Blog – World Kayak Richmond – May 2016

Greetings from your World Kayak Ambassador!

I hope everyone has been enjoying this nice weather and some higher than usual water levels on the River James (I know I have).

The purpose of this post is to let you guys know that I am planning three or four World Kayak events for this summer.  Tentative dates are June 2, June 30, July 21, and September 13 or 15.

This year, in addition to the seasoned paddlers who typically attend the events, I want to encourage those who are new or relatively new to kayaking to “come on out”.  There’s be plenty of prizes (free schwag) for everyone who participates and I believe a good time will be had by all.

Stay tuned for specific details on each event.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Have ideas for events or how to make our gatherings as inclusive as possible?  Please share.  You can PM me on Facebook or email me at toddanderson6@gmail.com.

Oh, one last thing…a quick shout out to our sponsors:  Mountain Khakis, Keen Footwear, Ninkasi Brewing, Shred Ready, Astral Bouyancy, Rapid Transit; and last but not least – Jackson Kayak.

Cheers!

Todd

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – May 2016

Greetings from your World Kayak Ambassador!

I hope everyone has been enjoying this nice weather and some higher than usual water levels on the River James (I know I have).

The purpose of this post is to let you guys know that I am planning three or four World Kayak events for this summer.  Tentative dates are June 2, June 30, July 21, and September 13 or 15.

This year, in addition to the seasoned paddlers who typically attend the events, I want to encourage those who are new or relatively new to kayaking to “come on out”.  There’s be plenty of prizes (free schwag) for everyone who participates and I believe a good time will be had by all.

Stay tuned for specific details on each event.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Have ideas for events or how to make our gatherings as inclusive as possible?  Please share.  You can PM me on Facebook or email me at toddanderson6@gmail.com.

Oh, one last thing…a quick shout out to our sponsors:  Mountain Khakis, Keen Footwear, Ninkasi Brewing, Shred Ready, Astral Bouyancy, Smith Optics, Accent Paddles, Rapid Transit; and last but not least – Jackson Kayak.

Cheers!

Todd

Cold Weather Paddling CLINIC at Overmountain Outdoors

Overmountain Outdoors Special Event!

Do you love paddling in the summer and want to keep it going in the winter? But you’re not too sure what it takes to do it safely?  Overmountain Outdoors and Wesley R. Bradley are teaming up to offer a FREE clinic on how to properly outfit yourself for cold water & winter paddling.  Join us on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at Overmountain Outdoors and learn how to dress for paddling success in cold weather!  Clinic starts at 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Many paddlers have the misconception that after the leaves fall off the trees, that boats get stored till the flowers come back out.  The fact of the matter is in the southeast winter and early spring host some of our area’s best paddling, especially in whitewater!

We will be showcasing many products from Immersion Research & Kokatat during the clinic.  We will give tips and tricks on proper use and care of many products you can use to keep you toasty warm in the cold weather.

You may want to bring your own folding chair to the clinic, because seating is limited at the store.

Overmountian Outodors is located at:

142 W Market St

Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
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Like them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/OverMountainOutdoors/timeline

Cold Weather Paddling CLINIC at Overmountain Outdoors

Overmountain Outdoors Special Event!

Do you love paddling in the summer and want to keep it going in the winter? But you’re not too sure what it takes to do it safely?  Overmountain Outdoors and Wesley R. Bradley are teaming up to offer a FREE clinic on how to properly outfit yourself for cold water & winter paddling.  Join us on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at Overmountain Outdoors and learn how to dress for paddling success in cold weather!  Clinic starts at 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Many paddlers have the misconception that after the leaves fall off the trees, that boats get stored till the flowers come back out.  The fact of the matter is in the southeast winter and early spring host some of our area’s best paddling, especially in whitewater!

We will be showcasing many products from Immersion Research & Kokatat during the clinic.  We will give tips and tricks on proper use and care of many products you can use to keep you toasty warm in the cold weather.

You may want to bring your own folding chair to the clinic, because seating is limited at the store.

Overmountian Outodors is located at:

142 W Market St

Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
*
Like them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/OverMountainOutdoors/timeline

Cold Weather Paddling CLINIC at Overmountain Outdoors

Overmountain Outdoors Special Event!

Do you love paddling in the summer and want to keep it going in the winter? But you’re not too sure what it takes to do it safely?  Overmountain Outdoors and Wesley R. Bradley are teaming up to offer a FREE clinic on how to properly outfit yourself for cold water & winter paddling.  Join us on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at Overmountain Outdoors and learn how to dress for paddling success in cold weather!  Clinic starts at 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Many paddlers have the misconception that after the leaves fall off the trees, that boats get stored till the flowers come back out.  The fact of the matter is in the southeast winter and early spring host some of our areas best paddling, especially in whitewater!

We will be showcasing many products from Immersion Research & Kokatat during the clinic.  We will give tips and tricks on proper use and care of many products you can use to keep you toasty warm in the cold weather.

You may want to bring your own folding chair to the clinic, because seating is limited at the store.

Overmountian Outodors is located at:

142 W Market St

Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
*
Like them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/OverMountainOutdoors/timeline

Cold Weather Paddling CLINIC at Overmountain Outdoors

Overmountain Outdoors Special Event!

Do you love paddling in the summer and want to keep it going in the winter? But you’re not too sure what it takes to do it safely?  Overmountain Outdoors and Wesley R. Bradley are teaming up to offer a FREE clinic on how to properly outfit yourself for cold water & winter paddling.  Join us on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at Overmountain Outdoors and learn how to dress for paddling success in cold weather!  Clinic starts at 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Many paddlers have the misconception that after the leaves fall off the trees, that boats get stored till the flowers come back out.  The fact of the matter is in the southeast winter and early spring host some of our areas best paddling, especially in whitewater!

We will be showcasing many products from Immersion Research & Kokatat during the clinic.  We will give tips and tricks on proper use and care of many products you can use to keep you toasty warm in the cold weather.

You may want to bring your own folding chair to the clinic, because seating is limited at the store.

Overmountian Outodors is located at:

142 W Market St

Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
*
Like them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/OverMountainOutdoors/timeline

2015 Lord of the Fork Race

Saturday, October 24th will be the Lord of the Fork Race. It will have the usual format: One Minute Intervals from Skunk Beach area to Climax, unless for some reason Fist cleans up between now and then. The Rendezvous will be taking place at Carson Island, so we will do the awards there.

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send me a message and I’ll try to contact them. Also message me if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

There is a Facebook Event Page, which we’ll use to create a start list. It is open to the public, so invite anyone you think may be going.

https://www.facebook.com/events/955543257849190/

I can be reached at moxiemeister@gmail.com

Eric Henrickson

2015 Lord of the Fork Race

Saturday, October 24th will be the Lord of the Fork Race. It will have the usual format: One Minute Intervals from Skunk Beach area to Climax, unless for some reason Fist cleans up between now and then. The Rendezvous will be taking place at Carson Island, so we will do the awards there.

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send me a message and I’ll try to contact them. Also message me if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

There is a Facebook Event Page, which we’ll use to create a start list. It is open to the public, so invite anyone you think may be going.

https://www.facebook.com/events/955543257849190/

I can be reached at moxiemeister@gmail.com

Eric Henrickson

2015 Lord of the Fork Race

Saturday, October 24th will be the Lord of the Fork Race. It will have the usual format: One Minute Intervals from Skunk Beach area to Climax, unless for some reason Fist cleans up between now and then. The Rendezvous will be taking place at Carson Island, so we will do the awards there.

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send me a message and I’ll try to contact them. Also message me if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

There is a Facebook Event Page, which we’ll use to create a start list. It is open to the public, so invite anyone you think may be going.

https://www.facebook.com/events/955543257849190/

I can be reached at moxiemeister@gmail.com

Eric Henrickson

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – August 2015

On Wednesday, July 22 (2015) World Kayak held it’s second Hometown Throwdown on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  The level of the James was typical for this time of year, somewhere between 3.5-4.0’.  The event was attended by some familiar faces, and some new ones.  Adam Tremper, our “King of the James” (a title earned at a non-affiliated event earlier this year) took top prize.  Finishing a close second was Isaac Hull, an up-and-coming local junior competitor.

Sometimes I ask myself, “why am I in Richmond, Virginia?”.  There’s a good food scene, true.  While it’s better known for it’s “punk rock” scene, it does attract its’ share of other musical talent (another plus).  And I consider it a solid jumping off point for a lot of other destinations (music venues, beaches, mountains, and big water eastern US rivers).  But at the end of the day the best thing about Richmond, at least for me (and I know I’m not alone), is the James River and the year-round paddling opportunities this river represents.

So besides my usual paddling on the James, I did take a recent trip to paddle something new.  Recall earlier I stated that Richmond is a good jumping off point…

So late last month I drove 4 hours west to the New River Gorge (NRG) in Hico, West Virginia.  July 17-19 marked Coastal Canoeists (local paddling organization) quarterly meeting.  This event was held at a campground near the New River Gorge.  For those not familiar with the New, it offers some excellent Eastern US big water paddling.  It’s a high volume, powerful river chock full of class III-IV rapids (at normal flows).  It is one of five oldest rivers in the world, geologically speaking.

My trip was a short one and followed days of rain in the area.  The New River was running above optimal flows (relatively speaking of course) at around 4 ft, which was still lower than it had been running in the days prior.  Two groups set out that day to paddle, one advanced and the other more beginner/intermediate.  I opted for the advanced paddle on the Cranberry River (it’s more of a creek).

The Cranberry was a good run.  It has some gradient and a number of tight ledge drops through numerous boulder gardens.  What made it even more technical (at least for me) was the lower than optimal flow; which of course brought more rocks into play and created an obstacle course of sorts (I paddle a Jackson Karma – aka big boat).  It was a beautiful scenic run and one that I would recommend if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and catch it running.

And I will get back this year to paddle the New River Gorge; maybe Labor Day weekend.

Finally, World Kayak Richmond is gearing up to host another Hometown Throwdown event (HTTD #3) on the Lower James River.  Stay tuned to World Kayak Richmond’s Facebook page for event details.

Todd

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