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to check out area beaches? Sarasota-Bradenton has already secured the 2017 world championships, but the sport's top officials are reportedly considering the area to host other international competitions, such as the World Rowing Coastal Championships. What's that? Picture athletes moving wider, sturdier racing shells amid the chop and waves of a local bay or ocean in an open water rowing sport that has gained traction in the past decade. "It's a rebirth of an old mode of transportation," said Paul Blackketter, -e-online,a5818620.html the director of the nonprofit that runs Nathan Benderson Park, last week. Matt Smith, executive director of the International Rowing Federation, and other rowing officials toured the area on Monday and and will continue their Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian visit today. International Rowing Federation officials have said they are also interested in bringing a masters championship source here. While the championship for amateur rowers over age 21 lacks the prestige of more elite competitions, the event has the largest participation in the world.