Last year we had quite a few people request the Dagger Axiom for their kayak school, so we bought a few for the 2013 season. Of course, I have to test all of our equipment first, so I paddled it at our local kayak polo match and loved its speed and maneuverability. Today I took [...]
2012 was a pivotal year in the rebuilding of Sundance Kayak Schools. Our goal is always to run the best kayak instruction courses in the world, but we also did some great exploratory trips and training with our instructors. We started out the paddling season with a kayak trip on the Smith River and an [...]
Yesterday J.R. and I were excited to see a new section of river so we headed out to Washington’s Washougal River. Flows were a little low, but we really wanted to do some creeking and decided to check out the North Fork of the Washougal. We were immediately impressed with this beautiful canyon and the [...]
The New Year is a good time to rededicate yourself to safe river running by making sure you have the proper safety equipment, and that you’re ready to use it. We’ve compiled 5 things that should be at the top of every kayaker’s list. 1. Float bags. These are easy to forget about, but when [...]
We just got a shipment of the brand new 2012 Dagger Mambas for next year’s kayaks schools and I took one out on the Hood River yesterday for a test-run. I’ve never paddled the previous Mamba so this review is based on how I liked the boat compared to the other boats I’ve been paddling [...]
Last week a hole was blown in the bottom of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River. This is huge win for Salmon and Steelhead who spawn in the upper reaches of the White Salmon before this dam was built in 1913. It’s also a win for kayakers excited to see what rapids lie below [...]
We’ve had an overwhelming number of requests for a sticker with our new Heart Kaykaking logo – so here it is! You can get one online at River Hardware for just $2 shipping. We’ll send you one for free if you comment below about why you love kayaking.
The Hood River Kayak Polo Fall season starts tomorrow (10/11). This is a fun way to get in your kayak and get some exercise during the dreary winter months. Time: 8pm – 9:30pm Location: Hood River Aquatic Center Cost: $8 for the night, Season passes $45 Bring your kayak, paddle and pfd. Full face helmets [...]
We ran Green Point Creek (trip report) last spring and I just found this footage we took with our GoPro. It was a fun day of dodging rocks and logs in a beautiful setting. Here’s the video: This creek got us thinking about a new kayak course titled “Introduction to Mank” – stay tuned!
I’ve always considered the Illinois to be the big brother of the Rogue. Last month, I discovered their little sister – The Chetco. This gem of a river is definitely feminine – it’s deeply beautiful and graceful. Crystal clear, emerald green water slips slowly downstream and through a gorgeous environment filled with a plethora of [...]