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Canoecopia: Learn to control your boat

Veteran kayaker Steve Scherrer has invested decades of thought and effort toward developing a series of principles and activities he believes can help those paddlers make a great leap forward. >More
 Canoecopia: Wendy Killoran circumnavigates Newfoundland

In 2004, veteran Canadian sea kayaker Wendy Killoran circumnavigated Lake Huron's Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater isle in the world. The next year, she became the first woman to sea kayak around an entire Canadian province, paddling solo around Prince Edward Island. And in 2006, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Newfoundland -- a 2,700-kilometer journey that took more than three months to complete. >More
 Newfoundland by kayak

One of the most appealing aspects of Canoecopia is that, from one year to the next, the paddle-sport expo is as reliable as charted tides yet also as mutable as currents. Among this year's most promising innovations is a panel at noon Saturday, March 10, featuring seven women whose combined paddling accomplishments and knowledge are unrivaled. >More
 Another urgent Birkie bulletin

On the heels of yesterday's announcement that weather conditions had forced the shortening of the American Birkebeiner course from 51 to 23 kilometers, organizers of this year's ski race have released new information regarding details for this weekend's events. >More
 A bulletin for the 2007 Birkie

Officials with the American Birkebeiner announced this afternoon that this weekend's main cross-country skiing event will be conducted on a shortened course. >More
 Madison Platform Tennis Club aces the ice

Veteran platform tennis players Eileen and Tim Goode are introducing the sport to the Madison area, opening the Madison Platform Tennis Club on the grounds of the Red Mouse Sports Bar & Grill at the intersection of Mineral Point Road and County P in Pine Bluff. >More
 It's two below. Tennis, anyone?

'The reaction time can be brutal,' says Eileen Goode. She and her husband, Tim, are explaining the appeal of platform tennis ' a wintry outdoor variation on the traditional game ' as they serve and volley on the court they've built at the intersection of Mineral Point Road and County P in Pine Bluff. >More
 Learning to love the sled

In the north woods, there are two kinds of winter sports enthusiasts: Skiers and Snowmobilers. As someone who grew up in the former camp, I grew to despise the latter at an early age. After all, nothing can ruin a peaceful winter day in the woods, when the sky is clear and the snow is dry and powdery, than the whine of a snowmobile. >More
 On Tenney Park lagoon, skating time is finally here

For weeks I have visited, every day, the Web page where the City of Madison posts press releases. For weeks I have sought a particular piece of good news there. And at last, yesterday afternoon, my eye lit on the words that made my inner Homer Simpson yell "Woohoo!": "There are four outdoor ice rinks open today." >More
 Make your own blizzard

One of the marvels of the Capitol Square Sprints is the event's accommodation of first-time cross-country skiers, elite athletes and almost every level between ' kids, seniors, people with disabilities, high school teams, veteran citizens racers. >More
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