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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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Virginia Winter Kayak Fishing and RVA’s Whitewater Hero Returns

by Brian Vincent

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The Virginia kayak fishing and whitewater kayaking content has been hot. The guys and gals down on the coast have been getting after it and RVA’s whitewater kayaking crew have been busy. Here’s the latest and greatest from our PaddleVa community here in the old Commonwealth.

First Up:

William Ragulsky, Hurricane Kayaks/ Werner Paddles/ Astral/ YakAttack Pro, lays down the 411 on late season trout fishing in the salt. There is a ton of good info in this piece. Click the link below the photo to get the full report.

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Click the following link to read up on trout fishing: http://coastalkayakfishing.blogspot.com/2014/12/tutorial-chasing-gators-in-cold.html?m=0

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The King of The James tri went down in downtown RVA recently. We re-posted a blog report about it and now there is a sweet video about this new event. This year marked the inaugural crowning of the King and it appears to have been a great success. Don’t miss this next year and check out the video.

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Jay Brooks, Wilderness Systems/Adventure Technology Pro, and he recently started paddling the new Wilderness Systems Thresher 140. To get his report on this slick new boat click the link below the photo.

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Get Jay’s full report by clicking here: http://jaybrooksfishing.blogspot.com/2014/11/new-plastic.html

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Cooper Sallade, Dagger Kayaks Pro, is a favored whitewater paddler of the RVA community. He suffered a tragic set back when his leg, tibia and fibula, were fractured and his tibial plateau was broken in ten places. Cooper wasn’t sure he would paddle again, much less race the Green. Here is a great short video about his return. Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for years.

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Kayak Kevin posted a blog piece about some winter togging with the Virginia,  Ocean Kayak crew. These guys are always getting after it. Click the link below the photo for the full report. And buy Kayak Kevin’s DVDs. They are all awesome, including his latest on cold water species.

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Click the link  for the full report: http://kayakkevin.com/weeklycatchwinter14.html

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I’ve been following the Lusk brothers out of the Outer Banks for a while now. They both pedal Hobie Kayak Outback boats. Not only do they have a Virginia connection, but they produce some cool videos and awesome photography. This is Matt Lusk’s GoPro 2014 Highlight video and it has some great footage in it. Get psyched!

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Peelin’ Drag Extreme Fishing consists of RVA’s own Grant Alvis, pushing a Hobie Kayaks Pro Angler, and Josh Dolin, paddling a Jackson Kayak Big Tuna. These guys get after it. They put out a very informative podcast where they cover various styles of fishing. Here is the Musky discussion. Enjoy and get your learn on.

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PaddleVa Holiday Gift Guide – The Boat Edition

by Brian Vincent

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It is that time of year again, when the mad scramble to pick up the perfect gift starts cranking up. Well, if you have a paddler in your life, we are here to help. We’ve assembled a great holiday gift guide featuring some of the hottest new releases in kayaks, canoes and SUPs.

Let’s start:

Jackson Kayak Kilroy in Realtree Camo. This is a very cool new kayak. This is your sportmen’s dream.

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Check out the JK Kilroy in Realtree here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02809-jackson-jackson-realtree-kilroy-12-kayak-2015

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The Eddyline Carribean 14 in Sage Green is a sleek, fast kayak. If weight savings is important, this is the kayak for you.

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Check out the kayak here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02802-eddyline-eddyline-caribbean-14-kayak-2015

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The Old Town Canoe & Kayaks Next is the latest and greatest from the fine folks in Maine. Lots of people have been excited about this one. Once again, lightweight is the name of the game.

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Check out the next here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02816-old-town-canoe-old-town-next-canoe-2015

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The Pyranha Kayaks 9R is a hot whitewater racing boat. This beauty is ready for action.

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Check out the 9R here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02752-pyranha-pyranha-9r-kayak

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The Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10 Kayak is making some big waves. This thing is pretty awesome. Pedal power is here and it’s lightweight.

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Check the Slayer 10 Propel here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02718-native-watercraft-native-watercraft-slayer-10-kayak-2015

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There are some hot new colors with the Dagger Kayaks Nomad and the Mamba, like the cool looking Astral. Looky, looky.

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Check the Mamba out here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP01524-dagger-kayaks-dagger-mamba-8-1-creeker-kayak

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We got the full line-up of Wilderness Systems Ride 115’s and 135’s with the new Air Pro Max Seat. This new seat is amaze-balls.

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Check out the line-up by starting with the Ride 115: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02861-wilderness-systems-wilderness-systems-ride-115-max-2015

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The Feelfree Kayaks Lure 13.5 has been garnering a lot of attention. This rig is ready to do battle.

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Check out the Lure 13.5 kayak here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02858-feelfree-feel-free-lure-13-5-kayak-2015

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The Pyranha Kayaks Fusion SOT is a super fun little boat. If you’re looking for a good time, get a Fusion SOT.

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Check out this sweet SOT here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02659-pyranha-pyranha-fusion-sit-on-top-kayak

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Wilderness Systems Thresher 140 and 155 Kayaks are here. These are fantastic new kayak angling machines.

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Check out the Thresher here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02855-wilderness-systems-wilderness-systems-thresher-140-kayak-2015

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The Jackson Kayak Kraken is primed action. Jim Sammons poured his heart and soul into this beast.

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Check out the Kraken here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02757-jackson-jackson-kraken-kayak-2015

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While the new Hobie Outback has been generating a lot of buzz, and we have them, the Hobie Pro Angler 17T Tandem in our front showroom has created a constant and enthusiatic buzz around here.

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Check out this awesome piece of fishing heaven here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02778-hobie-hobie-mirage-pro-angler-17t-tandem-kayak-2015

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We have a ton more new kayaks in and I’ll try to highlight some as we start to try them out. In the meantime, surf our New Arrivals section for the latest and greatest.

PaddleVa Holiday Gift Guide – Accessories

by Brian Vincent

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It is that time of year again, when the mad scramble to pick up the perfect gift starts cranking up. Well, if you have a paddler in your life, we are here to help. We’ve assembled a great holiday gift guide, with products at every price level.

So let’s start small.

The Fishermen’s Combo from T-Reign is a great little setup of essential tools for any kayak angler. $29.95

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Check it out here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02783-yakattack-fishermans-combo

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The Fish Grip  Jr. is an awesome tool for handling fish and it comes in some great colors. $10.99

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Check it out here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02695-yakattack-fish-grip-jr

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ARC- PaddleVa Logo Gear : There are shirts, hats, visors, etc. Get some sweet gear.

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Check the merch here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/arc-paddleva-logo-gear/

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The Werner Paddles Demshitz inspired Powerhouse is a ridiculously cool whitewater stick. For that paddler who likes to get after it and look good doing it. On Sale from $345.00 down to $276.00.

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Check out the paddles here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02795-werner-paddles-powerhouse-premium-bent-shaft-paddle-demshitz

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Another great paddling gift is the Immersion Research Arch Rival OX Drysuit. This is an affordable, heavy duty, breathable drysuit. On Sale from $799.00 down to  $639.20.

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Check out the drysuit here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02867-immersion-research-arch-rival-ox-drysuit-gray

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The T-Reign Track Mount Retractor is a super functional piece of equipment for the kayak angler. I use one to hold my Fish Grips. Such a great product. $28.00

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Check out the T-Reign here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02379-yakattack-track-mount-retractor

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Kokatat Hydrus 3L Supernova Angler Suit is a great drysuit for kayak anglers. It is On Sale from $660.00 down to $528.00.

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Check it out here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02803-kokatat-hydrus-3l-supernova-angler-paddling-suit-tangerine

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The AT Paddle Samurai Glass Bent Whitewater Paddle is a perfect small blade for playboaters and river runners. This is a slick stick. On Sale from $300.00 down to $240.00.

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Check it out here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02751-at-paddles-samurai-glass-ergo-bent-shaft-whitewater-paddle

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The Astral YTV PFD is a stripped down, sleek whitewater vest. If your paddler needs a new jacket, this is a solid, lightweight choice. On Sale from $119.95 down to $95.96.

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Check out this great PFD here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP01804-astral-buoyancy-astral-ytv-whitewater-lifejacket

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The Yak Attack Zooka Tube is the most versatile fishing rod holder available. It holds a baitcasting rod on one end, spin it and it holds a spincast rod  on the other end. You can also position the Zooka over the edge of your kayak and it becomes an anchor when you slide your Park-N-Pole through the sleeve. $28.00

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Check out the Zooka here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP02316-yakattack-zooka-tube-1-5-ball-without-base

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The Bending Branches Angler Pro in Sea Green is a sweet stick. It really pops in photos too, which is a fun side benefit for me.

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Check out the paddle here: http://www.paddleva.com/shop/all/APP01633-bending-branches-angler-pro-kayak-paddle-sea-green

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 These are just a few of the accessories options for kayak angler’s and whitewater kayakers. We have plenty more on our website. So, surf the accessories on Paddleva.com and we’ll post another gift guide blog about all the awesome new kayaks, canoes, SUPs that have been rolling out for 2015!

Sunday Morning Digital Surfing: Kayak Fishing to Whitewater

by Brian Vincent

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I missed the window on my normal Friday’s Fresh Finds, so I decided to post a little Sunday Morning Digital Surfing. Here is your dose of all that is awesome on the web waves from some of the local paddling peeps. From kayak fishing to whitewater.

First Up:

The inaugural King Of The James race went down in RVA on November 8th and it looks like it has a bright future. Read up about this great event by clicking the link below the photo.

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Read the full report here: http://kingofthejames.com/2014/11/10/2014-crowing-the-king/

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Second up:

Steve Fisher recently joined the Jackson Kayak team, but back in the day he was running rivers for another company and my wife joined one of his Africa expeditions. I stumbled across this report from one of those trips with this tidbit:  “Also new to the group was Harriet Taylor of the USA. This trip would be on her first days in Africa – a far cry from her home rivers in West Virginia. As we dropped into the first rapids we kept a check on her. She was wide-eyed, but as solid as gold and ended up saving the day on numerous occasions for our gung-ho raft crew.”  To read the full old school report click the link below the photo.

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(My wife is on the left.) Read the full report here: http://www.stevefisher.com/#/en/the-impossible/africa/zambia/kafue-river/

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Third Up:

Kayak Kevin, of Ocean Kayak, held a ‘Fishing the Light Line’ seminar at ARC-Hampton on Thursday. He recorded the whole deal and now you can gleam tips from the video. Pretty cool! Check it out here:

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Fourth Up:

Rob Choi is back! We have great local Ocean Kayak Pro Staff, including Rob, Kevin and Lee. All those guys got out together recently, as they often do, and Rob rocked this report. To check out Choi’s excellent photos,etc, just click the link following the photo of Lee Williams.

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Read the full report here: http://www.angling-addict.com/2014/11/fall-marathon.html

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Sixth Up:

Kayak Kevin continues to put out quality video reports on his video podcast. This past week he and Lee welcomed William Ragulsky, of Hurricane Kayaks, and Rob Choi, via Skype.

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