The Trade Association of Paddlesports and the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Committee announce Nigel Dennis will be the keynote speaker at the 23 Annual West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium on Saturday, September 16, 2006. Saturday evening festivities are sponsored by Canoe & Kayak Magazine a long time supporter of the event.

Nigel Dennis began sea kayaking at the age of 23, and within three years had completed the first circumnavigation of Britain, with fellow kayaker Paul Caffyn. He’s led expeditions all over the world since then, notably around Cape Horn, a circumnavigation of Easter Island, and an expedition to Antarctica. His most recent expedition was to South Georgia Island, 800 miles southeast of the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic Ocean.

Dennis also has his own line of boats, Nigel Dennis Kayaks, which are used in heavy expeditions all around the world. And he founded his own school, the Anglesey Sea and Surf Centre, in Holyhead, North Wales.

“We are very excited that Nigel has accepted our invitation to attend. We look forward to hearing all about his South Georgia Expedition”, Symposium Director Nikki Rekman said.

The Friday night event, sponsored by Adventure Kayak Magazine will be the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Rapid Media’s new Reel Paddling Film Festival and World Tour brings the world’s best paddling films to the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. The festival has been created to inspire more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the places where we travel.

Exhibitor and Attendee on-line registration is open at, register today.

The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium is the largest and oldest sea kayak symposium in North America. It brings together the finest kayak manufacturers, speakers, and instructors in one place so paddlers can experience all that is sea kayaking. The symposium utilizes 1400 feet of sandy beach for product demos, a large retail area, indoor and outdoor classes, and on-water kayak instruction. It is for beginner and veteran paddlers, for young and old, for anyone with interest in the sport of kayaking. It’s all about getting people on the water, safely and confidently.

The Symposium is held at Fort Worden State Park, in Port Townsend, Washington, in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. The location is a 100-year old fort that has been totally restored into a living museum of the area’s history, set amongst the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest.

TAPS – the Trade Association of Paddlesports – is a non-profit trade association supporting the paddling industry in North America and the world. TAPS’ members are industry leaders and are dedicated to providing paddlers with 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. TAPS also has Associate members, businesses that support the paddlesports industry through legal, insurance, financial, online, and other services. Find out more at>