Halo Effect – Coming Soon!

Steve Fisher has just release the trailer for his newest film, Halo Effect, and it’s looks like it’s going to be great! Don’t know who Steve Fisher is? Check out his site for a glimpse of who this South African with a penchant for big water is – and what he’s done, for that matter!

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be hosting the local premier of Halo Effect this spring, so stay tuned for details! Without further ado, the trailer for Halo Effect.

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Paddle and Demo with Demshitz

Want to demo a Pyranha Kayak and Boat with the Bros? Then paddle with Demshitz and Team Pyranha on July 25th. The group will be meeting at the Kayak Shed at 12pm to kayak the Middle White Salmon. Have questions? Call the Kayak Shed at 541-386-4286

What kayaks are going to be there for demo?
2 Smalls
3 Mediums
1 Large
2 Larges
1 Medium
1 Small

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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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Olympic Sized Dedication

There are sure to be inspirational stories throughout the 2010 Winter Olympics, but as we sit here getting ready to watch the opening ceremonies, when I think of dedication to your sport, I think of something I saw on Jackson Kayaks blog the other day.

Ben Stooksberry, Darin McQuoid, Chris Korbulic, and Rush Sturges make up a strong crew of expedition paddlers. Check out the video to see what Olympic sized dedication looks like:

Middle Kings: First October descent from Ben Stookesberry on Vimeo.

Oh – and Go Team USA!

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Go, go, Mighty Girl!

Watching someone nail their roll for the first time is always exciting – pool roll, combat roll – it’s all great. Knowing that someone put learning to roll on their “bucket list” (“Might Life List” in this case) and seeing them nail it? Extra exciting. Introducing Mighty Girl – a blogger with a mission (a lot of them, actually) – and her new found roll. Congratulations, Mighty Girl and here’s to your future kayak camping adventure.

The Story:

The Movie:

p.s. Totally diggin’ the multi-hued Dagger RPM. Nice!

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Save the Date! Riddle of the Tsangpo

Our last blog post neglected to mention another of the whitewater photography legends we’re lucky to have in our Hood River midst, Mr. Charlie Munsey. Charlie has been paddling and shooting some of the world’s most adventurous whitewater for over two decades, much of which has been featured in magazines such as National Geographic and Outside Magazine.

On Wednesday November 11th at 7:30, Charlie will be giving a multi-media presentation at the Columbia Center for the Arts, featuring images and stories from Outside Magazine’s historic First Descent of the Tsangpo Gorge expedition in Tibet. If you’ve been paddling long, you’ve likely read “Courting the Diamond Sow” by Wickliffe W. Walker or one of the other Tsangpo books and know the dangers of the legendary river.

In addition to photos of the Tsangpo, Charlie will also be sharing photography of other remote rivers he’s visited over his career, including Canada’s mighty Stikine Canyon and Tibet’s Mt. Kailas.

If you enjoy whitewater or outdoor photography, this show promises to be one not to miss! Tickets for the show are $8 at the door and can be purchased ahead of time at the Kayak Shed or Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Whitewater Photography Tutorials

Hood River is blessed with some amazing outdoor photographers, and we’re lucky that a few of those folks specialize in paddling photography. If you’re looking for some great whitewater eye candy, check out locals Erik Boomer (who just scored Wend’s Sunday Slideshow) or whitewater photo legend, Jock Bradley.

Despite the abundance of nearby whitewater to practice on, most of us will never have the gift that Erik and Jock have, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn some tricks of the trade.

Enter Darin McQuoid, who is in the midst of writing a great series of tutorials on whitewater photography. Everything from camera selection to technical skills are covered and it looks like fine tuning is still on the horizon! So, don’t just take pictures of your buddies huckin’, read up and take GOOD pictures of your buddies huckin’.

photo by Jock Bradley

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Ryan Morgan

This last Sunday, the local paddling community lost one of its own. Ryan Morgan was a frequent Gorge paddler and often stopped by the shop to say “hi” – we’ll miss seeing his smile as he’s headed out to the river. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Danielle, his paddling partners, his friends and family.

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The Latest from Team Pyranha

In case you don’t spend as much time checking out paddling blogs as we do (and we DO set the bar pretty high), you should make sure that Team Pyranha’s blog is on your short list. Great pictures and thoughts from some of the worlds best paddlers on all their recent adventures: the Teva Mountain Games and road trips in Canada, the US & Europe. Definitely worth making your 5 minute coffee break more like 15 or 20 minutes.

Incidentally, word on the street is that there’s a new Pyranha playboat coming out this fall. We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open and will pass on any beta we get our hands on. In the meantime, the creekin’ is ON here in the PNW and you know we love us some Pyranha creek boats!

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