Whipped It Good – Winterfest Boat Parade 2018!

The 47th Annual Winterfest Boat Parade 2018

We came, we paddled, we Whipped It!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

The 47th Annual Winterfest Boat Parade 2018.

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

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

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The theme this year was “Best of the 80s”,

so the powers that be decided that we would appear as DEVO! 😮

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Presenting the 2018 Ft Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade DEVO kayaking crew!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

We are DEVO !!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Kayak Ted, the Parade paddle organizer and creator of our “Energy Dome” Devo hats!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

The honorary DEVO Alien representing.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Clark Griswold would be proud!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Kayak Whitney, our Winterfest Parade HQ paddle host.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Sights along the New River in downtown Ft Lauderdale.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

First time Winterfest Boat Parade paddler Judy ready to rock it out.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Kayakers Greg and Judy in DEVO garb.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Paddling up towards downtown Ft Lauderdale to the start of the Parade.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Kayaker Chelsea K. and Rudolph on the New River in the Mojito.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

It’s a Devo and Rudolph mania on the New River!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

The CLOUD9 decked out for the DEVO Parade!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

We must hurry up to make it to the start of the Parade in time! 😉

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

My loud whistle assortment for the Parade. I will be deaf in a couple of hours~

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Yes, Rudolph is DEVO all the way!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

DEVO paddling crew regrouping at Cooley’s Landing.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Time to paddle. We always lead the Parade ahead of all the powerboats!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

80’s theme for the 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018 Howie Grapek

DEVO kayak crew paddling through downtown Ft Lauderdale.
Image from GRAPEK Photography Online, used by permission.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Kayak Whitney says the Parade is ON and YOU must ..

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

You must Whip It!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

That’s right, says Kayak Ted: Whip It Good!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

But Devo was never quite like this before! 😉

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

WSVN TV crew and boom camera as we paddle by. Hopefully we made it on the show!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

All the boats lined up for the 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade through Ft Lauderdale.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Being a part of the Winterfest Boat Parade is our Christmas Story! 🙂

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

#MSDSTRONG – memorial boat. Very poignant!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Paddling on a river of living color Christmas lights.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Into the night we go! Here we are about to whip it good!!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Paddling past all the Parade boats, soaking in all the lights!!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

I hope the floating band covered “Whip It” as part of their 80’s repertoire!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018 Rick Iossi

Paddling past the cheering Holiday crowds in downtown Ft Lauderdale.
Image from Rick Iossi, used by permission.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018 Rick Iossi

Excellent pic of us at the 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade – that’s me on the left in green! 🙂
Image from Rick Iossi, used by permission.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Kayak Whitney crackin’ that whip!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

When a good time turns around, You must whip it!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

You will never live it down, Unless you whip it!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

DEVO crew paddling through a Christmas paradise.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018 Janine Mangini

Leading the 2018 Ft Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade, breaking up the darkness!
Image from Janine Mangini Photography used by permission.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Bird’s eye view of our kayak flotilla perfectly reflected in the mirror-black finish on the hull of a mega yacht.

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This year we received possibly the best coverage of us paddling the Winterfest Boat Parade – ever!

Many thanks to Howie Grapek, Rick Iossi and Janine Mangini for the great pics!! 🙂

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018 Howie Grapek

Are we not paddlers? We are DEVO !!
Image from GRAPEK Photography Online used by permission.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Whipping up the Christmas lights at the 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018 Janine Mangini

Judy is a DEVO paddler now!
Image from Janine Mangini Photography used by permission.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

I am whipping it good at the 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Back to the future 80’s!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

2018 Winterfest Boat Parade 80’s Grand Marshal Showboat!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

The 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade Santa Showboat.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Enjoying the Winterfest Boat Parade passing by in front of us!

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Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It’s not too late
To whip it
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Whip it good!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Filming the filming of the passing Parade boats.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Rudolph watching the Parade go by.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Vintage Rudolph contemplates another successful Winterfest Boat Parade paddle!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Parting DEVO words of wisdom.
Whipped It Good!

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Adapted from “Devo – Whip It” written by Gerald Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management.

Fair Use – Parody/humor.

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Royal Palms lit up in Christmas lights for the Holidays!

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Excellent quality video shot at Commercial Blvd covers the Parade highlights. We are not in it since we paddled up to just shy of Oakland Park Blvd and then back. It does cover the SUP paddlers who did a one way run up the intracoastal.

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

all of Ft Lauderdale for another great Holiday paddle on the water.

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See you all next year!

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Flex Maslan Kayak Winterfest Boat Parade kayakfari Christmas lights Devo ft lauderdale 80s Holidays photography 2018

Paddling the 2018 Winterfest Boat Parade route map covered about 13 miles.

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Click below for more highlights from past Winterfest Boat Parades:

Kayaking a Parade of Lights!

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Ft Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade – Kayaking a Parade of Lights!

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Enjoy!

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