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Posted on: October 24, 2012

[ARCHIVED] National Paddlesports Conference coming to Charleston

National Paddlesports Conference coming to Folly Beach

[FOLLY BEACH, SC] -- The American Canoe Association will host its 5th Annual National Paddlesport Conference on Folly Beach, Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4. The conference is open for public registration, and paddling enthusiasts of all experience levels are invited to take part in the conference’s events, family-fun activities, high-quality educational sessions, and flatwater/ocean paddling opportunities. The conference is hosted at The Tides on Folly Beach, with sessions at other locations including James Island County Park.

On Friday, the conference will host the Reel Paddling Film Festival, which showcases premier paddling films from around the world. These films encourage and inspire people to explore more waterways, push themselves emotionally and physically, and embrace the paddling lifestyle.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster. Recently named one of 12 Ocean Heroes by National Geographic, Bowermaster will deliver an exciting presentation Saturday evening. Bowermaster's OCEANS 8 project has taken him and his teams around the world by sea kayak over the past ten years, on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica.

The conference is structured so that individuals can attend select events, or choose to participate the entire weekend. For more information on the conference, visit The 2012 National Paddlesports Conference is sponsored by the American Canoe Association and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

The ACA provides a wide range of recreational opportunities and has been established as one of the premier standards of paddlesports safety and education. For more information on the American Canoe Association, visit

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