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Jackson Kayak Nirvana Reviews From J.A.W. Demos

There is no doubt that the new JK Nirvana (http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/kayak/nirvana/) is getting a lot of hype right now.  It has been one of the most highly anticipated whitewater kayaks in 2017, since it’s announcement by JK back at Outdoor Retailer last year.  A beautiful Abyss colored 2017 JK Nirvana joined the Jackson Action Wagon fleet in late [...]

Late Spring Heavenly Highland Whitewater

This past winter and early spring was starting to look like we were not going to have much of a creek season in the southeast.  Warmer and dryer temperatures was the theme of the winter months in our region.  Then spring sprung and we had a few showers here in there in late March into [...]

After Work Doe River Gorge Goods

Weekday after work runs are always a special treat for me.  Catching the Doe River Gorge at a good 750 CFS level is an even sweeter treat, because the take-out is only 10 minutes from my house! Me and a group of 5 friends rallied earlier this week for delightful river trip in this under rated [...]

NoliFest Was Gnarly!

The third annual 2017 NoliFest was so much fun on and off the river!  We were blessed with rain in the week leading up to the event and had some high river levels to enjoy the might Nolichucky River.  River trips were enjoyed by many paddling groups both in the gorge and on the lower .  We saw river levels from over 7,000 CFS [...]

West Fork Tuckasegee at 3.0′ = $$$

Thank you Duke Energy for the extra 6″ of flow on WFT on 7/2/16!  It made the run a lot better!!  Good times, good times!!! I got my PFD of the West Fork Tuck back in July 2013. The level was 2.4′ that day.  I thought the run could use more water to be really [...]

Joy in Leading Cheoah PFDs

Ryan Horn, Marty Vaughn and I had the pleasure to lead Eric Mckeehan & Jerry Stevenson down their personal first descent of the Cheoah River this past Saturday.  We may have had more fun than the legal limit boofing and shredding some great whitewater!  Then we topped off the day with some great food at Tapoco Lodge!!  [...]

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 [...]

Kentucky Life’s The Lord of the Fork Video

Here is a great video on one of my favorite kayak events of the year, the Russell Fork “Lord of the fork” Race! They filmed some of this footage during the 2015 race and I got a carnage cameo @ 3:41 in it from my flip over at the bottom of El Horrendo.

Exploring the Forks of the French Broad

Brian Vermillion and I have had a lot of fun over near Brevard, NC the past couple of weekends with nice mild weather for January!  We both got our PFD’s on WFFB this past Saturday (1/16/16) at -3″ on the put-in bridge gauge.  The level was on the low side of runnable, but we had a great [...]