Paddling


How to Make the Best of Cold Weather Paddling

Longer days and overflowing rivers have already been drawing quite the crowd this year, especially with the record high water levels we’ve been seeing all over the Ottawa area. Whitewater enthusiasts know this makes for thrilling river runs and great surfing, but these conditions also open up many options for flatwater boaters to explore winding… Read More

Starboard 2016 Inflatable SUP Construction

Starboard has been an innovator in the world of board sports for over 20 years, constantly pushing the industry with innovative designs and construction techniques. The 2016 season is no different, bringing among other things, a complete redesign of Starboard’s inflatable sup lineup, with the introduction of several new models as well as new constructions…. Read More

How To Choose a Flatwater Kayak Paddle

So you just got a kayak, next thing you’ll need is a paddle, you wouldn’t want to be up the creek without one. Choosing a proper paddle is important, after all it is your engine out on the water! Paddle Length: Adult sized kayak paddles for flatwater paddling typically measure between 210cm and 260cm  (whitewater… Read More

Kayak Materials 101

There are a wide variety of materials used in the construction of kayaks. Choosing the right material depends on several factors including weight, durability, performance, and your budget. The three main types of materials used are polyethylene plastics, thermoformed plastics and composite materials (fiberglass, kevlar and carbon fiber). Polyethylene Plastic First used in the 1970’s… Read More

How To Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board

Unless you’ve been living in the desert, or hiding under a rock in a cave on Mars, you’ve probably heard of stand up paddle boarding, or SUP for short. This sport takes its roots from the surfing and canoeing culture of Polynesia, and has exploded on to the world stage over the last 5 years…. Read More

Washing Gore-Tex

These techniques apply to washing most water-proof breathable garments.

How to Roll a Kayak

How To: Do a Sweep Kayak Roll

Water Levels / Paddling Destinations

Water Levels / Paddling Destinations Ottawa Whitewater Paddle/Surf Destinations: http://cityofottawawhitewater.blogspot.com River Gauges: (Ottawa River @ Britannia for Inner City Playspots) http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=02KF005 Ottawa River / Madawaska River http://www.owl-mkc.ca/gauge_page.htm Ottawa River http://www.ottawakayak.com/ Gatineau River http://3200lacs.com/ Quebec River Beta & Water Levels http://www.quebecwhitewater.com Quebec River Levels http://www.canot-kayak.qc.ca/info_debit/index.html American Whitewater River DataBase http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/ Liquid Lore – Canada – USA… Read More