth of the river.|
|Paddling along the rocky shoreline.|
|Tucking into caves and crevasses.|
Throughout the symposium, coaches and participants shared meals in the cozy Rock Island Lodge. The kitchen staff served up tasty, hot food to cold paddlers at breakfast, lunch and dinner. These meals also provided opportunities to socialize and share stories of the day's courses and experiences. Evening meals were followed by presentations from featured coaches as well as local authors Connor Mihell and Darrell Makin, who've written books about the history and conservation of Lake Superior.
|Lunch time at the Rock Rover Lodge.|
|Conor Mihell reads from his book, The Greatest Lake: Stories from Lake Superior's North Shore.|
|Bryanna, kayak guide and member of the hard-working kitchen staff.|
|At 7 a.m., gear left outside to dry was covered in snow.|
|Leon, Shawna, Alec and Sharon, on the rocks and in the wind.|
*Yard sale is a term for the random distribution of boat, paddle, person and loose gear after a capsize and wet exit in the surf.