Monday, November 26, 2012

Hello from the South Atlantic

      Nikki is doing her best to keep us up to date of her Antarctic Journey and as her e-mails are being sent via Satellite phone there are no pictures to report.  This is what she's been up to so far.

      Other than being "incapacitated by sea sickness on the first full day at sea" and "appropriately medicated ever since" Nikki Reports that things are great. First, a visit to the Falkland Islands to take in the amazing wildlife including "beautiful sea birds, black browed albatross, pintados and even our first penguins, the rockhoppers on West Point Island".  Here Nikki and Mark also enjoyed tea and baked goodies with the local couple that live on the island. Next, to the town of Stanley to take in the history at a couple of Museum's.  Unfortunately, the paddling excursion planned for this portion of the trip was cancelled due to high wind but,  Nikki figures they had "13 more days to keep trying".

 They have arrived in South Georgia after 2 full days at sea.  In her own words, Nikki states "Kayaking this a.m. was unfreaking believable!   We paddled in Elsehul Bay and the wildlife was insane!  Elephant seals, King penguins, Gentoo penguins and fur seals and of course albatross.   And we just saw our first iceberg!"

We are looking forward to the week 2 Report.  Stay tuned.

Laura Demers

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Updates from South America

Nikki Rekman Sales team member, Laura Demers, hopes to receive weekly updates of Nikki's adventures in South America.  Stay tuned for more.

Let the Epic Adventure Begin!

Well, I have no idea if I will have the opportunity to make posts to the blog while I am away but I will do my very best.  I still need to do a bit of research about how best to do that but heck I still have a few more hours.

Don't forget to check out our friends at One Ocean Expeditions who are actually making this trip possible and start saving your pennies now because Antarctica is not always going to look like it does...full of snow and ice.  I have a feeling this trip is going to make a big impact on me and further reinforce why we need to accept that Climate Change IS happening and that our actions need to reflect that understanding NOW.

The route

Friday, November 9, 2012

Purpose Built Paddles

Welcome Guest Blogger, Mike Darbyshire! 

**Mike did up this great post on his blog and we thought it was too good not to re-post here! 

I can appreciate the ease of having one paddle that "does it all". The problem with that is usually a paddle that "does it all" comes along with a number of compromises in performance. Most paddle companies have a few different models with end-use, cost and durability in mind. Werner Paddles has been making paddles for a long time and they have a pretty good idea of how to make paddles to handle different environments.

Racing:  Werner GrandPrix M1000  -  81"

This is Werner's race specific paddle.  It is full carbon and extremely light to allow for a faster stroke rate and less fatigue over time.  I tend to prefer a faster stroke rate and I really like the longer, narrow blade rather than the wider teardrop shape.  I am noticing a lot more companies coming out with this narrow shape for 2013 so there must be something to it.

Werner also makes this paddle in the bent shaft.  I have started using the bent shaft for training paddles this fall and am looking forward to using it for some longer distance races.  The bent shaft gives a noticeable increase in forward reach but does take some getting used to especially if you have been paddling straight shaft for some time.

Surf: Werner Nitro - 79" 
In the surf I use a paddle that is 2" shorter than my race paddle.  This allows me to paddle comfortably in a surf stance when I am crouched low to catch waves.  The shorter paddle also allows me to use a high cadence stroke for quick acceleration.  Surfing can put a lot of stress on the paddle so it is important to use a good strong paddle that you can rely on.  When I'm surfing I pull harder to catch waves than any other paddle or race. For this reason I like to use a smaller blade to reduce the risk of injury.

Whitewater: Werner Stinger - 78"

The newest SUP Paddle from Werner.  This paddle is truly purpose built and performs its duties very well.  The Stinger has a very unique blade shape that is perfect for whitewater. The narrow tip of the blade allows for a lighter stroke and a soft catch. The blade gets larger towards the shaft of the paddle to give the paddler more surface area for bracing and power when needed.  The reverse teardrop shape lets you decide how much blade goes into the water.  The rounded tip of the blade is also great for moving the paddle around under the water.  A lot of whitewater strokes like draws, rudders and braces keep the paddle in the water in transition.

I understand that it doesn't make sense for everyone to go out and buy 3 or 4 different paddles but it does make sense to choose a paddle that is designed for what you do most.  Make sure you pick a paddle that feels good in your hands and that you trust.  I always recommend paddlers spend a little bit extra on their paddle.  It can be the most important piece of equipment you use so take the time to pick a quality paddle that is right for you.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

SUP Mexico and World Paddle Association SUP World Championship

A huge congratulations to our very own, Lina Augaitis who was recently in Cabo, Mexico for the World Paddle Association SUP World Championship with her Werner Grand Prix!


Lina made the podium once again with a 5th place finish in the Elite Division for all her races and overall!

Fanastic job Lina.

We will post a more thorough report of Lina's travels here in the very near future!

Please don't forget to check out her blog HERE!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Antarctica Count-Down Has Begun

Only 6 more sleeps till our EPIC adventure to Antarctica. I will do my best to do some blogposts (definitely doable from Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and apparently very expensively from the Falklands). What is YOUR epic adventure destination?

Monday, November 5, 2012

2013 Seals Sprayskirt orders due now!

Seals Sprayskirt preseason orders are due now!

Email me today with any questions and don't forget about our customization program for cockpit covers!!!

New product for 2013: roof rack foam for SUP boards, inflatable paddle floats, new Stretch Nylon waterproof skirt in 5 sizes, lighweight and fantastic fitting around the cockpit, SUP leash and more....

One of my favourite accessories from Seals is the Hood Loops.  Check them out:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blow Out Prices on Demo Boats - short time only!

We have got to make room for the arrival of our 2013 demo boats so we have lowered the prices...until November 10th.  If we have to make room for them and store then the prices won't be this good in Spring!!!

Boreal Designs/Maelstrom

Boreal Design Ellesmere FG Mango -well used, has scratches $1700.00, regular $3499.00

Boreal Design Ellesmere FG Yellow - fantastic shape, barely used $2000.00, regular $3499.00

Maelstrom Vaag FG Blue - well used, has scratches $2500.00, regular $3899.00

Boreal Design Baffin P1 Red - fantastic shape, barely used $1000.00, regular $1999.00

Boreal Design Sedna Yellow - great shape $800.00, regular $

Boreal Design Kasko Multi Orange/Red - great shape $750.00, regular $1299.00

Jackson Kayak Whitewater Kayaks - all great shape, new demos this season

Villian S RED - $735 regular $1149 (on the river one weekend this season)
Super Hero EARTH - $735 regular $1149 (on the river two weekends this season)
Fun Runner 60 GREEN - $735 regular $1149 (on the river one weekend this season)

Email me or call me for more details. 

Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin