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Kayak Fishing at the Richmond Fishing Expo 2015 – PaddleVa Recap

by Brian Vincent

Once again, the Appomattox River Company kayak fishing booth, at the Richmond Fishing Expo, was a crowd-pleaser. The Expo takes place at the Meadow Event park in Doswell every January. This year the event ran from the 16th to the 18th. Prior to the event, Show Manager Les Gray had asked if we’d like to represent the expo on CBS 6, Virginia This Morning. We were psyched!

I drove down early Friday for the live broadcast. It was a pretty cool experience. Big thanks to Nan Choi, from CBS 6, for making me comfortable and getting us all set up. Click the link below the photo to watch the segment I did on kayak fishing and the fishing expo.

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For the full video segment click here: http://wtvr.com/2015/01/16/the-latest-and-greatest-fishing-boats-tools-and-tackle-are-coming-to-richmond/

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The show kicked off on Friday around 10am. I came in, did a quick interview with K95 Country, and then started helping the guys get ready. We had a great team of kayak anglers and staff in our booth and Aaron Dryden, Wilderness Systems Pro, wasted no time getting people psyched about the Wildy Ride 115x Max Angler.

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 Our spot was looking pretty good. We can really fill some space.

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Later in the day, Chuck Wrenn, Hobie Fishing Pro, stepped up and conducted a Kayak Rigging Seminar. Thanks Chuck!

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We had a good crowd on Friday, but Saturday is the busiest every year. This Saturday was no different.

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Big thanks to Herschel Finch, Jackson Kayak Pro, for driving down to spend the weekend in our booth. We definitely appreciated having him.

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Saturday also brings out all of our community pro staff guys, and big wigs in the scene. ;) It’s cool to hang in the booth and get to visit with everyone. Like these ruffians.

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 Thom Mattauch (R) is the tournament director for the RVA Shad Shootout which will benefit Heroes On The Water. Tom Vanderheiden (L) is the Chapter Coordinator for out Tidewater Chapter. I’ll be posting a tournament schedule blog up soon to highlight all the great events coming up this year.

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The Hobie Pro Angler 17T Tandem definitely was drawing a crowd.

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And the Orion Coolers were a hot ticket as well.

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 Kayak Kevin, Ocean Kayak Pro, was hanging in the booth on Saturday, and he always draws a crowd. I have hung with some kayak angler pros who did not impress me with the ego they brought to events. Kevin has absolutely none of that. He’s a great ambassador to the sport and truly humbled by those who seek him out. We all have a lot of respect for the man.

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I scooted over and watched local Farmville legend, John Crews of Missile Baits, give his seminar on bass fishing. I was glad I got a chance to catch up with John and talk to him about getting him in a kayak this year. We’ll see if we can make that happen.

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I also had a great time meeting Andy Andrews, Heritage Chevrolet Fishing Team and Angling Virginia TV. Andy revealed that he’d recently gotten into kayak fishing and that it had changed his life. We all know that story! So happy to have met Andy and I’m looking forward to working with him in the future.

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The Richmond Fishing Expo is always a good time. We love being in the back next to the glitter rockets. Kayaks look pretty economically priced in comparison. ;)

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It is always a blast seeing everyone from the community come out. The booth turns into a cool little party with folks stopping by to chat. I love how supportive our Virginia kayak fishing community is during these events.

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William Ragulsky, Hurricane Kayak Pro, and Jay Brooks, Wilderness Systems Pro, both stopped by.  Rob Choi, Ocean Kayak Pro, and Drew Camp, Jackson Kayak Pro, also showed up. Jeff Lockhart, Seth Goodrich, Kam Goodrich, Alex Britland and a host of other great anglers from our community popped into the booth. On Sunday Mark and Kris Lozier, Native WaterCraft Pro, both hung out and talked kayak fishing all day. It really is a fun time seeing everyone come out.

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But ultimately the greatest part of the  Richmond Fishing Expo is the chance to interact with the larger angling community. I personally enjoyed so many great conversations with folks who were curious about kayak fishing or specific kayaks, etc. It is an awesome experience. I know all of us that worked the booth feel the same way. Spreading the love of kayak fishing is what we do and I hope all of you felt the kinship and camaraderie that springs from that passion. Thank you for coming to see us.

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Thank you to all the Pro Staff mentioned above for coming and working the booth with us! Thank you to all the ARC team, Vic, Andrea, Kayak Kevin, Brian Vande Sande who stayed in the booth and hustled. Big Props to all the guys and gals at ARC; Tom, our GM, Big Al, Colton, Chris, Sterling, Brian Graham, Mary, Sara M, Sara D, etc who hustle all week to make it happen. It’s a big team effort.

Per a text I received from Nan Choi, Senior Acct. Executive – CBS 6 – ” My guys came by (the expo) and said you guys were slammed! My friend, Scott, talked to you for 20 mins. and was thrilled! Jeff said you had the BEST booth at the expo. Not blowing smoke. He said it was awesome!”

So once again, it has been confirmed. We had the best booth at the expo. ;)

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** I’ll be posting all the photos I took from the event on our Facebook page tomorrow.

************* Did we mention this guy? Brian Vande Sande spends more time on the show floor than probably anybody else and is intricate to the set up and breakdown process. How many of you have bought a boat from this face?

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For the Love of Richmond, the James River and Whitewater: Boats and Brews in RVA

by Brian Vincent

On January 10th at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond, Coastal Canoeists held the Boats & Brews Film Fest, benefiting the James River Outdoor Coalition. Appomattox River Company was one of the many sponsors of the event. Tom, our GM, loves supporting grassroots whitewater events. He sent a team of us, from both ARC-Farmville and ARC-Ashland, out to the film fest to represent. Paddlers from the Downtown Richmond whitewater scene and beyond, came to hang out, drink great beer and watch cool films.

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The night started with a little socializing and beverage-ing. We set up a table with our raffle items and logo gear. Here’s L to R: Christi, Scott -ARC Ashland manager, Brian Vande Sande – ARC Farmville.

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There was a great crowd, both in the big screening room and the little screening room and the films were fantastic.

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During intermission the raffles were called out. Scott, our ARC-Ashland store manager, went up on stage to hand out some goodies, including a Werner Powerhouse paddle. Here’s a pic of the winner, Laura, with the paddle. Congrats!

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It was cool to see Bob Taylor, ARC owner, repeatedly popping up on the screen in our ad, as he played in Pipeline Rapid, in RVA ca. 1978.

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All told, the Boats & Brews Film Fest was a success. The Richmond kayaking scene was a lot of fun and filled with some great folks. I was happy to see Ben Moore and Mitch Davis from Riverside Outfitters there. I was very glad to meet Hunter Davis, from Home on the James, and to talk about his love for the RVA community. I was also psyched to join as a member of the Coastals. Being in that crowd, surrounded by whitewater and outdoor enthusiasts, reminded me of hanging with another crowd I love, my West Virginia family. Since moving to Virginia from the New River Gorge in West Virginia, I’ve missed a little of that scene and the people who populate it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been engrossed in the kayak fishing community and absolutely loving it. But I spent close to 10 years in WV, in a small mountain community, that consisted of rock climbers, mountain bikers, trail runners and whitewater kayakers. It was the first place, as an adult, that I ever called home, and felt like I belonged. So, I still miss some of the intangibles that come from that environment. But this past Saturday, in Richmond, I felt that same familiar buzz, and it wasn’t just from the beer. This buzz comes courtesy of the low hum that emits from a crowd of irrepressibly stoked people, all packed together, sharing past adventures and dreaming of the next chance to play outside. Perhaps not to surprisingly, I ran into some former New River Gorge residents/ex- Fayettevillians at the event, and it really brought the feelings I had full circle.  Thank You Coastals, for putting together a great event and thank you to the RVA paddling community. I look forward to hanging out again soon. This is the year I get back into a whitewater kayak, and the Boats & Brews Film Fest was the perfect primer for that goal.

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Here’s a shot of me in WV in 2010. Five minutes later I was strapped into a Wave Sport Big-EZ, on the Upper New, anticipating Surprise Rapid. It was my first time in a whitewater boat. I look forward to getting back in one this year. Say hi if you see me.

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See ya on the water!

Kayak Fishing at the Richmond Fishing Expo – Jan. 16-18, 2015

by Brian Vincent

Once again, winter is here. The local waters have hit frigid temps and the fishing has slowed, but if you need to get your fix, the fishing show season is upon us. The Richmond Fishing Expo goes off on January 16-18 at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA and we are bringing kayak fishing to the show.

We’ll be there, in our usual spot.

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Our booth is always a very popular section of the Expo. We pack it full of the latest and greatest fishing kayaks and we pair them with some of the phenomenal kayak angler Pro Staff from the Virginia region. It’s an excellent opportunity to scope out what’s available while getting all the inside intel from passionate advocates.

Below is the layout of the Expo. You can find us in the back left.

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We are still finalizing details, so some of the booth specifics may change. I’ll be updating this post throughout the week. So stay tuned. But in the meantime, here’s what we have going on.

Pro Staff that will be on hand:

Kayak Kevin – Ocean Kayak / Old Town Canoe & Kayak, Aqua-Bound, Yak Attack

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Aaron Dryden – Wilderness Systems, Adventure Technology Paddles, Powerteam Lures

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Chuck Wrenn – Hobie Kayak Fishing, Yak Attack, Powerteam Lures

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Hershel Finch – Jackson Kayak

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Mark and Kris Lozier – Native Watercraft, Werner Paddles, Astral Fishing, 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services (Sunday)

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Chuck Morris – Wilderness Systems Rep. and general bad@$$

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There will be plenty of Appomattox River Company staff on hand as well, from all 3 locations.

Plus, word on the street is Josh and Grant from Peelin’ Drag Extreme Fishing will be floating in and out of the booth.

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There will be a bunch of kayaks on display, including:

Hobie Pro Angler 17T Tandem

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Hobie Outback 2015

Jackson Kayak Kilroy Realtree Camo

Jackson Kayak Cuda 12

Native Watercraft Propel 10 Kayak

Wilderness Systems Ride 115 max Kayak

Wilderness Systems Thresher Kayak

Old Town Predator Kayak

Ocean Kayak Trident 13

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 2015

..and many more.

We’ll also have Orion Coolers!

Plus Show Specials and Special ARC-Ashland deals as well. It is going to be a great time. The Richmond Fishing Expo is an excellent event. So come on down and see us!

The First Friday Finds of 2015: VA Kayak Fishing, RVA Aerials and a Jackson Kayak recap.

by Brian Vincent

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It is the time of year for whitewater kayaking and kayak fishing adventure recap videos! I enjoy seeing the work people put into not only living their dream, but sharing it with the rest of the world. Here is what’s caught my eye so far in 2015.

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Nick Troutman, of Jackson Kayak, put together a pretty stellar 2014 and he’s got the footage and comp results to prove it. This is a pretty sick video. Check it out.

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Second Up:

Rob Choi, of Ocean Kayak/ Werner Paddles/YakAttack, put together this fun little video about the banana superstition. It’s a fun montage from his mothership trip last year.

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Third Up:

Kayak Kevin, of Ocean Kayak/ Aqua-Bound/ YakAttack, has started editing videos from this past year and the first one is pretty awesome. Check out Kevin and his 53″ Red!

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 Fourth Up:

Josh and Grant from Peelin Drag Extreme Fishing put together a nice 2014 montage. These boys definitely live the motto: Fish Hard or Stay Home!

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Fifth Up:

Jess Daddio, of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, embarked on a year long quest to live on the road, traveling the south. She’s been documenting her adventures through the Live Outside and Play project on BRO’s website. Here is a great recap thank you video she put together. Great stuff as always!

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Sixth Up:

Home on the James has been putting out great RVA content all year. I’m anxiously awaiting their ‘Ode To Richmond’ video. Here is some of the sweet aerial footage they’ve got to use.

Friday’s Finds: Whitewater Kayaking and Kayak Duck Hunting

by Brian Vincent

Here’s a solid dose of whitewater and kayak fishing goodness. We have been crazy slammed around here for the holidays, so I haven’t had time to cruise the web for much content. But a couple of things have caught my eye this week. Here they are, enjoy.

First up:

Be Moore and Mitch Davis, of RVA, took their BIC SUP boards down south to the Chattooga and got all jiggy of that pristine river. Here’s some great video footage from their trip.

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Second Up:

Cameron Hall has been a long time customer and he’s been putting out some solid videos. Here’s his latest with some great stuff from Saint Mary’s Wilderness and Back Creek in Virginia. Getting it done and doing it right!

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Third up:

Chris Gragtman’s is not just an awesome paddler for Dagger Kayaks, he’s also a good dude. Here he gives the lowdown on the new Immersion Research Arch Rival Drysuit. Take heed.

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Fourth up:

Werner Paddles keeps putting out great paddles and great videos about their team paddlers testing out those rock solid sticks. Here’s the latest and it’s pretty rad!

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Fifth up:

Part 1 and Part 2 of the Old Town Canoe Predator Duck Hunting video series. This is some good stuff here!

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