As the new year approaches the internet catches fire with End of Year Lists. Honestly, I love it. The music, movie, tv show lists. The top podcasts lists. The top long-form story lists. These are all things I dive into with the insatiable zeal of someone hunting cool and engaging content. And though my feelings about my own content is more muted, I enjoy the motivation for future trips that comes from reminiscing on my past year's adventures.

I researched our top stories from the Paddleva Blog for 2016, and it definitely got me psyched for 2017. I found a collection of recollections that put a smile on my face. Their is so much community love within them. The goal for next year is to focus on more product specific posts, as our tradeshow write-ups are always near the top, but I also appreciate the attention ya'll gave to our adventure re-caps.

I know for me, the true joy comes in meeting all of you. Here at Appomattox River Company we have the great fortune to supply you with the tools to get outside, but I find my biggest smiles come from spending time with y'all in the outdoors, testing out those toys. Thank you for a great year, from all of us. And on a personal note, thank you for the campfires, the cocktails, the paddling, the fishing, the laughs and the easy conversations.

Here are our Best of 2016 Paddleva stories:


The Kayak Anglers Rendezvous has become a hotly anticipated annual gathering of the kayak fishing tribe in Hampton, VA. It's usually held pre-spring, as an excuse for all of us who have been cooped up to shake the shackles of winter and celebrate our community..... more.


Throwing It Back 4 Years At Appomattox River Company 


I want to thank all of you that I've met over these four years for your friendship, for influencing me and assisting me, in telling our story. The story of Appomattox River Company, of the Paddleva Family, and of my journey have become completely intertwined, but there have been so many other voices, far more powerful than mine that have "contributed a verse."

I am truly grateful...more.


YakAttack Kayak Fishing Tournament Benefitting Heroes On The Water and Project Healing Waters


"I look forward to this tournament every year. More so than just about anything else on the kayak fishing circuit."

It's a common refrain heard around the Annual Yak Attack Kayak Fishing Tournament benefiting Heroes On the Water and Project Healing Waters. Both HOW and PHW are exceptional organizations endeavoring to help with the physical and emotional rehabilitation of our military veterans, by taking them fishing. It's proven to be very effective...more.


Kayak Bassin TV Comes to Farmville


I rolled up to the Briery Creek Lake boat ramp and found this character hanging out. Chad Hoover, of Kayak Bassin TV, and cameraman/ producer Ken Whiting from Heliconia were in town to film for the show and cover the Yak Attack Tournament. I got the opportunity to paddle around and fish with these guys for a couple days across Briery and Sandy River Reservoir. It was an at times, entertaining, informative and interesting experience....more.


ICAST Show in Orlando, Florida Day 2 - ReCap


 Here in Virginia we are lucky. From the trout streams in the mountains, to amazing smallmouth fishing on our rivers, to an abundance of fantastic largemouth lakes, to our skinny saltwater bounty and our big Chesapeake bay coastal grandeur, we have a little bit of everything in the commonwealth. Virginia has strong ties to the fishing industry and strong ties to the man who directs the largest sportfishing tradeshow in this country...more.


Post ICAST Kayak Fishing in St Augustine, FL