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2018 JAW Fleet Rolls into Action!

wildwildwes wrote 240 days ago:


Are you ready for FREE Jackson Kayak demos in 2018?  They’re here now!

Check out the full fleet on the Jackson Action Wagon page: http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

You can see more photos of the new fleet on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1635588816520176.1073741840.615362971876104&type=1&l=72679975dc

Schedule your FREE demo soon! :-)

 



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NoliFest Winning

wildwildwes wrote 241 days ago:


The 4th annual NoliFest 2018 was packed with more fun than ever before!  River trip shuttles for all on the Gorge and Lower Nolichucky River, SUP racing, river attainments, SUP joisting, vendor fair, One Wheel endure race, fireworks, great bands and good food where some of the highlights of the event.  We also pulled off the first ever Nolichucky Gorge enduro boatercross whitewater race on Friday evening called #beatnightfall!

The Jackson Action Wagon had a great demo event at the festival.  Thanks to all who came out to join us in these big booming fun times!

Congrats to our lucky winner of the Jackson Kayak Mixmaster the J.A.W. raffled off during the event!!  We ended up raising a total of $685 in the JK MixMaster raffle. Here is the planned distribution on the funds:

$300 to Green Bridge Landing – Doe River access & community park currently under development by the APE’s and IDEAS Groups with the Carter County Parks and Rec Board.

$385 to Camp Bays Mountain – This is about the funds needed for one camper scholarship, so NoliFest sent a kid to summer camp this year!



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WIN a JK MixMaster at NoliFest!

wildwildwes wrote 257 days ago:


The Jackson Action Wagon is giving away brand new 2018 Jackson Kayak Mixmaster 7.5 (Bluegrass color) at NoliFest this year!

Where: USA Raft – 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650

The J.A.W. is proud to partner with USA Raft on Saturday (April 14th) at this event to give away JK’s hottest new whitewater design in a raffle to benefit Camp Bays Mountain & Green Bridge Landing! :-)

All proceeds raised in the raffle will be split to help the camp and community park.  The new camp is in Kingsport, TN and they are launching their first summer camp program this year for children of our area – http://www.campbaysmountain.com/. The community park under development is a new river access site on the Doe River in Hampton, TN.

Drop by the NoliFest Info booth to purchase tickets during Friday & Saturday of the event!

 

Check out all the announcements of event sponsors, bands, demos and more at:

 

https://www.facebook.com/Nolifest/



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What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2018?

wildwildwes wrote 312 days ago:


The Jackson Action Wagon’s is starting its 12th 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 or kids kayaks you would like to see stocked in the 2018 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 2/23/2018:

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

 

 

 

I’m already planning stocking all sizes of the Antix (S,M&L), Nirvana (M&L), and Mixmaster (7.0&7.5).  This leaves me with about 3-5 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!
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Click on this link to send me a comment for JK suggestions on the J.A.W. Facebook pole: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonActionWagon/posts/1562466453832413
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You can also contact me direct at http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/.  Thanks for any input you give!



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Kokatat Outercore Habanero Liner Review

wildwildwes wrote 337 days ago:


The best piece of cold gear I’ve used for my winter warmth!

Product website: https://kokatat.com/product/outercore-habanero-liner-inuhab

The Habanero is not your average onesie.  This new one-piece liner is full of technical paddling specific features to match up with all Kokatat dry suits and most other current dry suit designs, including Kokatat’s Switchzip suits.  I’ve also found great use of this liner as a mid-layer for alpine skiing.

You can use the liner as base-layer or mid-layer thanks to the high quality fabric construction.  The main fabric is a 4-way stretch 90% polyester 10% spandex with heavyweight recycled Polartec® PowerDry®.  The fabric of the underarms, cuffs, neck and ankles is a 4-way stretch 92% polyester 8% spandex with lighter weight Polartec® grid fleece ensures unrestricted movement at our pivot point while paddling.  The Velour back of the liner provides extra warmth and superior moisture transportation compared to other liners I have tried in the past.  This combination of fabrics makes for a nice breathable, but seriously warm suit!  I’m a warm natured big guy, so I don’t even think about putting on this liner unless it is at least in the 30’s.

The jersey face of the fabric enables smooth layering with other garment with its smooth finish.  The suit features flat-stitch seams throughout for comfort of wear.  The jersey face and flat-stitching make for a durable suit that can withstand the test of time and washing.

The liner has several great features in comparison to other onesies on the market:

The entire suit is contoured to fit your body better with the body mapped design.  This makes for a warm comfortable trim fit with no extra bulk.

The long front entry zipper is easy to get in and out of when dressing.  There is no need to ever worry about stretching out the neck with this suit entry system.

The second waist zipper acts as a drop seat for rear relief option.  There is also a flap fly for front relief option.  This relief system is compatible with all Kokatat dry suits (including SwithZip).  It also keeps you from having to remove your dry suit most the way off and freezing to death when having to go #2 in the wild.

The zippered chest pocket located on the left front of the liner is a handy for carrying small items.  You never have to worry about losing items in this pocket, since it has a zipper and typically under another layer.  I like to place my skull cap in it when there are days I’m not sure I’m going to have to wear it.

At the end of the wrist cuffs you will find a pair of thumb holes.  This feature help keep the sleeves in place when layering over the liner with your dry suit.  This also make the cuffs act as a toasty half mitt to keep you warm while at camp or loading your boat at the take-out.

Laundering the liner is super easy.  Wash it when it smells.  Throw it in a machine warm water wash all zipped up and hang dry.  Make sure not to use any fabric softener or bleach in the wash. Don’t iron it either… Really, who would do that anyway?

If you’re looking for the perfect liner suit to compliment you dry suite, look no further!  Kokatat has nailed it with this design.  It has superior warmth, does not limit any articulation and breaths well if you start to perspire in it.  I highly recommend checking it out at your local Kokatat dealer and try on your size.  I think you’ll see why it’s my new favorite piece of winter gear!



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#SURFBETSY Elizabethton Whitewater Park Presentation

wildwildwes wrote 344 days ago:


Things are progressing even better than anticipated to launch the #SURFBETSY whitewater project in my hometown of Elizabethton,TN!

We need a great show of support from the paddling community at this meeting on February 17, so please make every effort to attend and be a part of it.

When: Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Where: Bonnie Kate Theatre, 115 S. Sycamore, Elizabethton, TN

What: this will be a presentation on the benefits of bringing a Whitewater Feature to Elizabethton. Guest speakers will begin the discussion to be followed by a presentation by the consultants from River Restoration from Carbondale, Colorado. We will also be showing videos of local whitewater kayaking runs.

 

Event website: http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2018/01/05/elizabethton-whitewater-park-presentation/

 

To get the latest updates on the project check out this post:

http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2017/12/14/support-elizabethton-whitewater-park-in-the-works/



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Wesley’s 2017 Rain Gauge Report

wildwildwes wrote 345 days ago:


The link below is to a spread sheet for my rain gauge I have installed at my house in Elizabethton, TN.  It’s a really nice rain gauge and it measures precipitation to the nearest 1/100th of an inch.  2017 was an average year since I started recording daily rain amounts.  Click the link below to view the spread sheet:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/files/2018/01/2017-Rain-Gauge-Report.pdf



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JK Nirvana Large is Here!

wildwildwes wrote 446 days ago:


Big guys get pumped! A new bluegrass colored Jackson Kayak Nirvana Large has join the J.A.W. fleet just in time for race season!! #JKNirvana

Give the J.A.W. a shout if you want to try out a free demo.



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2017 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

wildwildwes wrote 470 days ago:


The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking.  It is now time to sell most of the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2018 fleet!

Check out the link below for current stock and prices:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original outfitting, warranty & swag that come with a new Jackson Kayak purchase.  The boats were primarily used in a pool for instruction and river trip demos.  The boats are in like new to very good condition.  I will be happy to send current photos of any boat if requested.

I will be at Gauley Fest & GAF to deliver boats to those locations.  I can also help arrange shipping through Greyhound, Forward Air or FedEx if you desire to pay for that service.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a boat purchase from the J.A.W. fleet.  All boats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Wesley R. Bradley – 423-647-1321



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Rahul’s Noli Gorge Antix

wildwildwes wrote 480 days ago:


Rahul Subramanian is a local paddler in the Tri-Cities area in Tennessee and a member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts club.  He started kayaking whitewater this past January and has come a long way in eight months.  His determination to progress safely while getting out on the river as much as possible is inspiring to many of the local paddlers in our area.  He was recently honored with the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many personal first descents and paddling progression throughout this paddling season.

I’ve had the pleasure to make several river trips with him this year.  We recently made a Nolichucky Gorge run together and he got to try out the Jackson Kayak Antix M from the Jackson Action Wagon on the run.  He had a blast surfing Jaws, running creek lines, rock spins, boofing, combat rolls, and rock grinds. #JKAntix

I’ll let his video highlight all the fun we had on this run…

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