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August 2010 Blog Posts (27)

How to Throw a Throw Rope

This “how to” is a little tid bit on safety on the river. One of the big things that needs to be part of a boaters knowledge is how to throw a throw rope. It can help you in emergency situations and just help pull

your buddy out of the river quickly.

The first step is picking a throw rope of a good…


Added by Taylor Cote on August 31, 2010 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Black Canyon of the Gunnison VIDEO!!!


Just got done with my summer gig in Colorado and I am roadtripping around NorthWest these days. Here is a video from Black Canyon I put together the other day - ENJOY!


Added by Jakub Nemec on August 30, 2010 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Team WS at Canadian Team Trials

Canadian Team Trials took place last week on the Kananaskis river near Canmore, Alberta. The venue was a small flushy hole, not the feature everyone was hoping for but it resembled the worlds spot and was a logical choice for the event.

Entry Moving

Although it would have been nice to paddle the new Project X the Project 52 proved once again that it is one of the best boats on…

Added by Kelsey Thompson on August 30, 2010 at 12:01pm — No Comments

northeen norway!!!

so i know this is a little late, but ive had computer issues and just got back from mexico to get it fixed!

my self and tyler curtis were up in northern sweden and norway this summer. we toured around for a few weeks, and belive me, we had our hands full!! if only we had more time. but such is life and just means we have to go back next year!

northern norway is the land of the living sun in the summer, it never sets. pretty wild putting on a river at 3 am and thinking its noon! never… Continue

Added by Logan Grayling on August 29, 2010 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Inner City Wave in the summer

6 inches of rain fell in upstate NY last weekend. The Black River in Watertown, NY rose to spring levels and Inner City Wave came in. The wave comes in at 10,000 cfs and hovered around that for 4 days. I called some friends to come and surf it and we had an amazing time. Inner City is probably one of my most favorite waves to surf. It has a ridiculous sweet surfers right shoulder so left tricks go huge and there's eddy service!

Here's a video from the…


Added by Elaine Campbell on August 27, 2010 at 3:10pm — No Comments

How to do the "draw rudder"

The stroke I'm going to present now has been one of the most complicated maneuver to teach and to learn. The aim of this post is to put order and, why not, physics, to understand what I call the draw rudder. I use basically only this stroke to change direction because is the most efficient way not to loose speed and to avoid the drifting effect.

For most kayakers this theory could sound quite different to what they learned in the kayak courses. I built up this theory to give a good…


Added by Michele Ramazza on August 27, 2010 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

How to Store Your Boats

Don’t you hate not knowing an efficient, easy way to store your boats? Tired of all the excess space they take up. Well, I have a solution for you! Don’t worry this isn’t some corny infomercial type of deal about some

miracle product. It’s just a simple storage solution that works. So, your hulls

stay “unoil-canned” and your boat stays out of the way.…


Added by Taylor Cote on August 27, 2010 at 12:03am — No Comments

Gore Canyon at 4g: Remembering the Colorado high water

I hadn't paddled Gore Canyon before. Somehow I had always missed it or just been paddling other things when I was in Colorado. But as the water climbed out of the banks at the Teva Mtn Games and the race was canceled, it was finally time.

4000cfs is an amazing level for sure. Separate rapids become one, it's fast, big and…

Added by Trip Jennings on August 26, 2010 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Tanya Faux Pro Spotlight on LVM

Checkout this great video interview on Wave Sport's Tanya Faux from LVM!

Click below for the Vimeo video link

Added by Webmaster on August 26, 2010 at 4:19pm — No Comments

How To: Catch waves on the fly

China Bar a.k.a. Auburn Playpark @ approx. 3000cfs Photo: Mike Bell

This wave has eddy service. Bad example. Good wave.

On-the-fly-waves are the ones that you only get one chance per run to catch- waves that can not be caught from an eddy.

One approach to catching an on-the-fly wave is to line up for it (in terms of left-right position), point dead upstream (like a salmon) and paddle like mad (like…

Added by Taylor Cavin on August 25, 2010 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

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Added by charlie simmons on August 25, 2010 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Loving Life in NC

Here are some latest local shots, and some of the first natural flow ive gotten since moving to NC (LOW WATER IS BETTER THAN NO WATER).... though the almost daily dam released Green River Narrows runs are nothing to complain about!!!

Here you will see the cascading 50ft. Rock Creek Falls, first showed to me by my buddy Will Dowling whom never stopped…

Added by charlie simmons on August 25, 2010 at 5:24pm — No Comments

How to improve your paddle grip

How to make a grip on the shaft of your paddle?

I think the better way to do it is to create a handle over your shaft with the shape of your hand. In this way you can control much better the angle of your paddle. You can use this system in any paddle on the market.

To make it you need to clean the shaft with sand paper and alcohol.

Then, with two nuts of paste for car body, you need to create a grip with the shape you prefer using also…


Added by Michele Ramazza on August 25, 2010 at 7:47am — No Comments

How to repair a indented nose

Soon or later, everybody will hit the nose of the kayak in this way:

It's not a kayak fault, it's our fault. However this kind of damages, if the plastic is not broken, are really easy to fix. Now we'll learn to make the plastic malleable and reduce the indentation.

First of all you need to warm up the material either in the middle of the indentation and the edges. You need to be careful to do not melt the plastic, but just warm it up until you… Continue

Added by Michele Ramazza on August 25, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments

How to do the rudder...

This is the first technique article which aims to show what I do to have the best results in class V or races. What I'm presenting now is one of the first stroke to control curves with creeks and freestyle boats.

The rudder is the most efficient stroke to control the direction and keeping speed during a curve. This stroke prevents the kayak to move side wise and thus to loose energy.

To make a rudder you have to begin with straight speed and suddenly leave the…


Added by Michele Ramazza on August 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

A True Champion

Nordic Champion

The 2010 season has been more than good for me. I have enjoyed international trips, coaching, competing, river explorations, and over 150 days on the water so far. Every year seems to get better and better.

A huge highlight to my summer was claiming the title of…


Added by Tyler Curtis on August 24, 2010 at 9:42pm — No Comments

About the Colorado Circuit

The competition circuit that takes place in Colorado is quite an amazing experience. It all begins with the small town competition in Buena Vista, Colorado, the CKS Paddlefest. The Buena Vista Whitewater Park is

one of the best whitewater parks I have ever been to. It keeps getting better

and better. Last year, they had only 4

features and this year they added one new feature, a wave making it the fifth

feature in this already exciting park. That wave…


Added by Taylor Cote on August 24, 2010 at 7:33pm — No Comments

How To: Take your beat down in stride

Photo: Chad Daugherty

The last photo ever taken of this particular Habitat.

For complete story, click the link.



Added by Taylor Cavin on August 23, 2010 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Little Girl, Big Boat Syndrome

Photo Copyright: Robin Carleton

Why are there so many people out there paddling boats that are "too big for them"?

I'm 120 lbs, 5'5, paddle a Diesel 80, and absolutely LOVE it. It drives a line, boofs like a dream, resurfaces in little to no time at all, and carries speed amazingly well. I couldn't imagine a better creeker.

According to the "weight range," I should be paddling a Diesel 70. So why… Continue

Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on August 22, 2010 at 8:38pm — 5 Comments

How to: The Loop

Looping is one of those tricks that isn't all that technical, but it sure can be frustrating when you're trying to learn! It's one of the coolest feeling tricks out there and I'm psyched to be able to share it with you!

The ideal place to learn to loop is a flat, deep hole.



Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on August 20, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

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