The Helmet is one of five essential pieces of kayaking gear Whitewater kayaking necessitates an investment in 5 essential pieces of paddling gear: boat, paddle, sprayskirt, helmet and pfd (personal flotation device). When headed out to purchase your gear, or replacement gear, it is important that each piece of gear is sized and fitted specifically… Continue reading Unraveling the Mystery of Choosing a Kayak Helmet
Looking out of the shop at the cold winter scene outside, we are so grateful for all of the great cold weather gear available to paddlers! For those who don’t want the temperatures to keep them from the river, choosing the right gear is important. But there is no getting around the fact that good… Continue reading Cold Weather Gear: Starting with Neoprene – What is it and How Do You Take Care of It?
For women traveling abroad, there are a few cultural hitches that can make for awkward moments; nothing that should dissuade a female from embarking on an international trip, but if known ahead of time, can make traveling as a female a whole lot easier. Here are a few points that often are overlooked on the… Continue reading Women Traveling Abroad: Tips for things that get overlooked
With 27+ years’ experience running trips and paddling in Latin America – we’ve got some pretty good beta on paddling DIY (Do It Yourself) in a foreign country specifically in Latin America; even more specifically, in Ecuador. The short answer to paddling on your own in Ecuador is “Yes!” And “No.” The “yes!” is for… Continue reading Is DIY the Way to Paddle Down South in the Winter
by Craig Parks and the ERA Team Ok folks, we have to talk. There has been some over enthusiastic stroke marketing with the bow draw. Because it is a cool looking stroke, instructors sometimes like to pull it out as soon as possible, like on day one of instruction. The problem is that its use… Continue reading The Coolest Stroke is not always the Best Stroke to Use: the Bow Draw