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West Coast Paddle Sports Giving Away Reusable Water Bottles with Cali Paddler at Hanohano Ocean Challenge

West Coast Paddle Sports and Cali Paddler Offer Reusable Water Bottles
West Coast Paddle Sports will be providing reusable water bottles with Cali Paddler  to support the Hanohano Ocean Challenge Race efforts of re-fillable water stations for paddlers to stay hydrated. Great news as paddlers strive to reduce single use plastic water bottles and be good stewards.

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Cali Paddler and Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge team up to create an environmentally friendly paddle event.

Cali Paddler is proud to collaborate for a 2nd year with the premiere winter race in Southern California, the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge on January 26 to help the event be as environmentally friendly as possible. Cali Paddler will be handling the collection and proper transfer out of recyclables at the event. Ensuring that paddlers have piece of mind after enjoying the day.

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The reunion of a paddler to their stolen canoe - a feel good story!

On October 9th, a fellow paddler posted about one of the biggest bummers we could encounter. Cathy was visiting San Diego from Lake Havasu, and had left her canoe strapped to her roof. It was in a cover. It was cable locked. And it still managed to attract the attention of an evil thief who managed to cut it free and steal it. Imagine the sinking feeling when you walk to your car and see your beloved craft no longer there. A feeling of bewilderment and question must flood you: "Did I not have the canoe there?" "Is this even my car?" "Maybe a friend is playing a trick on me?"

But alas, the worst case scenario, was the actual scene. Someone stole it.

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New Non-Profit Partner - Save Our Shores

Save Our Shores - Non-profit PartnershipAs part of our 5% Paddle Pledge, Cali Paddler regularly adopts new non-profit groups that care for our shorelines, waters and the wildlife that live there. We donate 5% of all sales proceeds to these groups during specified quarters. We are proud to announce our newest partnership and share with you all the amazing things they are doing. We proudly introduce...Save Our Shores!

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Cali Paddler Visits Marine Mammal Center

Marine Mammal CenterCali Paddler recently had the honor of visiting the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, our recent 5% Paddle Pledge Recipient. We presented our check and donation that all of your purchases helped contribute towards, and toured the amazing facilities. So much good work is done here to rescue, rehabilitate, and release stranded animals.  We were stoked to learn more and witness first hand the great work being done.

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Announcing the CP Trash Pickup Challenge

Cali Paddler Trash Pickup Challenge
In honor of World Oceans Day, and moving forward, Cali Paddler is excited to kick-off a new challenge and program that aligns with our belief in stewardship and inspiring of others. One that many of you may already do, but we want to take it to the next level!
Introducing the CP Trash Pickup Challenge!

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2018 Quarter 2 Paddler Pledge Recipient - Marine Mammal Center

Marine Mammal Center 5% Paddle PledgeThank you to Qiana Wylie of the Marine Mammal Center for taking the time to speak with us at Cali paddler and educating us on this amazing organization and the great work they do. We are excited to partner with them as the newest recipient of Cali Paddler's 5% Paddle Pledge.  As paddlers, we encounter marine life daily. I see plenty of sea lions and harbor seals while I'm out on the water. I have also seen my fair share of these animals tangled in plastic trash or fishing line. With the work of the Marine Mammal Center we can get these animals rescued, rehabilitated and back out in the wild. - Josh CP Director Non-Profit Relations

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Our 2017 Holiday Letter To You, Our Paddle Family

Wow what a year 2017 has been! We want to share some of our highlights this year. Some you know about, some might be surprises! Thank you for being a part of history!
This has been the biggest year of growth for Cali Paddler to date. With more friends made and locations visited than ever before, the stage has been set for us to continue our biggest goal: To Be EPIC (Every Paddler In California).

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Introducing the New Kahele OC1 by Puakea Designs

For those who have read our articles that explore the Ehukai vs. the KaheKai, and Ares vs. Anteres Impressions, you know we have always enjoyed learning about the the new innovations and trends in OC1 design. Well John Puakea and Puakea Designs has struck again with a new design, this time called the Kahele! Designed to be shorter and more maneuverable, ideal for small paddlers but still rideable for bigger paddlers due to some new design innovations. And better able to get in between the troughs! We can't wait to learn more and post as we get it from the California reps and Puakea team. Meanwhile stay tuned for a comprehensive fact sheet, and enjoy their recent description below.

Puakea Designs - Kahele

From Puakea Designs...

Lighter. Stronger. Faster...and now Shorter. Introducing Kahele, a dynamic new OC1 design by Johnny Puakea.

Shorter length at 19'.3"
Wider around center at 16"
Plumb bow and optimized waterline
Footwell cover, multiple rudder options
Comfort-focused cockpit (same as the Kahe Kai)
Available in Pro Model + Standard Performance 100% Carbon Layup

Pronounced: KA.Heh.Leh

At 19'3", the new Kahele pairs the manageability of less size with a progressive approach to canoe design. The Kahele is designed for improved efficiency by eliminating length in the nose and tail of the canoe. The Kahele features an optimized waterline of about 19 feet.

Kahele, meaning "to move", is easy to manage both on and off the water. Although appealing to lighter paddlers looking for less to move around, Kahele also stands out for paddlers of all sizes due to its revolutionary design. It's compact, maneuverable size enables it to catch swell and jump over the bump in front with less effort. It also fits neatly in the trough between bumps so you don't get stuck and lose momentum.

"The Kahele is a canoe designed to be in harmony with its environment, not controlled by it."

The first Kahele's will be arriving in Hawaii and California January 2018 for demo. Taking orders for February and March 2018 shipments now!


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Paddlechica and Cali Paddler Collaboration

Paddlechica and Cali Paddler Collaboration Announcement

When two online sources of paddling excitement meet, one of two things can happen. 1) They can compete for the same audience; or 2) They can unite and create something really special…together. And for those who know the energy of Paddlechica and Cali Paddler, it will come as no surprise that they chose the latter. Starting in November 2017, you will start to see some awesome authoring from each added to the other’s websites. Exposing more folks to the articles and excitement each website has created for the paddling communi

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