Month: March 2013 | Kayak Power




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Stop Dreaming……….Start Paddling
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committed tri swimmers -vs- cold air & water

March 30, 2013 by mike swope

PlayTri swim training kick off 2013


Playtri Swim support in the chilly morning of March 30th LJP

We help support the life guards……


Which is why we have a picture of a paddler

without a PFD

As far as I know it’s the only reason!!!!





Open water advanced group swimming in the “live” water




An on the protected from the wind and waves side……


We hade a group of new racers …………


…………………..literally getting their feet wet..

Notice the front side of the breakwater yellow pipe…



here is a better shot before the outside got a little pushy..

Thanks to PlayTri and the Lifeguards de Monica for the fun!



Join us in April for more paddling fun too!

Eco Tour Tapped out….

March 14, 2013 by mike swope
Cubic Feet per Second
(Abbrev. CFP) – In hydrologic terms, a unit expressing rates of discharge. One cubic foot per second is equal to the discharge through a rectangular cross section, 1 foot wide by 1 foot deep, flowing at an average velocity of 1 foot per second. It is also approximately 7.48 gallons per second.



The current CFS at LLELA is 131 and dropping.


I got a email from Ken at LLELA that the City of Dallas is


working down stream from LLELA and will turn off the


out flow from Lake Lewisville on or before Saturday….



So please mark you calendar to join us in APRIL

we’ll see if then we have any Dam construction

(literal…I’m not swearing)…in our way….






Thanks in advance for your


Spring Cleaning at Jackson Point

March 10, 2013 by mike swope


Congratulations to Jeremiah,

the winner of the gorilla T shirt for the March cleanup

from KPC, Way to go big guy!


We had strong winds from the southeast and we stayed

mostly on the cove side to do the water cleanup…


I did say mostly..however we did get some other side 2….

And as a special treat we have photos from 4 different

cameras along with a Professional Photographer…..








So we got a lot of trash, once again!







and had some trash superstars!   Too!!










We had a great group clean up with us too, they were

really excited to paddle this Saturday,




Check out all the pictures and Join us in April for S4!


April Cleanup   2nd Saturday every 2nd Saturday!

Weekend Update

March 8, 2013 by mike swope

Yup it’s this Saturday….


S 4

Second Saturday





It’s us –vs- the trash


My prediction…


We’ll win, even if it’s only for a few hours!



4100 West Lawther Drive Dallas Texas

Map picture


Jackson Point on the West side of WRL

9:00am till Noon  RAIN OR SHINE!

KPC instructor Name change

March 4, 2013 by mike swope

As you might have heard…. on of our instructors has

changed here name

no longer is she a Ms.

she is now.


Mrs. Wanda Coats


Along with Mr. Todd Coats in the picture too!

Please take a moment and wish the Happy couple

The very best in the future and our

heartfelt Congratulations !!!!



ps….I can’t wait to put them in a tandem kayak

so I can see who sits where!!!

Go Team Coats!

Support Sally Jewel

March 4, 2013 by mike swope

I got this letter from several of the outdoors groups I

support and am a  member in & thought it important enough

to ask for your support as well.

sally jewel paddling

Dear Mike,

In three days, REI CEO Sally Jewell will be considered by U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as the next Secretary of the Interior.

If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to tell your senators that you support Sally’s nomination.

Sally is an excellent choice for this job. She recognizes that our nation’s natural resources support the economy, local communities and the people whose lives depend on having access to quality places in the great outdoors.
It is easy to voice your support. Everything you need is on our Take Action page.

  1. Look up your senators
  2. Download the sample letter (customize if you wish)
  3. Send to your senators (Deadline is 3.5.13)
  4. Spread the word through your social media channels
  5. Post a banner ad on your site

Please submit your letters by the end of TUESDAY, MARCH 5.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Frank Hugelmeyer
President and CEO
Outdoor Industry Association

I meet Sally at the Plano REI Grand Opening, and also

several times at the OR show in Utah, she is a genuine

person, who has had success in both business and the

outdoors and would be likely be the single most important

supporter of outdoor stewardship (read in our values)

we will see in our lifetime to be nominated for this post.

Please consider supporting her, and act on that today!




TW Richardson Grove & KIB

March 2, 2013 by mike swope

P3020002                     UPDATE PICS

We put our heads together and came up with a plan….

We called Richard and Julie and said Hey Let’s clean up the Elm Fork near this park in Irving Texas and do you know what he said…… He said… 1st Mike I called you… and 2nd.. What a great idea!!!!!!!  So you guessed it   we did

The 1st 2013 Keep Irving Beautiful this year at the park…

We had a few brave souls that said “ha” to the wind and “ha” to the cold and “ha” to the litter bugs too….


So we got geared up, be grabbed a shuttle and we hit the


River……Special Thanks to REI Dallas we used the river

launch area they did as a service project some years back

And it’s still here serving the paddling community for years

to come, Thanks Dallas REI! (psst  972 490 5989 Thank Renee)

Also Thanks to this guy…


The guy on the left, Richard has a vision of what a perfect city is like and that city….. (read in IRVING) has river cleanups & education.



And don’t forget no man is an island, and Richard is Richard thanks to the help of Julie, just like I’ve always said…behind every good man…

Is a Julie!  Smile


Anyway back at the farm, no no no…..back at the river….



You’ll never guess what we found……


Something tells me you guessed right….. TRASH


That’s 100 percent correct, someone’s mamma forget to

NOT spare the rod and all those spoiled child’s…dang..

Actually its the guy at the stop light emptying his ash tray,


the guy blazing down 635 with stuff blowing out the back of

his pickup,


that person who cleans there car at wally world, in addition

to corporate waste from commercial business along the

river , and whoever it is, they all need



Litter is expensive to contain and collect and

it damages the water way, the same water way we

use, please stop think and Don’t Litter!


Despite the serious nature of what we do we did find time

to have some fun alone the way, I mean we were paddling!

Don’t get me wrong some people got into it today…


And I mean really into to it!


I hope he’s easy on his friends this weekend, the ones that talk about the cool movie they went to or the ones that got a great find while out shopping, Come on …….

He was out in the cold morning doing his part to save the planet, one river at a time!



As do all the



Join us in the Fall for the next KIB Event…..


Next cleanup   3/9/2013 Jackson Pt. Whiterock Lake 9am


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