by Brian Vincent
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.
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.
Read the full report here: http://kingofthejames.com/2014/11/10/2014-crowing-the-king/
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.
(My wife is on the left.) Read the full report here: http://www.stevefisher.com/#/en/the-impossible/africa/zambia/kafue-river/
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:
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.
Read the full report here: http://www.angling-addict.com/2014/11/fall-marathon.html
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.
by Brian Vincent
The rumors are true. If you’ve heard the whispers or seen our recent Facebook blast, ARC-Midlo has officially moved to Ashland! You can now shop kayaks, canoes, and SUPs in North Richmond. We’re all very excited about this move as it puts us squarely in a location that many Virginia sportsmen know well.
10180 Lakeridge Pkwy.
Ashland , VA 23005
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- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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- Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
by Brian Vincent
Friday’s Fresh Finds is a weekly collection of content from around the web, with a concentration our local community.
Now is the season of great fall fishing reports from the guys kayak fishing on the coastal scene. Rob Choi, Kayak Kevin, Mark and Kris Lozier, Lee Williams, and Drew Camp throw down there latest adventures in Virginia paddling and fishing. I also came across a cool Werner Paddles promo spot and a great first hand look at running the Green Race.
Drew Camp, of Jackson Kayak/ Werner Paddles, had a great day catching big bass. Click the link following the photo to read how he snagged this MONSTER!
Click the link for Drew’s full report: http://fishtailsbydrew.blogspot.com/2014/11/epic-day-on-lake.html .
Dave Fusilli, of Pyranha Kayak/DemShitz/ Astal, recently ran the famous Green Race in the new Pyranha 9R kayak. This is a great first hand view of what it’s like to plunge down this celebrated stretch of whitewater.
The Werner Paddles whitewater team knows how to test new sticks. This video is proof that these folks can throw down and that Werner continues to push the envelope of innovation with their paddles.
Rob Choi, of Ocean Kayak/ Old Town Canoe/ Werner Paddles/ YakAttack, continues to show his priorities are lined up and organized correctly. Rob does it right and posts great videos, photos and fish prints too. Click the link below the photo for the excellent recap of recent adventures in family and fishing.
Click the link for Rob’s full story: http://www.angling-addict.com/2014/11/the-haps.html
Kayak Kevin and Lee Williams, of Ocean Kayak/ Aqua-Bound, host the Kayak Kevin Podcast. This past week they had Double L, The Loziers, Mark and Kris, of Native Watercraft/ Astral/ Werner Paddles, on the podcast. It’s always a ton of fun with the Loziers. Check it out:
Josh Dolin and Grant Alvis, they rock Jackson Kayak Big Tuna and Hobie Pro Angler Kayaks respectively , and host a very informative podcast on their blog, Peelin Drag Extreme Fishing. Here is a solid podcast discussing fishing for that elusive beast, the Musky! Check i t out and get informed.
The TKAA Kayak Fishin for Charity Tournament is a favored event here in Virginia. Robert Lee, of Native Watercraft and YakTastic Adventures, put together a great tournament recap video of this year’s event. The tournament benefits Heroes On The Water and this year raised $16,500!!!! That’s awesome! Check the video here and make sure you sign up next year.
Share your content on our page, we love hearing stories from he community of paddlers! Thanks and have a great weekend!
Meet the Pro Staff
Kayak Fishing Clinics at ARC Hampton
Thursday November 20, 2014 6:30-7:30pm
“Kayak Kevin” Whitley (Ocean Kayak, Bending Branches)
Striped Bass in the Light Line
Wednesday December 17, 2014 6:30-7:30pm
Mark Lozier (Native Watercraft, Werner Paddles)
Thursday January 15, 2015 6:30-7:30pm
Drew Camp (Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles)
Bass Fishing Tidewater Virginia
Wednesday February 26, 2015 6:30-7:30pm
William Ragulsky (Hurricane Kayaks, Werner Paddles)
Fly fishing the Chesapeake Bay
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by Brian Vincent
The Friday’s Fresh Finds have become a great way to highlight the content generated in our local Virginia community, like kayaking fishing and whitewater kayaking. I strive to find good stuff from local paddlers, but occasionally I reach outside our region. The other reason for highlighting videos, blogs and photos on Friday is to provide some inspiration and psyche as we roll into the weekend. At least that is why I originally started surfing the web for great content in the first place. So here is what caught my attention this week. There is a lot of whitewater kayaking in this week’s post!
Ben Moore – BIC SUP/ Werner Paddles, Brianna Molchan, and Mitch Davis all hail from Richmond, Virginia and they stand tall as great ambassadors to the downtown James River whitewater community and the stand -up paddle-board community. Here, photographer Elli Morris, captures the trio having a blast on a beautiful Fall day in RVA on the James River.
Rush Sturges recently joined the Jackson Kayak team. Rush makes amazing videos and this brief explanation of why he moved is definitely amazing.
Shane Groves, Wave Sport Kayaks paddler, lives in my old stomping grounds, Fayetteville,WV, home of the New River Gorge and the Gauley River. Here he is on the Gauley in the gorgeous fall weather.
From Dagger Kayaks : “This year, over 50 women gathered to paddle the Green River in North Carolina, to build the female paddling community and honor Shannon Christy. Check out the inaugural Green River Takeover!” This is a pretty cool thing.
Kayak Kevin, Rob Choi and Lee Williams of Ocean Kayak sit down and provide a DVD commentary to the freshly released Chesapeake Bay 3 : Cold Water Species Kayak Fishing from Kayak Kevin. If you’re somehow unaware, Kayak Kevin has been putting out awesome DVDs for years. Now you can watch the DVD and listen to these three share the secrets behind the scenes. Pretty cool!