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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.

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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.

 

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  • 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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  • Badfish Stand up Boards!

    Mariela and I went to Colorado for a few weeks in May and June.  If you’ve never been to the rivers out west, you are missing out.  We stayed in Buena Vista, CO and surfed/paddled:  Numbers, fractions and the BV and Salida Playparks.

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    Carving it up

    We were able to surf Some of the Badfish Boards, both down river and surf.  Mike and Zach are at the forefront of river surf design.  It was awesome to surf some completely original designs.

    River Runner surfingRiver surf is a new very new medium.  Kayaks have been surfing river waves for years but SUP boards are relatively new.

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    Ollie

    Badfish stand up Boards are available in a variety of sizes.  5′ 11″ to the 9′ river runner. They are all hand crafted in Salida,CO.

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    Matt getting low!

    If you are in the state of Colorado and you like to SURF?  get over and check out the boys at Badfish.

    See ya on the river

    Aaron

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  • I’ve been paddling the Emotion Traverse for over a year now.   Let me just say “ I LOVE THIS BOARD!”  

    Some class 3 below 300 foot Tamul Falls! Some class 3 below 300 foot Tamul Falls!

     I have had the pleasure of paddling up to Class 4 whitewater, flat water, ocean surf, fishing, and even some waterfalls with the Traverse.  It has surpassed all my expectations.

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    The Traverse is made form High density plastic so it is tough.  This board can take a lot of abuse.  I have seen mine fly from the roof rack more than once, with no visible damage.  TOUGH!

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    Take a milk crate and some rod holders, strap them to the back, and you have a perfect fishing platform.  4 Traverse and 1 kayak on the river together and we caught over 20 fish.  Large mouth bass, sunfish and even a trout.

    Nice bass on the Lower Ocoee. Nice bass on the Lower Ocoee.

    If you are looking to run whitewater on an SUP?  This is the perfect place to start.  The Emotion Traverse will enable you to run class 2, ferry and surf your first day on the river!

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    With a bit of experience the Traverse can even run some of the harder whitewater.

    Nice drop on a SUP. Nice drop on a SUP.

    SUP is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  If your looking to get involved the Traverse is agreat way to go.  Retail prices of $399 is hard to beat.  Get a helmet, PFD and paddle and you are ready to go.  

    Be sure to check out www.emotionkayaks.com  and don’t forget about Mexico in the winter with  www.kayakhuasteca.com

    See you on the river.

     

    Aaron

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  • Stand Up Paddling with Riversport.

    This year has been great for SUP in the U.S.  We have more boards than ever to choose from and the mother nature  has been giving us consistent rain.  We had the pleasure of spending a few days in Pennsylvania and while there we visited the good folks at  Emotion Kayaks and Riversport School of Paddling.

    Riversport has a great location in Confluence PA.  They are on the banks of the Middle Yough and 3 minutes from the Casselman.  Erica and Andy Smith are the owners and also have the Lucky Dog Cafe.

    Andy took us to the Casselman with a flow of 5 to 6 feet.  It was running high and fast when we got to the put in.

    img_5106-1024x683The Casselman has good flow all year.  We happened to catch it with a great amount of water.  We put the skegs on the Traverse and hit the water.

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    IR and Riversport hooked us up with dry gear.  The weather was a balmy 50 degrees, water 50 and the wind was gusting 50 as well.

    img_5138-1024x771We found some amazing wave trains and huge holes.  The wind was blowing so hard we almost couldn’t leave the eddies.

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    It took us about 1.5 hours to do the run.  Lots of tributaries with waterfalls could be seen as we descended the canyon.

    Traverse SUP BoardsIt was a great day and perfect levels for the SUP First descent of the Upper Casselman.  I can’t wait to get back up there and run it with different flows this summer.

    See you on the river!

    Aaron

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  • Last night the TVA decided to test the flume line.  While testing, Mother Nature dumped about an inch and a half of rain.   The end result is several mud slides and some amazing waterfalls.

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     Slice and Dice rapid has some new dirt on river left.  As you can see in the pic.

     

     

     

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     Tablesaw rapid used to have 2 lines.  Now the left line is blocked and we will be goin right.

     

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     This is one of the leaks coming out of the flume!

     

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     It reminds me of Veracruz Mexico after heavy rains.  Waterfalls everywhere.

    It will be a couple days before they know if the flume is serviceable.  In the meantime we will be surfing some brown water.  Check us out at CASCADE OUTDOORS

     

    Aaron

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  • Stand up Paddle..Tamul Falls!

    sup mexico, tamul falls

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  • The lower Micos is a gem of a run here in the Huasteca region of Mexico.  It is often overlooked, much like the Lower gauley, because of the 7 waterfalls upstream.

    The run is an amazing class 2-3 section with about 25 rapids.  Since river SUP came on the scene, it has given us a new means to enjoy these easy sections of river.

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    There is a very nice hole about half way through the run.  it is a class 3 hydraulic with an island next to it.

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    You can run this drop multiple times.  right now with high levels it takes 1.5 hours to finish the run.

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    we are using the RapidFire SUP by Imagine Eco.  And the Traverse by WWW.EMOTIONKAYAKS.COM

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    If you are in Mexico and have the urge to SUP, come find us at www.kayakhuasteca.com We’ll be here keepin the stoke!

    Aaron

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  • Canyon zero of the Santa Maria!

    I have been traveling in Mexico for 5 years now. The country never ceases to amaze me. This past weekend we visited a couple of small towns in the state of Queretaro.
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    The first is the village of Conca. It is one of the 7 sites for the famous Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda. An amazing pueblo with great food and a laid back atmosphere.
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    Our time in Queretaro was spent exploring the two rivers in the area. The Santa Maria and the Ayutla. The picture above is the Canyon of the Santa Maria.
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    You can only see the canyon by watercraft. We chose kayaks but a local outfitter offers SUP boards, rafts and Sit on top kayaks as well.
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    The views from the river are incredible. We spent 4 hours on the water and arrived in the joining of the 2 rivers Ayutla and Santa Maria. One is transparent green, the other turquoise blue. along the river we found several hot springs waterfalls to relax and enjoy the scenery in!
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    This is an amazing place..if you are interested in exploring Conca..then check out www.kayakhuasteca.com They will be offering trips to this seldom visited place in the world. The best season to go is during the month of december.

    From mexico
    Aaron

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