Bluegrass Whitewater – Goose Wages War On Pro Kayak Angler
January 30, 2010, 12:39 pm
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Pool Time
January 27, 2010, 8:57 am
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Personally, I hate to miss a pool session. I was lucky though and had a great instructor teach me how to roll in about ten minutes. It was the best $25 bucks I have ever spent on boating and highly recommend getting in touch with Nathan at Canoe Kentucky . I can imagine how much more stressful boating would be if I wasn’t 100% confident in my ability to right myself .


The Bluegrass Wildwater Association (BWA) has pool sessions at the North Lexington YMCA Friday’s from 7:45pm to 9:45. The cost is either $5 or $10 depending if you are a BWA member (an individual runs $20, $25 for a family). If you are teaching you can get in for free, although anyone who can spare the $5 for pool rental would be appreciated.


If you already have your roll and are not much of a teacher, the deep end is generally filled with playboaters getting flatwater moves down in 80 degree water.


Please be sure to get the mud off and out of yer boat so the locals don’t run us off. This is a really nice location for our roll sessions!

January 26, 2010, 10:38 am
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Jbob and I (well mostly me) were sulking around the house because of the recent cold spell and general lack of water  had that kept us out of our boats for nearly a month.  “No more sitting around during our slow time!” I thought and started to look at the weather maps to see if there was anywhere that was warm enough to go boating. There wasn’t, at least not anyplace with any gradient. That is where the ocean kayak surfing idea came from so I began to research.


There is quite a bit of information on the world wide web to be had. After a few posts on,  I was turned to Nigel of Savannah Canoe and Kayak Company.  Emails were sent and an introductory kayak surfing lesson for two at the 17th street peir on Tybee Island, GA.  Jbob and I packed up the van, the dogs and the camper and left early on a Thursday.

Savannah Canoe and Kayak Jeep

We met up with Nigel for out lesson early Friday morning (some surfing spots are better at different tides, am being best at Tybee) where we were shown the basics of catching a wave and outfitted into super edgy surf kayaks.  Unfortunately, the conditions were very flat that day so we had to postpone the actual lesson for the next day.

Nigel used these foamie boats and fake wave to demonstrate.

Nigel used these foamie boats and fake wave to demonstrate.

2′-3′ waves greeted us Saturday morning along with Nigel, the surf-yaks as well as a cold, wet wind. Surf Kayaking is very dependent on ones ability to keep your boat flat and to avoid catching your edges, slowing you down at best! The hull of the vessels are almost completely flat as are the sides forming an extremely hard edge. One sits a bit farther back in the surf boat too, although the stern is very small compared to the bow. The paddles are much shorter even compared to my 194″ Lightning. We had a fun morning of alternating between riding the waves to the shore and paddling aggressively to get back out to sea to ride the waves back to shore.


Tybee Island was great, but if we were to have decent temperatures and a shot at some bigger waves, we were going to have to travel further south down the Atlantic coastline. We rode down to New Smyrna Beach, FL where it was ten degrees warmer and a decent surf forecast.

We ended up having such a fun time at NSB. Although it was extremely windy, the waves were in the 4′-6′ range and a real thrill to speed down if you could get the timing right. Luckily for me, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once and awhile. It was really amazing how much your body’s pitch had to do with the acceleration down the wave and how fast you can get going!


Surfing was fun   and we were very excited to get a lot more time in the water.  But we are boaters and boating keeps you real. There was no more surf to be had for the rest of our trip. And we practiced doing normal people things like hiking and thrift store shopping. We even saw the recent blockbuster and it was great.


Of course when we saw that the Cumberland Plateau was forecast to get heavy rains with 50 degree temps we  packed up and bee lined home!

Savannah Canoe and Kayak
Nigel & Kristin Law
(912) 341-9502

The Inaugural “Not-NPFF” Downriver Race & Club Championship
January 26, 2010, 10:38 am
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From the forum of the Bluegrass Wildwater Association (pictures are mine):

The Inaugural “Not-NPFF” Downriver Race & Club Championship on the Elkhorn will take place February 27th at 1:00 pm.
Register at the take-out @ noon. There is no entry fee…yes, that’s right….nil, nada, nothing….read: FREE!! Come one, come all!

The race will be a mass start format beginning below the dam and run to the old take out.

There will be 3 age classes for both individual men and women: 18 – 40 /40 – 60 / 60 & up.

More importantly, there will also be a club championship. BWA vs Vikings vs ?

We would like to get other clubs to join in the club competition. Anyone with personal contacts to the other paddling clubs, please help spread the word!

Club teams need at least 5 members to qualify. Scoring for the Club Championship will be as follows: the fastest FIVE individual paddlers from each club (regardless of age or gender) will have their respective times added together to get a club score. The lowest club score wins the Club Championship, and will be showered in gifts, glory, fame, and fortune. They will also be entitled to bragging rights for one full year….undoubtedly worth it’s weight in gold.

Our goal is to provide an avenue for friendly competition among fellow paddlers. We would like to promote river conservation, celebrate the wild spirit of the rivers we paddle, and maybe make a few new friends along the way.
The weather the last few years has been terrible. Hopefully this year will be better. We’re going to work on providing a shuttle as well as awards for winners.

PS…this is going to be a “fun run”. Paddlers that wouldn’t normally do a kayak race should definitely get out and give it a shot!

PSS…although there is no entry fee, donation of a small item to the winner’s “pot” would be appreciated. Examples could be something such as a set of nose plugs, a single can of PBR, a fifth of Woodford, a slightly used river booty, a box of matches, a new kayak, etc.

PSSS…race what ya brung…no matter what ya brung

SYOTR thumbs down


NPFF coming up
January 26, 2010, 10:37 am
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NPFF 2010 – February 26 & 27 at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort KY!

Tickets are now on sale! $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For 27 years the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos and images. This competition has provided the paddling community with a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation. In that time, the NPFF has also helped to raise the quality of paddle sport entertainment by providing recognition of talent, along with important and useful feedback, for the artists who make the show a possibility.

Entries are being accepted today for the 2010 NPFF, so keep those cameras rolling and enter early for your chance to win. Additional information about the event will be posted at regularly so check back often for all the latest updates.

Special Guest Speaker:

The 27th annual National Paddling Film Festival is proud to present as this year’s guest host, Tyler Bradt!

A Montana native best known for his recent world record descent of 186 foot Palouse Falls in Washington, Tyler has traveled extensively kayaking all over the world.  He and Rush Sturges have collaborated to create the films Dream Result(new) and Africa Revolutions, at the same time bringing attention to global environmental issues with projects such as the Oil+Water Expedition and the Sun Catchers Project. Dream Result will also be premiering at the festival. Check out the article on Kayak Sessions website, or the trailer on youtube!


NPFF Activities Include:

Guest host, hours of the best film of 2010, silent auction, potluck and chili cook off, door prices, and additional entertainment…

Contact for Additional Information:

Brandon Jett
Director, NPFF 2010