July has been a busy month with events and traveling. It kicked off with the Deerfield River Fest in MA. I set up a booth for Wave Sport right next to the NRS booth which was run by Blake. We had lots of visitors just chilling out in our booths and Kenny brought cake so it was a good night! Confluence Outdoors donated a couple boats for the Silent Auction. Maui Jim, KEEN, Accent Paddles, and Zoar Outdoor all donated to American Whitewater for the Silent Auction. Even I donated a free…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on July 30, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments
The natural flow kayaking season in California this year was comparatively short, but as always the goods are good if you can get them. Of the local day runs, highlights for me included North Feather (Tobin section), the elusive Gay Wave on the Main American, South Yuba (Purdon's to Bridgeport), three runs on the Golden Gate section of the South American, two runs on South Silver Creek, and a run on the Silver Fork of the American. A few rivers were in for good long windows, but some did…Continue
Added by Taylor Cavin on July 25, 2014 at 3:57am — No Comments
Freestyle kayaking has impacted my life in so many ways! I get to compete in an amazing sport, make friends, and travel the world. The summer started off traveling with some of my best friends to Colorado to compete in the Go Pro Games and Fibark, then it was off to Europe to compete in the 2014 ICF World Cup Series…Continue
Added by Hunter Katich on July 23, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments
Keeping the momentum of the Whitewater Grand Prix going and entertaining the creeking aspect of the whitewater world, we found ourselves in the town of Shawinigan. It was time for the Extreme Race Time Trial stage. In true WWGP fashion we arrived to an intense looking slide waterfall combo…Continue
Added by Tyler Curtis on July 19, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
Added by Natty Cordon on July 18, 2014 at 9:20am — No Comments
Good, original, ideas can be hard to come by. Getting them to actually work can be nothing short of a miracle... Or so we have come to find out. (Short attention span? Skip to the bottom to check out free clinics offered by Wave Sport Kayaks and…Continue
Added by Chris Wing on July 15, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments
Italian paddling is famed for that perfect combination of food, drink, sunshine and whitewater, so when I got the chance to spend a week in Valsesia at the beginning of June, I couldn’t resist.
The first day got off to a pretty sluggish start. Having all got a little…Continue
Added by Natty Cordon on July 12, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments
Being July in the Northwest, we're a tad short on water and play, but we're still high on stoke (did I really just say that?)! My shoulder rehab has been a long process, but I'm officially back in my boat, and able to do the important things like boof, cartwheel, and wave wheel! YES!…Continue
Once the Gladiator event was finished the giant migration of athletes started. Our next stop would take us to the province of Quebec and the Rouge River to compete in a Head to Head boater cross event. We all arrived to bleak rainy weather and traces of snow still on the ground. The spring rains had…Continue
Added by Tyler Curtis on July 3, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments
We’ve been spending (a lot of) time on the road lately, and it has been an adjustment to stay healthy and present without blowing our budget or dirtbagging it too severely. With a bit of planning and a little resolve, you can keep your travels relatively cheap and fairly healthy if you keep your on-the-road lifestyle flexible. Here’s a few tips & observations from our spring and summer travels that allow us to make the most of our time on the road in a positive way.…Continue
Living in Readsboro, VT has so many whitewater options. My favorite is the WB of the Deerfield. This section runs with snow melt and rain. A big thunderstorm rolled in Wednesday night and dropped like 5 inches of rain in the area. I checked the level first thing in the morning and it was running at a great medium level. We put on and it was 2 feet. My Recon 70 kills it on this run! Check out the video of my Recon 70 in action!…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on June 29, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments
After my warm up day and first day in a kayak in over 6 months it was time to get the Whitewater Grand Prix going.
The water levels on the Ottawa River turned out to be perfect for one of the biggest surf waves being surfed today…GLADIATOR. The sun was shining and the energy level of the…Continue
Added by Tyler Curtis on June 27, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments
I put together a video of a day paddling at Hole Brothers in NY using my Wave Sport Mobius 49 and some squirt boating at Consumption Junction on the Deerfield River in MA. I'm finally getting this squirt boating thing sorted out. I wish I started this years ago because I live like 30 minutes away from an amazing squirt spot.
The Zoar Outdoor Demo Fest begins tomorrow so I'll be there in the Wave Sport booth and will be helping out with mini clinics. There's still some…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on June 19, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments
Idaho is known for its outstanding wilderness river multi-day trips, but here is awesome day trip Lisa Marie and I did two days in a row.
Length 10 miles
Put-in- Roberson Trail East or West
Take Out- Normal Bruneau take out (before first diversion dam)
Flow- 327 cfs and up (over 2,000 cfs the river is non-stop)
Permit-self-issue at the take-out only
Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on June 17, 2014 at 9:12pm — No Comments
After a more than successful 2013 season, I finally put my paddle gear away for the long winter months, which I would spend out of my kayak and exploring the world of winter and snow.
It always seems to be around the middle of March when I start to see the mad push from kayakers on social media.…Continue
Added by Tyler Curtis on June 15, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Athletes tend to spend a lot of time honing in their skill as well as their "feel" when preparing to learn new moves for competition or even fun- so much so that when a company introduces a new boat, we can be a bit skeptical. It's like saying, "Why are you messing with my game, Coach?" This is a tougher sell to…Continue
Excited to be part of the Wave sport Team and loving my new Mobius. I have had a chance to paddle some very big water this spring on the Ottawa River. First competition for me was The Ottawa XL where we were challenged with a big wave freestyle comp on Gladiator and the second day was a Boater Cross race through Coliseum . The levels were at 25 + and were not perfect Gladiator levels making it very difficult to catch and even harder to throw a trick. The wave behind Gladiator made for some…Continue
We kicked off our Dare to Kayak season at Mundo Hot Springs. Thanks Wave Sport for supporting my program and helping so many kids experience kayaking for the first time. Many of these kids will participate this summer in Dare to Kayak on the Salmon River this summer. Enjoy the video. The quality is not the best as our school has older computers, but you can still see all the fun the kids had. …Continue
Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on June 2, 2014 at 12:38pm — No Comments
May has been a pretty fun month for me. I got to paddle a bunch so that was pretty sweet, I turned 34, found out I'm going to be an aunt, and my best friends had a beautiful baby girl! It's been a good month!
The month started off with working a few events. I went to the Saratoga Springs and Old Forge, NY Paddle Festivals. It was fun talking to people about the sport of kayaking and getting them into the right kayak that best suits their needs. There was a SUP race at…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on May 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
The Salmon River runs to my home in Riggins, Idaho. 208.1 miles upstream is the launch ramp for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Over the last twenty plus years of kayaking I’ve waxed and waned between running multi-day self-support kayak trips to park and play kayak surfing, but I am slipping back to my roots: wilderness river trips. I’m happiest unplugged in the middle of the largest wilderness in the lower 48, Frank Church River of No Return…Continue
Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on May 17, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments