Team Z Blog
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...
December 20, 2014 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)
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.
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.
October 14, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)
October 8, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)
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.
September 2, 2014 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)
The Eagle is a really fun but short section of river so I went back up for a second lap. Going into the second drop, my boat got spun out in one of the holes at the entrance and put me off line a bit. I was able to correct the angle and get back on line but wasn’t able to get the boat edged properly and when I bounced off the first pillow I got knocked over. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to roll on the narrow slide but I was able to get up on my elbow pads and keep my body pretty well protected...