This week has been pretty exciting for me. Tuesday night I drove down to New York City to help Steve Busch teach a SUP Instructor Course for Manhattan Kayak Company. I had never been to NYC so it was a pretty interesting experience for me. My GPS seemed to think that driving through the Bronx at midnight was quicker than taking the highway so I quickly learned that my Silverado wasn’t built for city streets. Everyone in the course was a really strong paddler and a lot of fun to work with. It was one of the most challenging locations I have taught SUP both from a paddling and from an instruction perspective.
First Dryway Release = First Lozer Cup Series Race. Oh how I miss my New England paddling friends. The race goes off and I immediately spin my cohort Ben Natusch sideways to the oncoming crowd (shenanigans). Pretty much insuring we will both be losers which I think is the goal.
With everyone back from Montana, it seemed like a good time to head out to western Mass to do some boating and catch up with everyone. Saturday night a bunch of us got together for a big barn party. It was great to see everyone and kick off the season properly. Unfortunately we didn’t get much rain so none of the creeks were running.
Over the past several years, creeking has become one of my favorite styles of paddling. Teaching Creeking Clinics at Zoar Outdoor, allow me to introduce experienced paddlers to some of the best local creeks. There are many great creeks in western MA and southern VT and it is important to know the levels. For the creek clinic we look at the abilities of the people in the clinic and the river levels for the day. For this clinic we decided that our best choice was the Swift River. The Swift is a fun creek that offers lots of good boofs, micro eddies, and some fun slides. This was the perfect destination for our clinic.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.