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2015 New Year’s Day on the Winni

January 28, 2015 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

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For a paddler in New Hampshire, Winnipesauke River in Franklin, NH is the only place to be on New Year’s Day.  Every year, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers throw a great event to kick off the New Year.  They rent out a church where paddlers can meet up and change.  The town sets up a warming hut at the takeout.  In the warming hut, there is often a chili cook off, hot chocolate, and coffee.  After paddling, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers host an excellent dinner.  I have been going to this event for many years and it never disappoints.

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2014 Season Recap

December 30, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

2014 was a pretty different year for me.  I moved on from the seasonal lifestyle and stepped down as an Assistant Instruction Manager at Zoar Outdoor to take a full time position at NEMO Equipment... I also became an ambassador for Dagger Kayaks, AT Paddles, and Bomber Gear this year.  I have been using AT Paddles almost exclusively for many years and I couldn’t be happier with the Mamba Creeker and the Jitsu.  I really like what these companies are doing and I am really excited to be representing them in a professional capacity...

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2014 Season update

December 20, 2014 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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The Dawn Patrol

October 30, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

The dawn patrol is an attempt to paddle on days when you don’t really have time.  The day starts with a really early morning, well before sunrise.  After drinking a little too much coffee and possibly a Redbull and/or Mountain Dew, you drive to the river with the goal of having shuttle set and being fully geared up before sunrise.  Then as soon as it is light enough to paddle, you put on and get in some boating.  After boating, you head back to reality and start the day.

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October Rain

October 26, 2014 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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Almost Fall Creek

October 21, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

When we arrived, Tyler and I met up with Steve, Dave, Jeff, and a few other friends and headed down to scout.  I think Steve really summed it up, saying it looks like someone photo shopped some water into the forest.  There was so much water flowing through the trees that we had a hard time telling where the river bed actually was.

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Throwin' Down on the Pemi

October 14, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

Jitsu on the Pemi

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Surfing the Jitsu

October 8, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

Surfing on the Pemi

The Pemi is one of my favorite rivers to paddle in the fall.  There is a fun class II-III run that is pretty fun but what really draws me to this river is the Pemi Park and Play.  This is a fun little playspot at the takeout that was one of my go to spots during college.  The Pemi Park and Play is certainly lacking when compared to the world class spots on the Ottawa and even some of the local high water playspots but it is a short drive and is often at the perfect level during the summer and fall.  While this spot is a little shallow for cartwheels and many of the vertical moves, it is great for learning to surf, spin, roundhouse and blunt.    At the right levels loops are possible and I’m pretty sure that a McNasty might go.  There is also a really fun seal launch that drops you right into the surf.

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How to Back Stab

September 23, 2014 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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Video update

September 6, 2014 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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