Thursday, September 26, 2013

World Rivers Day - September 29th

On the last Sunday in September millions of people around the world will celebrate World Rivers Day thanks to a man named, Mark Angelo.  Mark Angelo is an internationally known river advocate.  Learn more about him here.

On the very same day, we in British Columbia, Canada celebrate BC Rivers Day and Nikki Rekman Sales is very involved in this environmental initiative.  

As a board member with the Chilliwack Vedder River Clean Up Society we are involved in the annual BC Rivers Day event as well as two other clean ups held in April and July.  We invite you to join us this Sunday at the Chilliwack Fish and Games Club House (48685 Chilliwack Lake Road). Registration begins at 8:30am. The river clean-up will take place from 9:30am to Noon, followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ, entertainment and draw prizes.

We encourage families to join us so that we can inspire the next generation to care for their rivers and be active stewards in the places where they live.

Thank you all the volunteers, past, present and future who take the time to come out and support the Chilliwack Vedder River Society Clean Ups.  To our generous prize donators thank you for supporting us in acknowledging the many, many volunteers.  

Please support these businesses and thank them for their involvement.

Garrison Bistro - Garrison Crossing
Fortin's - Sardis
Mt. Waddington's Outdoors - Sardis
Western Canoeing and Kayaking - Abbotsford
Wave's Coffee House - Garrison Crossing
Cooper's Foods - Garrison Crossing
Inspired Arts and Gifts - Yarrow
Kingdom Outdoor Products - Ontario (thanks Alan!!!)
Kinkora Golf Course - Chilliwack
Heritage Chiropractic & Laser Therapy - Chilliwack
Epicure Selections (consultant: Nikki Rekman)
Hugo's Mexican Kitchen - Sardis
Fred's Custom Tackle - Sardis
Scissor Command - Chilliwack
Chilliwack River Rafting - Sardis 
Great River Fishing Adventures
Shaw - Chilliwack
Jespersons Auto Repair- Chilliwack 
Mertin GM - Chilliwack
Cascade Supply & Marine - Chilliwack
Chilliwack Dart & Tackle
Pedal Sport - Chilliwack 
Royal Wood Golf Course
Cultus Lake Golf Club
Ministry of Forestry
Ed Prachneau
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve - Chilliwack
Great River Fish Adventures - Chilliwack 
Fraser Valley Salmon Society 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sale Day is HERE!!!

Our demo/sample sale starts this afternoon - Friday September 20th 3pm-8pm and Saturday September 21st 9 am-2pm.

Message us to RSVP.

Boats (ww, sea kayaking, recreational, sit on top, fishing), paddles, boards, drysuits, PFD's and more!  Friends have also dropped off a Jackson Kayak Fun and a Dagger KingPin for sale as well.

Cash only please and bring your friends.  Sorry we do not ship so you need to come visit us in Chilliwack!

For a more detailed list of items check out the following blogpost.

We look forward to seeing you!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Outfitter Profile - West Coast Expeditions - Kyuquot Specialists

We are very privileged to have some wonderful partners in the Outfitting world using only the best paddling gear available.  West Coast Expeditions is one such Kokatat Watersports Wear and Werner Paddles outfitter, they are one of the oldest operators in Western Canada specializing in marine education adventures, and possibly the only one committed to one location for over 40 years!  

I met owner, David Pinel back in my Ocean River Sports days in Victoria and it’s a pleasure to be working with him all these years later.  I asked David to share with us more about WCE.

Photo courtesy of Ann Fisher
Marine biologist Jerry Lang began boat-based tours in Kyuquot in 1972 and his nephew Rupert Wong, also a marine biologist, introduced sea kayaking in 1988 as our primary way of getting around.  Today, we continue to focus on sea kayak-based tours out of a unique wilderness retreat on Spring Island – our platform since 1978.  The camp infrastructure and location is unmatched for access to sheltered and open coastal paddling, “Glamping” comforts (waterfront walk-in tents with wooden beds, thick mattresses, and pillows; plus hot shower and all-weather dining shelter), flexible programs, diverse resources, Aboriginal cultural interactions, and about 1500 sea otters in our immediate neighbourhood!  We’re on Canada’s westernmost island to do what we do – so we’re very remote and well off the beaten path! We’re very well positioned for multi-generation family adventures, corporate retreats, and workshops that are kayaking focused or otherwise (e.g., yoga, photography, and painting).  We feel grateful every day for what the area offers, including the reciprocity of a positive and supportive relationship for over 40 years with the local community of Native and Euro-Canadian residents.

photo courtesy of Boomer Jerritt
Our staff are superb paddlers, guides, and educators.  They are comfortable, informed, articulate, and entertaining company whether exploring the intertidal zone, coaching basic or advanced skills, navigating challenging waters, bantering with laughter, or reflecting about humans as part of ecology…amidst the myriad of complex global issues.  Our staff is extremely flexible in how we cater each adventure to the skills, interests, and opportunities of each person and each day.  And our chef-prepared meals that feature, among other things, locally caught fish are something that many guests rave about and keep returning for!

In 2014 programs will continue to feature the perennial favourites of 4 to 7 day “Base Camp” adventures, and 6 to 8 day “Expeditions” that are staged from our wilderness retreat.  With expert partners we’re also planning some custom kayak fishing packages, a photo tour, specialty training workshops (Greenland paddling, and Paddle Canada courses), and a unique combo adventure from the base camp with a mix of kayaking and boat-based day trips right up to the Brooks Peninsula.  We used to do more of the combo boat/kayak tours in the 1990’s and only recently acquired a power boat that again allows us to reach further afield with our small group kayaking and shore-based exploring throughout the Kyuquot and Checleset territory.

Photo courtesy of Boomer Jerritt
West Coast Expeditions offers options for almost every age and ability, as long as they’re happy camping!  Our base camp platform allows access to paddling options suited to new and veteran kayakers, all skill levels, all ages (so far, 6 months to late 80’s!), and a range of specialty interests (from calm water photography and wildlife viewing, to more ‘spicy’ outings along rugged coastlines, through arches, into sea caves, and threading around boomers).  Sometimes we have guests who are less interested in the kayaking and simply want to enjoy activities and relaxing from camp: wandering the rich shoreline and intertidal zone, ‘retreating’ to the sanctuary of nearby giants in the old-growth forest, reading a book, cultural interactions, and group time around meals.

Family Friendly -
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Calder Thompson

We’re fueled by guests frequently reflecting that their time with us was “the best vacation ever”.  The reasons are different for everybody, but the recipe is the same:  we treat people like individuals, listen, laugh, and excitedly connect them with what the area offers.

Thanks so much David.  If you are considering a trip to Canada's gorgeous West Coast, contact David and Caroline and the crew at WCE.  Tell them we sent you.  They will work hard to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Samples, Gear and Boats that will be at the Sale Friday and Saturday

As promised here is the list.  Sorry no prices.  You have to come to the sale as I don't have time to list all prices, sizes etc.  Again, no shipping and CASH only.  ALL SALES ARE FINAL!!!

Jackson Kayak Cruise (SOT) 2013
Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 w/rudder 2013
Jackson Kayak Coosa 2013
Jackson Kayak Fun Runner 60 2012
Jackson Kayak Allstar 2013
Jackson Kayak SUPERNatural 2013
Jackson Kayak SUPERFishal 2013
Jackson Kayak Journey 13.5 w/rudder2013
Jackson Kayak Journey 14 w/rudder 2013

Boreal Design - Sedna w/rudder
Boreal Design - Epsilon w/rudder

North Shore Buccaneer (built by Valley Sea Kayaks in the UK)

Esquif L'Edge DECKED

Reaction Jacket Large Radish
Rogue Wo's Large Mango (needs new gaskets)
Tec Tour Wo's Large Radish
Goretex Paclite Knappster Unisex Medium Chili
Goretex Paclite Pullover Unisex Medium Sky
Goretex Paclite Pant Unisex Large Grey
Destination Wear Wo's Capri (2014 sample) Medium
Surfskin Unisex Short Sleeve Large
Neocore Short Wo's Medium
Neocore Men's Short Sleeve Medium
Neocore Wo's Short Sleeve Medium

PFD's (all Kokatat)
Orbit Cobalt L/XL
Aries Canvas XS/S
Outfit Cobalt Medium x 3
Outfit Tour Cobalt Medium x 1
Guide Orange Large x 2

Rear PFD Pocket (Black)

Goretex Front Entry Men's Medium Lichen
Goretex Expedition Men's Large Radish

Brooks Men's Medium Neoprene Vest

Boreal Design Touring Paddlings - $50.00 each
Aquabound Canoe Paddles $15.00 each
Aquabound Edge WW Canoe Paddle $40.00
Werner SUP Paddles - ADVANTAGE - 3 x 80", 1 x 82", GRAND PRIXS
Werner Ikelos 2 pce. straight standard shaft 210cm
Werner Shuna Amber 2 pce. small straight shaft 205cm
Werner Shuna Orange 2 pce. small bent shaft 210cm

Seals Sprayskirts
Surf - 1.2, 1.7
Pro Rand - 1.7
Sneak - 1.7
Shocker - 1.7
Coastal Tour - 1.7
Adventurer - 1.7
Splash Deck x 2
Sea Sprite - 1.7
Inlander - 1.7

Misc and more
Map cases
Aquapac drycases for point and shoot cameras, SLR's, phones, VHF, iPads
Yak Pak - Traditional Heel and Pegpads
Canoe Thwart Bag
Eagle Creek Packing Pods

Beluga Sprayskirts, Cockpit Covers, Mesh bag, Vinyl Duffle Bag
Wave Sport WW Paddle Bag
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Explorer (brand new)
Outdoor Blender

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2 Spaniards and the Mackenzie River - Mission Accomplished

Over the last two years along with Jackson Kayaks, Kokatat Watersports Wear and JK dealer Undercurrents in Calgary, AB I have helped support some very adventurous paddlers from Spain.  Carlos A. and Carlos R. LOVE paddling in Canada, LOVE the Jackson Kayak Journey and LOVE staying warm, dry and a float with their Paclite Pullovers and
Kokatat PFDs

Pike's Paradise - Arctic Grayling on the line

There most recent adventure took them to the Mackenzie River, the largest and longest river system in Canada.  The 2 Carlo's paddled 1950 km (over 1200 miles) in 42 days starting on the Great Slave Lake and ending in the Beaufort Sea.

During there adventure they paddled in all types of water conditions, saw wildlife, fished to their hearts content and experienced the awesome beauty of endless days in the North.  In addition there was the unforgettable Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights.

Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights
Follow their adventures HERE and be inspired!

All photos courtesy of: Bicho Producciones

Friday, September 13, 2013

SUP Events and River Clean Ups - it's a busy September!

I won't lie, I am looking forward to Winter :)

The fall is a busy time for Nikki Rekman Sales, wrapping up road travels, end of season events, helping prepare our dealers for the 2014 season and the BC Rivers Day River Clean Up!

This weekend we are stoked to support local dealer and SUP Community leader, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre at the Board the Fjord SUP Race.  Please come out and visit the Werner Paddles tent, see what's new for 2014 and better yet demo our paddles.

Register HERE

Schedule of Events

8:00am: Check-in Starts
10:00am: Pre-race meeting
11:00am: Long and Short Course Races Start
12:30pm: Food and drinks after the race
1:00pm: Kids Race and Relays
2:00pm: Awards

 On Sunday September 29th it is BC Rivers Day/World Rivers Day and I encourage all of you to get involved in activities in your community.  If you live in the lower mainland of BC please come out to Chilliwack and support the Chilliwack Vedder River Clean Up Society.  Nikki Rekman Sales (I'm on the board of directors) will be there lending a hand and we hope you will join us.  We are actually looking for some extra volunteers to help with set up and clean up so if that's you please contact me.  Many generous businesses have donated prizes for the day so maybe you will be a lucky winner.

Meet at the Chilliwack Fish and Games Club House (48685 Chilliwack Lake Road). Registration begins at 8:30am. The river clean-up will take place from 9:30am to Noon, followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ, entertainment and draw prizes.

Thanks to all these amazing businesses who have donated thus far.  Please visit their businesses and say thanks!

Garrison Bistro - Garrison Crossing
Fortin's - Sardis
Mt. Waddington's Outdoors - Sardis
Western Canoeing and Kayaking - Abbotsford
Wave's Coffee House - Garrison Crossing
Cooper's Foods - Garrison Crossing
Inspired Arts and Gifts - Yarrow
Kingdom Outdoor Products - Ontario (thanks Alan!!!)
Kinkora Golf Course - Chilliwack
Heritage Chiropractic & Laser Therapy - Chilliwack
Epicure Selections (consultant: Nikki Rekman)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jackson Kayak Coosa YakAttack Limited Edition

We have had a number of people contact us recently about what the 2014 Jackson Kayak Coosa YakAttack Limited Edition is all about so here it is.  Thanks to Damon at JK for the help!

The same great Coosa but with all the bells and whistles you can think of.

YakAttack Zooka Tube

For 2014 we have partnered with fellow industry leader, YakAttack and this Limited Edition Coosa has it all:

- Custom color and graphic (slate/white/orange)
- Orange GearTracs (see video HERE) 
- Panfish Portrait (camera mount)
- 2 x YakAttack Zooka Tubes (see photo on right)
-  1 x YakAttack Screwball and one RAM Toughball (to mount Zooka Tubes)
- 1 x VisiCarbon Pro Jackson Kayak Flag on a 1/4-20 stud
YakAttack Srewball

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Knots from our friends at Ridge Wilderness Adventures

Ridge Wilderness Adventures is the go to place for all things canoeing in Southwestern BC.  As a Master Canoe Instructor Dave Wooldridge specializes in adventures, lessons and first aid training.  His expertise in Big Canoes (Voyageur Canoes) has taken him all over the world and more recently the UK.

Check out this short, informative video from Dave on 3 very useful knots and if you are looking for some canoeing adventures please contact him.

Phone: (604) 477-4663
Fax: (604) 477-2665

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

BC Marine Trails Network

If you prefer extended paddling trips over day tripping like I do then this blogpost is for you.

The hard-working volunteers at the BC Marine Trails have put together a marine network of access points and campsites along the British Columbia coast and they are waiting for you to go and explore them.

The BC Marine Trail network has been designed by paddlers whose commitment is to establishing and protecting coastal access for canoes, kayaks and other small vessels.

If you have the ability and desire to do some volunteer work I am sure they would love to hear from you.  You can contact BCMT President,Stephanie Meinke via email.

More information about the specific sites on the BC Marine Trail can be found on their website

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Slave River Paddle Festival - put this one on your calendar in 2014!

Nikki Rekman Sales Team Member Luke Vollmerhaus travelled North, way North to Fort Smith, NWT for the Slave River Paddle Festival.  You have got to get this one on your to do list in 2014!
What’s up fellow river lovers? I just got back from The North West territories and have some tales for y’all!

Photo: Chuck Blyth
We spent a grand total of 8 days in this beautiful area. Before I say anymore I have to express the feeling of awe that washes over every paddler and land lubber alike upon first sight of this river. The flow rate ranges from 2000-7000 cubic metres per second in an average year and has been known to spike upwards of 10,000 CMS in super flood years. That’s a lot of water, that’s roughly 25 times the size of the bow river through Calgary and roughly doubles the size of the Zambezi at Victoria Falls to give you some perspective. 

This kind of volume creates a very unique river environment and some truly awe-striking features.  Another rare occurrence on this river is to have enormous class 4-5 features available with class 2-3 consequences. There are no trees, no undercuts. The worst that can happen is some bad down time or a big swim, as long as you’re with a buddy it’s a very safe river.    
Photo: Chuck Blyth
Enough about the river for a moment; our purpose in Fort Smith centered on the Slave River Paddle fest. We arrived 4 days before the festival and taught a number of beginner and intermediate youth and adult Clinics. This made for long but very enjoyable and rewarding 4 days. It’s such a wonderful and eager paddling community. I had half a day between the lessons and paddle fest to explore the mountain portage rapids (one of the four sets of rapids on the Slave River). Led by Natalie, Leif and John I got to see and surf some of the local favourites. Sweet Spot is big surging surf wave on the top ledge. It puts the surfer elbow deep in all-you-can-eat air time; the bounces that can be achieved on this feature were so foreign to me coming from the creeking power house of southern Alberta. It’s truly an exhilarating ride. This wave lies behind the notorious and formidable Molly’s Nipple; one of the biggest holes I have ever seen. Photos really don’t do this justice; you have to sit in the eddy beside it, see the ramp 12 feet over your head and hear its roar to appreciate its size and power. Hangover cure and chico are two of the other quality waves on that run at that level (4700 cms) and were a blast to surf.
Photo: Chuck Blyth

Friday afternoon started with the Canoe races across the river just below the town. 2 man and 7 man canoes were provided for the racers, the 7 man in particular was a really fun race. On Saturday full festival events came into action, rolling course in the morning, SUP lessons, Raft and dynamic Duo rides and the start of competition. We had the beach ball race (guiding your own teams ball down the rapids and misguiding other team’s beach balls) the advanced freestyle competition and the Tandem Canoe Surf and Rescue competition. The Surf and Rescue involves several teams, you’re first timed on how long you can surf the canoe in the playground wave and then you intentionally bail and another team rescues you. Your surf time and rescue time are subtracted for a definitive overall time. The day finished with a delicious meal at Anna’s restaurant. A Hawaiian themed shindig at the local curling lounge made for a memorable evening. Sunday held more competitions centered on beginner and intermediate kayakers, freestyle competitions, a down river race through the playground wave train and a throw bagging competition were all part of the day. My favourite part about this festival is its ability to cater to all skill levels, there were individuals attending and participating that hadn’t even been in a kayak before the weekend and there were world class boaters who were equally entertained with the advanced race and freestyle competitions.

Photo: Chuck Blyth
Before I said good bye to Fort Smith on Monday they had one last surprise for me. A wave called roller coaster had just started to come in, we decided to stage the Big Air Competition on this wave. It’s a smoother surf than sweet spot but with proper technique releases just as much energy in a bounce. We spent the better part of the day surfing and lounging in the sun on the rocks. Finally the moment came to say good bye to the marvelous, welcoming and incredibly hospitable community of Fort Smith and drive the long road back to Calgary.

Over all it was one of the most intense and enjoyable trips I’ve ever taken, if you ever get the chance to head up north I highly recommend it; it’s more than worth the drive. And say hi to the wonderful folks at the Fort Smith Paddling club for us!

I’d like to say a huge thanks to John, Gen, Natalie and Leif for allowing us to use their gear and home for the festival and courses! You’re all awesome people to hang out and paddle with.

Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin