Aaron

Sup in the Bluegrass State

Aaron wrote 478 days ago:


If you dont think there is surf in KY you are mistaken!  Ky has more navigable waterways than any other state.  When the spring rains come it sends the Spring Tides down the rivers!

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surf the river

While the long boatmen of olden days used to ride boats made of lags lashed together we get the luxury of riding high tech inflatable SUP boards.  Supkentucky.com has a complete line of new boards from NRS this season.

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When the water gets muddy we like to get out and get on the waves.  We can surf for minutes at a time without falling off the wave.

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surf the brown water

Come join us on the river or in the lakes of this Bluegrass State.

See you on the water

 



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SUP Kentucky | Paddling all Year.

Aaron wrote 858 days ago:


This is a short video of our time in Mexico. We at SUP Kentucky believe that its necessary to paddle all year long. We strive to stay on top of the SUP world by competing and running hard rapids. All of this experience transfers to our student through Knowledge and FUN!

 

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Lets get out and paddle!

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SUP camping on the River!

Aaron wrote 1316 days ago:


Overnight SUP paddling in Mexico!

In my relentless search for places to escape the cold, I found Mexico!  A refuge from the polar vortexes of the U.S. and also a paddlers paradise.  There is so much diversity of whitewater that you need multiple river craft to enjoy it all!

The headwaters of the Santa Maria River lie in the semi desert region between the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosi.  150 miles from the gulf of Mexico where it finally meets the salt water.  Santa Maria has no Dams and all 150 miles are excellent runnable whitewater.  5 Canyons, miles of big water class 4-5 and a 315 foot waterfall from the Rio Gallinas make this a multi-day paddlers dream!
We recently did the most upper stretch of Santa Maria on SUP boards.  Its a 12 mile scenic canyon float with one class 4 rapid.  Our plan was to put on in the afternoon and camp beside the class-4.  Put ins in Mexico are sometimes an adventure in itself.  This particular part of the river is a favorite watering hole for local cattle!

Heather and I used the Czar 6 and Baron 6 SUPs.  The extra flotation comes in handy when carrying camping gear and food.  I carried mosquito net, hammock, rain fly, jet boil stove and K-pump.  Heather took the extra clothes, water filter and head lamps.

First day of paddling was a little more than an hour.  We found a nice spot on an island just beside the portage.  One of the amazing things about inflatable paddleboards is how comfortable they are to sleep on.  Let out half the air and you have a huge therma-rest bed.  The Baron 6 sleeps two people if they are friendly!

We decided to avoid any bug encounters in the night, so i strung our hammock loosely over the Baron 6.  This hammock has mosquito netting built in and also comes with a nice rain-fly.  it looked like rain so we used the fly as well.

After a good night sleep, re-inflate the board, take a nice river shower and we launched for the next 8.5 miles of class 2.  There are huge Sabino trees over 500 years old, a portion of the old Spanish silver train runs along the river right side.

​ The Sabino tree has one of the most impressive root sytems I have ever seen.  these old trees actually from the river back, their roots intertwine and become an unbreakable shoreline, incredible erosion protection!


As we moved farther into the canyon the riverbed starts to become very sandy.  It makes for nice soft fall if you’re just beginning to learn SUP.  There are numerous springs that enter the river as waterfalls on river left. I counted at least 5 and all were quite a bit warmer than the actual river water.  As you can imagine they are also full of incredible vegetation.

This section of the Santa Maria passes through the historic town of Conca, Queretaro.  A Franciscan mision was built here in the 1700′s.  There are 4 more, nearly identical throughout the region.  At one point the river banks to the right and you can turn and see the Mision.  Its just visible in front of Heather above the first row of trees.
If you are looking for new ways to enjoy and explore using a paddle board, I highly recommend the over night trip.  SUPs are a true SUV of paddle sports.  With the right board and dry equipment the experience is stress free and much easier than I ever thought possible.  Its your own personal watercraft and bed rolled into one.  Make sure the run isn’t too difficult because the weight of your gear does affect how the board handles.  I found that by moving back towards the tail balances things out and makes for a great workout too!
​ I know its cold in the states right now, so roll up those boards, grab some friends and head down to Mexico and see us.  Water temps are in the 70′s and there are plenty of enchiladas for everyone.

Words by Aaron  Photos by Heather and Aaron



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Exploring Mexico SUP style!

Aaron wrote 1547 days ago:


It’s hard to tell if the sport of whitewater SUP is growing or not.  I spend half the year in Mexico and for the past five years there have only been a handful of us paddling SUP.  Lately we have been exploring new runs with new equipment.  Brands like NRS, Glide SUP, Hala Gear and Corran SUP have been helping us pave the way for new and exciting warm water paddling.

Mexico has deep water Class 3, shallow sand bottom class 2 and even runnable waterfalls for those who want the most adrenaline.

We still spend a lot of time in our kayaks exploring class 4-5 stretches of the Santa Maria.  With the season coming to an end and water levels dropping, we are continuing the search for adventure in any type of watercraft we can find!

This season we have seen rain when its usually dry for months.  The rivers have been full much longer than usual.

Spring is here and the water is flowing in the U.S.  Soon it will be time to head home.  when the weather turns cold it will be time for the warm spring waters of mexico again.  More exploration and adventure.  Join us anytime!  Contact me:  Aaron@kayakhuasteca.com

See you on the river soon!

 

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