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  1. Hey Leon, Long time no see-Christopher and I were paddling today and we were talking about you-and what a fine paddler you are as well as person. Hope to see you on the water soon. Les
  2. Hey, I have a Mako surfski-an oldie but truly a goody-South African sufski for a beginner-in great shape-I am willing to donate-trying to cut down my fleet- If you are still looking for boats-it’s fast, light-stable for a surfski-great boat for the beginner—and for the smaller paddler. You can email me at lbeale at springfieldcollegedotedu Thanks, Les
  3. Hey Christopher, I PMed you and text you -- les
  4. Lbeale

    a passing

    This is indeed sad news. Like others, Jeb helped me in so many ways with paddling - navigation, forward stroke, rolling, cold water paddling, etc. - he was the example of "pass it forward" philosophy that the club was founded on. Not to mention - the guy was straight-out funny -- and a fun paddling pal. He will be missed. les
  5. Lbeale

    Walden Wednesdays (July 19)

    There is an alternative plan that I use when Walden closes. It is a nice pond nearby to Walden but the parking is a little tricky-if you are interested in this "plan B" message me Bill and we could always text each other when Walden closes-- les
  6. I am going to try to get to Walden today -- been chained to my desk lately -- but need to do some rolling -- hope to see you all --
  7. I am sadden to share the news that Deb Dempsey, a longtime NSPN member, died over the weekend. Those of us who paddled or spent anytime with Deb know that she was truly a kind and loving person. I am so grateful to have known her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and particularly Dotty, her partner and her daughter, Becca. If you want to know the arrangements, please email me lbealeatspringfieldcollegedotedu. Les
  8. Lbeale

    Walden Wednesday - Starts June 1, 2016

    I plan on being there -- does anyone know the water temp at Walden?
  9. Lbeale

    Membership problem

    Hello, I am trying to renew my membership. When I try to purchase a membership, I get this reply: Sorry, there is a problem. You are only allowed to purchase one of this product, and you have already done so. Not sure why this is happening. I am also posted as a guest for some reason. Thanks for your help.
  10. Lbeale

    Rolling Machine

    Don't know where to begin my comments on this video. But maybe - the best intentions can go dismally wrong - maybe we should get one of this machines for Walden practice sessions????? Just joking -- Kayak rolling machine
  11. What an most excellent opportunity that I have to miss due to work obligations. I am sure this will be a bucket list event - I hope you are including your name and Russell's as two of the best coaches in the business. les
  12. Lbeale

    Upwind or Against the Current

    If I was Marge, I would get behind a bigger and stronger paddler and ride his/hers draft and they can help block the wind -- such a girly thing to do, I know --
  13. Lbeale

    Full Moon!

    I will be paddling out of Lanes Cove tomorrow (Sunday) to do some practice drills -- could make it later in the day if people are going to do a moonlight paddle in the area -- Les
  14. Lbeale

    MSR stove stiff supporting legs

    Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. First line of defense -- olive oil, move legs until loose -- then wipe clean -- works wonders -- Les
  15. The supporting legs on my 10 years + MSR stove are stiff to move. I would like to lubricate the leg joints but am reluctant to use any lubricate so close to the stove's body. Does anyone have suggestions on how to make the stove's legs less stiff? Les