Sunday, March 9, 2008

HISWA, promoting Moldova

For your eyes only

Yesterday I have been to the HISWA, this is the biggest water sport fair from Holland. Sitting in the train before seven, I arrived a few hours later at the RAI in Amsterdam.
I was welcomed by one of the members from the NKB. They had a little promo corner just near the basin, where whole day demo's were taking place. Water-ski, sailing and some play boats and kanopolo.
No sea kayakers around, it was the day for the youngsters. Who could win a camera with their Tricks and Rolls.
And the day of the crowd who want to have a million euro boat but can only afford a dinghy…..Or a kayak like me. I prefer the kayak though.

the Blue banana Boat
Main features were huge boats and new equipment.
Only Bic was having a large area to promote their Kayaks and catamarans. No other kayak dealers around. Although, I am not using the wide sit-on kayak from Bic, they do attract a wide audience.
I bought myself a new handheld VHF radio, a Standard Horizon. At the same time I asked dealers from all kinds of navigation equipment about the SPOT.
Nobody did know about the brand, and one even told me that I am fooling him….well seems they don't like competition. Or do not open themselves for new technologies.
The rest of the day I hand out leaflets and give some info about Kayaking and the trip to Moldova.

Play in the Boat

When I put on the computer this morning there was a news item: somebody was rescued on a river in a kayak overhere on the river Rhine. I don't know the details….according to the item, the current was to strong. Two people had to rescue him…he had some problems with hypothermia afterwards.

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