For The Love Film Coming to Hood River!

World Premiere of “For The Love” Kayaking and adventure film by Mountain Mind Collective in Hood River, OR  April 19th!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:00pm 11:59pm
Where: Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR

Mountain Mind Collective – AKA Brothers Todd Wells and Brendan Wells of Trout Lake, Wa- has come up with an amazing collection of kayaking footage from around the globe and put into an awesome film “For The Love“.

Great title considering its a sport so closely held to the hearts of whom ever has fallen for the addictive fun and beauty a river has to offer.

From Mountain Mind Collectives site :
“For the Love is an approximately one hour film, telling the story of two brothers who grew up in a small town with a huge love for rivers and whitewater kayaking. Their quest begins at home in the pacific northwest, where they learned how to paddle, met their tight-knit community of kayakers, and began to push themselves and the sport of kayaking. The film also documents their travels around the world to magical destinations like Iceland, where they highlight some of the most creative and innovative athletes in the sport.

At the core of the Wells brother’s passion as paddlers is their love for exploring never-before-paddled rivers. The film follows the brothers and friends on their journeys to explore these uncharted rivers from Alaska to Ecuador. The brothers and their team met both failures and success on these missions to explore the unknown, getting rained out and stuck in the middle of the jungle to discovering a new classic Alaskan big-water river.

The film concludes with a creative story of the brother’s goal to show the world of kayaking in a whole new light. The film is told through the voices of Brendan and Todd, and the many friends who joined them along the way.”

The World Premiere of “For The Love” is coming to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR on April 19th, 2016. Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with residents of and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge.

Join us for an amazing show, drink delishious Ninkasi Brewing beer (1 free with purchase of ticket for 21+ guests), and meet the filmmakers behind the movie. At 10 P.M. the festivities will migrate to the River City Saloon, where The Barnburners will be rocking out all night!

Purchase tickets: HERE
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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Werner Prize Package

Werner Paddles is celebrating their 50th Year handcrafting paddles at the Gorge Paddling Film Festival! Year after year, Werner keeps crankin’ out the most durable and innovative paddle designs. We could not be more thrilled that they have agreed to celebrate their “birthday” by joining us in supporting First Descents and providing a prize package that anyone would be stoked to win! A top of the line, premium fiberglass Werner paddle, to fit the winner, a Werner hat, belt buckle and sweatshirt to help you represent! Get those cameras rolling and fire up your editing software – this sweet set up could be yours!

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Outdoor Retailer 2014 : Day 2 : Dagger, Wilderness Systems, NRS, Jackson Kayak, Pyranha

Starting Day 2 off with the good folks at Confluence! Have any questions about what you see here? Contact us anytime!


What happens when you take years of performance driven R&D and put it into a sit-on-top? Check out the Roam (Rivers Ocean And Mountains – get it?)! The backbag comes off and the thigh straps attach to form a backpack for off-water adventure, the hull design is high performance and has edges that make this a great paddling sit-on-top. If you had any experience with the Torrent, think of the Roam as a high performance Torrent! With two sizes and sit-on-top flexibility, there will be a Roam to fit almost every body.

Here are some close ups but Dagger also put together a nice little “in action” video you can see below:

Wilderness Systems

The new Wildy fishing kayak, the Thresher, looks like a great boat, but is sold as a very base model. Want all of the bells and whistles that come standard on a lot of the other new boats? They’re there, but you’re going to have to pay for them. See the base model in the first couple of pictures and the “pimp my ride” version in the bottom couple.


We are digging the Velocity Shoe! Super rugged and ready for scrambling and tough portages, sticky rubber outsole for a sure grip. And check out this sweet NRS packaging!



Jackson Kayak

The Coosa HD
Need a more stability out of your Coosa? Jackson answered the call! Introducing the Coosa HD, the longer, more stable version of the ever popular Coosa. With an open footwell for ease of movement, a padded floor, stand up paddle holder and other great details, the Coosa HD is definitely going to be worth a look!

The Cuda LT
With the same deck features as the Cuda 12, the Cuda LT adds YakAttack tracks fore & aft of the seat. The LT is also lighter, more stable & is higher performance than the Cuda 12… not to mention, does a boat get much prettier?

The Kilroy
Duck hunters rejoice! All the function of the Kilroy with all the stealth of camo. They’ll never see or hear ya’ coming.

The Kraken
Want it all and want it now? The Kraken might be your boat! All of the goodies you see below? It comes with those stock! Designed by Jim Sammonds with top notch detail and quality (ex: all accessories are attached so a roll won’t leave you floundering, reaching for all your gear), if off shore fishing is your thing, you’re going to have a hard time topping the Kraken as the best boat for the job.

Designer and angler Jim Sammonds 
shows off his latest creation.


The new 9R is Pyranha’s entry into the sub-9 ft race category. Built with some very aggressive features designed specifically for racing, this boat won’t be for everyone… but if bombing down the river at top speeds is your goal, the 9R will be a top contender.

And others…

Because who doesn’t want a water bottle that looks like a mini-growler…? The Little Buddy!

Did you miss Day 1 of the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show?

Don’t miss our final day of the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show!
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Buyers Guide : What to Wear When Cold-Water Kayaking

Are you new to kayaking? Or maybe you’re from the balmy south and wear shorties on the daily, looking to move to the great Pacific Northwest? Here in Oregon & Washington, we are pros at paddling snow melt. Like it’s our job! Shoot – in some of our lucky cases, it literally is! Here to help you maximize your fun on those glacier fed rivers is our Top 5 List of What to Wear When Cold Water Kayaking! 

1) Wet suits

Wetsuits use the insulating warmth of water to help keep the cold at bay. While it may seem like these neoprene outfits sit directly on your skin, they allow a very small amount of water to slip between you and the suit. Your body heat then warms that water and it serves as insulation against the water outside the suit.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian

2) Dry suits

While a wetsuit relies on your body heating the water captured next to it to help keep you warm, a drysuit focuses on keeping you dry. No matter where the water comes from, drysuits are the best when it comes to keeping you protected from the elements. Drysuits are commonly made using a nylon material that is then waterproofed using Gore-Tex. They are designed to keep any water from reaching your skin. Even if you capsize and spend time swimming, the latex gaskets and roll-up closers of the one piece suit keep the water off you.

Sweet Helmets Shadrach Dry Top

3) Dry tops

Dry tops are made much like dry suits in that they include waterproof gaskets to prevent water from coming into contact with your skin, however, these suits only cover your upper body. The waistband is double layered and attached to your spray skirt. Most often, dry tops are paired with Farmer John wetsuits or dry bibs.

4) Insulation & layers

Underneath your wetsuit or drysuit, you may need another layer of insulation when things get very cold. Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece are a great choice and are designed fit perfectly under any protective clothing or worn separately. The fabric is abrasion-resistant to be soft next to your skin and breathable so that you don’t get too hot.

Immersion Research Union Suit
NRS Men’s Hydroskin Top

5) Accessories 

There are a variety of accessories that help hold in the heat too. Helmet liners provide a warm fuzzy, water resistant barrier to keep the frigid water from hitting your head directly and it helps retain the heat coming off your head. Another accessory many of us find necessary, especially during the winter months when the air is as cold – or colder – than the water, is a pair or pogies or gloves. This is definitely an area of personal preference as some people don’t like the constriction of pogies, which wrap your hands around the paddleshaft, or the lack of paddle feel you get from gloves, but both help retain that valuable heat your hands generate. Finally, don’t forget your socks! Chacos are all well and good when you’re paddling warm water, but for cold water, you’re going to want booties with some warm neoprene socks underneath!

Immersion Research Thermo Cap
Immersion Research Microwave Handwarmers
NRS Hydroskin Glove


NRS Hydroskin Sock

There’s our top 5 recommendations. Want more detail? Visit our buyer guide! Or better yet, give us a holla and we can answer any specific questions you may have! 

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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 3

We know we’re a little late getting this out, but after a packed final day of the show, we’re home, we’ve caught up on our sleep and we’re ready to share the goods from our last day at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013!


The Hobie Kayak Quest has been redone for 2014 to match the well loved Revolution 13 in looks and deck functionality. For those not looking for the pedal drive of the Revolution, the Quest offers a great paddling boat with all of the features of the Rev.

The Hobie Sport is totally redone for this year! We think it should actually be called the Outback 10 for it’s feature set. The deck and bow have both been changed to be more like the Outback  and the bow storage has greatly improved. Along with the Outback, Revolution 13 and Quest 13, the Sport is now Lowrance ready! It has plumbing ports to run wiring for fish finder installation along with a transducer port molded in the hull, similar to the Pro Angler series. Here fishie, fishie, fishie…

More detailed shots of the Lowrance ready ports available on the Outback, Revolution 13, Quest 13 and the Sport:





Two great new rack systems for the boaters from Yakima at this year’s show!

The Jaylow stacker can be vertical or a few degrees past, making it work as either a cradle or a stacker. We love the new system that makes installation painless whether you have round, square or factory bars. Oh yeah, and when you’re rolling without your boat, just flip the vertical bar down and voila! Aerodynamic and low profile!

The Sweetroll is going to be our (and yours) new favorite saddle/roller system. With the same no-fuss, no-muss connection system as the Jaylow, installation will be a snap. The two front saddles and two back saddles have integrated rollers, making loading your boat as easy as it’s gonna get!

P.s. How do they come up with all of these cool names? Genius!


We love visiting the boys of Astral because they are always coming out with ridiculously cool, well  thought out gear. Take the new Ronny Fisher: based on the popular Ronny platform, the Fisher adds fishing pockets designed to fit Plano boxes, the velcro flap on the left holds your forceps or other fishing tools, the zipper on the right opens the “dehydrator pocket” (a beverage holder) and, a feature we think is really great, a high visibility hood (for unplanned rain or evening boat traffic) is stashed in the back until it’s needed.



The Linda receives a cool new color this year, for the ladies not interested in the “pink it and shrink it” look. Pockets “billow” and expand for all that stuff you need to keep close at hand.


If the Pyranha Burn 1 and the Burn 2 had a baby, it would be the Burn 3 (1 + 2 = 3?). The all new Burn takes the best of both previous versions and meets in the middle. While the original Burn was all about edge control with its low edges and (relatively) low bow volume, the second version moved those edges up with a fade and increased the bow volume, making for a more forgiving hull but sacrificing some of the precision of the original. The 3 takes the best of these, with volume somewhere in the middle and bringing those edges down while retaining the fade. The Burn has been a favorite on our local rivers since it’s introduction, and with this latest version, we don’t see that changing anytime soon!




P.s. Check out the sick graphic that’ll be available on the “limited edition” colors!
Looking for more pictures and details on the Burn? Pyranha wrote a post-OR post with all the info straight from the source!
And for an even more first hand look, Rapid Magazine did a great video review from OR 2013 of the Burn. Check it out! 


Jackson Kayaks

If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the sit-on-top fishing market without blowing your last paycheck or two, the Cruise 10 might be what you’re looking for! While it doesn’t come with any fancy attachments or bells and whistles, it’s friendly and easy to maneuver with attachment holes molded in, allowing you to gussy it up as you go.


The Big Rig is Jackson’s new entry into the big boy market. Complete with molded fishing rod holder and inflatable lumber support, optional attachments will allow you to make this the fishing kayak of your dreams. From ICAST’s 2013 Best in Show, the JL Marine Systems’ Power-Pole Micro Anchor, to Jackson’s own cooler that comes with mounts for additional attachment points, there is a seemingly endless number of ways to upgrade this already loaded boat.


Miscellaneous cool stuff…

Not yet in production, check out this interesting SUP sail. For those days when your arms have given out and you need a little help from your frenemy, the wind, just pull your sail out, set your paddle up and you’re sailing home!


While we hope this trend catches on in all urban cities (and beyond!), we think this is an exceptionally great idea in SLC, where the blocks were built long enough for a team of 16 oxen (or something like that) – suffice to say flip flops aren’t great for “it’s just a couple of blocks that-a-way” here. Rent-a-bike!

We like a good fishing mount as much as the next guy, but if we see this guy on the water, we’re going to make fun of him. Just kidding (not really). Mount ideas for pretty much any kind of fishing wizmo or gizmo you could think to bring courtesy of Ram Mounts!


And don’t miss…

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 1
Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 2

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Wavesport Project X Review

We just got the Project X 64 and Project X 48 into the shop, so we asked our local Wavesport expert and pro paddler Kim Russell to let us know what she thinks. Here’s what she has to say:

The New Project X:

-Higher Volume (48 vs 45)
-More aggressive rocker profile
-Slicier bow

I have been paddling a Wave Sport Project 45 since 2007, and never thought I would make the switch to any other boat; I love my Project 45! However, from the first time I took a seat in my Project X, I now have a new favorite playboat. Let me tell you why…

The Outfitting:

Outfitting wise, the boat feels very similar to the Project: same foot block, thigh braces, hip pads, and seat pad, however, the new outfitting is white and has been dubbed “Whiteout.” It is softer, does not collect dirt, and does not absorb nearly as much water as the old outfitting. Pretty cool, eh?

In general, the Project X “feels” like the Project in regards to positioning, although I feel as though my knees sit up a little higher in the boat, making it more comfortable for a long day on the river, as well as giving me more leverage for tricks.

First Impression on the Water:

On the water, the boat feels very stable. It has good primary as well as secondary stability. End-to-end it is very well balanced, and never feels as though it is “falling” end-over-end through moves. With its slicey bow, and its shorter length, the Project X allows me to more easily control and link ends than most other boats I have paddled. Finally, as a smaller paddler, the Project X is easy to paddle because the volume is located so close to the body.


You might expect such a “spud-boat” to not do so well, however, the Project X excels downriver. There is a lot of volume in the front, and while the X is a pretty short boat, it maintains just enough length to be very stable downriver. In addition, I witnessed a complete and utter lack of pearling thanks to the aggressive rocker profile of the X. Whether I was paddling over boily seams or eddylines, the bow never pearled once.

On a Wave:

The Project X is FUN FUN FUN on a wave! It carves easily, and smoothly back and forth. It is very quick edge-to-edge, and releases with very little effort on the paddler’s part. Forward and backward, the Project X did not flush easily, even from the smallest of waves.

Having only been in the Project X only a handful of times, I still have to get used to the boat myself. What I can be sure of is whether paddling downriver, or on a feature, it will bring a smile to your face! For more information, go to your local dealer and ask to demo the new Project X! You won’t be disappointed!

Cheers and Enjoy the new Project X!

Kim Russell

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Congratuations, Jesse!

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, we’re excited to pass on the great news that Immersion Research (IR) just welcomed Jesse Becker to their family as their new National Sales Coordinator and West Coast Representative! Jesse was formerly with AT Paddles, which just moved their Hood River, OR operations back east to join the rest of the Confluence family.

Jess – we’re excited to see more of you around the shop in your new role and we’re even more excited we’ll continue to see your smiling face around the Hood & on the river!

IR’s full announcement:

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