natefry

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – August 2015

natefry wrote 984 days ago:


On Wednesday, July 22 (2015) World Kayak held it’s second Hometown Throwdown on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  The level of the James was typical for this time of year, somewhere between 3.5-4.0’.  The event was attended by some familiar faces, and some new ones.  Adam Tremper, our “King of the James” (a title earned at a non-affiliated event earlier this year) took top prize.  Finishing a close second was Isaac Hull, an up-and-coming local junior competitor.

Sometimes I ask myself, “why am I in Richmond, Virginia?”.  There’s a good food scene, true.  While it’s better known for it’s “punk rock” scene, it does attract its’ share of other musical talent (another plus).  And I consider it a solid jumping off point for a lot of other destinations (music venues, beaches, mountains, and big water eastern US rivers).  But at the end of the day the best thing about Richmond, at least for me (and I know I’m not alone), is the James River and the year-round paddling opportunities this river represents.

So besides my usual paddling on the James, I did take a recent trip to paddle something new.  Recall earlier I stated that Richmond is a good jumping off point…

So late last month I drove 4 hours west to the New River Gorge (NRG) in Hico, West Virginia.  July 17-19 marked Coastal Canoeists (local paddling organization) quarterly meeting.  This event was held at a campground near the New River Gorge.  For those not familiar with the New, it offers some excellent Eastern US big water paddling.  It’s a high volume, powerful river chock full of class III-IV rapids (at normal flows).  It is one of five oldest rivers in the world, geologically speaking.

My trip was a short one and followed days of rain in the area.  The New River was running above optimal flows (relatively speaking of course) at around 4 ft, which was still lower than it had been running in the days prior.  Two groups set out that day to paddle, one advanced and the other more beginner/intermediate.  I opted for the advanced paddle on the Cranberry River (it’s more of a creek).

The Cranberry was a good run.  It has some gradient and a number of tight ledge drops through numerous boulder gardens.  What made it even more technical (at least for me) was the lower than optimal flow; which of course brought more rocks into play and created an obstacle course of sorts (I paddle a Jackson Karma – aka big boat).  It was a beautiful scenic run and one that I would recommend if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and catch it running.

And I will get back this year to paddle the New River Gorge; maybe Labor Day weekend.

Finally, World Kayak Richmond is gearing up to host another Hometown Throwdown event (HTTD #3) on the Lower James River.  Stay tuned to World Kayak Richmond’s Facebook page for event details.

Todd



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Blog – World Kayak Richmond – August 2015

bozemankayaker wrote 984 days ago:


On Wednesday, July 22 (2015) World Kayak held it’s second Hometown Throwdown on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  The level of the James was typical for this time of year, somewhere between 3.5-4.0’.  The event was attended by some familiar faces, and some new ones.  Adam Tremper, our “King of the James” (a title earned at a non-affiliated event earlier this year) took top prize.  Finishing a close second was Isaac Hull, an up-and-coming local junior competitor.

Sometimes I ask myself, “why am I in Richmond, Virginia?”.  There’s a good food scene, true.  While it’s better known for it’s “punk rock” scene, it does attract its’ share of other musical talent (another plus).  And I consider it a solid jumping off point for a lot of other destinations (music venues, beaches, mountains, and big water eastern US rivers).  But at the end of the day the best thing about Richmond, at least for me (and I know I’m not alone), is the James River and the year-round paddling opportunities this river represents.

So besides my usual paddling on the James, I did take a recent trip to paddle something new.  Recall earlier I stated that Richmond is a good jumping off point…

So late last month I drove 4 hours west to the New River Gorge (NRG) in Hico, West Virginia.  July 17-19 marked Coastal Canoeists (local paddling organization) quarterly meeting.  This event was held at a campground near the New River Gorge.  For those not familiar with the New, it offers some excellent Eastern US big water paddling.  It’s a high volume, powerful river chock full of class III-IV rapids (at normal flows).  It is one of five oldest rivers in the world, geologically speaking.

My trip was a short one and followed days of rain in the area.  The New River was running above optimal flows (relatively speaking of course) at around 4 ft, which was still lower than it had been running in the days prior.  Two groups set out that day to paddle, one advanced and the other more beginner/intermediate.  I opted for the advanced paddle on the Cranberry River (it’s more of a creek).

The Cranberry was a good run.  It has some gradient and a number of tight ledge drops through numerous boulder gardens.  What made it even more technical (at least for me) was the lower than optimal flow; which of course brought more rocks into play and created an obstacle course of sorts (I paddle a Jackson Karma – aka big boat).  It was a beautiful scenic run and one that I would recommend if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and catch it running.

And I will get back this year to paddle the New River Gorge; maybe Labor Day weekend.

Finally, World Kayak Richmond is gearing up to host another Hometown Throwdown event (HTTD #3) on the Lower James River.  Stay tuned to World Kayak Richmond’s Facebook page for event details.

Todd



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tommygunn

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – August 2015

tommygunn wrote 984 days ago:


On Wednesday, July 22 (2015) World Kayak held it’s second Hometown Throwdown on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  The level of the James was typical for this time of year, somewhere between 3.5-4.0’.  The event was attended by some familiar faces, and some new ones.  Adam Tremper, our “King of the James” (a title earned at a non-affiliated event earlier this year) took top prize.  Finishing a close second was Isaac Hull, an up-and-coming local junior competitor.

Sometimes I ask myself, “why am I in Richmond, Virginia?”.  There’s a good food scene, true.  While it’s better known for it’s “punk rock” scene, it does attract its’ share of other musical talent (another plus).  And I consider it a solid jumping off point for a lot of other destinations (music venues, beaches, mountains, and big water eastern US rivers).  But at the end of the day the best thing about Richmond, at least for me (and I know I’m not alone), is the James River and the year-round paddling opportunities this river represents.

So besides my usual paddling on the James, I did take a recent trip to paddle something new.  Recall earlier I stated that Richmond is a good jumping off point…

So late last month I drove 4 hours west to the New River Gorge (NRG) in Hico, West Virginia.  July 17-19 marked Coastal Canoeists (local paddling organization) quarterly meeting.  This event was held at a campground near the New River Gorge.  For those not familiar with the New, it offers some excellent Eastern US big water paddling.  It’s a high volume, powerful river chock full of class III-IV rapids (at normal flows).  It is one of five oldest rivers in the world, geologically speaking.

My trip was a short one and followed days of rain in the area.  The New River was running above optimal flows (relatively speaking of course) at around 4 ft, which was still lower than it had been running in the days prior.  Two groups set out that day to paddle, one advanced and the other more beginner/intermediate.  I opted for the advanced paddle on the Cranberry River (it’s more of a creek).

The Cranberry was a good run.  It has some gradient and a number of tight ledge drops through numerous boulder gardens.  What made it even more technical (at least for me) was the lower than optimal flow; which of course brought more rocks into play and created an obstacle course of sorts (I paddle a Jackson Karma – aka big boat).  It was a beautiful scenic run and one that I would recommend if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and catch it running.

And I will get back this year to paddle the New River Gorge; maybe Labor Day weekend.

Finally, World Kayak Richmond is gearing up to host another Hometown Throwdown event (HTTD #3) on the Lower James River.  Stay tuned to World Kayak Richmond’s Facebook page for event details.

Todd



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Blog – World Kayak Richmond – August 2015

james wrote 984 days ago:


On Wednesday, July 22 (2015) World Kayak held it’s second Hometown Throwdown on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  The level of the James was typical for this time of year, somewhere between 3.5-4.0’.  The event was attended by some familiar faces, and some new ones.  Adam Tremper, our “King of the James” (a title earned at a non-affiliated event earlier this year) took top prize.  Finishing a close second was Isaac Hull, an up-and-coming local junior competitor.

Sometimes I ask myself, “why am I in Richmond, Virginia?”.  There’s a good food scene, true.  While it’s better known for it’s “punk rock” scene, it does attract its’ share of other musical talent (another plus).  And I consider it a solid jumping off point for a lot of other destinations (music venues, beaches, mountains, and big water eastern US rivers).  But at the end of the day the best thing about Richmond, at least for me (and I know I’m not alone), is the James River and the year-round paddling opportunities this river represents.

So besides my usual paddling on the James, I did take a recent trip to paddle something new.  Recall earlier I stated that Richmond is a good jumping off point…

So late last month I drove 4 hours west to the New River Gorge (NRG) in Hico, West Virginia.  July 17-19 marked Coastal Canoeists (local paddling organization) quarterly meeting.  This event was held at a campground near the New River Gorge.  For those not familiar with the New, it offers some excellent Eastern US big water paddling.  It’s a high volume, powerful river chock full of class III-IV rapids (at normal flows).  It is one of five oldest rivers in the world, geologically speaking.

My trip was a short one and followed days of rain in the area.  The New River was running above optimal flows (relatively speaking of course) at around 4 ft, which was still lower than it had been running in the days prior.  Two groups set out that day to paddle, one advanced and the other more beginner/intermediate.  I opted for the advanced paddle on the Cranberry River (it’s more of a creek).

The Cranberry was a good run.  It has some gradient and a number of tight ledge drops through numerous boulder gardens.  What made it even more technical (at least for me) was the lower than optimal flow; which of course brought more rocks into play and created an obstacle course of sorts (I paddle a Jackson Karma – aka big boat).  It was a beautiful scenic run and one that I would recommend if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and catch it running.

And I will get back this year to paddle the New River Gorge; maybe Labor Day weekend.

Finally, World Kayak Richmond is gearing up to host another Hometown Throwdown event (HTTD #3) on the Lower James River.  Stay tuned to World Kayak Richmond’s Facebook page for event details.

Todd



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james

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – June 2015

james wrote 1035 days ago:


This has been a good month for paddling – ok, what month isn’t a good month for paddling?!?  The James River has been low but the Lower James through downtown Richmond has retained adequate levels for padding.  I just read a recap of the Coastals trip to paddle the Yough, Lower Big Sandy, and other rivers to our north.  And we’re getting ready for our first Hometown Throwdown here in Richmond (taking place this Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – here’s an event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437408479912844/

Since this is my first blog post as Richmond’s World Kayak Ambassador  I’ll give you a little background on myself.  I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I moved to Richmond in January of 2014 following a year working for Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson Kayak.  A large part of why I chose Richmond is because of the year round flows on the James River and the overall quality of whitewater in the area.  I’m excited to represent World Kayak and have the opportunity to re-establish a presence here with 2-3 Hometown Throwdown (HTTD) events over the course of this summer.

That’s it for now.  I hope to see everyone at this weeks HTTD!



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james

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – June 2015

james wrote 1035 days ago:


This has been a good month for paddling – ok, what month isn’t a good month for paddling?!?  The James River has been low but the Lower James through downtown Richmond has retained adequate levels for padding.  I just read a recap of the Coastals trip to paddle the Yough, Lower Big Sandy, and other rivers to our north.  And we’re getting ready for our first Hometown Throwdown here in Richmond (taking place this Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – here’s an event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437408479912844/

Since this is my first blog post as Richmond’s World Kayak Ambassador  I’ll give you a little background on myself.  I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I moved to Richmond in January of 2014 following a year working for Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson Kayak.  A large part of why I chose Richmond is because of the year round flows on the James River and the overall quality of whitewater in the area.  I’m excited to represent World Kayak and have the opportunity to re-establish a presence here with 2-3 Hometown Throwdown (HTTD) events over the course of this summer.

That’s it for now.  I hope to see everyone at this weeks HTTD!



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tommygunn

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – June 2015

tommygunn wrote 1035 days ago:


This has been a good month for paddling – ok, what month isn’t a good month for paddling?!?  The James River has been low but the Lower James through downtown Richmond has retained adequate levels for padding.  I just read a recap of the Coastals trip to paddle the Yough, Lower Big Sandy, and other rivers to our north.  And we’re getting ready for our first Hometown Throwdown here in Richmond (taking place this Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – here’s an event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437408479912844/

Since this is my first blog post as Richmond’s World Kayak Ambassador  I’ll give you a little background on myself.  I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I moved to Richmond in January of 2014 following a year working for Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson Kayak.  A large part of why I chose Richmond is because of the year round flows on the James River and the overall quality of whitewater in the area.  I’m excited to represent World Kayak and have the opportunity to re-establish a presence here with 2-3 Hometown Throwdown (HTTD) events over the course of this summer.

That’s it for now.  I hope to see everyone at this weeks HTTD!



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bozemankayaker

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – June 2015

bozemankayaker wrote 1035 days ago:


This has been a good month for paddling – ok, what month isn’t a good month for paddling?!?  The James River has been low but the Lower James through downtown Richmond has retained adequate levels for padding.  I just read a recap of the Coastals trip to paddle the Yough, Lower Big Sandy, and other rivers to our north.  And we’re getting ready for our first Hometown Throwdown here in Richmond (taking place this Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – here’s an event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437408479912844/

Since this is my first blog post as Richmond’s World Kayak Ambassador  I’ll give you a little background on myself.  I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I moved to Richmond in January of 2014 following a year working for Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson Kayak.  A large part of why I chose Richmond is because of the year round flows on the James River and the overall quality of whitewater in the area.  I’m excited to represent World Kayak and have the opportunity to re-establish a presence here with 2-3 Hometown Throwdown (HTTD) events over the course of this summer.

That’s it for now.  I hope to see everyone at this weeks HTTD!



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saskia

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – June 2015

saskia wrote 1035 days ago:


This has been a good month for paddling – ok, what month isn’t a good month for paddling?!?  The James River has been low but the Lower James through downtown Richmond has retained adequate levels for padding.  I just read a recap of the Coastals trip to paddle the Yough, Lower Big Sandy, and other rivers to our north.  And we’re getting ready for our first Hometown Throwdown here in Richmond (taking place this Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – here’s an event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437408479912844/

Since this is my first blog post as Richmond’s World Kayak Ambassador  I’ll give you a little background on myself.  I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I moved to Richmond in January of 2014 following a year working for Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson Kayak.  A large part of why I chose Richmond is because of the year round flows on the James River and the overall quality of whitewater in the area.  I’m excited to represent World Kayak and have the opportunity to re-establish a presence here with 2-3 Hometown Throwdown (HTTD) events over the course of this summer.

That’s it for now.  I hope to see everyone at this weeks HTTD!



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