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How to Plastic Weld a Kayak on a Budget

Saturday May 31, 2014

A crack in a plastic kayak is every paddler's worst nightmare.  Most kayak shops will tell you that it can't be fixed and try to get you to scrap your boat.  There is, however, a... (read more)

Kayak Plastic Welding Supplies on a Budget

Saturday May 31, 2014

While it might not look professional, this method will get the job done and save you from having to scrap your perfectly good yet slightly damaged kayak.  Here are the supplies you'll need to plastic weld your kayak on a budget...(read more)

Plastic Welding: HDPE vs. XLPE

Saturday May 31, 2014

Plastic kayaks are made of Polyethylene, otherwise known as PE.  PE is like a magic material that has revolutionized the industries that uses this plastic.  The very same chemical properties that... (read more)

Paddling Florida's State Park System

Saturday May 31, 2014

With the majority of the 160 state parks in the Florida State Parks system being somehow centered on water, Florida is a kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding dream come true.  While there is thousands of mile of shoreline in the state of Florida, each region has a paddling character all... (read more)

Kayaking the Florida Panhandle State Parks

Saturday May 31, 2014

The area of Northwest Florida known as the Florida Panhandle is an interesting tract of land.  On average, this strip of terrain that is sandwiched between the State of Alabama and Gulf of Mexico is only about 50 miles north to south between the two.  There is therefore a number of rivers carrying water into the Gulf.  Yet...(read more)

Kayaking Middle Florida's State Parks

Saturday May 31, 2014

While the middle of Florida obviously has coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, many of the State Parks here center Florida's hidden gems, namely the state's natural springs.  These springs bubble out...(read more)

Kayaking North Florida's State Parks

Saturday May 31, 2014

The landscape and culture of  North Florida is much more akin to South Georgia than anywhere in the State of Florida.  Rich with forests, swamps, and springs as well as beaches, this portion of Florida has the by far the most kayaking diversity in all of the state.  Through North Florida's state... (read more)

Kayaking South Florida's State Parks

Saturday May 31, 2014

When South Florida is mentioned, beach scenes and images of nightlife instantly come to mind.  However, it wasn't too long ago that this built up tourist destination was considered swamp land.  And, while the term swamp definitely comes across as one of derision, this beautiful... (read more)

Put-Ins and Take-Outs at the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Spanning 27 miles in total length, the Wekiva RiverRock Springs Run experience has multiple access points.  The typical start to the complete trail starts out on the Rock Springs Run and flows into Wekiwa River.  A short paddle upstream will land kayakers at the headsprings of Wekiva Springs.  Downstream the river meanders through near total seclusion up to the point where it enters the St. John's River.

All About Paddling Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run

Wednesday April 30, 2014

On average 42 million gallons of water each day boil up out of the headsprings at Wekiva State Park and fill the river where they meet the daily 30 million gallons that fill the Rock Springs Run. One of two recognized National Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida, the Wekiva River is a cool 72 degrees.  The refreshingly clear waters,  pristine banks, and abundant wildlife make the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run a wonderful Florida springs kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding wonderland. Learn all about paddling these Florida gems.

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