popular Paddleva posts

First off, Thank You! We appreciate all of you who've shopped and shown us love this year! I'm a big fan of End of Year Lists and so once again, we've compiled a list of our most popular posts this year. The list was derived by ranking based on Pageviews, Unique Views, Time Spent, etc. The list proved to be a mix of Product highlights, Stories, Tips, and General Info. Here's what y'all found engaging on the Paddleva site in 2017. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to generating even more helpful and fun content for 2018. It's going to be a big year!

 10. -  Family Redfish Kayak Action in NC : 

While my wife caught her first two redfish I maintained my psyche and enthusiasm about her good fortune. But by the third, I was starting to feel that familiar feeling all anglers get as they watch someone slay'em.
"Where's mine?"  - Read More 

Redfish Kayak Fishing

9. - Kiptopeke State Park is a Gem :

Kiptopeke State Park is a true jewel of the Virginia State Parks system and a beautiful spot to visit on the Eastern Shore. Plan your next trip and keep Kiptopeke in mind.

As we packed up on the last day our youngest, at 3 yrs old, asked if we could camp across the world. She wants to travel and explore. I'm down, because it's in the exploration and new experiences of travel, that we grow as people. - Read More

Kiptopeke State Park Ghost Ship

8. Goshen Pass Race, Maury River: 

Over ten years ago sixteen local paddlers held the first downriver race in Goshen Pass of the Maury River, near Lexington, VA. Since that time the Goshen Race has grown into an annual tradition that has included up to 50 racers and a symbolic “kick-off” for the Virginia spring paddling season. - Read More

Goshen Pass Race - Maury River

7. Spring is Coming, New Gear: 

The encroaching Spring brings with it the promise of sun-filled days on the water. Whether you are looking to surf waves, float rivers, or hook fish, the prospect of Spring is the stop gap to winter's depression. But it's only January you might be thinking. True. But it's January 27th. Next month is February and then...March! So, what's a sure way to lift your spirits? Research the hot new kayaks, SUPs, canoes, and gear that are hitting our stores. - Read More

New Arrivals - Canoe

6. ICAST Review, Bonafide Kayaks : 

ICAST is touted as the world's largest sport fishing tradeshow, and for the last few years has been hosted in Orlando, FL. It is a giant parade of awesome new products. Kayak fishing has increasingly become a bigger part of the show. There are a great many articles, videos, etc that come out around the show. This is my first re-cap of the days I spent on the floor and on the water at ICAST.

This is what caught my eye, and kept my attention on Day 1 during the Demo. Bonafide Kayaks, fishing kayaks. - Read More

ICAST Review - Bonafide Kayaks

5. The Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal :

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Ocean Kayak debuted the Malibu Pedal at ICAST 2017 this summer, and we got an early look at the kayak. Everyone was excited about the prospect of a Pedal kayak, not geared specifically to anglers. Now you could easily outfit it for serious angling, and no doubt people will, but this was originally intended to entice families and recreational paddlers to the Pedal market. It has 3 cup holders! If that doesn't say "family" I'm not sure what does. - Read More

Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal

4. Family Paddling Tips from The James River : 

A little over a month ago, we took a big family paddling adventure on the mighty James River. We had three generations of paddlers on the river that day. It was very special for all involved. Per usual with these family river trip posts, I'll include some tips to help you enjoy time out there paddling with your family. - Read More

Grandmother and Granddaughter on James River

3. Camping and Canoeing in a Virginia State Park : 

As we paddled hard into the rain, we passed some of the old time, shallow draft cargo boats rolling down the river for the annual Batteau Festival. The rain pattering on our heads my 3 year old, sitting between my legs, giggled and playfully admonished the sky to stop raining.

Our 5 year old called back, "This is the best vacation ever!"

And as another batteau floated by I heard the helmsman tell his shipmate, "Those girls get it. The river is good." - Read More

Rainy James River Kayaking

2. Demo Day is the Big Day :

We stock 2500+ kayaks, canoes, and SUPs by 45+ different vendors, plus 1000's of paddle-sports accessories, and all the manufacturers, from those companies, will be here, demoing and talking about their products. You can try any boat, paddle, etc that you want and then visit our giant warehouses and pick up your new toys on our great Demo Day. - Read More

kayaks on the water

1. Big Demo Day Tips : 

It's a busy day and filled with fun and we want to set you up for success when it comes to accomplishing your goal. Most folks come to the Demo Day with a handful of kayaks, canoes, or SUPs on their mind to try. Some folks show up to get their first real taste of kayaking, etc. Some folks show up just to enjoy the outdoors. We welcome you all.
The following is an attempt to smooth out any questions you may have about how the event goes down and offer a few tips to help you out while you're here. - Read More

Kayak Demo Day

Honorable Mentions: 

These three posts were also very popular. Two of them are from years past, but still get lots of visits, etc and one is a highlight this year for the Friday Find's Series that showcased RVA, our hometown river town.

1. Kayak Wrapping 

How we do what we do. - Read More

2. Top Tips for Canoeing with Kids :

Taking your kids on the river can be a daunting prospect, but with a little planning and a cool head, you can have a good time. The first trip might be bumpy, but keep trying, because the payoff is a lifetime of appreciation for outdoor recreation. Our state parks are a great place to start. - Read More

Canoeing with kids

3. One Richmond Video to Rule Them All :

Check out all the quality content coming from our community of paddlers, both whitewater kayaking and kayak fishing. Tune in, read up and get psyched. 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.

But today I just couldn't stay away from 1 video. It's a little love letter to the outdoor mecca we know as RVA. - Read More

Richmond Virginia

Thank you for coming along on this ride with us in 2017! Cheers to an even better, and bigger 2018!