The Long Island Paddlers, Inc.


Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Located at : 1 South Country Road, Brightwaters, NY 11718  (Click here for Directions)

As always, refreshments are served after the meeting

Next Meeting:

TRAK Kayaks
When: August 19, 2014, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

TRAK was conceived in the 1990’s in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The original product inventors were outdoorsmen that had big dreams and determined attitudes. Early hand-built prototypes were taken to a world-renowned kayaker (Ed Gillet) that gave feedback and encouragement to the inventors in the early stages of development.

By 2005, the start-up venture moved to Calgary and took on a life of its own. A lean manufacturing operation was born, thanks to the dedication, passion and experience of a great team of individuals and a group of dedicated investors. This collective team literally brought the TRAK performance folding kayak to life in 2006 for 2007 introduction.

They believe that their membrane skin-on-frame kayaks allow paddlers to really feel the water, sense its energy, and become one with it. This embraces the origin of the kayak, back to the earliest known kayaks on the planet, a seal skin on whale bone kayak built and paddled by the northern indigenous peoples to hunt and navigate the cold sub-arctic waters. TRAK kayaks are designed to emulate these kayaks using the most modern materials and technologies.

Hydraulics inside the cockpit enable you to tension the skin, as well as instantly shift the shape of the kayak’s hull - adjust for straight speed, to turn effortlessly or to neutralize a cross wind without a rudder. By adjusting the pressure on the three hydraulic jacks, the TRAK kayak actually changes its shape on the water, on the fly. The shape of the hull, the relative curvature (effective length of hull in water or waterline) called rocker, can be adjusted to adapt to different conditions or paddling preferences.

With TRAK, there is no performance trade-off for gaining portability. TRAK goes from pack to water – or back again – in 10 minutes or less. The ease of assembly is unheard of in the foldable kayak category. Store it in your closet, pack it in your trunk, check it on the plane and shake it out in 10 minutes or less. There’s nothing like it that combines all the advantages of a folding kayak, with the easiest set-up on the market, and the durability and performance of a hard shell. TRAK makes the world’s only performance kayak that fits in a golf bag.

If all this sounds too good to be true, then you need to attend this meeting to find out for yourself.

Additional Meeting dates:

Selecting Your Kayak
When: September 16, 2014, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Come spend an evening with Frank Chillemi of the Long Island Paddlers. Learn how to select a kayak . . . and how to get it right the first time. Don't miss this fast paced, informative, entertaining, and important presentation. Your wallet will thank you.

An Underwater Journey Through the Eyes of a Fishing Biologist
When: October 21, 2014, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Honest, real, and passionate describes both Christopher Paparo and his work. Chris currently writes for a number of fishing and outdoor magazines and was the senior aquarist at Atlantis Marine World since its inception in 1999 until 2012. He consistently captures the essence of our environment through the brilliant colors and subject matter in his photography.

Born on Long Island, Chris Paparo graduated from Long Island University–Southampton with a degree in marine biology. Primarily a self-taught photographer, his science background greatly influences his penchant for macro-photography.

Christopher’s imagery moves beyond the literal, mundane and common. His visually creative photographs are the result of experimenting with scale and perspective. Ultimately, his calm and patient approach to capturing his subject matter results in a unique visual point of view. For Chris, this endeavor is an ever changing, ever challenging labor of love.

Join us tonight for an exciting look at life under the waters we paddle here on Long Island.