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Dancing with Canoes

Jan 09, 2013 02:00AM
If plain old cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon in a canoe is mundane to you, consider donning a tuxedo and “dancing” with your canoe to symphonic music. That’s how Marc Ornstein and his friends like to spend their spare time, and his freestyle canoe symposiums have grown throughout the years to include folks from all walks of life, from all over the country.

Inasmuch as freestyle canoeing is an art form, Ornstein’s symposiums are really about the art and science of quiet water paddling. This form of canoeing emphasizes smooth, efficient flat-water paddling and precision boat control, which can be applied to all canoeing situations. Because of the beauty and quiet nature of this paddling form, dancing with canoes to music has also become an artistic form of expression.

Ornstein’s Florida Canoe Symposium is held March 15 – 18 at Florida State College’s Betty P. Cook Nassau Center in Yulee, and interested boaters can log onto Ornstein’s web site for complete information at http://www.freestylecanoeing.com/Events/Florida.html. Registration deadline is January 31, 2013. Even if you are not interested in canoeing, it’s fun to stop by the college to watch some of the boaters do their thing. Tuxedos are optional.