High school paddlers aim to make a sp...

High school paddlers aim to make a splash in kayaking

There are 8 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 30, 2010, titled High school paddlers aim to make a splash in kayaking. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Isaac Ridge has canoed with his family in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since he was "as tall as the weeds," as his dad says.

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 30, 2010
Regarding "High school paddlers..." by KElliot, I know there are photos that go with this article, but I don't see them, or an appropriate link or banner to the photos. Have they been uploaded? All I see are ads and links to other, unrelated articles and sites.

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 30, 2010
Try a real sport like football or hockey. Paddling? Our schools have money for this crap?
Sports Fan

Bethany, OK

#4 Sep 30, 2010
Why is then in Canada the Hockey Squads all kayak/canoe in the summer!! Why because it makes them better Hockey players!! I seem to remember Canada won the Olympic Gold in Hockey!!

As for Football well you do have to be a manly to play it!! AS for Kayaking its a Global Sport so when you are world champion!! You are because over 80 countries take part not just the USA!!

Try encouraging kids into sport of any kind you narroow minded red neck. Any sport is better than sitting around on your fat butt doing nothing all day like you jerk!!

Warwick, RI

#5 Sep 30, 2010
Eastsider wrote:
Try a real sport like football or hockey. Paddling? Our schools have money for this crap?
All funding for this comes from the paddlers' families, donations of generous time and equipment from local paddlers, and support from local businesses. The only help they get from school is the use of the weight room, which they pay a 30 dollar fee for. All coaches are volunteer. I assure you that you are paying much more for hockey rinks and artificial turf for your local hockey and football teams this year than you will pay for paddle sports in your entire life. More kids participate in kayaking than play hockey in Canada. Don't get me started on the health benefits from playing football (none). Try sticking your butt in a 17" wide kayak and stay dry--it would take you a month to learn how to stay upright, if ever. Don't speak on subjects you have no knowledge of. The Eastside deserves better representation.

Warwick, RI

#6 Oct 1, 2010
Oh, and thank you for the humor, Kenny. Your post was meant to be funny, right?
Don Stoneman

Kitchener, Canada

#7 Oct 2, 2010
Paddling events at the Olympics are restricted to "Sprint" and White water." Sadly, Marathon is not an Olympic Sport.
Don Stoneman
A Marathon representative on the board of
Canoe Kayak Canada

Houghton, MI

#8 Oct 2, 2010
Canoe and kayak racing holds numerous benefits for athletes. It is non-impact, improves balance and strengthens core muscles. Not only that, but you can paddle when you're 70+ years old. It is literally a lifetime sport. Tell that to injured and/or retired 30 year old football and hockey players. Please hop in a canoe with us and you will quickly see how much athleticism paddling requires.
A quick clarification, both the Arkansas and Nationals race against the Arkansas team mentioned in the article were canoe races, not a kayak races. The White River Canoe Race is a 120 mile canoe relay race for boy scout and venture crew members.

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Oct 8, 2010
But Jim, it's still paddling LMAO! Paddling LMFAOROTHFL!!!!!

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