Charleston, SC James Island County Park will host the 18th Annual East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival, April 18-20, 2008. One of the premier paddlesport events on the Atlantic Coast, the festival is a full-weekend immersed in the technique, hands-on experience, history and fun of canoeing and kayaking.

Each year E.C.C.K.F. brings together paddling enthusiasts of all levels with world-renowned instructors and equipment manufacturers. The action-packed festival features a multitude of on-water classes, lectures, and demonstrations directed to the novice as well as the experienced paddler. Plus over 40 commercial exhibitors will be on-hand to give you a chance to try the latest equipment before you buy.

The heart of the Festival is the simultaneous running of four classrooms throughout the three-day event. You can meet and learn from the following experts, Nigel Foster, Cathy Piffath, Lena Conlan, Jeff Cooper, Ken Fink, Bob Foote, Karen Knight, Dubside, Ben Lawry, Steve Scherrer, and Dale Williams, as well as other knowledgeable paddlesport enthusiasts. A wide variety of topics include slide shows of exotic paddling locations, how-to sessions on navigation, selecting or repairing equipment, safety, and preparing gourmet cuisine fresh from your dry bag.

The 2008 festival kicks off Friday with classes, workshops and boat demonstrations. Join keynote speaker Bryan Smith for the opening barbecue dinner and social. Bryan Smith, kayaker, coach, and filmmaker, will share his film Pacific Horizons and stories from the production of the film and his travels last year.

Children are also welcome to the festival and are free with a paying adult. Learn how to paddle as a family in our clinics, or register your young paddlers in the full and * day canoe and kayak camps (ages 6-12) featuring hands-on sessions, cardboard canoe races, nature walks, crafts and more.

Make plans now to participate in this exciting event! Come meet your paddling peers throughout the weekend and enjoy food, beverages, music and of course, canoeing and kayaking!

Stay on-site at James Island County Parks campsites. Registration packages start at $15 and range from sampler passes to full-weekend passes perfect for all levels and abilities! Children 17 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult registration. For more information, a daily festival schedule and to register .