Sup Ky

Stand up paddling in the bluegrass state.

Sup in the Bluegrass State

If you dont think there is surf in KY you are mistaken!  Ky has more navigable waterways than any other state.  When the spring rains come it sends the Spring Tides down the rivers!

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surf the river

While the long boatmen of olden days used to ride boats made of lags lashed together we get the luxury of riding high tech inflatable SUP boards.  Supkentucky.com has a complete line of new boards from NRS this season.

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When the water gets muddy we like to get out and get on the waves.  We can surf for minutes at a time without falling off the wave.

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surf the brown water

Come join us on the river or in the lakes of this Bluegrass State.

See you on the water

 

Sawyer Venom WW sup paddle!

A few months ago i found myself on the Rio Actopan in Mexico.  We run a 22 foot near vertical slide at the put in for this wild and beautiful river.  The two rapids below the falls are in a constant state of change.  Some years they are class 3+, other times class 4.  the entrance rapid is full of rocks, shallow pushy water and a big boulder in the center.  There is a short pool after this rapid.  The second rapid has a nasty sieve pile on the right and a beautiful curving drop on the left.  It goes without saying, DO NOT GO RIGHT.  This sieve has claimed lives in the past.

Sieve is just visible tin the left side of this pic

 

This particular day ended up river left and my Sawyer WW Venom paddle went right.  I never drop my paddle but in this case it was wrenched from my grip along with a good amount of skin from my knuckles.  The paddle went into the sieve pile and disappeared.   An hour later our search ended.  Memo said” Bro we will find it, sooner or later!”

 

Well hear it is.

 

This incredible paddle survived 3 months in the river.  Constant battering by water, and rocks.  24/7.  This is the toughest most durable paddle I have ever seen!

 

The blade is nearly intact.  Sawyer knows what its doing when it comes to carbon layup.

 

T grip worn but still use-able.   The shaft is not bent, neither is it worn away.

 

 

Imagine the years of normal use and abuse this paddle can endure?  It is quite possibly the only paddle you will ever need for whitewater.

 

Sawyer Paddles will always get my business, they have earned my respect.  The WW Venom has passed the ultimate durability test.   Congratulations Sawyer Paddles.  Incredible job.

 

SUP Kentucky | Paddling all Year.

This is a short video of our time in Mexico. We at SUP Kentucky believe that its necessary to paddle all year long. We strive to stay on top of the SUP world by competing and running hard rapids. All of this experience transfers to our student through Knowledge and FUN!

 

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Lets get out and paddle!

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SUP Kentucky

The state of Kentucky has more navigable waterways than you can imagine.  What better way to explore this wonderful state than through its watery roads?   SUP Kentucky has been established to do just that.  We will get you out on the water.  With the help of NRS and the local paddling clubs!

Surf Kentucky

 

Lately I have found that SUP or Stand Up Paddling allows me to explore and enjoy these waters with minimal eqipment.  Your point of view is unique because you are literally walking on water.

 

First time SUP Kentucky

Paddle Boarding is a new sport that offers exercise, fun and outdoor activity.  Anyone can learn within just a few minutes.  Adults and children alike love the SUP boards!

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What better way to get the whole family out of the house this summer!  Come join us at WWW.SUPKENTUCKY.COM  or find us on facebook.

SUP camping on the River!

Overnight SUP paddling in Mexico!

In my relentless search for places to escape the cold, I found Mexico!  A refuge from the polar vortexes of the U.S. and also a paddlers paradise.  There is so much diversity of whitewater that you need multiple river craft to enjoy it all!

The headwaters of the Santa Maria River lie in the semi desert region between the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosi.  150 miles from the gulf of Mexico where it finally meets the salt water.  Santa Maria has no Dams and all 150 miles are excellent runnable whitewater.  5 Canyons, miles of big water class 4-5 and a 315 foot waterfall from the Rio Gallinas make this a multi-day paddlers dream!
We recently did the most upper stretch of Santa Maria on SUP boards.  Its a 12 mile scenic canyon float with one class 4 rapid.  Our plan was to put on in the afternoon and camp beside the class-4.  Put ins in Mexico are sometimes an adventure in itself.  This particular part of the river is a favorite watering hole for local cattle!

Heather and I used the Czar 6 and Baron 6 SUPs.  The extra flotation comes in handy when carrying camping gear and food.  I carried mosquito net, hammock, rain fly, jet boil stove and K-pump.  Heather took the extra clothes, water filter and head lamps.

First day of paddling was a little more than an hour.  We found a nice spot on an island just beside the portage.  One of the amazing things about inflatable paddleboards is how comfortable they are to sleep on.  Let out half the air and you have a huge therma-rest bed.  The Baron 6 sleeps two people if they are friendly!

We decided to avoid any bug encounters in the night, so i strung our hammock loosely over the Baron 6.  This hammock has mosquito netting built in and also comes with a nice rain-fly.  it looked like rain so we used the fly as well.

After a good night sleep, re-inflate the board, take a nice river shower and we launched for the next 8.5 miles of class 2.  There are huge Sabino trees over 500 years old, a portion of the old Spanish silver train runs along the river right side.

​ The Sabino tree has one of the most impressive root sytems I have ever seen.  these old trees actually from the river back, their roots intertwine and become an unbreakable shoreline, incredible erosion protection!


As we moved farther into the canyon the riverbed starts to become very sandy.  It makes for nice soft fall if you’re just beginning to learn SUP.  There are numerous springs that enter the river as waterfalls on river left. I counted at least 5 and all were quite a bit warmer than the actual river water.  As you can imagine they are also full of incredible vegetation.

This section of the Santa Maria passes through the historic town of Conca, Queretaro.  A Franciscan mision was built here in the 1700′s.  There are 4 more, nearly identical throughout the region.  At one point the river banks to the right and you can turn and see the Mision.  Its just visible in front of Heather above the first row of trees.
If you are looking for new ways to enjoy and explore using a paddle board, I highly recommend the over night trip.  SUPs are a true SUV of paddle sports.  With the right board and dry equipment the experience is stress free and much easier than I ever thought possible.  Its your own personal watercraft and bed rolled into one.  Make sure the run isn’t too difficult because the weight of your gear does affect how the board handles.  I found that by moving back towards the tail balances things out and makes for a great workout too!
​ I know its cold in the states right now, so roll up those boards, grab some friends and head down to Mexico and see us.  Water temps are in the 70′s and there are plenty of enchiladas for everyone.

Words by Aaron  Photos by Heather and Aaron

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Exploring Mexico SUP style!

It’s hard to tell if the sport of whitewater SUP is growing or not.  I spend half the year in Mexico and for the past five years there have only been a handful of us paddling SUP.  Lately we have been exploring new runs with new equipment.  Brands like NRS, Glide SUP, Hala Gear and Corran SUP have been helping us pave the way for new and exciting warm water paddling.

Mexico has deep water Class 3, shallow sand bottom class 2 and even runnable waterfalls for those who want the most adrenaline.

We still spend a lot of time in our kayaks exploring class 4-5 stretches of the Santa Maria.  With the season coming to an end and water levels dropping, we are continuing the search for adventure in any type of watercraft we can find!

This season we have seen rain when its usually dry for months.  The rivers have been full much longer than usual.

Spring is here and the water is flowing in the U.S.  Soon it will be time to head home.  when the weather turns cold it will be time for the warm spring waters of mexico again.  More exploration and adventure.  Join us anytime!  Contact me:  Aaron@kayakhuasteca.com

See you on the river soon!

 

aaron

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fantastic time of year with plenty of water!

 

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I’ve seen a lot of SUP products over the last few years, some good, most bad.  Recently I had the chance to paddle some Glide SUP boards, traditional surfboard design with a bombproof GSS coating.   My Glide boards have fallen from the roof rack to the cement, t-boned other surfboards in the ocean and been ridden across thousands of rocks without any damage.

If you are looking for a lightweight board with durability for the river, Glide has the perfect ride.

Board sizes range from 12 foot 6 inches to the 7 foot long Sesh, all have the GSS and are river surfing machines.

One of my personal favorites is the 9 foot Mongo.  This board is stable enough for the river, and loose on the ocean.  360′s and awesome nose rides are waiting if you can just find some swell!

I spend  a lot of time on inflatable SUP’s because they are durable enough for the river,  however inflatables will NEVER surf as well as a rigid board.  Glide gives you a legitimate surfing board without the flex of inflatable and a ding-proof skin!

I hear rumors that Glide SUP will have a river running board that surfs and crushes rapids for 2013.  Stay tuned for more reports on this board when it becomes available, in the meantime check out the crew at WWW.GLIDESUP.COM  made in the U.S.A  and some of the best boards you can find!

 

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Aaron

We’ve been making the rounds here in Mexico this year.  Water levels are on the low side so we have been using the SUP,s a lot this year.  After the Alseseca Race we went to the Rio Filobobos then down to Rio Actopan…and later everybodies favorite whitewater paradise  Rio Micos.

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Boards we are using are the:  NRS Czar, Glide SUP Mongo and the Satrboard Converse 9.0

 

great times…enjoy the video and find us at   http://standupmexico.weebly.com/

Aaron