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Goshen Pass Race, Snakehead Surprise, Urban RVA SUP, Early Spring Kayak Bass Fishing, 12Ft. RVA Waves, and a Sleepy Striper

 

by Brian Vincent

From the Goshen Race, to Snakehead Surprise, to Urban SUP, to Early Spring Kayak Bass Fishing, to 12 ft. RVA Waves, to a Sleepy Striper, this week’s post is all about good times paddling Virginia! This is the Friday’s Finds, where we seek to highlight some of the paddlers who call Virginia home. PaddleVa is about all of us. While some of the stuff shared in these posts will come from outside our waters, Virginia will always be the primary focus.

First Up:

The Goshen Pass Race happened this past week on a beautiful bluebird day. Race organizer and repeat champion, Gordon Dalton – Pyranha Kayaks Pro, rallied some good sponsors for this grassroots event. Werner Paddles, Pyranha Kayaks, Appomattox River Company and Devils Backbone Brewery all helped support this great community whitewater event. Click the link below the photo for the full recap.

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You can get the full re-cap here: http://www.teampyranha.com/?p=17524

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Second Up:

Rob Choi, Ocean Kayak/ Old Town Pro, hit the water with more of our great VA anglers, Drew Camp and Jeff Lockhart. They found some fish, including a surprise while perch fishing. Check the full story by clicking the link below the photo.

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Click the link for the full story here: http://www.angling-addict.com/2015/03/pressure-drop-bassin-and-perch-fishing.html

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Third Up:

This month, Boarders Mag features a story by RVA’s own, Ben Moore – BIC SUP/ Werner Paddles Pro, about the Retro Day in downtown Richmond. Click the link below the photo for the full scoop from Home On The James.

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 Get the full scoop here:  http://homeonthejames.com/2015/03/19/retro-in-boarders-magazine/

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Fourth Up:

Drew Camp, Jackson Kayak/ Werner Paddles Pro, found some pre-spawn bass and the right pattern to target them. Check out Drew’s excellent report by clicking the link below the photo.

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Get the full report and bass tips here: http://fishtailsbydrew.blogspot.com/2015/03/adjusting-to-changing-conditions.html

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Fifth Up:

Tijo Media continues to expertly capture scenes from the downtown James River scene. Here is some great footage of the James at 12 feet and some of the whitewater community enjoying the big waves.

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Here is a hilarious little sleepy striper video from Kayak Kevin and Lee Williams, Ocean Kayak Pros. Check it out.

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Family and Kayak Fishing in Jamaica

by Brian Vincent

Last week I headed to Negril, Jamaica with a pile of my family for vacation. I say “my” because my wife and I both prefer to refer to our in-law’s as just family. Both of us feel very fortunate to truly love our in-laws and so we try not to assign labels of “yours” and “mine” to our respective parents and siblings. But if you’ve followed along with this blog, you know that I married into Appomattox River Company and that my wife is one of two daughters born to ARC owner, Bob Taylor, and his wife Martha.

This Jamaica trip was with the original ARC family. Ellen, my sister-in-law, and her family, including 2 kids, my wife and I and our 2 kids, and Bob and Martha. There were ten of us in all, 6 adults and 4 kids under 5. It was amazing. Being able to spend time with family in a beautiful place is truly special.

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I won’t pile on with a bunch of family photos, but there was a fair bit of “business” photo ops and fun. Bob had taken a Necky Dorado Kayak down to Jamaica before 9/11 and left it at a place called Nirvana On The Beach. It is a favored spot with the family and they have been travelling there for years. The Dorado was still in great shape despite being a ’99 and being stored outside in the island elements for 15 years.

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One of the funniest things was the little sticker I found on the bathroom door in my family’s cottage. Each family had their own little cottage and in ours was this reminder of home.

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We haven’t made those little stickers in a long time! Pretty cool and really made the serendipity of my life come into full focus.

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The first time my wife and I went to Jamaica together was 5 years back. We met “The Fisherman” that year. He spear fishes out of his kayak and has been doing it for a looonngg time. It’s pretty awesome. He always catches something and sells it to folks on the beach or to local restaurants. When he pulls that kayak up on shore the crowd starts to gather.

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I talked to him a bit about the reef and decided to paddle out the next day. I took a telescoping travel rod, some Powerteam Lures baits and headed out the day before we left for some Caribbean kayak fishing. I paddled that Necky Dorado out about 3 miles off shore and trolled around the reef with the big boats.

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I didn’t have much luck, but I didn’t get skunked. I ended up pulling a couple of Atlantic Lizardfish when I got close to shore. The flats stretched a long ways but had definitely been over-fished.

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When I got back to shore “the Fisherman” was cleaning his haul on the beach. Dude always scores.

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 Fishing out of small boats is part of human history and ingrained in our DNA.

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Everyone took turns taking the Dorado out for a paddle.

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Even the kids got to enjoy the kayak.

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There were also a lot of Hobie Kayak and Ocean Kayak sightings up and down the 7 mile beach in Negril.

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I brought my Astral Brewers on this trip and they were the perfect travel and paddling shoes. Good gear makes all the difference and the Brewers style and functionality is great in marine environments.

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Here is the original ARC family posing down in front of an Old Town Canoe some years back.

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The family has grown quite a bit since those early family photos. :)

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Altogether, the family and I had a great vacation. Family is everything and a smiling, laughing family is good for the soul.

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My wife and I did a lot of adventuring before we met. Since meeting we have flung ourselves fully into family. It has been amazing. We are only now learning to carve out little bits of time for ourselves, to satiate our adventurous appetites. It is a balance, finding time for family and personal recreation. Outdoor fun is so very integral to our happiness. While striving to find solo time we must also be careful to cultivate that outdoor passion in our children. This vacation was one of those times when we strove to accomplish both. We tried to find time for solo paddles, scuba dives and beach runs, while also maximizing our children’s experiences. It can be tough, but it is paramount to our family dynamic. It was an essential part of the original ARC family and it is essential to our family as well.

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My sister-in-law was watching our kids frolicking in the surf and thought to herself, “That is how I remember my entire childhood. It always felt magical.”
That is a beautiful sentiment.

Growing up in this paddling family definitely made a positive mark on my wife and her sister. I can only hope that it does the same for my girls.

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See ya on the water!

Southbound NC bros, Parker’s Top 50, Angling Addict Love, SUPing Green Whitewater, The Kayak Fishing Beard Cast and Drew’s reviews.

by Brian Vincent

From kayak fishing the Mosquito Lagoon to SUPing the Green River and a lot more, today’s post is all about angling and whitewater. This is the Friday’s Finds, where we seek to highlight some of the paddlers who call Virginia home. PaddleVa is about all of us. While some of the stuff shared in these posts will come from outside our waters, Virginia will always be the primary focus.

First Up:

The Lusk brothers are out of Outer Banks, NC. They consistently catch great fish and even better photos/ videos of them. They both paddle Hobie Fishing Outback kayaks. Recently they made a trip south to the Mosquito Lagoon in FL. They came back with this great video.

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Second Up:

This video from American Rivers is most excellent. This is pure joy. Soak in it and then get out and live it.

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Third Up:

Rob Choi, Ocean Kayak/ Old Town, Werner Paddles, Kokatat, Yakattack Pro, always puts together a year end recap video. It’s always baller. This year he nailed it again. Check it.

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Fourth Up:

I came across this video of RVA’s own Ben Moore, BIC SUP and Werner Paddles Pro, paddleboarding the Upper Green River. Looks pretty sweet.

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Fifth Up:

The Kayak Kevin Podcast. Kev and Lee, Ocean Kayak Pros,  hang with long time friend, Roland “Tex” butler and William “Willyrags” Ragulsky, Hurricane Kayaks, Werner Paddles, Astral Pro.

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Sixth Up:

Drew Camp, Jackson Kayak/ Werner Paddles/ Kokatat Pro, recently put out a couple of excellent reviews. Check out his latest gear reviews by clicking the link below the photo.

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Click the link for Drew’s gear reviews: http://fishtailsbydrew.blogspot.com/

The 8th Annual Goshen Race: A Grassroots Celebration of VA Whitewater and Community

 

 

by Brian Vincent

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The event with the coolest start time EVER looks like it may roll this Sunday! The 8th Annual “Goshen Race” looks to be a go! Get in on this great grassroots whitewater kayaking event in Virginia.

Gordon Dalton, event organizer and repeat champion, posted this today:
“VIRGINIA’S DOWNRIVER RACE!
Get stoked friends – looks like we will be racing this Sunday. Due to the likelihood of snow, crowds, and trout fisherman we will assemble at the swinging bridge put-in by 11:30 for some pre-race logistics. We’ll float down to the calmest starting point and let er rip. Spread the word.

FYI the swinging bridge access requires a “day pass” or hunt/fish license.”

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Rad Winter Whitewater in RVA, Yak Attack BoomStick, BRO Heart, Hobie Kayak Fishing, and Kayak Kevin

by Brian Vincent

Today we have some rad RVA whitewater kayaking, Yak Attack gear review, redfish kayak fishing, a BRO adventure piece and Kayak Kevin podcast. This is the Friday’s Finds, where we seek to highlight some of the paddlers who call Virginia home. PaddleVa is about all of us. While some of the stuff shared in these posts will come from outside our waters, Virginia will always be the primary focus.

First Up:

This video is everything that is right with the world. I love it. The RVA crew knows how to get outside and have fun no matter the conditions. Check out another great video from Home On The James!

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Second Up:

Rob Choi, Ocean KayakOld Town/ Werner Paddles/ YakAttack/ Kokatat Pro, gives a great review of the new Yak Attack BoomStick Camera Pole. We’ve got some on order. Click the link below the photo for the full write-up.

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Click the link for the full review of this great product: http://www.angling-addict.com/2015/02/yakattack-boomstick-review.html

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Third Up:

Jess Daddio, Blue Ridge Outdoors Travel Editor, continues to put out great content for her Live Outside and Play project. This one doesn’t involve paddling, but it does speak to the importance of community and to individual adventure. These are principles we all live by. Check out her full write-up below the photo.

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The full write-up is here : http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/liveoutsideandplay/where-the-heart-is-2/

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Fourth Up:

Brandon Barton, Hobie Fishing Pro, put together this great redfish video for Hobie. This should get the psyche level to rise! Check it out.

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Fifth Up:

Kayak Kevin and Lee Williams, Ocean Kayak - Old Town Pros, had a great guest on their podcast recently. “Dr. Ken Neill, who is a IGFA representative, is on the VMRC boards, and his boat has more World records landed on the “Healthy Grin” than any others boat, ever.” Lots of great info in here. Check it out.

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