Monday, July 8, 2013

Update from the Aquabatics Junior Development SUP Team

Read up on the Aquabatics (Calgary) Junior Development SUP Team.  Nikki Rekman Sales is helping support this fearless group of guys.  Aquabatics (Calgary) is owned and operated by Simon Coward, a super great guy who is all about getting youth out on the water.

Here is a team report by Dean Woodgate.  THANKS Dean!!! 

Every Alberta May Long,  Pincher Creek is the place to be. Home to the famous 3 rivers rendezvous. This season the Aquabatics SUP team rallied down & joined over 280 keen kayakers, canoeists & swimmers to sample some of Southern Alberta's finest white water

The Aquabatics SUP Team consists of 5 high school age chargers, who are pushing the sport of paddlle boarding in every way possible.  This is the first year the team has come together to develop skills and explore the rivers around Calgary and Southern Alberta.

Team paddler, Eli Fischbuch photo: Vanessa Fischbuch

Supported on and off the water by the amazing team at Nikki Rekman Sales, the crew are putting their Kokatat and Werner gear through its paces as only teenagers can, and repeatedly it comes up trumps providing only the highest quality, what these two brands have become renowned for.

Over the weekend we ran several stretches of river, developing new skills & technique with a large focus on river running, communication on the water & safety.  Rivers included multiple laps on the Crowsnest ( a favorite of the crew mainly due to all the amazing surf waves at every bend) the team surfed every wave & hydraulic possible in search of the perfect party wave, then the highlight of the weekend, (apart from Saturday nights steak dinner), would have to be our Castle Falls session. Which for most, was the biggest rapid they had ever swam/SUPed…..  This Class III+ rapid was super exciting and onlookers were pretty amazed at the valiant attempts of the team to stand the whole line.. not this time, but time and progression will change that

It wasn't all big smiles & high fives though.... pushing it on the river made for lots of swims, bruises & damaged gear. Over the weekend we managed to bust 2 fin boxes, snap several fins & ding enough boards to keep the Aquabatics repair team busy. 

Keep an eye on these kids....... both on the river and the flatwater.

Thanks again to Nikki Rekman Sales, as always showing the way in supporting grass roots paddlesports programming...legends!

Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin