Kayak Technique / Skill Development

The Coolest Stroke is not always the Best Stroke to Use: the Bow Draw

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

Kayak Technique / Skill Development

Instruction and Guide Service on the Chattooga River

NANTAHAHALA GORGE, Jan. 15, 2015 – Endless River Adventures (ERA) is one of two outfitters to be allocated a newly released hard boat permit on the Chattooga River.  The US Forest Service permit allows ERA to provide outfitter and guide services --including instruction, for whitewater kayak and canoeing on the Chattooga River. “We could not… Continue reading Instruction and Guide Service on the Chattooga River

Kayak Technique / Skill Development

Kayaking Fitness: 5 Steps

by Sam Ovett Why get fit for Kayaking? All you are doing is sitting on your butt floating downstream, not much effort involved in that now is there? The answer is "no" there is not much effort in just sitting on your butt and floating downstream, but then there is more more to whitewater kayaking… Continue reading Kayaking Fitness: 5 Steps

Kayak Technique / Skill Development, River Magic

Fall Kayaking Fitness: 5 Steps

by Sam Ovett Why get fit for Kayaking? All you are doing is sitting on your butt floating downstream, not much effort involved in that now is there? The answer is "no" there is not much effort in just sitting on your butt and floating downstream, but then there is more more to whitewater kayaking… Continue reading Fall Kayaking Fitness: 5 Steps

Kayak Technique / Skill Development

Test Your Creeking Skills on a Slalom Course

The million dollar question in kayaking: “how do I know my skills are solid enough to start creek boating?” You can go over the checklist in your head: Boat Control Angle Management Stroke Timing But how to put those three to a “test” to see if you have the skills to start boofing those awesome… Continue reading Test Your Creeking Skills on a Slalom Course

Kayak Technique / Skill Development, Slalom

Another lesson in slalom: The Mess Up Factor

In river running there are times when we mess up: we flip, miss an eddy, blow a line. It is not that it happened that determines whether we are good boaters or not, but how we handle the situation.  The well-known slang phrase “shit happens” is so true in kayaking.  Deal with it.  Having troule… Continue reading Another lesson in slalom: The Mess Up Factor

Kayak Technique / Skill Development

Slalom and the Mess Up Factor

I flipped while kayaking.  Must admit that does not happen very often on an accidental basis, so it surprised me as much as it did folks watching.  Besides just the “having to roll,” was the fact that it happened in Class II whitewater. In front of an audience.  About the time the announcer was so… Continue reading Slalom and the Mess Up Factor