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Beat the Winter Blues: Tips for Paddling through the Cold Season

Many of us can feel the quiet whisperings of fall creeping in: cooler mornings, evening breezes, and a little more rain. For seasoned paddlers, the shoulder seasons (fall and spring) and even winter mean some of the best whitewater boat riding around because our rivers and creeks tend to hold water a bit better. For …

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Bottom’s Up: A Piecemeal Approach to River Running

As paddlers, we are constantly facing the challenge of time versus information. How quickly can we process our surroundings? Our ability to make decisions- good ones- in a small window of opportunity is largely what determines our success on the water, whether that be perceived or actual. Have you ever gotten to the put-in for …

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Making Cents Out of Buying Used Gear

When I first got into kayaking in 2002, I made the mistake that many beginners do: I walked into a retail store and bought a brand new boat, helmet, PFD, spray skirt, paddle, and other miscellaneous accessories. All told, I spent over $1,500, and that was buying the cheapest equipment they had. Little did I know that in …

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Moving Up and Getting Down: A Case for Different Boats and Different Sizes

It’s no secret: I love my Diesel 60. Seriously, I’ve spent so much time in that boat, I feel like I think what I want it to do and it responds. It was the boat I learned to roll in and remains my go-to craft any time I’m hopping on something new, namely because I …

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Overcoming Plateaus: 7 Considerations in Pushing Past Paddling Hang Ups

There’s been a lot of talk lately about progression and extremes and pushing ourselves. It’s given me, a relatively new boater, a lot to think about. I don’t know what it’s like to truly fear for my life or someone else’s on the water but I do know that as I push my boating, the …

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10 Steps to Be Ultra Successful in Whitewater Kayaking

It got your attention, didn’t it? Of course it did! We all want to find the easy way to reach our goals, and there are countless articles out there stating “10 Easy Steps” to reach the stars and back. It is of consequence to know that there is no dream list of “to-do’s”  to achieve …

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Kayak How To: Boat Draining

[st_video video=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbFNigfDYOQ” ratio=”16:9″ width=”” height=””]   I am a stickler for the details. It bothers me when I see an instructor leave out even the most minute details for a beginner. Inevitably, as people struggle through the first bit of the learning curve and become more comfortable with their roll, they are going to come …

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Spruce Up a Familiar Run

[st_video video=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60iUP8HSx7U” ratio=”16:9″ width=”” height=””] It bothers me that I hear folks saying that they get bored on a river, it seems almost as if they have become to good for… well, their own good. One of the best nuggets I ever heard while on a river came from Andrew Holcombe, “if you aren’t having …

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