White Water Sup Report
SUP Radio Show, The Original Stand Up Paddle Radio Show with Leslie Kolovich
This session is brought to you by the Payette River Games in beautiful Cascade Idaho, June 20-22.
Joining me today for the 2nd of 3 white water sessions is Ken Hoeve. Today we talk about finding the right river for your ability.
If you are brand new to the sport start off on deep flat water and practice falling, yes we said practice falling and getting back to your board. Practice turning and navigating, really wear yourself out! You want to understand and feel how your equipment works before you get into faster moving water. Always go with someone more experienced than yourself, as Ken says, “the only thing worse than going by yourself is going with someone worse than yourself“.
We talk about safety a lot when talking about white water paddling. It is always better to be over prepared that caught off guard. Another very important thing to know is whats downstream? Knowing the areas you can hop out and portage is good to know too, and for sure there is no shame in that! Planning ahead of time can really make the difference in your experience on the river. Things to think about, weather conditions, how far away are we from help, should I take a spare paddle, if I fall off can I swim this stretch? Ken tells us about websites you can look at beforehand to give you information of stream flows and more. In the Colorado area you can checkout www.mountainbuzz.com or for even more great information www.americanwhitewater.org
For more information Ken has a detailed written column with the Standup Journal Magazine.
The Stand Up Paddle Radio Show with Leslie Kolovich
Joining today is White Water Paddling expert Ken Hoeve. We will be doing a 3 part series on everything you need to know about river SUP’ing.
With Stand Up Paddling exploding into the adventure category for 2013 white water river paddling is certain to follow for 2014. But before you go down to the river to play, it’s important to educate yourself on many levels. Safety is always the most important factor when paddling a river. Today Ken and I discuss the importance of having the right gear to create a safe experience from the start. Ken has written a article for the Stand Up Journal Magazine that further details our discussion today. Enjoy the podcast now and get ready for a real adventure on board! White Water Stand Up Paddling!
Hey there! This is Leslie Kolovich and joining me today is white water stand up paddler Ken Hoeve. He recently returned from an amazing adventure in Honduras. Ken has a long history in white water kayaking and in this podcast tells us how this lead him into white water Stand Up Paddling. His Honduras experience on the Rio Cangrejal makes him the first Stand Up Paddler on this river.
“Seeing such poverty makes us really realize how we take life here in the states for granted”.
Ken talks about his apprehension of finding out that Honduras has the highest murder rates in the world. However, his experience with the people, the river and the incredible scenic beauty of the country made this place a destination he will return to with his family. He also talks about the experiences that created memories that will stay with him a lifetime. Seeing the extremes of the country put things into perspective for him and he has decided along with his family that they will do their part to help some of the very impoverished children.
Ken also talks about taking his SUP board into the country. People hadn’t ever seen one before, and even the owners of the rafting company were not sure it was a good idea. Ken talks about how this was not the most challenging stretch of white water he has done before, but it was “perfect” because the water was warm and crystal clear making it easier to see rocks. He experienced class 4 and 5 rapids.
Ken also talks about the whitewater SUP growth and encourages people to attend the Payette River Games in June in Cascade Idaho at Kelly’s Whitewater River Park as a competitor or as a spectator. $50k of prize money is on the line.
Check out more photos of Ken’s Honduras trip at thrillon.com
Big Mountain professional skier Caroline Gleich fills in for Ken Driscoll today. She talks with Leslie Kolovich about her first season of White Water Sup Racing and she now has done some ocean SUP Races. SUP has been a great cross over off season workout for winter skiing for her. She has a part in the upcoming Warren Miller ski movie. Caroline is totally stoked on White Water SUPing and now says she will be doing more ocean sup races too!
Boga Boards Dave Meyler, West Virginia White Water, A Day at The Beach, Sup Surf in the Sunshine State
West Coast SUP Reporter Kristin Thomas gives us the scoop on 4 events starting off with the very innovative fun event in Folsom California,” A Day at The Beach” sponsored by Surftech.
Then to the Sup Surf event in Hawaii, Duke’s Ocean Fest. It’s a week long celebration in honor of Duke Kahanamoku. Great job Candice and Conner both with first place wins! Kristin gives us the results of the Oregon Open Ocean race and the SUP LBC. Lots of good SUP events last weekend all building up to a sick busy month in September for racing in California!
White Water SUP Reporter Ken Driscoll and guest Melanie Seiler who is the Director for group services and SUP for Adventures on the Gorge in Fayetteville West Virginia. She is organizing the first SUP White Water Race that will be a part of the Gauley Fest, which is the largest paddling festival in the world. The Festival is Sept 16-18th. You can check the event out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214743175241026
South East SUP Reporter Josh Vajda talks about the very unusually large waves, barrels, and lips from the tropical girl named Irene. These conditions were not for the faint of heart even for the SUP Surf Contest in the Summer Sup Throw Down! This contest benefitted Nana’s House which provides a healthy, safe, loving home to children who have been found in unsafe family environments until their natural home is stabilized or until permanent care can be arranged.
Featured Guest Dave Meyler owner of Boga Boards. Dave and his family live in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Nevada City California. Boga Boards are a family owned business, offering a board specifically made for Yoga, and a lineup for all levels from recreation to racing.