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‘Lock-a-Palooza’ to feature world-class kayaker

Paul Twist Surfing 3The Genesee Waterways Center and Lock 32 Whitewater Park in Pittsford have teamed up to celebrate “Lock-a-Palooza” on Aug. 26, featuring Paul Twist, a world-class kayaker.

Twist, a Rochester native, is a schoolteacher at Monroe No. 1 BOCES in Rochester and went pro in his first season of kayaking, officials said.

He has also won major national whitewater competitions.

“We were very fortunate to have someone of Paul’s caliber work with us this summer on this project,” said Tom Kosanke, president of GWC, in a statement. “He has introduced some terrific new features to our training facility that will benefit both seasoned and new paddlers. I encourage those interested in seeing what he has done to come join the fun at Lock-a-Palooza.”

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer community members free learn-to-kayak sessions, open paddling, BoaterCross and other activities.

Lock 32 Whitewater Park is located at 2797 Clover St. in Pittsford. It is a man-made whitewater class 2-3 facility.

Food, entertainment and several fundraising opportunities will also be available, officials said. The event is free and open to the public.

“Lock-a-Palooza” is sponsored by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the NYS Canal Corp., and Swiftwater Brewery.

More information can be found here.

Follow Kerry Feltner on Twitter: @KerryFeltner

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