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Noticed I was having chest pain paddling the other day that persisted after taking out. Definitely certain it's muscular and not heart related. I took three days off and it felt like it had improved but once I started paddling again it was back and the muscle below/under my shoulder blade on the same side was in pain as well. I'm taking a break from paddling for now and going to see a doctor but wanted to know if anyone else has experienced something like this. I can only guess it was from a weird brace but i can't recall any specific moments when the injury likely occurred. My shoulder is not bothering me at all.
Had the zipper pull on my green jacket chest pocket snap the other day. Has anyone had this issue and tried to repair? I know most gear shops won’t repair PFDs due to coast guard regulations.
I am starting a rafting/tubing company on a stretch of the French broad river where there are no other companies. This opportunity opened up only a few days ago, and investors want everything to be ready for May 27th so I’m in a rush to register everything. Every variation of using the rivers name is in use, and I wouldn’t want a similar name to the other giant companies nearby. I’ve been a guide on mostly this river for 15 years, and I’m super eager to begin this journey and hire my buds! I have 30 names I’ve come up with but only a few I kinda like. I would love some fresh ideas, anything to shake my brain out of the rut it’s in creatively. Thank you for any help folks! Free river trip and pbr to anyone that helps and shows up to my shack on the river🤣
Specifically Zombie, Azul, Vulcano
Does anyone have experience with any of the companies that guide on the nenana in Alaska? Im trying to guide there this season so an insight would be welcome on what to look for/avoid. Im not a local so if the company blows it would be a long drive back. Looking for whatever can give me the best work opportunities with decent housing preferably.
So I started on a dagger mamba. I can roll it np and the knee position feels comfortable. Also love the rewind. I got a pyrahna i4 and I have trouble in it... I have rolled it but not effectively and I don't like the knee position and feel like I can't control it as well. It doesn't fit me right..
My question is .. what do y'all think with differences in knee and leg positions between brands and which do you prefer and why. Also any suggestions on a boat similar to the i4 that has a knee position more along to the mamba.
This is one of Spokane’s best play spots, but is usually a small wave hole that serves up loops, carts, and other hole moves. It is just downstream of Post Falls dam and changes a lot depending on their gate configurations. Dam maintenance the past few weeks has made for prime conditions out here, check it out! Trying to get some more wave moves figured out while it is so good.
Tried, but didn't get a permit for the Salt. Was wondering if it's legal to float before March 1st? Has anybody done it in February?
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So far only Tyler stuck the landing, correct?
Can i use a soft roof rack? Have a car i dont want to scratch/dent up
Also how much performance do you lose with mea cross bars
Also what metal cross bars would one recommend that doesnt have rails
Whats the best.option overall as far as performance/ gas mileage / safety/security /price
Idk im lost
My highest LW descent at the time
hi yall ! i am 174cm and 73kgs and i need to change my freestyle boat, i am hesitating between a exo helixir and a jackson rockstar. rn i have an old jackson star which is getting a bit small for me. i tried a friend’s exo xg M but it was way too big for me, what would you recommend me please ? thanks !
Never have had a great airscrew, trying to get it dialed and curious to get any tips… I know it isn’t an ideal viewing angle. I think I need to work on throwing my body more towards the stern of the boat?
Hello whitewater enthusiasts. I am very close to my needed sample size for my survey. It would be super awesome and cool if anyone who didn't get to fill this out last time could take 10 minutes to fill this out. Anyone interested in whitewater can complete this- rafters, kayakers, canoers, SUPs, and duckies! Thank you!
There are a lot of changes coming to BoatSmith this year. Stay up to date by checking out the event page on Facebook.
Hey all—has anyone used a Karn dry suit? I love the colors and design but have no idea if they actually work!
Okay can anybody explain why the weight range is so low in the stoke for big volume paddling. I’m looking for a new creeker and coming from a Zet cross. I prefer to paddle big water but do some creeky runs. I’m 195 rn but usually am at 185 for paddling season.
Steeze is 274cm length 68cm wide 300 liters and maxes out at 264lbs for big water weight recommended.
Zet cross is 272cm length 67cm wide 350 liters and maxes out 220 lbs for paddlers.
Stoke is 273cm long 67.5 wide 350 liters and has a max weight for paddlers at 176 for big water.
I know where the volume is in the boat makes a difference but coming in longer and wider than the cross and just a cm shorter in length and a half cm narrower than the steeze Im confused at the big differences in weight ranges for boats.
Other recommendations for boats encouraged. Try to do a few overnights a summer so that’s why I’ve been hesitant on a puffy steeze or ninja because I want room for more gear. I haven’t paddled the o.g. And seems sweet but just seems like the designs been around a while and I know as soon I buy the o.g. Waka will release a bigger version of the stoke.
Any of you folks joining us for BoatSmith next weekend? There’s a chance the races will be held on the NF Smith, which will make it a 12 mile race.
Hi folks! Just got me a brand new drysuit so just wanted to ask a few tips about:
I’ve only had two beat downs, but both kicked my ass, and both occurred when I had less than two years’ experience. I was paddling 70+ days per year, had taken SWR, been through two kayak courses, and raft guide training, but none of the training or experience prepared me for either of the retentions.
The club with which I volunteer has a big push for CPR training every year. This year there's been excellent interest and participation. We try to find trainers who are qualified to make the class relevant to boaters. One of the instructors is a lifeguard and the CPR class will address drowning. This got me pondering the topic again and I went down the rabbit hole.
I found this article, “The Experience of Drowning,” published in the Medico-Legal Journal (2022) fascinating. It examines how long it takes to drown, what pain and suffering is associated with drowning, and it hopes to “improve the understanding of the impact of time to rescue on outcome.”
It examines the methodology of the six stages of drowning, lists 15 personal accounts of drowning victims, and analyzes oxygen consumption rates on immersion and submersion in cold water (compares different clothing: submersion suit with and without proper baselayers). Upon the final stage of drowning – the inability to revive – the article concludes that severe neurological impairment is “nearly 100%” when submersion exceeds 25 minutes. According to this paper, for a good outcome, submersion should be less than 6 minutes.
I carry an DNR order in my wallet for emergency professionals, it’s in my Health Care Directive, and my medical POAs know my wishes, but I recognize my paddle buddies won’t feel great about idly standing on the bank after a rescue if I have entered stage 4, Unconsciousness.
It takes a minute to get through the paper , but I consider it a solid read and decent discussion topic to hold with your loved ones and paddle partners.
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Hello Guys, I'm a 24 y/o Kayaker from Germany. This year I'm planning to do a month long trip to the Nantahala National Forest and Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in May/June. I would consider myself a pretty solid boater in class IV whitewater with some experience on class V (Wellerbrücke section on the Oetz/ highwater Oetz in general).
What are your recommendations for kayaking in these regions? I'm looking at the chattooga river, Ocoee, Natahala river and cascades. Boatwise I'm still unsure, because bringing a boat by plane is a hustle itself, and if it gets lost, all gear with it too. So would you recommend trying to get a playboat on the plane or just renting boats in general?
All tips and recommendations are highly appreciated!
Hey all! I’ve got a Medium Burn II which has a pretty big cockpit. Wondering if anyone else with this boat (or other lg cockpitted boats) has advice for whether I should grab an XXL or XL cockpit. Their tool recommends the XXL, but the cockpit dimensions are well within the range for the XL. Thanks!
My dawg and I just signed up for the R2 Raft race at Go Pro Games. Besides the obvious of getting 30 inch biceps and monster backs this winter, how do you propose we win? The river the race is on is about 2 hours away from us, so we can hit it a few times but not that much. We are experienced R2 partners and rafters.
What are the best exercises for becoming a stronger whitewater kayaker? Specifically wanting to make my hip snap more powerful.
Recently in sobriety so my bachelor party looks a little different then once thought. Looking to go on a over night or multiple overnight rafting trip in march/april of this year. I've rafted in colorado multiple times and a few times in nc... Class 3-5 comfort level... Any suggestions appreciated.