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 : Immersion Research Arch Rival Drysuit

We all know that very few companies walk the walk like they talk the talk like Immersion Research. Truly a “for paddlers by paddlers” company, they are stepping it up again to support the great work of First Descents and the Gorge Paddling Film Festival by pitching in for one of our best prizes yet, an Arch Rival Drysuit! Made with IR’s proprietary WhiteOut laminate to withstand years of abuse, the Arch Rival is bound to make one of our film fest winners a very happy (and dry) paddler!

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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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The Shiva Is Coming, The Shiva Is Coming!

Just in time for the holidays, Pyranha‘s newest steep creek boat is on the way! Pryanha consistently turns out boats that live up the hype surrounding them and we expect the Shiva to be no different.  An all out creeker with a soft edge, here’s the beta on how the Shiva stacks up to Pyranha’s ever-popular Burn:

Progressive rocker : easy to boof and flair over featuresAggressive rocker : for great boofability
Forgiving rounded hull : gives softer landings on big dropsDynamic flat hull : planning surface for surfing and ferrying
Smooth stern chines : no rails to trip you up but chines for driving forcesHard carving rails : precision carving capability around the river
High volume bow and stern : rides easily over features, re-surfaces quicklyMedium volume bow and stern : punches through features
Rounded profile with low deck : easy to rollLow profile deck : easy to roll
Stern release edge : allows really fast linesV’d deck : sheds water and re-surfaces with control

Ready for a little Shiva eye candy now? We thought so! Enjoy!

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How to Winterize Your Kayak

We just received directions for winterizing your kayak from Hobie Kayaks and thought we would pass it along!

Winter Storage

Winterize – People living in freezing areas or areas prone to high wind damage should use common sense regarding winter or long term storage. Lower the mast, remove trampolines, lines and properly cover your boat to reduce UV, dirt and debris wear / damage to your hull and metal surfaces. All sails, trampolines, lines etc. should be removed and stored in a dry indoor location.

Mast up storage – is never recommended. High winds and constant motion of the rig can and will cause excessive wear and damage to the mast, rigging and hull components.

Freezing – of water trapped inside your boat can be quite damaging. Water expands with considerable force when it freezes. Just as pipes burst when left to freeze, water trapped in confined spaces can burst the structure of your boat. Mast receivers, Rod holder tubes, masts, hulls etc. should all be carefully inspected and drained of any water prior to the first freeze of the winter. Boats should be stored, covered or prepared in such a way as to prohibit water or snow from collecting on or in the boat.

Specific warning about water collection for Hobie Wave masts
The two piece design of the Hobie Wave mast allows for some water collection at the mast to CompTip joint. Water left in this location on masts left upright during freezing conditions has been known to fail the lower mast sealing plug. This allows water to drain into the lower mast over time which when freezing can cause the mast to expand and fail near the bottom of the mast.

Snow – The weight of snow collecting on top of a boat can be considerable. Boats should be stored in such a way as to limit the collection and damaging weight of large amounts of snow. Failure to keep snow weight off can cause damage or deformation of the keels at their contact points on a trailer or storage rack.

Reminder… damage caused by weather conditions is not covered by warranty.

Hobie Cat

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Kayak Shed Gear Swap For Sale List

We are sure that there will be more for sale, but here is the current list of gear we will have at the Kayak Shed Gear Swap on September 11th and 12th. If you have questions about anything for sale, feel free to call the Kayak Shed at 541-386-4286.

Kayak Shed Demos for Sale

Jackson 2 Fun (Lime Green) $699
Jackson Fun (Orange) $625
Jackson 4 Fun (Red) $750
Jackson Super Fun (Blue) $599
Jackson All Star (Yellow) $650
Jackson Monstar (Black/White) $725
Jackson Rocker (Lime Green) $575
Jackson Mega Rocker (Orange) $549
Jackson Villain S (Lime Green) $775
Jackson Super Hero (Yellow) $699
Dagger Nomad 8.1 (Green/White/Blue) $699
Pyranha Burn Large (2010, Blue/White) $775
Pyranha Burn Small (2010, Blue/White) $775
Pyranha Burn Medium (2010, Purple/black) $775
Perception Tribe (four available, Yellow)
Hobie Oasis (Red)
Hobie Outback (Yellow)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 (Two available, red)
Native Ultimate 14.5 (Green)
Hobie Adventure Island (Yellow)

Wavesport Diesel 75 $650
Pyranha Inazone 220 $450
Pyranha Burn Medium (price not set by seller)
Pyranha Burn Large $700
Pyranha Burn Small $600
Pyranha Z One Large (new) $699
Pyranha Rev Large (new) $599
Jackson Super Fun $600
Jackson Hero $650
Jackson Punk Rocker (new) $690
Jackson Mega Rocker (new) $690
Jackson Super Hero $600
Dagger Agent 6.0 (price not set by seller)
Dagger FX 5.7 $300
Dagger G Force 6.1 $450
Dagger Kingpin 6.1 $500
Liquid Logic Skip $400
Necky Manitou Sport $500
Kokatat Gortex Meridian XL drysuit $600
NRS Flux Small Drytop $150

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We’re Getting Kids into Kayaking!

This Summer, the Kayak Shed is teaming up with the Columbia Gorge Kayak School to get kids into Kayaking. The Kayak Shed joined the Hood River County Library for a kid-oriented river recreation and safety demonstration, where attendees learned about kayak equipment, the difference between swimming in a river and pool, and how to use throw bags.

To beat the heat, the Kayak Shed and Columbia Gorge Kayak School are sponsoring affordable kids kayak lessons, which take place July 14, 21, 28, and August 4th from 10am-2pm at the Kayak Shed’s on-water location. Kids can attend the whole series for only $80 each or $20 per session. If you want to sign up, contact the Columbia Gorge Kayak School at 541-806-4190 or info@gorgekayaker.com

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Celebrate the 4th of July Next to the Fireworks

The Kayak Shed is having a 4th of July party on the water again this year. Bring grillables, beverages, chairs, and blankets! To celebrate Independence day, we will be offering $5 unlimited kayak rentals from 3pm-9pm. Wear your Vibram FiveFingers and get unlimited kayak rentals for free. After 9pm, the kayaks come in, but the party doesn’t stop until the fireworks are done!

Parking at the on-water location is limited, so show up early or park in the Kayak Shed lot and walk down.

Don’t want to stay up late? That’s okay, the on-water location will open at 10am, so feel free to come early and try out some kayaks!

If you have any questions about how to get there or what we have available for rentals, give the shop a call at 541-386-4286

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World Class Kayaker Doug Ammons presents Wildwater…A Love Story

Columbia Center for the Arts brings to the Gorge world Class kayaker Doug Ammons for a remarkable presentation of “Wildwater…a Love Story” on Thursday July 15th. The reception begins at 7:00pm and show begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8.00 for students and are available at Columbia Arts and online at www.columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. Hood River, OR.

World class kayaker Doug Ammons presents “Wildwater…a Love Story” – an evening of incredible photos, video, and human insights into the beauty and challenge of wild rivers. Doug was recently named by Outside Magazine as “one of the top ten ‘game changers’ in adventure since 1900”, and compared to mountaineer Reinhold Messner for his mind-bending solo runs of the hardest rivers in the world. Doug is equally adept at speaking poetically and insightfully about risk, beauty, danger, and intimacy with the natural world. He will also preview a stunning movie in high definition that he is currently working on. His presentations have been called “spellbinding” and a “must see that will leave a fire in your heart for the outdoors”.

His two books will be for sale, “The Laugh of the Water Nymph” and “Whitewater Philosophy”. “The Laugh of the Water Nymph” was named “One of the best outdoor books of the year!” (National Outdoor Book Awards). For the last 15 years, Doug has donated all proceeds from his books and writing to support two small rural schools in the most remote part of Nepal.

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What’s New at Jackson Kayak for 2010!

Stephen Wright, Jackson Kayak Factory Team Member, swung by the shop Tuesday morning to let us know what’s new in the world of JK. Most of us have had the opportunity to meet Stephen before, but for those who hadn’t, it was a great chance to talk about boats with a guy who knows about them inside and out. Stephen’s not only a proud member of Team USA, he’s a world class boater and instructor – and just a really great guy in general!

Without further introduction, here’s what 2010 has in store for Jackson Kayaks!

* The biggest news is Jackson’s new creek boat, the Villain! Coming in two sizes (S/M – the Villain S – and M/L – the Villain) this promises to a boat everyone will want to check out. The Villain S is in molding now, so we should be able to get our hands on these soon, with the Villain coming later in April. Both sizes have removable bulkheads that will allow front loading of the boat, but the design will ensure that any unfortunate pitons don’t result in a complete failure – upwards of 8″ of flex is built into the system! The Villain series will be available in both super linear plastic and Jackson’s famous cross-link plastic… which brings us to…

* All whitewater boats will be available in super-linear or cross-link plastics this year. What’s the difference? Glad you asked! Cross-link is, hands down, the burliest plastic in the industry. It stretches twice as far as super-linear, has a reduced friction coefficient (which helps it slide over those rocks you’re splatting), it’s more rigid than super-linear, longer lasting and it boasts a 2 year manufacturer warranty! That said, super-linear is the industry standard, so it’s as strong as any other non-Jackson boat on the market and Jackson backs it with a 1 year warranty. Oh yeah – and it’s $150 less than the cross-linked versions. Win-win, right? One more differentiator with these two flavors of the same boat: the super-linear versions come with standard outfitting and the cross-link versions come complete with Sweet Cheeks & Happy Feet (Jackson’s high performance, highly adjustable) outfitting.

* Speaking of plastics, another fun thing for the 2010 line up is that for $70 you can choose whatever color of Jackson Kayak whitewater boat your heart desires. Simply let us know which boat you want, what colors you want (and where – in general – front, back, side?) and we’ll put your order in. We’ll hear back from Jackson then on when your boat can be custom made, we’ll confirm with you and wah-lah! The purple/pink/yellow burst boat you’ve been dreaming of can be yours!

* A couple of non-whitewater “coming soon” boats: the Journey rec is being molded now and will set the bar for solid, all around rec boats. For all of you kayak fishing maniacs, a new bass fishing boat is being developed in conjuction with Drew Gregory. And a Riviera sit-inside is on the horizon!

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