Today was the 3rd annual Roger Williams Paddle. I really enjoy going on this trip each year. My friend Keith Gonsalves is the head of the Ten Mile River Watershed Council. Each year he coordinates this fantastic paddle.
|This year I secured sponsorship from Kodak as well as Xshot so that I could record the event. I was given two Xshot Kayak Mounts so that I could secure the two Playsport cameras that I received from Kodak. I worked with some really great people in Jennifer Cisney (@KodakCB) and Tina Clark (@KodakEvents) from Kodak and my friend Michael Daoud (@Xshot) from Xshot. Without them this would not have been such a successful trip. I love how easy it was to take video with the PlaySport. I had two cameras going at once with one pointed to the side and one straight ahead. I am looking forward to editing this video, I think there will be some interesting stuff going on with the two cameras. Here is my new rig for photos and video.||
The paddle today was a fast one because today was also WaterFire day in Providence. What this meant to us was that we needed to get into the city through the hurricane gates before those gates came down and shut in the high tide. This is done so that the gondolas and fuel boats can go up and down the river. If this was not done then by the time WaterFire happened the boats would get stuck in the river.
So we were under the gun and had to haul it. The paddle wasn’t as leisurely as it has been in past years but we did get Keith’s Signature story of Roger Williams. I got most of it on video as I floated around. Thank goodness for the two PlaySports and Xshot Kayak Mounts. Without those I would have to keep swiveling around, but with them I could just gently paddle from site to side.
Once we got through the hurricane gates we could take our time. We had so much extra time that this time I could go right into Waterplace park and even paddle under the Providence Place Mall. That was really very cool. Then we got out and went over to the Roger Williams National Memorial Park. There we had a great meal and were treated to the story of Roger Williams by John McNiff. I captured his story of Roger Williams at the 1st Roger Williams Paddle.
I took a bunch of photos and posted them to a Flickr Set. You can see them at the Roger Williams Paddle 2010 set. I’ll get to working on that video soon.
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