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Really Important News for LOL 2014

January 18th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments



For the past ten years we’ve been amazed by the love and support we’ve had for Ladies of the Lake. We’ve made countless new friends and watched the growth of so many paddlers.  It’s been a great decade for us and we really hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

Unfortunately, dwindling participation and rising costs are putting a tremendous strain on this symposium. Every year it gets harder and harder keep above water.   After weeks of heartfelt deliberation, we came to the conclusion that there are really only two ways to meet the financial needs of the symposium: increased cost or increased participation.

Raising the entry cost seems unfair to you.  We understand that sea kayaking can be an expensive sport and we want to do our best not to make it excessive. Keeping the cost of the symposium as low as possible has always been a priority for us. Instruction is important but it shouldn’t break the bank.

That leaves us with increasing participation. Having more people helps us spread out the cost without decreasing any of the great events and instruction you’ve come to expect. Plus, having more people improves the quality of the socials and makes more fun for everyone.

So here’s the big news. For Ladies of the Lake 2014 we have to have 100 participants to hold the event.   If we can’t get 100 women to sign up we are going to be forced to cancel.  If you love this event as much as we do please help us out. Sign up. Tell your friends to sign up. Tell strangers to sign up. Share the event on Facebook, twitter, your website, or any other outlets you may have.  We really want to keep this symposium going.  If there was ever a year to sign up, this is it. 

We’ve set a deadline of June 1st to make it to 100 participants.  Hopefully this will give you plenty of time and this will be no problem at all.

We don’t see it happening, but if disaster strikes and we don’t reach 100 participants we will work with you to make the best of it. If you have already registered, we will either offer you a full refund or transfer your entry to our Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium.

Registration is all online this year so check out http://downwindsports.com/lol/register/ to get signed up.

OK, so that’s the REALY important news.  Now for some regular important news.  LOL 2014 is coming to Munising Michigan on August 14-17!  And we’re going Western! But we’ll have more info on that in the coming days.  So dust off your cowboy boots,  sign up, and tell your friends!

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call at 906-482-2500.

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  1. Bettina Graber
    January 19th, 2014 at 20:05 | #1

    Do you have classes suitable for a 75 year old newbie?

    • Matt
      January 20th, 2014 at 17:49 | #2

      If you’re able to comfortably get in and out of your kayak and sit in the kayak for up to 2 hours at a time you should have no problems. Check out our class descriptions to find some for your skill level. If you have any questions give us a call 906-482-2500.

  2. Christine Savage
    January 19th, 2014 at 22:33 | #3

    I’m in and I will share this on facebook.

    • Matt
      January 20th, 2014 at 17:45 | #4

      Great! Thanks. We look forward to seeing you in Munising.

  3. January 23rd, 2014 at 21:59 | #5

    I’ll float this around on meetup. It’d be a way-cool road trip!

  4. Linda Suzanne (Boos) Bedell Kucway
    January 30th, 2014 at 15:24 | #6

    At age 61 I’ve loved kayaking for the past few years but have only had one brief orientation during a two hour claideas s in Copper Harbor. I have a long plastic Walden kayak near the size of a sea kayak but not as streamlined and slim. It has a dry storage compartment in the rear but no rudder. The cockpit is wide for my leg length so bracing is tough/impossible. I do use the pedals to help with this. I have a bilge pump and paddle float but no skirt or wet suit.

    I am eagerly looking forward to meeting and learning from other paddlers using any available means. Any advice or ideas to hasten my learning and improve my experience are welcome. Looking forward to LOL!

  1. January 24th, 2014 at 22:08 | #1
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