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The Slocum Challenge Chapter #2

Chapter 2:  “In Search of the Elusive Plop” Let me begin with a moment that perhaps some of you can relate to from my fist summer of kayaking 20+ years ago. Having had my first lesson, I felt confident enough the following Saturday to cross the 75 yard channel separating Marion’s inner harbor from it’s … Continue reading »

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Paddle Boarding with a Dog

The new paddle boards arrived at the shop a few weeks back and you can bet that the first thing the dock staff did was take them out for a spin! When my turn came up I stepped off of the dock and onto the board with all of the confidence that a few hours … Continue reading »

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Where Paddle Boarding Meets Yoga…

The summer of 2012 will probably go down as the “Summer of the Paddle Board” in the annals of New England paddle sport! Paddle boards seem to be everywhere you look on the water these days and they’re flying out of retail shops like pancakes off a campfire griddle! The surge in numbers seems to … Continue reading »

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The Slocum Challenge Chapter #1

Chapter 1:  “Summertime, And the livin’ is easy” Summertime is almost over, but these Gershwin’s lyrics are as familiar as the post paddle bottles of ibuprofen to most every paddler who is fortunate enough to fall into the Masters category for the upcoming Slocum Challenge. Well, actually, that may not be the case for those … Continue reading »

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Run of the Charles 2012

It was a lovely, but blustery, day down by the River Charles for the 30th Annual Run of the Charles Kayak and Canoe Race. This great event hosted by the Charles River Watershed Association involved over 1100 paddlers vying for the fastest time on a variety of courses ranging from 6 miles to an epic … Continue reading »

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Speaking of Lighthouses…

This has got to be one of the coolest LEGO sets I’ve ever come across! There’s even a light brick and rotating mirror in the top of the tower to simulate the light beam…Psyched!

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The Quintessential Alpine Lunch

Whenever I travel to a distant land I make sure to experience it to the fullest. Everything is open for exploring. This is especially true for the local cuisine. I’ve been known domestically to be a picky eater but I never shy away from trying things abroad. In Puerto Rico I tried shark kabobs, in … Continue reading »

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Lady and the Kayak Tramp

The third (and biggest) reason why I love the RTM Disco kayak is because it played a huge role in bringing my girlfriend Meaghan and I together. I’m sure that she’d recount the exact details of the introduction quite differently but I’m also sure that she’d agree that it was a magical beginning to our … Continue reading »

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Disco Days

The second reason why I love the RTM Disco kayak is because of all of the fond memories of afternoon paddling sessions with my friends at Billington Sea Kayak.  The lake that we use for our kayak demos can get pretty bumpy when the wind blows out of the southwest. The shallow water and quarter-mile … Continue reading »

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Magic Dolphins in Zoar Gap

The first trip through Zoar Gap on the Deerfield River in Western, MA is a rite of passage for fledgling New England white water paddlers. The Gap is a short, typically friendly stretch of class 3 white water that consists of three drops of about 3-4ft each and is largely devoid of any “munchy” holes. … Continue reading »

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