Winter Surf is in!!

As we entered the Holiday Season Avista has a finally increased flow out of Lake Couer d’Alene and the winter surf season is in full swing. Boaters from around the northwest have been braving the cold to catch some great surf at Zoo Wave, Sullivan Hole, and Trailer Park Wave. Despite temperatures that are well below freezing, the energy on the water has been great! See you on the water!

Winter in the Smokies

Winter kayaking in the smokies can be a wonderful experience, and this winter has been no different. From well below freezing temperatures to winter monsoons bringing the waters up to gnarly levels, it has been a great paddling year so far.

This cold weather paddling can only really be enjoyed when you are prepared for it, though. Which brings up a small discussion:

Cold Weather Essentials

Anyone familiar with the great outdoors knows that your time spent outside can be greatly improved if you are properly prepared with the right gear from head to toe. So lets look at what that means for kayaking. Start with your base layer. Wool and fleece never go wrong. One particular favorite of most of the paddlers in this area is the IR Union Suit. The Union Suit is fleece onesie that will most likely have you sweating after your first lap down the Ledges. If the onesie doesn’t fit your style, some bottoms and a wool top will keep you comfy under your dry gear. After that, some wool or neoprene socks will keep all those little piggies nice and snug while they’re shoved in the bottom of a boat. Next we’ll talk about dry gear. Simply said, a good dry suit can’t be beat. Kokotat, IR and NRS are by far the top places to look for a solid dry suit. Although a little bit of an investment, you’ll understand that it is well worth the price if you’ve ever paddled with a thrown together “almost dry” suit. It being the investment that it is, a solid set of dry pants and dry top will suffice just fine if your wallet is a little too tight for a suit…just keep your swims minimal. Finally, slap some pogies on that paddle and hit the water.

Its a different world than paddling during the summer, but winter paddling is a blast. The creeks that run during the winter provide endless entertainment, such as the Annual Tellico Huck Fest on January 1. This is a great little festival that has grown over the past 4 years to be a favorite for smokies paddlers. This year gave us a brisk 24 degrees when we put on, and it was an absolutely great paddling day. Water level was great and there was a good number of paddlers that joined in to huck in the New Year over Baby Falls.

Keep updated on our Facebook page by searching for “world kayak smokies region”. This is a great way to keep in the loop with local paddlers, as well as to set meeting times and extend your network. Finally, we look at the release schedule that has recently been given for 2014. Hope to see y’all out, and Happy Paddling!

Winter in the Smokies

Winter kayaking in the smokies can be a wonderful experience, and this winter has been no different. From well below freezing temperatures to winter monsoons bringing the waters up to gnarly levels, it has been a great paddling year so far.

This cold weather paddling can only really be enjoyed when you are prepared for it, though. Which brings up a small discussion:

Cold Weather Essentials

Anyone familiar with the great outdoors knows that your time spent outside can be greatly improved if you are properly prepared with the right gear from head to toe. So lets look at what that means for kayaking. Start with your base layer. Wool and fleece never go wrong. One particular favorite of most of the paddlers in this area is the IR Union Suit. The Union Suit is fleece onesie that will most likely have you sweating after your first lap down the Ledges. If the onesie doesn’t fit your style, some bottoms and a wool top will keep you comfy under your dry gear. After that, some wool or neoprene socks will keep all those little piggies nice and snug while they’re shoved in the bottom of a boat. Next we’ll talk about dry gear. Simply said, a good dry suit can’t be beat. Kokotat, IR and NRS are by far the top places to look for a solid dry suit. Although a little bit of an investment, you’ll understand that it is well worth the price if you’ve ever paddled with a thrown together “almost dry” suit. It being the investment that it is, a solid set of dry pants and dry top will suffice just fine if your wallet is a little too tight for a suit…just keep your swims minimal. Finally, slap some pogies on that paddle and hit the water.

Its a different world than paddling during the summer, but winter paddling is a blast. The creeks that run during the winter provide endless entertainment, such as the Annual Tellico Huck Fest on January 1. This is a great little festival that has grown over the past 4 years to be a favorite for smokies paddlers. This year gave us a brisk 24 degrees when we put on, and it was an absolutely great paddling day. Water level was great and there was a good number of paddlers that joined in to huck in the New Year over Baby Falls.

Keep updated on our Facebook page by searching for “world kayak smokies region”. This is a great way to keep in the loop with local paddlers, as well as to set meeting times and extend your network. Finally, we look at the release schedule that has recently been given for 2014. Hope to see y’all out, and Happy Paddling!

Winter in the Smokies

Winter kayaking in the smokies can be a wonderful experience, and this winter has been no different. From well below freezing temperatures to winter monsoons bringing the waters up to gnarly levels, it has been a great paddling year so far.

This cold weather paddling can only really be enjoyed when you are prepared for it, though. Which brings up a small discussion:

Cold Weather Essentials

Anyone familiar with the great outdoors knows that your time spent outside can be greatly improved if you are properly prepared with the right gear from head to toe. So lets look at what that means for kayaking. Start with your base layer. Wool and fleece never go wrong. One particular favorite of most of the paddlers in this area is the IR Union Suit. The Union Suit is fleece onesie that will most likely have you sweating after your first lap down the Ledges. If the onesie doesn’t fit your style, some bottoms and a wool top will keep you comfy under your dry gear. After that, some wool or neoprene socks will keep all those little piggies nice and snug while they’re shoved in the bottom of a boat. Next we’ll talk about dry gear. Simply said, a good dry suit can’t be beat. Kokotat, IR and NRS are by far the top places to look for a solid dry suit. Although a little bit of an investment, you’ll understand that it is well worth the price if you’ve ever paddled with a thrown together “almost dry” suit. It being the investment that it is, a solid set of dry pants and dry top will suffice just fine if your wallet is a little too tight for a suit…just keep your swims minimal. Finally, slap some pogies on that paddle and hit the water.

Its a different world than paddling during the summer, but winter paddling is a blast. The creeks that run during the winter provide endless entertainment, such as the Annual Tellico Huck Fest on January 1. This is a great little festival that has grown over the past 4 years to be a favorite for smokies paddlers. This year gave us a brisk 24 degrees when we put on, and it was an absolutely great paddling day. Water level was great and there was a good number of paddlers that joined in to huck in the New Year over Baby Falls.

Keep updated on our Facebook page by searching for “world kayak smokies region”. This is a great way to keep in the loop with local paddlers, as well as to set meeting times and extend your network. Finally, we look at the release schedule that has recently been given for 2014. Hope to see y’all out, and Happy Paddling!

Winter in the Smokies

Winter kayaking in the smokies can be a wonderful experience, and this winter has been no different. From well below freezing temperatures to winter monsoons bringing the waters up to gnarly levels, it has been a great paddling year so far.

This cold weather paddling can only really be enjoyed when you are prepared for it, though. Which brings up a small discussion:

Cold Weather Essentials

Anyone familiar with the great outdoors knows that your time spent outside can be greatly improved if you are properly prepared with the right gear from head to toe. So lets look at what that means for kayaking. Start with your base layer. Wool and fleece never go wrong. One particular favorite of most of the paddlers in this area is the IR Union Suit. The Union Suit is fleece onesie that will most likely have you sweating after your first lap down the Ledges. If the onesie doesn’t fit your style, some bottoms and a wool top will keep you comfy under your dry gear. After that, some wool or neoprene socks will keep all those little piggies nice and snug while they’re shoved in the bottom of a boat. Next we’ll talk about dry gear. Simply said, a good dry suit can’t be beat. Kokotat, IR and NRS are by far the top places to look for a solid dry suit. Although a little bit of an investment, you’ll understand that it is well worth the price if you’ve ever paddled with a thrown together “almost dry” suit. It being the investment that it is, a solid set of dry pants and dry top will suffice just fine if your wallet is a little too tight for a suit…just keep your swims minimal. Finally, slap some pogies on that paddle and hit the water.

Its a different world than paddling during the summer, but winter paddling is a blast. The creeks that run during the winter provide endless entertainment, such as the Annual Tellico Huck Fest on January 1. This is a great little festival that has grown over the past 4 years to be a favorite for smokies paddlers. This year gave us a brisk 24 degrees when we put on, and it was an absolutely great paddling day. Water level was great and there was a good number of paddlers that joined in to huck in the New Year over Baby Falls.

Keep updated on our Facebook page by searching for “world kayak smokies region”. This is a great way to keep in the loop with local paddlers, as well as to set meeting times and extend your network. Finally, we look at the release schedule that has recently been given for 2014. Hope to see y’all out, and Happy Paddling!

Smith Optics Rocks!

Well, it’s definitely not kayaking weather here in Wisconsin. With the Packers Getting Aaron Rodgers back for the last game of the season to beat the Bears and head to the playoffs, we are set for an Ice Bowl II here. Sunday’s Temps will be -30 to -60 below 0! Even for us in Wisconsin…that is COLD! but I have found another way to help me keep busy if I can’t escape the cold….Snowboarding. It’s my first year attempting this and I have wanted to try it for years. Aaron and I went to indianhead Mountain cause they just got tons of snow. I figured it’s make the falls a little softer. While it was early season, only a few runs and 1 lift was open so we were limited with our terrain, but I didn’t really need much variety to work on the basics.

I had lasik surgery last year so I knew I needed some quality protective eyewear so my eyes don’t dry out. I bought the Phenom goggles from Smith Optics and They are great! They don’t fog, they fit great, and are super comfortable.

I heard rumors your first time down the slopes on a board means lots of falling, so I was also certain to get a quality helmet from Smith…the Gage worked perfectly. It took me an hour to get down the first hill….because i fell a lot, not because it was sooo big. The best part about the Gage helmet was that it has a clip on the back for my goggles to lock in. It was very helpful not only on the hill but so I wouldn’t lose them in the lodge when I took them off to warm up and relax a bit.

I’ve always know Smith Optics for their sun glasses which are great, but was very excited to buy their winter gear too and it was just what i needed to have a fun and safe first weekend on the slopes!

Smith Optics Rocks!

Well, it’s definitely not kayaking weather here in Wisconsin. With the Packers Getting Aaron Rodgers back for the last game of the season to beat the Bears and head to the playoffs, we are set for an Ice Bowl II here. Sunday’s Temps will be -30 to -60 below 0! Even for us in Wisconsin…that is COLD! but I have found another way to help me keep busy if I can’t escape the cold….Snowboarding. It’s my first year attempting this and I have wanted to try it for years. Aaron and I went to indianhead Mountain cause they just got tons of snow. I figured it’s make the falls a little softer. While it was early season, only a few runs and 1 lift was open so we were limited with our terrain, but I didn’t really need much variety to work on the basics.

I had lasik surgery last year so I knew I needed some quality protective eyewear so my eyes don’t dry out. I bought the Phenom goggles from Smith Optics and They are great! They don’t fog, they fit great, and are super comfortable.

I heard rumors your first time down the slopes on a board means lots of falling, so I was also certain to get a quality helmet from Smith…the Gage worked perfectly. It took me an hour to get down the first hill….because i fell a lot, not because it was sooo big. The best part about the Gage helmet was that it has a clip on the back for my goggles to lock in. It was very helpful not only on the hill but so I wouldn’t lose them in the lodge when I took them off to warm up and relax a bit.

I’ve always know Smith Optics for their sun glasses which are great, but was very excited to buy their winter gear too and it was just what i needed to have a fun and safe first weekend on the slopes!

Smith Optics Rocks!

Well, it’s definitely not kayaking weather here in Wisconsin. With the Packers Getting Aaron Rodgers back for the last game of the season to beat the Bears and head to the playoffs, we are set for an Ice Bowl II here. Sunday’s Temps will be -30 to -60 below 0! Even for us in Wisconsin…that is COLD! but I have found another way to help me keep busy if I can’t escape the cold….Snowboarding. It’s my first year attempting this and I have wanted to try it for years. Aaron and I went to indianhead Mountain cause they just got tons of snow. I figured it’s make the falls a little softer. While it was early season, only a few runs and 1 lift was open so we were limited with our terrain, but I didn’t really need much variety to work on the basics.

I had lasik surgery last year so I knew I needed some quality protective eyewear so my eyes don’t dry out. I bought the Phenom goggles from Smith Optics and They are great! They don’t fog, they fit great, and are super comfortable.

I heard rumors your first time down the slopes on a board means lots of falling, so I was also certain to get a quality helmet from Smith…the Gage worked perfectly. It took me an hour to get down the first hill….because i fell a lot, not because it was sooo big. The best part about the Gage helmet was that it has a clip on the back for my goggles to lock in. It was very helpful not only on the hill but so I wouldn’t lose them in the lodge when I took them off to warm up and relax a bit.

I’ve always know Smith Optics for their sun glasses which are great, but was very excited to buy their winter gear too and it was just what i needed to have a fun and safe first weekend on the slopes!

Smith Optics Rocks!

Well, it’s definitely not kayaking weather here in Wisconsin. With the Packers Getting Aaron Rodgers back for the last game of the season to beat the Bears and head to the playoffs, we are set for an Ice Bowl II here. Sunday’s Temps will be -30 to -60 below 0! Even for us in Wisconsin…that is COLD! but I have found another way to help me keep busy if I can’t escape the cold….Snowboarding. It’s my first year attempting this and I have wanted to try it for years. Aaron and I went to indianhead Mountain cause they just got tons of snow. I figured it’s make the falls a little softer. While it was early season, only a few runs and 1 lift was open so we were limited with our terrain, but I didn’t really need much variety to work on the basics.

I had lasik surgery last year so I knew I needed some quality protective eyewear so my eyes don’t dry out. I bought the Phenom goggles from Smith Optics and They are great! They don’t fog, they fit great, and are super comfortable.

I heard rumors your first time down the slopes on a board means lots of falling, so I was also certain to get a quality helmet from Smith…the Gage worked perfectly. It took me an hour to get down the first hill….because i fell a lot, not because it was sooo big. The best part about the Gage helmet was that it has a clip on the back for my goggles to lock in. It was very helpful not only on the hill but so I wouldn’t lose them in the lodge when I took them off to warm up and relax a bit.

I’ve always know Smith Optics for their sun glasses which are great, but was very excited to buy their winter gear too and it was just what i needed to have a fun and safe first weekend on the slopes!

Smith Optics Rocks!

Well, it’s definitely not kayaking weather here in Wisconsin. With the Packers Getting Aaron Rodgers back for the last game of the season to beat the Bears and head to the playoffs, we are set for an Ice Bowl II here. Sunday’s Temps will be -30 to -60 below 0! Even for us in Wisconsin…that is COLD! but I have found another way to help me keep busy if I can’t escape the cold….Snowboarding. It’s my first year attempting this and I have wanted to try it for years. Aaron and I went to indianhead Mountain cause they just got tons of snow. I figured it’s make the falls a little softer. While it was early season, only a few runs and 1 lift was open so we were limited with our terrain, but I didn’t really need much variety to work on the basics.

I had lasik surgery last year so I knew I needed some quality protective eyewear so my eyes don’t dry out. I bought the Phenom goggles from Smith Optics and They are great! They don’t fog, they fit great, and are super comfortable.

I heard rumors your first time down the slopes on a board means lots of falling, so I was also certain to get a quality helmet from Smith…the Gage worked perfectly. It took me an hour to get down the first hill….because i fell a lot, not because it was sooo big. The best part about the Gage helmet was that it has a clip on the back for my goggles to lock in. It was very helpful not only on the hill but so I wouldn’t lose them in the lodge when I took them off to warm up and relax a bit.

I’ve always know Smith Optics for their sun glasses which are great, but was very excited to buy their winter gear too and it was just what i needed to have a fun and safe first weekend on the slopes!

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