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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PEOPLE & VOICES - Loreto Kayak Symposium

Sea kayak tours have been an increasing part of the local economy since the early 1980s yet it has not been part of the local culture to kayak for enjoyment or to consider sustainability in their use of the environment. That is changing.

There are many stories to tell here, and the Loreto Kayak Symposium, organized by Ginni Callahan and Ivette Granados of Sea Kayak Baja Mexico, is just a small chapter. The vision for the event is to be "a force for sustainable tourism based on sound ecology and appreciation for the natural landscape."

To that end, the event aims to make kayaking accessible and fun for everyone including kids, families, young adults, professionals, adults and university students. The Loreto Kayak Symposium will also make professional kayak training available, such as for guides and instructors.

October 23-24 activities begin at 9am just north of the Marina and include talks, demonstrations, classes, races, tours, and evening presentations. This Festival Weekend provides a fun environment to find out what kayaking is about and an invitation to learn more.

All land-based activities are free and all on-water activities cost $100 pesos. Come participate in this historic event!

Event sponsors include the National Marine Park of the Bay of Loreto , the Loreto Campus of the Autonomous University ofBaja California Sur, the Municipality of Loreto and Hotel Tripui. Race prizes are sponsored by Kokatat, Werner Paddles, and Sea Kayak Baja Mexico .

Safety boaters are needed for Sunday afternoon's race from the Loreto Marina up the coast about 2 miles and back. If interested, please contact Ginni atinfo@seakayakbajamex.com.

Submitted by: Ginni Callahan and Ivette Granados (provided by of Lynn Hammond)