Mother’s Day Q&A Session with Emily Jackson (by Sarah Leith Bahn)

We were lucky to have the Jackson-Troutman clan in the Gorge for a few weeks recently and, after seeing Emily juggle a preschooler, a baby, a moving home, business commitments and still getting time on the water, we couldn’t think of anyone better for a Mother’s Day Q&A. A professional paddler for most of her life, Emily is (literally) traveling a less-traditional road with her family, paddling wherever the water is good and taking her kids along for the adventure.

And who better to interview her than one of our other favorite moms, Sarah Leith Bahn? Sarah is a former US National whitewater slalom team member who still finds time to get out on the water while juggling two boys, starting a business with her husband, vlogging about healthy eating… oh, and writing a book along the way!

Enjoy!

 

Sarah:

How do you get your life jacket on over your engorged milk boobs? This was a problem for me! I got to the put-in the first time to paddle and couldn’t fit in my life jacket!

Emily:
Did the same thing in my DrySuit after having my Daughter Parker- it was my boobs and hips- I may have cried a little, I loosened all the straps and fed her as much as I could right before paddling!

Sarah:
How do you deal with the fact that you pee a little every time you take a hard stroke?

Emily:
Haha- I was pretty lucky this only happened when doing jumping jacks- or at least, I didn’t notice it while kayaking… Wear board shorts I guess and try to not wear a drysuit for the first little bit… You can get rid of board shorts pretty easy but once a dry suit smells like pee- there is no going back

Sarah:
I had my babies in my mid-30s. I gained 60 pounds in both pregnancies. And it was really hard for me to trust my shoulders, my back and abs again – I was worried when I first went paddling that I’d get injured. It took a lot longer than I would have thought to trust my body again and know it was strong enough to handle paddling. Do you have any advice for women to learn how to trust their bodies again after growing babies? (My pregnancies were like an injury and it took time to have faith that my injury was healed)

Emily:
I was younger with both kids, but I don’t feel this changed that feeling of doubt I had with my body. With Tucker I competed 3 weeks before I had him – weighing 198 pounds in a small Star (max weight of that boat is supposed to be 140 lol) and then I actually competed 3 weeks afterwards at US nationals and won. I decided I was happiest if I got my time in the water, and this meant baby was happy, daddy was happy and most importantly I was happy. I felt if I held myself back in fear of my body getting hurt, then I was already hurting myself. I focused on play boating and easier river runs and literally told myself, it’s like riding a bike, you just need to do it, and while paddling, convincing myself that I had all the confidence in the world (even though it was at an all time low). I laughed when stuff didn’t feel right, but my confidence stemmed from the fact that hey- I am a MOM now- things are different and different is totally okay.

Sarah:
I was never a Nicole Mansfield that ran multiple class V rapids daily, but I did love technical class 4. However after I had kids, I really had a hard time with rapids that had consequences. I found myself scared instead of nervously excited. It was like something flipped inside me and honestly it made me turn my back on the sport for a little while. I was bored on class III and too scared on class 4. It took a new slalom boat, and multiple laps down the Lower White Salmon to realize, I do love simply being on the river and feeling my hull react to the water regardless of how small the whitewater is. Do you have any advice for Moms that come back to the sport after having kids that find themselves scared of a sport they once loved?

Emily:
This is totally normal is so many different ways- Any major change in your life will have you looking at things a little differently. There are so many ways to add spice to kayaking without upping the consequences. For starters- take a playboat down an easier river run, try splatting, squirting, and harder lines on rapids. The combination of trying things plus being in a smaller boat will make the river feel different. Much like taking a SUP on flatwater and all of sudden the flatwater at times can get difficult and exciting. My favorite feeling is when water simply splashes me in the face. So I feel like my day was an accomplishment if I had that one moment of bliss. The absolute hardest part about getting back into kayaking- is choosing to go kayaking over taking care of other responsibilities, as mom we get accustomed to taking care of everyone else and not ourselves, so by simply choosing to put yourself first for that quick kayaking lap, or river run, you should already gain confidence and be proud of yourself regardless of what you are doing on the water.

Sarah:
One of the things I loved about the sport of kayaking – especially on the Potomac River, I could paddle whenever I wanted and was not dependent on anyone. My boat was always on my car and I could literally in 5 minutes go from eating breakfast to taking a lap down little falls on the Potomac. Then I had a kid and felt trapped! I couldn’t just go paddling whenever I wanted. And it made me sad. How do you deal with feeling trapped?

Emily:
This day and age I feel like being a Mom alone isn’t enough, we all need to be supermom and take care of everything on our own, asking questions makes us look weak right? I feel trapped when I want everything to be perfect and an exact way. When I am not flexible or allow people to help me, the walls around me get tighter and tighter until I eventually crack. My kids have been watched on the river banks by people who I would never expect to watch them, people have run my shuttle with the kids in the car, by giving up a little control, and taking people up on acts of kindness my freedom has come back! By being flexible and saying yes to the chaos, accepting the challenges, and knowing that when I get home, the house will be messy, the kids might be a touch tired, by my soul is refreshed, makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.

Here is my Ted Talk on Prioritizing to give you a little more insight on how I try to balance my lifestyle:

 

Thanks again, Emily & Sarah, and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms that paddle!

It’s time for the 2017 Bonneville Bass Bonanza Tournament, a fundraiser for HOW

The 2017 Bonneville Bass Bonanza Tournament, a fundraiser for Heroes on the Water, is just around the corner! Now is the time to register for this great event that helps those who have given so much.

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 29th 2017
Event Date: June 3rd, 2017
Fishing Grounds: Bonneville Pool
Launch: First Light

Check-in Location: Waterfront Park, Near Lur Jensen Beach, Hood River  Weather dependent.

Check-in Deadline: 3:00 PM

We are excited to be using Tourney X this year, allowing those of you involved with Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing to add this event to your annual competition series. We look forward to it also benefiting HOW by increasing the number of participants!

If you are unfamiliar with Tourney X, you will need to register with them prior to the tournament. They will collect the registration funds and provide you with a code which will be used to record your winning fish. A photo of your fish and your registration code will be uploaded to Tourney X at check-in.

Log in / Register here for Tourney X and the BBB

The Bonneville Bass Bonanza will a single largest bass by length contest. Catch and release fishing ONLY!

bonneville bass bonzana

Qualifications for Fish Submissions:

  • – We will be using the rules standard set from Kayak Bass Fishing
  • – There will be no Captains Meeting for this event. Fishing commences in the Bonneville Pool when the tournament begins. “Weigh In” will be held at the Hood River Waterfront Park.

Anglers Must:

  • Fill out and sign a waiver before participating in the event!  If you haven’t signed a waiver, you cannot present photos to the “weigh-in” station. We will send you a waiver via email after registration closes and before the event you can email back to us.
  • River Level- We’ve had a crazy winter so the Columbia is high. We expect it to remain so for the next couple months. This shouldn’t effect most good Bass areas. It will make for a stronger current when you get in areas with a current. So please be mindful. We don’t want to have to come and get you in Cascade Locks:)
  • – Wear a PFD and appropriate immersion gear for the days temp and water temperatures – AKA dress appropriately.
  • – Fly a safety flag while on the water.
  • – Propel themselves to and from the fishing grounds.
  • – Carry a valid fishing license and follow ODFW/WDFW Regulations pertaining to the Bonneville Impoundment
  • – Release fish unharmed
  • – Actively seek to minimize impact on motorized vessels (at the launch and on the water)

We are excited about this event and raising funds for one of our favorite organizations, HOW!

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at: fishing@kayakshed.com

Jackson Kayak & the Kayak Shed take on the John Day

We were thrilled to have the pros at Jackson Kayak join us for our second annual kayak fishing trip down the John Day river. We were almost as thrilled to receive this edit from them the other day so we could reminisce on what a great trip it was! Enjoy the amazing scenery and fishing of the John Day and stay tuned for details on next year’s trip!

 

Kayak Fishing Trip 3 Day, 2 Night Kayak Fishing Trip on the John Day – Only 3 spots left!

Join us for a guided 3 day, 2 night kayak fishing trip down the John Day River in beautiful Eastern Oregon – fully supported so you can focus on fishing! Our guide will provide and prepare all meals, set up and break down camp as well as carry all provisions. Your only responsibilities will be setting up your tent (available from our guide if you don’t have your own), stocking your personal cooler with any beverages you might want to have on hand and FISHING! Summertime and the livin’ (and fishin’) is easy!

Our journey begins on the morning of Friday June 12th from the Clarno access where we will meet our guide’s support raft(s). We will float and fish an average of approximately 15 miles per day as we meander through the gorgeous John Day Wilderness Area. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch over a 100 bass in a day on this river. The trip will conclude when we reach the thirtymile access on Sunday the 14th.

This will be a great adventure for both the experienced and novice kayak fisherman alike. If you’re looking for a unique and fun Father’s Day present or you’re wanting to spend some quality time with the fisherperson in your life, this trip would make an excellent gift! Or give yourself the gift of a low stress, outfitted weekend of kayak fishing on one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers!

Register for one of the final 3 slots online or call the shop with any questions!

 

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Young Gun Division Winners

When we created an under 21 division, we knew the Young Guns would come in, barrels blazing, and set the bar for creativity. They did not disappoint! Remember these names, we’re sure you’ll be hearing more from all of them soon!

Fourth place – Cooper Fitch

Kayaking is Fun from Cooper Fitch on Vimeo.

Third Place – Matias Meneses (password: meneses)
West Coast 2015 (Meneses Productions) from menesesMatias Meneses on Vimeo.

Second Place – Trent McCrerey

Browner Daze from Bad Productions Kayaking on Vimeo.

First Place – Liam Field

Liam and Knox Liquidlogic Highlight reel from Liam Field on Vimeo.

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Here are the Finalists!

The panelists have spoken! Here are the finalists for the 2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival (in alphabetical order):

2015 Young Gun finalists 
(we have a tie, so 4 films will be shown!): 
Cooper Fitch
Liam Field
Matias Meneses
Trent McCrerey

2015 Amateur finalists: 
Alicia Casas
Daniel Patrinellis
Nick Hymel

2015 Pro finalists: 
Rush Sturges
Rush Sturges
Serrasolses Brothers

Those attending the film fest will choose the placing: 1st, 2nd and 3rd – so come out and support your buddy, hero, neighbor or cousin-in-law that made it to the finals! If you don’t know a finalist, come and be an unbiased voter! We have a ton of raffle prizes – all attendees get one raffle ticket and there will be additional tickets for sale – all proceeds, of course, will go to First Descents!

We look forward to seeing all of you Friday night!

6:30pm : Doors/LWS race registration
7:00pm : Young Gun videos/voting/raffle
8:00pm : Amateur & Pro videos/voting/raffle
10:00pm : After party

 

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Sweet Helmets Package

What’s Sweet-er (hah!) than a new Sweet Wanderer Helmet? How about a new Sweet Wanderer helmet, a new Sweet sweatshirt AND a new pair of Sweet shorts! Any way you cut it, that is a SWEET deal for one of the lucky winners of the Gorge Paddling Film Festival!
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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Chaco prize

What paddler does not love their Chacos? Loyal, trustworthy, throw them in the river to wash them… kind of like your dog. With less fur (hopefully). The Chaco package has a little something for you and a little something for your best friend: a new pair of Z1 or Z2 Chacos, a new Chaco belt to keep the sag at bay and to help you open those apres paddle root beers AND a leash and collar for your four legged BFF. You and your best fuzzy bud will no doubt be a hit with all of the objects-of-your-affection at every take out!
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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Dolla Bills for the Pros

We’ve been posting some great prize packages for our winning Young Gun & Amateur division film entries – (with two more to come from Sweet & Chaco) but what about the pros? It’s like your grandma at Christmas – what do you get the person who has everything? Well, we’re hoping the pros will appreciate the same thing Grandma does: cold, hard cash! With $750 for the winner, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd, we’re looking forward to hearing about the spa trips and other splurges that will no doubt be happening in the ranks of the Gorge’s professional paddling/film making elite after payday at the Gorge Paddling Film Festival!

 

 

 

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