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

Introducing Armerlite Canoes

Trailhead Canoe, a manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of canoes and paddlesports products, has announced a new-to-Canada canoe material: Armerlite. Armerlite is a thermo composite material composed of an interwoven glass fiber with polypropylene plastic. The material is layered in a canoe mold, vacuum bagged and cooked in a large oven where the polypropylene and fiber… Read More

Earth SUP: Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing

Earth Sup is a new stand up paddle board company that we are very proud to be apart of. Only a small select group of stores will be carrying this new environmentally conscience brand. We strive to carry products and promote companies in our store that are environmentally sensitive, as we want to enjoy the… Read More

Wavesport Recon 83 Review

Wavesport Recon 83 Reviewer:  Age 33, paddling ~12 years but the past few years have been pretty sporadic.  Weight of 170, shoe size 9, inseam 32”, height of 5’9”. So, admittedly, this is a review based on one day of paddling, but I’ll give you my thoughts as a few things stood out. The boat is really… Read More

Dagger Mamba 8.6 Review

Dagger Mamba 8.6 By Philip Kompass Me:  Six feet tall, size 8.5 feet, 200 lbs, 32” inseam. Paddling 13 years, consider myself a pretty experience paddler with loads of class fours and fives under my belt.   That said, I’m now a new father of three kids and find myself with less and less time for… Read More

Kokatat Hydrus 3L Mythic Shorty Review

By: Kalob Grady One thing I have mentioned to Kokatat over the past couple seasons is colors.  To maybe look into having gear that POPS as well as being the driest and most durable on the river.  Well, it’s easy to say that issue has been taken care of!  The new Mythic Shorty Drytop features… Read More

2014 Whitewater Grand Prix Athlete Experience: Kalob Grady

These past few weeks, a magical thing took place on the rivers of Quebec.  35 of the world’s best kayakers descended upon the shores of some of the biggest whitewater and steepest creeks in the world.  Competing over 14 days in 6 diverse events to crown the best overall Man and Women kayakers in the… Read More

The Creek Boat VS River Runner Debate

By: Mike McKay I get a lot of questions from folks in the Ottawa area about what is the best ‘creek’ boat for them. Often I will reply that a creek boat may not be the best fit at all and since our area is filled with mostly big rivers and that a river runner… Read More

Rescue For River Runners: Video Saftey Series

As spring paddling is upon us and we are all about to hit the river, it is more important then ever to be safe out on the water. We are very proud to be apart of this series spearheaded by OPS Paddler Mike McKay of Five2Nine Productions and Jim Coffey of Esprit Rafting. Let this… Read More

Ottawa Whitewater Film Festival

This years Ottawa Whitewater Film Festival was a huge success. Thanks to Five2Nine for all the organizing and support. We had a huge list of sponsors giving away epic raffle prizes including: Jackson Kayak, Level Six, Bomber Gear, NRS, Boreal River, MKC, Whitewater Brewing Company, Werner Paddles, H2O Paddles, Kokatat and of course us! Plus,… Read More