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Playak News Flash - December 25, 2016
Playak News Flash - December 25, 2016
The world's latest paddling headlines.
Canoe Kayak Whitewater explorer and founder of First Descents that provides adventure camps for cancer survivors
Canoe Kayak - Brad Ludden founded First Descents, the outdoor ad-venture camp he founded for young cancer survivors. Oh, and he can flat out paddle, having notched first descents on more than 100 different rivers. Ludden has been a fixture on the whitewater scene since a 2000 cover story in Outside.
Jackson Kayak Exploring the Karnali River - Nepal
Jackson Kayak - early Wednesday morning we anxiously packed the rickety and colourful bus with our waterproof bills bags and somehow managed to stack 21 kayaks questionably high on the roof. Knowing that the Karnali wasn’t necessarily about the whitewater it had, the group was looking forward to a change of pace and the intense beauty and remoteness of the river and its surrounding jungle valley had, , the group was looking forward to a change of pace and the intense beauty and remoteness of the river and its surrounding jungle valley had.
Jackson Kayak Kayak Fishing Tournament - Wrightsville, PA, more research than actually fishing
Jackson Kayak - This was my first year of actually fishing a complete tournament trail to make a run for a championship. With having a toddler already and a second one coming I knew this was going to be my last year to be able to do this for awhile. I decided to fish the River Bassin Trail since the championship was actually in my own back yard in Wrightsville, PA. We were required to fish 3 tournaments in our region ...
SUP Connect Fanatic Boardriding 2017
SUP Connect - Fanatic is more than an addiction to ride. It is a way of life, an adventure, and the products created are made for your enjoyment. Each member of the Fanatic family brings their passion to the table.
SUP International Fanatic 11’2 Fly Pure Test Review
SUP International - Fanatic’s new 11’2 Fly rolls their 11’ and 11’6 into one chunky all rounder. The new 11’2 offers outstanding stability for any size rider; it’s super stable but surprisingly nimble to turn with its wide flat tail. If you’re after a super-size board for first steps into the surf or a steady all rounder to put your kids on the front, this new Fanatic has volume to spare.
Canoe Kayak The guy who in 1980’s did a solo sea kayaking big adventure equalling 9,420 miles
Canoe Kayak - Paul Caffyn’s first sea-kayak expedition was planned as a 300-mile traverse of New Zealand’s wind-lashed Fiordland coast. But when he finished that stretch with Max Reynolds in 1978, he decided not to stop. He completed the first sea kayak circumnavigation of the South Island eight weeks and 1,200 miles later. The next year he rounded the North Island, and in 1980 he and Nigel Dennis made the first sea kayak circumnavigation of Great Britain.
Distressed Mullet WI Girl Scout to receive national honor for saving paddleboarder
Distressed Mullet - A Pewaukee Girl Scout’s lifesaving efforts earlier this year have earned her a national award.Sydney Gergen, the 14-year-old daughter of Village Trustee Heather Gergen, saved a paddleboarder while she was on vacation in Door County. Sydney was with her mother at Peninsula State Park in Door County over Memorial Day weekend. While out on the water, the two noticed a woman having trouble maneuvering a paddleboard; they then saw her fall into Nicolet Bay. Then Sydney went to help the paddler in trouble and succeeded in it.
Mark Sundin Xmas downwind paddle to picture venue in Australia
Mark Sundin - Living in Sydney we can be swept away by the traffic congestion, over stimulation of constant crowds in one of the world's busiest cities, but adventure is right there on the fringes, especially for us paddlers, where the sea interacts with the coast. On Tuesday I made it along to the annual Tuesday night Xmas paddle, usually a short paddle followed by a long celebratory picnic. This year the crew that assembled at Vaucluse Bay was strong & keen, and the sea breeze was building from the Nor East...
SUP Examiner The Breakfast Club Dana Point’s OG Paddle Group
SUP Examiner - SUP Provides Natural Cohesion for Paddle Groups One of the most interesting things I’ve noticed about SUP since I first discovered it was its amazing ability to create camaraderie among paddlers.
SUP Examiner Vaikobi v Cold Storm and Base Tops
SUP Examiner - A Look at the V Cold Paddle Tops From Vaikobi There are a number of ways to keep yourself warm when paddling in cold weather, but if you are looking for a performance driven product specifically designed for paddling I highly recommend trying Vaikobi’s V Cold Storm and Base long sleeve paddling tops.
Elder SUP Down Wind or Distance Touring: Hydration
Elder SUP - I have a collection of hydration packs, bottles, fanny-packs and sometimes I just wedge a waterbottle under the deck straps on my Starboard Astro Touring board. As training, exploring and down wind adventures demand lots of time, sweat and hydration I am always seeking the best solution. I recently tried the Mazama Sidestream: Hydration Waist Pack which holds 1.3 liters of fluid.
SUP Mag UK Stand Up Paddleboarding the English Channel
SUP Mag UK - My name is Chris Macdonald and normally known as a kayaker but have recently found a passion for stand-up paddle boarding.
Standup Journal Chris Bertish Sets NEW World Record – 460 Miles Out and STILL Going
Standup Journal - Chris’ journey began two weeks ago when he launched his standup paddle craft, the IMPFish, from the North West coast of Morocco with the impossible dream of becoming the first waterman to cross the Atlantic Ocean, one stroke at a time, solo and unassisted.
SUPracer This Story will Make You Want to Buy an Inflatable and Go on a Paddling Adventure
SUPracer - Have you ever wanted to grab your paddleboard and just escape? Spontaneously disappear off the grid and explore beautiful destinations from the water? Somewhere in the Greek Islands, perhaps? Well that’s exactly what Jay Haysey and Bethany Mercer from the creative studio GlobalShots did recently, and in case the winter blues are getting you down, they documented the whole thing to give you some new year’s inspiration.
SUP Mag UK SUP: Pretty in pink – Fatstick Pink Panther 10ft x 30” x 180L review
SUP Mag UK - Firstly we’ll address the elephant in the room, the Pink Panther’s colour! Yes, it’s pink, and has flowers on it. As such, Fatstick themselves promote the Pink Panther as a female specific SUP, but it doesn’t have to be. For those Alphas out there who love a bit of colour then it’s perfectly fine for a sweep on the PP.
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