I can't tell you how excited I am to finally be launching WorldKayak.com
The goal is simple: Improve the paddling communities we are all part of. How? By creating a singular place for people to go to both post and find out what is going on in their communities.
1. National and Community Calendars
the National Calendar shows all events, activities, etc. that have been posted to all of the community calendars so you can find something to do no matter where you bring your kayak!
the community calendar allows you to find out what is going on in any local region, like your own! this way you don't find out after the fact that there was a video premier, a rolling class, a river trip, or a party for paddlers! this is a community calendar, meaning that YOU can add your own events, trips, etc. to share with others so they don't miss it!
2. River Description Wikis: Yes, a Wiki, like a blog, except it is a growning living blog where you can edit, add, or change the river descriptions as you see fit. This means that you simply log on and if you don't see enough information on a rapid, you can add your own take on it! this includes photos, etc.
3. personal Blogs- Yes, like a "my space" everything you do can be seen by others in one place. This means that you can blog and share photos, video, and your stories and anyone can see them, and you'll have your own personal Kayaker Space to share with others. In the first few days we have already had dozens of blogs posted and it is just starting!
4. A local Ambassador! yes, you have a local ambassador, someone who cares about YOUR LOCAL community! IF your community has a page alread, then you have someone hard at work helping you and the other paddlers in your area become more informed and entertained! If you WANT to be an ambassador, we applaud you and welcome you, as long as you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and dig in and help get your site off the ground!
Want to participate but not be an ambassador? Sweet, that is truly what this site is for and we'll reward you for it if you get started quickly!
Sign up as a member of the World Kayak community and we'll send you a new membership for American Whitewater, or we'll renew you from the time your's expires for another year! Jackson Kayak has already purchased 300 memberships at full price from AW ($10,500) to give out, so don't worry about it being delayed! We are also giving out our Ambassadors an AW membership.
We are also going to ship out the new 2007 "Action Jackson" DVD to any new members for the remainder of 2007!
If you are not a Jackson Kayak fan or work with another brand or whatever, don't stress, we'll be bringing in fun prizes and other offers from any manufacturer that wants to participate!
Look for a "blog or river wiki contest" for "best of show" and heavy hitters (the most activity of any blogger). We'll give away monthly prizes!!!
Yes, this is a big undertaking and I want to thank all Ambassadors that have worked so hard on their region!
Most of all i want to thank James McBeathe and Colin Kemp for their incredible efforts to make this a reality!