Isn’t it incredible how time flies when you’re having fun?? It certainly doesn’t feel like a whole year has passed since our last anniversary post but here we are celebrating the end of KayakDave.com’s second year on the inter-webs! The site continues to grow and prosper with over 400 total posts in 16 paddle sport-related categories. Our expanded content along with an increased Facebook presence has resulted in the quadrupling in our readership since this time last year! We’re humbled to be considered a credible source of insight by so many members of the paddle-sports community! All-in-all it’s been a very successful year for us and we have a lot of folks to thank…
This past year has been a great one for KayakDave.com thanks in large part to our incredible, grass-roots staff! Our writers have worked very hard to contribute amazing trip reports, product reviews, and instructional articles throughout the year. Their passion for paddle sport has also spawned our new Paddle Boarding, Whitewater Paddling, and Kayak Camping categories each with a number of exciting new posts to inspire your next adventure. I’m always amazed by the creativity and passion that our staff brings to the site and I’m very proud to have these amazing paddlers on the KayakDave.com team!!! If you’re interested in joining our staff or contributing an article please don’t hesitate to drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re always looking for a new perspective on our sport!
Charity remains a cornerstone of the work that we do at KayakDave.com. This year we were able to raise awareness and funds for our new partner charity Heroes on the Water through our Duct Tape Kayak Project. Their volunteers do amazing work for our wounded veterans by taking them on kayak fishing excursions as a way to rehabilitate from their injuries and discover peace through new-found passions. Working with Heroes on the Water has been truly humbling for us and we’re very proud that the Duct Tape Kayak Project was able to raise $1200 for this worthy cause. Be sure to stay tuned for our next edition of the Duct Tape Kayak Project as we strive to continue our support for this great charity!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our many friends and sponsors that have helped KayakDave.com continue to grow and prosper. Doug Gray, the owner of Billington Sea Kayak, deserves a special shout-out for his unwavering support. I think that I can speak for the entire staff when I say that it’s been a privilege to have been mentored by Doug over the years; he’s one of the best kayakers, small business owners and friends out there!
We’re also very lucky to be sponsored by so many amazing companies throughout the paddle sport industry. Special thanks are in order for the folks at Seattle Sports, Astral Buoyancy, Bending Branches, Power Practical, Cascade Designs, Snow Peak, and GoPro! Many of the instructional projects and product reviews featured on our site would not have been possible without the support and generosity of these great companies and their amazing employees. We’d also like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Seattle Sports, MTI Adventurewear, Duck Brand Tape, and Panera Bread for their support of the Duct Tape Kayak Project this year! We hope to continue our relationships with these great sponsors as the site enters its third year!
Now for the $1million question: What’s next for KayakDave.com?? This year we promise to keep exploring, imagining, and creating in an effort to bring the best possible content to our readership! This will include expanded coverage in our SUP category, a number of new GoPro-inspired instructional videos, and a greater emphasis on unique trip reports as we prepare to publish our guide book. We’ll strive to continue to expand our sponsorship in an effort to bring you the latest and greatest kayak and gear reviews. The biggest changes will be reflected in the Duct Tape Kayak Project where we plan to put more emphasis on fundraising and educational events and less on racing. Above all, we’re looking forward to getting back out there this Spring and seeing some of you on the water!
Happy Paddling and Thanks to all of our readers for another amazing year!
-Dave Arruda (aka Kayak Dave)
Principal Author and Founder, KayakDave.com