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Category Archives: Instruction

JAW Demo at the Dirty Bird Confidence Series

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 [...]

NoliFest 2016

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2016?

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 [...]

How to Pack a Throwbag

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…/

APE’s & TEHCC Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

CALLING 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 [...]

Team JK Goes APEs in the Nolichucky Gorge

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 [...]

2015 JAW Tour Update

  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 [...]

2015 JAW Fleet Rolls Into Action!

I picked up the new fleet with my good friend, Jamison Evans, yesterday (3/16/2015) at the JK factory.  After a late night of unpacking all the kayaks upon the return trip back home, the Jackson Action Wagon is now loaded and ready to spread some JK love in 2015.  The new JAW fleet will premiere tonight at the [...]

Holston Conference Camping Beginner Kayak Class‏

For anyone out there who wants to learn to whitewater kayak here is your first chance of the year in the Tri-Cities area to giver’ a go with Holston Conference Camps!  These camps is where I learned to kayak and I plan to help with instruction for these classes with the wonderful Jo Anne Pasqua​.  [...]