If you've been caught by the SUP bug you've probably already gotten more than one. That's the way it is with us paddlers. Why have one canoe when you can have two, right? We need a kayak for every situation or extras just in case a friend might want to go. Well, the same holds true for standup paddleboarding. If this line of reasoning holds true for you and if you have a plastic SUP and also a nicer composite board, do I have an idea for you. Convert your plastic SUP into a SUP-kayak hybrid. Then you'll have an all-purpose vessel that can be paddled standing up, kneeling down, and even sitting down. You'll also have an extra of whatever you need if you do decide to bring a friend.
So often our paddling trips require the decision of whether or not to run shuttle. If we don't, we must paddle back to where we parked our vehicles, known as an out and back. If we run shuttle, we often must invest significant time on the front and back end of the trip, saving extra paddling time. Here's a guide to help you sift through these decisions.
As standup paddleboarding has increased in popularity a new market has emerged. People are looking to buy boats that can be paddled both standing up and sitting down. These vessels are so new that no name has been given them as of yet. I just call them SUP-Kayak hybrids. Learn all about if a SUP-Kayak hybrid is for you.
While Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, give thanks, and eat a lot of food, some people take the day off to do what they love. As it relates to this page, that would be to paddle. So, cool weather not withstanding, did anyone do some Thanksgiving Day paddling that they'd like to share?
The Middle Ocoee River has a near limitless number of surf and play opportunities. One such spot stands out about the rest, however. Kayakers will come from hours away to spend the entire day just surfing at what is known as Hell Hole. It is a near perfect wave slash hole that is easy to catch and powerful to surf yet forgiving on the exit. Check out Hell Hole on the Middle Ocoee here and plan to hit it hard next season.
Tennessee's Middle Ocoee River is one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the U.S. Remarkably however, it really isn't that crowded as compared to other rivers. Due to the abundance of release dates and the long summer days in Tennessee, there's plenty of Ocoee River to go around. Here's a photo gallery giving a step-by-step look at how to kayak the Middle Ocoee River.
Have you ever dropped your cel phone in a puddle? How about in the bottom of your canoe or kayak? Or worse, into the river? I'm cringing just writing this. Every paddler is at risk of getting they cel phone wet. Or at the very least developing moisture behind the face of their watch. We spend time, and lots of it, in and around the water. It is only natural that given enough time some electronic device is going to get wet.
Well, there is a new article of merchandise that every kayaker, canoeist, and paddle boarder should have with their gear just in case one of the above scenarios becomes a reality. The product is called the BHEESTIE Sport. Learn all about when to use the BHEESTIE Sport and how the BHEESTIE Molecular Beads™ will dry out your electronic device for maintenance or emergency purposes.
This is a lonely time of year for paddlers. Its too cold to kayak, but the conditions aren't there yet for skiing. What's an adventure sport enthusiast to do? Well, if you're like most kayakers and canoeists I know, you didn't realize your last trip out on the water would actually be your last trip on the water. We always think we'll get out there just one more time, but alas the there is a last time.
This means that your paddling gear is now done for the 2013 season. At some point, months down the road, you'll dig your boat, paddle, and pfd out for its first trip in 2014. Hopefully everything is in working order. There's nothing worse than heading out on a long overdue paddling excursion only to find out some crucial article of gear needs repair.
This leads to the opening of this post. Are you bored? If so, why not give your kayaking, canoeing, and SUP gear a once over and see if anything needs attending to before proper storage for the season?
The Ocoee River has so much to offer paddlers, rafters, bikers, hikers, and all around adventure lovers. From the Ocoee Whitewater Center, to the Upper and Middle Sections of the Ocoee River, there is a lot to this area of the Cherokee National Forest. If you are anywhere on the east coast of the U.S. You should learn all about the Ocoee River, to help you plan your next rafting, kayaking, or outdoor trip for 2014.
The Ocoee Whitewater Center, or the OWC to boaters and mountain bikers, was built special for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. During the Centennial Games, the Ocoee River was the cite for canoe/kayak slalom events. Today, the OWC sits perched above the Upper Ocoee River and the former site of the Slalom Course. There's hiking trails, biking trails, and Class IV kayaking and rafting right at the doors of the OWC. Even if you're not a paddler, come to the OWC, eat at the snack bar, and sit on a rocking chair overlooking the river.