Archive for the 'Paddle Sports Businesses' Category

Update on my leaky hatch rim

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Last August I purchased a P&H Capella 163 from Rutabaga in Madison during their end of season sale.  I got a really good deal on the boat.  I loved the color, and I was excited to have a more maneuverable boat to use for teaching.  Unfortunately, as I reported in a previous blog (“The Honeymoon […]

Canoe/Kayak Rental Info

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I frequently get asked about where people can rent canoes and kayaks, so I just added a new page of information to the “Paddling Resources & Links” section of my website.  You can see the information in this blog post now, but it will be permanently located on the website as a separate page, as […]

Update on Broken Paddles

Monday, August 1st, 2011

In my last post, I talked about a couple of Werner fiberglass paddles in which the shaft broke while students were learning to do a standard paddle float solo re-entry.  The first paddle to break was a five year old paddle with an older ferrule style in which the button sticks up above the rest […]

Something More Important Than Paddling

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Nearly four years ago, on Thursday, June 7, 2007, a tornado devastated the Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort along the Wolf River in White Lake, Wisconsin.  Thankfully, no one at the resort was seriously hurt or killed despite several buildings being blown off their foundations.  Dozens of paddlers who had regularly stayed at the resort […]

Please Label Your Stuff

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters (including kayakers) to take the time to label their boats, paddles, life jackets, etc. with their names and contact information in order to avoid initiating expensive and time-consuming search and rescue efforts when there isn’t actually a person missing. When someone finds a kayak or other piece of […]

Give Local, Buy Local

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Most of us are probably in the process of buying gifts for the upcoming holidays in our families.  As you make your purchase decisions, I would ask you to strongly consider supporting local, independent businesses in your area.  (As paddlers, you probably have spent some money in at least one of these small, local paddle […]

Another Cool Toy!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I feel like Navin Johnson (Steve Martin) in the movie, “The Jerk”.  “The new phone book’s here!  The new phone book’s here!”  In my case it isn’t a phone book, but rather a new kayaking gadget to play with.  I admit it.  I’m a kayaking gear head. As many of you know, I sold kayaks […]

Support Your Local Paddle Sports Stores

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

As we enter the holiday season, “Black Friday” looms on the horizon.  Most retail businesses do a major part of their business from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and while this may not be the busiest season for paddle sports stores,  still, a lot of gifts are purchased at this time for family and friends who paddle.  […]

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