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Northeast Canoe & Kayak Symposium

1st Annual Canoe and Kayak Symposium to be held September 5, 6 & 7 2008 at Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton, NJ 08809

(Beacon NY) Answering the demand of the North East market TAPS proudly hosts this symposium based on the successful West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium (WCSKS). The North East Canoe and Kayak Symposium (NECKS) will be a consumer event offering manufacturer demos, instruction and retail sales for attendees. This move east has been discussed over many years but came to life when current board President Tim Rosenhan and Executive Director Michael Pardy created a new vision for TAPS and found a very capable show director in Ray Fusco.

”For 24 years the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium has been THE paddling event to attend west of the Rockies. No where else have paddlers been able to find the same concentration of world class on-water instruction, seminars, presentations, and boats to demo. Next year TAPS is introducing the same exciting symposium format to the Northeast. This will be a great opportunity for both paddling novices and enthusiasts to explore the sport, improve their skills, and have a great time.” Tim Rosenhan, President TAPS’ Board of Directors

The location: Spruce Run Recreation Area Clinton NJ 08809 (eastern central New Jersey)
Less than 1 hour from NYC, 1.5 hours from Philly, and 2 hours Central Long Island
Albany NY 3 hours, Hartford CT 3 hours, Baltimore 3.5 hours, Washington DC 4 hours and 4.75 hours from Boston MA.

Water Access: Fresh Water Lake with a 1200 linear feet of beach space and 75ft to 100ft wide

Accommodations: The Park has camping for up to 400 people both trailer and tent. The local area has 3 major hotels…Marriot, Hampton and Holiday Inn.

Amenities: The town of Clinton has many restaurants, hotels and all necessary amenities.

Transportation: NJ Transit – Raritan Valley Line

“Our vision is to support and contribute to the paddling community in the North East by offering a rich and varied event that showcases the diversity of paddlesports in the Northeast and beyond. NECKS is a gathering for curious new comers and existing paddlers; it is an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange stories, and plan future adventures.” Michael Pardy, Executive Director TAPS

Content: Jon Bowermaster is our Key note speaker featuring his latest adventure 2008 Antarctica.
The instructional component will comprise of beginner to advanced level kayak and canoe instruction from industry leading instructors and regional outfitters. We will have a wealth of seminars, clinics and talks covering all aspects of paddlesports from talented and accomplished enthusiast paddlers.

“The North East market has a heritage of strong consumer based sales shows and the void for a best in class symposium and educational event presented the perfect opportunity for TAPS and me. The beauty of this relationship is that our goal and vision are the same…to produce an event that benefits the entire paddlesports industry!” Ray Fusco, President of Ray Fusco Inc.

About TAPS: the Trade Association of Paddlesports – is a non-profit trade association supporting the paddling industry in North America. Our members are industry leaders and are dedicated to providing paddlers with the best in equipment, services, and experiences. TAPS represents manufacturers, retailers, outfitters, instructional centers, publications, and more throughout the paddlesports industry, encompassing canoes, touring kayaks, whitewater kayaks, and rafts. The primary purpose of this Association is: to support, encourage and promote the commerce of paddlesports in an ethical and professional manner.

About Ray Fusco Inc.: Ray Fusco Inc is a consulting, events and adventure company with a substantial event production component. Ray Fusco Inc owns the Mayor’s Cup New York City Kayak Championships property along with its affiliate Tune Up race series. Ray Fusco Inc. specializes in the Outdoor Industry.