Kayaking the 2017 Winterfest Boat Parade through Ft Lauderdale!

The Holidays are upon us here in South Florida!

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The 2017 Winterfest Boat Parade was preceded by the leading edge of a strong cold front that covered the entire US of A and kept south Florida cool for a week!

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Just in time, a strong cold front moved over our area on December 9th, 2017.

Preceded by numerous squalls and rain bands, the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Holiday Boat Parade faced an uncertain forecast. As a result, turnout was a bit lower than usual. However all the rain moved on and the evening was clear and cool with temperatures dropping into the 50’s.

That’s winter time!!

Local paddlers “Kayak Ted” and “Kayak Whitney” of the South Florida Kayaking meetup group once again organized a paddle of the parade that has become a year-end paddling highlight and an annual South Florida kayaking tradition!

This is THE boat parade to see and it’s always a real special treat to be a part of it!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Our Winterfest kayak party HQ host Whitney demonstrates how light a wooden “stitch & glue” kayak can be!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Lisa D. seal launching off a floating dock.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Kayak Ted gets a seal launch assist from local paddler Greg.

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Happy Holidays!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

While en-route to Cooley’s Landing we encountered an obstacle in the form of the rail bridge that runs through downtown.
Unfortunately the draw was down and Ted’s palm tree did not fit underneath!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

First time Winterfest paddler Yamile M. waiting for the Parade to start.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

“Train! Train ..” going overhead of paddler Lisa D. with the show about to start!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Due to the rail bridge, we regrouped and started the Parade right downtown.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!
Rudolph basking in the bright lights of downtown Ft Lauderdale.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

We are off and paddling at the head of the 46th annual Winterfest Boat Parade!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Kayakers Whitney and Ted at the 2017 Winterfest Parade.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Rudolph poses with local paddler Greg in his lightweight, self made kayak!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

The unbearable lightness of being Rangifer tarandus in Ft Lauderdale.
Happy Holidays!!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Close encounter with a large Blue Heron at Tarpon Bend on the New River in Ft Lauderdale.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

My green LED light strips at full intensity with white stern light on a 4 foot pole.
This year I paddled CLOUD9 – a Venture Kayaks Orca 16 short sea kayak with a wing paddle.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Kayak Ted’s color changing LED lights with palm tree and Rudolph setup was a big hit with the Parade crowds!!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Ted is always smiling! 😉

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

“Is that a Rudolph or a puppy on your kayak?”

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

My kayak nearly overwhelmed with Kryptonite on the 2017 Winterfest Holiday Parade – HELP! 😉

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say no to kryptonite

Just say NO to Kryptonite !?

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

With the Kryptonite under control I was able to enjoy watching the Parade!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

“I, Rudolph” at the 2017 Winterfest Holiday Boat Parade.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

“You have reached the end of the Parade” – with an escort of blue lights!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Lit up Royal Palm trees on a waterfront Ft Lauderdale mansion.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

After about 5 hours, my green LED lights were still plenty bright at about half intensity.
Happy to say that I was fully rechargeable and ran all the lights off two 12V AA battery packs!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas lights LED kayakfari Ft Lauderdale Holidays paddle photography 2017

Our Winterfest HQ hosts Whitney and Shana warming up by the fire! 🙂

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A BIG thanks to Kayak Whitney, Kayak Ted, Winterfest and

all of Ft Lauderdale for a really nice Holiday paddle on the water.

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See you all next year!

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This year we paddled up past Oakland Pk Blvd and back for a total of about 14 miles! 🙂
Winterfest Boat Parade route map through downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

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Click below for more highlights from past Winterfest Boat Parades:

Kayaking a Parade of Lights!

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Happy Holidays! Feliz Navidad!

Veselé Vánoce!

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With that said..
Blessings friends!

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