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Fall Paddling Gear…

kb wrote 1042 days ago:


Well we are in the heart of Fall here in Missoula, Montana.  We know lots of folks are out hunting and what not, but it’s still a great time to be paddling.  There’s nothing better then staying in great shape and paddling right up until the start of ski/snowboard season (and maybe during the winter season if you’re geared up proper).   The key to enjoy paddling in colder weather, is to be geared up proper.  Here’s a list of items that will take your cold weather paddling to a new level:  (We’ve made a list in 2 categories…”Whitewater Kayak” & “StandUp Paddle Board”.

Whitewater Kayak:

1. The Ultimate SetUp:

*Dry Suit: This is the Ultimate in cold weather attire wether creaking, running river or play boating…Dry and happy!
*Union Suit: This is one single fleece layer for under your dry suit…That’s right…simple and warm!
*Skull Cap: Brain freeze or not to brain freeze…
*Mitts: Just like Mom always said, “mittens are warmer!”  They also give you a nice grip on the paddle…

2.  The next Best SetUp:

*Dry Top: If you are paddling hard, you might still get damp… but you’ll stay warm
*Dry Pants: Make you look cool if anything…?
*Fleece Top: Multi functional for a variety of paddling conditions…
*Fleece Pant: Multi functional for a variety of paddling conditions…
*Gloves: Not the warmest option…still warmer then nothing…

StandUp Paddle Boarding:

1. The Ultimate Whitewater SetUp:

* Wetsuit: If you want to paddle in whitewater below 45 degrees you need a 5/4/3 thickness minimum suit…4/3 is the best suit for Spring/Fall
* Booties: Go for the 5m booties for late Fall/Winter water temps

2. Flatwater SetUP:

*Fleece Top: Layer like you’re headed to the slopes…just don’t fall in the drink!
*Fleece Bottom: layer like you’re headed to the slopes…just don’t fall in the drink!
Booties: 3m-5m thickness booties will work best…



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NEW LOCATION PARTY!

kb wrote 1228 days ago:


Come celebrate the Spring of 2011 and our new location at 614 S. Higgins Ave Missoula, Montana -right next door to our old shop.  We are having a boat swap from 12pm-5pm.  BBQ from 1pm-4pm and we are hosting the Missoula Premiere of “FRONTIER” this years hottest new whitewater kayak flic from 7-10pm-DON’T MISS IT!



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Facebook

kb wrote 1247 days ago:


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Make sure to check out and become a Friend of the Strongwater Facebook page-It’s the best place to stay up to date on all Montana Whitewater Events and the latest RUMORS, GOSSIP and HAPS in and around Strongwater Paddle Sports.  Just click on the Facebook Icon (on the header of the website) and it’ll take you to Strongwater Heaven-hahha



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Typical Montana

kb wrote 1247 days ago:


Well the Strongwater crew was going to go Surf/SUP  the Lochsa today, but no dice.   We woke up this morning to a few inches of snow and dropping river levels on the Lochsa-Go figure.  It’s mid-afternoon now and the weather has warmed up and the Alberton Gorge is still on the rise.  Comp Hole, the big boosting kayak feature under Triple Bridges is in today!  The Gorge is now 13,000 and Rising-Brennan’s wave also is awesome-I got to paddle the Rockstar last night on Brennan’s both the boat and wave are rad.  Also, K-Rob is checking the ledge wave on the Blackfoot, so will know tonight if he was able to get some surfs out there or not.  I think he was going to take both his long board and SUP-Otherwise I’m going to go get some more Brennan’s wave this afternoon -Happy Sno-Surfing!



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Strongwater River/Shop Report

kb wrote 1249 days ago:


Well it’s April 1st and “no Joke” the rivers are going off!  The Lochsa pumped up over night and Pipeline is perfect for surfing and SUP surfing.  The run of course is good for whitewater kayaking also.  Brennan’s wave is epic kayaking today as well -And if you haven’t smelt them yet -the buzz is out -our Jackson Kayak Rockstar and Hero demos have arrived today!   Also the Alberton Gorge and Blackfoot Rivers are GTG so get out and Rip it******The Rivers and shop are going off right now, so we hope to see ya soon:::

www.wkcc.org/levels/?P=Idaho.html

www.wkcc.org/levels/?P=Montana.html



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Montana/Idaho River Levels on the move!

kb wrote 1250 days ago:


The river levels in Montana and Idaho are on the move.  It’s that time of year where we start to freak out (In a good way -ha) here at Strongwater.  The Lochsa is sky rocketing today!!!  It’s at 3.5ft (5720 cfs) and rising (perfect levels for whitewater kayaking).  If the levels keep moving up and it doesn’t freeze at night, Pipeline will hit the magic 4.5ft level, which is when it starts breaking for surfboards and SUPS.  Brennan’s wave and the Gorge are on the rise as well.  It’s just a feeling we have here at the shop, but we think the season is starting to hit-GET READY!  Remember when gearing up for SUP or whitewater kayaking Strongwater is your headquarters.  Strongwater has tons of new products in already -we’ll have Jackson Kayak 2011 Rockstar and Hero demos tomorrow!  If you don’t kayak or SUP we also offer lessons and rentals to get you dialed in-Come check us out-614 S. Higgins Ave

Get Out On The Water!

Pictures are from last april on Pipeline Wave, Lochsa River-Idaho



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