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JAW Demo at the Paddle In Pink Confidence Series: Dirty Bird

wildwildwes wrote 281 days ago:


When: June 24, 2017 @ 10:30 A.M.

Where: NOC Outpost on the Pigeon River

Who: Presented by Paddle in Pink for the ladies!

 

Ladies get out your playboats and your slicey boats, Paddle in Pink is putting on its 3rd annual Dirty Bird Confidence Series.  Come on out and join Crystal Gustin, Nikki Winkler Malatin and Katie Dean for this fun day on the Pigeon River Gorge!!  They will be guiding you down the river and showing you how to play your way down the river.

Last year was a big success with over 20 women learning how to get vertical and throw about in a playboat. This year the format will be very similar to last year; we will divide into two groups: short  playboats and slicey get vertical boats. If we have the interest, we will send a group directly down to the hole at NOC and work on park-n-play moves. Team members from Dagger, Pyranha and Jackson will lead the groups down the pigeon and instruct rock splats, eddie line squirts, surfing, loops and any request you want to throw at them.

The groups will progress to the NOC play hole where music and SweetWater beer will be enjoyed. A friendly competition will be in store to show off any move you would like to showcase. Pretty or otherwise.

The day will conclude with a raffle of prizes by various sponsors. This year the top prize will be an Orion cooler loaded with SweetWater Brewing Beer that is in Paddle in Pink colors, hot pink and black! All proceeds will go to a local animal shelter in memory of Jennifer Watson (our inspiration behind Paddle In Pink).

Please invite your friends!

Facebook event website for all the latest 411: https://www.facebook.com/events/772239839602140/

Don’t have a playboat or a slicey boat?  The Jackson Action Wagon is looking forward to supporting the event with FREE Jackson Kayak demos on-site!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Orion Coolers, SweetWater Brewing Company and Kokatat



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What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2017?

wildwildwes wrote 336 days ago:


The Jackson Action Wagon’s is in its 11th year of spreading kayaking fun by providing FREE JK demos on the traveling showcase trailer. :-)

I am now taking suggestions for what JK whitewater, fishing/hunting , recreation/touring, kids kayaks or SUP’s you would like to see stocked in the 2017 J.A.W. Fleet.  Take a look at all the current products we are offering this year with the link below and let me know your thoughts by 3/1/2017:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/

I already have a Antix M, Antix L, Karma Md and Karma Unlimited (UL) in stock.  This leaves me with about 6-8 more spots for boats on the JAW, so let me hear your suggestions to help stock the fleet!  I plan to pick-up the new fleet at the factory toward the end of March, so stay tuned for new JK demos coming to the Tri-Cities soon!

Click on this link http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/ to send me JK suggestions.  Thanks for any input you give!



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JAW Demo at the Dirty Bird Confidence Series

wildwildwes wrote 575 days ago:


When: July 9, 2016 @ 11:00 A.M.

Where: NOC Outpost on the Pigeon River

Who: Presented by Paddle in Pink for the ladies!

 

Ladies get out your playboats and your slicey boats, Paddle in Pink is putting on its 2nd annual Dirty Bird Confidence Series.  Come on out and join Crystal Gustin, Nikki Winkler Malatin and Katie Dean for this fun day on the Pigeon River Gorge!!  They will be guiding you down the river and showing you how to play your way down the river.

Don’t have a playboat or a slicey boat?  The Jackson Action Wagon is looking forward to supporting the ladies with free Jackson Kayak demos on-site!

At the end, we will have a fun “competition” at the NOC hole with music and free beer (given by SweetWater Brewing).  There will be give aways for anyone that enters the fun competition and at the end a Jackson Kayak ROCKSTAR will be given away!!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Pyranha, Dagger, SweetWater Brewing Company



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NoliFest 2016

wildwildwes wrote 634 days ago:


The 2nd annual NoliFest was organized and hosted by USA RAFT this year on April 1-3.  The festival was billed “For all who paddle” and the event was true to its roots.  There was something for every paddler to enjoy.  Plus we were blessed with rain the day before the festival started and it bumped up the river level to a near perfect 1,600-1,700 CFS flow.  The festival activities included: whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, Bellyak, Stand Up Paddleboarding, river races, SUP yoga, bonfire, live music, great food, vendor fair with sales/demos, used gear sale & swap.  This festival truly brought the local paddling community together in every way!

All these activities were staged from the USA Raft Outpost on the river bank of the mighty Nolichucky River.  Paddling trips on both the Lower Nolichucky River (Class I-II) and Nolichucky Gorge (Class III-IV) were of course the main highlight of the festival.  USA Raft provided shuttles on Saturday as part of the festival and probable carried out one of the largest shuttles to the Gorge put-in ever in history using multiple buses and SUV/vans with trailers to haul paddlers and boats up to Poplar, NC.

There were a huge number of vendors on-site this year for folks to check out: Hala, Bellyak, Pyranha, Southern Raft Supply, Shaboomee, Star Inflatables, Rocky Mountain Rafts, Boardworks, LiquidLogic, Uncle Johnny’s, Overmountain Outdoors, Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, French Broad Outfitters, Eryn Chair Massage and Thrifty Adventures

The Jackson Action Wagon was on site during the day on Saturday with free Jackson Kayak demos, giving away JK swag and showcase foe folks to check out some of the latest whitewater models in the JK line-up.

Our local Johnson City Chapter of Team River Runneralso participated in the festival by taking serval of their veterans on rafting trips in the Gorge.

There were a couple of Special Features during the festival that were big booming fun:

WORLDKAYAK Hometown Throwdown Downriver Boatercross

Check out complete results, photos and report of the event at http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2016/04/08/2016-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-1/  

APE’s Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller

We had 17 participants join us in this paddling session with Pat on the Noli Gorge.  Needless to say, but we all learned many great freestyle tips & tricks and had a blast shredding with Pat all afternoon long!

Check out this video edit by Clay Landrum of the freestyle fun we had with Pat.

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APEs Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave = Incredible Success!

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Photo by: USA Raft

What happens when Team Nantahala Outdoor Center, Team Dagger and Team Jackson Kayak combine forces to instruct a clinic together?  110% pure golden good times and this is exactly what happened on February 20, 2016 in the Nolichucky Gorge, NC/TN!

Chris Hipgrave initially envisioned this long boat racing clinic with me late in 2015 for the two of us to host this clinic for my local Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts club.  Chris and I began organizing and promoting the clinic and the community really responded with overwhelming support!  Chris Gragtmans from Team Dagger heard the news about the clinic and he rallied his team of Adrienne Levknecht, Mark “Snowy” Robertson, Wade Harrison and Hunter Cooper to help with instruction during the clinic.  Soon after news of the clinic reached Emily Jackson and she rallied Eric “EJ” Jackson, Dane Jackson and Nick Troutman to support me with Team JK.  Now that we had a Plethora of Pros to help instruct at the clinic Hipgrave and I decided we wanted a better representation from Team NOC also, so he brought along Tosh Arwood from the NOC paddling School for more instruction support! 

Photo by: USA Raft

The level of paddling talent was off the chart that had come together to make this clinic happen and our 19 clinic participates had an amazing day on the water learning all sorts of long boat racing tips and tricks.  The day was made even better with superb shuttle support from USA Raft to expedite us all getting to the put-in together with 30 long boats!  

Check out this compilation of footage clips including instructional segments of the clinic that Shaun Mullins captured with his GoPro while on the river trip.

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Photo by: Sarah Ruhlen

After the clinic Chris Hipgrave followed up with this great post on his blog with some of the tips that were covered in the clinic at http://chrishipgrave.com/2016/03/06/top-5-ways-to-improve-your-longboating/

Chris and I decided that since the clinic was so well received by all in attendance that we want to make this an annual event and coin it as “Long Boat Camp”!  Stay tuned for details for the 2017 Long Boat Racing Clinic in late winter/early spring if you want to join us next year…



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What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2016?

wildwildwes wrote 714 days ago:


It is the Jackson Action Wagon’s 10 year anniversary in 2016!  The JAW is happy to celebrate a decade of providing FREE JK demos on our traveling showcase trailer. :-)

I am now taking suggestions for what JK whitewater, fishing/hunting , recreation/touring, kids kayaks or SUP’s you would like to see stocked in the 2016 J.A.W. Fleet.  Take a look at all the current products we are offering this year with the link below and let me know your thoughts by 2/19/2016:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/

I already have a Karma Md and Karma Unlimited (UL) in stock.  This leaves me with about 7-8 more spots for boats on the JAW, so let me hear your suggestions to help stock the fleet!  I plan to pick-up the new fleet at the factory toward the end of March, so stay tuned for new JK demos coming to the Tri-Cities soon!

Click on this link http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/ to send me JK suggestions.  Thanks for any input you give!



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How to Pack a Throwbag

wildwildwes wrote 958 days ago:


Here’s some tips I shared with Canoe & Kayak Magazine on packing your throwbag:

http://www.canoekayak.com/skills/how-to-pack-a-throwbag/

If you don’t know how to use a throwbag sign up for the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts Basic SWR course that Scott Fisher, Tommy Clapp and I will be instruction at the end of this month.

Event website: http://regions.worldkayak.com/…/ape-basic-swift-water-resc…/



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APE’s & TEHCC Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

wildwildwes wrote 1013 days ago:


APE's LogoCALLING ALL KAYAKERS: Help us share this by telling all your non-paddling friends and family who would want to learn to kayak. This is the best introduction to the sport the APEs offer! :-)

APEs will be holding its Spring Beginner Whitewater Clinic on May 30-31. This clinic is a great introduction for those thinking about getting into the sport or for beginners and novices looking to improve their fundamentals, strokes and river running technique. Cost is $75, or $65 for current APEs members. For more information and to register go to http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2015/04/14/beginner-kayak-clinic/.

The Jackson Action Wagon – JAW is a proud sponsor of this Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course.  Contact the me if you need the hook up for a kayak and/or gear to take this course.



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Team JK Goes APEs in the Nolichucky Gorge

wildwildwes wrote 1035 days ago:


Stephen and Wesley Running Quarter Mile. Photo by Jerry Griffin.

This past weekend (3/21/15-3/22/15) the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) were going to host two intermediate/ad​vanced whitewater kayak clinics with EJ on the Nolichucky Gorge (Class III-IV); but due to an extended illness EJ contract upon returning from his Africa trip he had to recruit fellow JK Team member, Stephen Wright, to fill his spot as the instructor.  I joined Stephen as an assistant instructor and river guide on both days.  The Saturday river trip turned out to be Stephen’s personal first decent of the Nolichucky Gorge and needless to say he did it with style!

Jeremy with the Sat Crew. Photo by Jeremy Gass.

We would like to thank Jeremy Gass & Scott Fisher for helping as safety boaters during the Saturday clinic with the larger crew.  A big thank you also to USA Raft (http://www.usaraft.com/nolichucky-river) for the shuttle and tasty BBQ with fixings prepared after we got off the river each day!

Stephen giving freestyle instruction at Jaws. Photo by Jeremy Gass.

Stephen and I lead a total of 20 APEs clinic participates down the mighty Nolichucky Gorge over the course of the two days (13 on Sat and 7 on Sun).  We were blessed with great river levels (+1,900 CFS on Sat and +1,700 CFS on Sun) and wonderful weather (Sunny to partly cloudy with temps in mid 60’s) on both days!

The Sat Crew. Photo by Jeremy Gass.

The Sun Crew. Photo by Wesley R. Bradley.

Stephen was a fantastic instructor and a great motivator to encourage each participate to try and learn new paddling skills in each clinic all day long.  On both days Stephen warmed up both group in the flat water at the put-in with stroke concepts, edge control drills, rolling and brace techniques.  Then we started our 8.5 mile river trip down the gorge to work on myriad of paddling skills.  Stephen had us all working hard on many of the general river running moves in all the rapids.  We even did some backwards ferrying and got some great tips on down river and eddy line play!  At Jaws and Twin Eddies Stephen gave us some great freestyle instruction and he showed some of his best tricks, which was awesome to see!  We even managed to work in some creeking techniques with some boofing and slot drops in several rapids on the run.

I think every participant in the clinic went home tired, but with several new skills to improve their paddling and a boat load of confidence from taking theses clinics with Stephen.  I know I did! :-)

Thanks again Stephen for sharing your skills with the APEs!  



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2015 JAW Tour Update

wildwildwes wrote 1036 days ago:


 

The Jackson Action Wagon had an excellent premiere event at the Freedom Hall Pool last week in conjunction with the NOC Road Show event!  A couple of folks got JAW demos out on the Nolichucky Gorge this past weekend to check how the new JK models paddle on moving water and the reviews were all positive.

The Jackson Action Wagon will not be at the Freedom Hall Pool this evening (3/24/2015).  But you can catch the JAW back on tour Friday (3/27/2015) at the Bristol YMCA Pool Session!
http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2014/12/30/bristol-ymca-kayak-roll-session/

Hope to see you in Bristol!



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