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2016 Large Jackson Kayak Zen Review – A Class IV Perspective

September 16, 2016
By Joshua MacNaughton 6’4” height, 205 lbs, 35” inseam, Size 12 shoe I had been wishing for a new planning hull creek boat for some time. For many years my trusty Wavesport Diesel 80 had helped me progress from Class III to IV whitewater. As I started chasing harder rivers, I knew I wanted a… View Article
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5 MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR A SOUTHEASTERN WHITEWATER ROAD TRIP

September 13, 2016
Summertime in the Rockies is quickly coming to an end. The melt has slowed to a trickle, and lapping low water Pine Creek / Numbers  after work is getting old. Time to fire up the Tacoma, download a Waylon Jennings mix on Spotify, and point the compass East to the Dirty South – for some… View Article
Eric Adsit at the 2015 New Haven Race, Bristol, Vermont.

Foam Core vs. Fiberglass Whitewater Kayak Paddles

August 6, 2016
Foam Core vs. Fiberglass Whitewater Blades – by Nick Gottlieb When I first started thinking about this review, it was going to be a review of the Werner Stikine, a foam-core paddle. I’ve been using Werner foam-core blades for a long time (Stikine and Shogun) and had some ideas about what to say. I was… View Article

STARBOARD ASTRO WHOPPER DELUXE 10′ PRODUCT REVIEW

July 19, 2016
The Starboard Astro Whopper Deluxe 10′ has been on the market for a few years now. The Whopper in fact, is one of the greatest single inflatable board designs that we have ever sold.  Not only is it the most popular inflatable SUP design that CKS has ever sold, it one of the most popular… View Article

The Starboard Astro Stream Family

July 12, 2016
You can’t have a conversation about inflatable stand up paddle boards without bringing up the brand Starboard, and you can’t talk about whitewater SUP, without mentioning the name Dan Gavere.  For those of you that don’t know, Dan was a true pioneer in the world of whitewater kayaking. There are not many people alive today… View Article

2016 Hala Gear SUP Review

June 15, 2016
Hala Gear 2016 Review Hala Gear  is an owner / paddler  operated company, run by Peter Hall. We like to sell this brand for many reasons…they make the highest quality whitewater SUP’s and accessories available, have industry leading customer service, are priced competitively, perform at a very high level, and most of all are EXTREMELY… View Article

ANDY O’BRIEN REVIEWS THE HALA ATCHA 86

June 9, 2016
2016 Hala Atcha 86 review As primarily a whitewater SUP paddler, inflatable boards are my go-to choice for the abuse of the river. In fact, the only scenario where I’m using a true ridged board is for surfing. The 2016 Hala lineup has really pushed the limits of what can be done with inflatable technology…. View Article
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2016 BADFISH RIVER SURFER 6’11” REVIEW

June 2, 2016
THE 2016 BADFISH RIVER SURFER – UPGRADED FOR 2016 The 2016 Badfish River Surfer 6’11” is new and improved for 16′. With the addition of a lighter and higher performance blank (foam core), and a carbon fiber + Innegra layup, the 2016 River Surfer 6’11” weighs in at just under 20 lbs. What does this… View Article

The Werner Legend 99 Whitewater SUP Paddle – By Tyler Harris

April 25, 2016
Werner Legend 99 Review – By Tyler Harris “If you’re having SUP paddle problems, I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems, but my Werner Legend ain’t one!” Perhaps you don’t appreciate the Jay-Z parody, so I’ll rephrase: If you are a SUP’er and aren’t 100% stoked on your current paddle, consider the… View Article
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Badfish Stand Up Paddle 2016

February 25, 2016
What’s new with Badfish Stand Up Paddle 2016? It’s hard to have a conversation about either river surfing, or whitewater SUP, without the name Badfish Stand Up Paddle entering the conversation. They are the true pioneers of this ever evolving sport, and are leading the charge in a rapidly growing niche. We met up with… View Article