Team Z Blog

Getting Good and Edgy

August 27, 2015 by Jim Sullivan (comments: 0)

Lean In! Keeping your boat on the correct edge throughout whitewater maneuvers is one of the most important skills you can learn as a kayaker. For many novice and intermediate kayakers, it is often the most difficult skill to learn as well.

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Squirt and SUP

August 17, 2015 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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Single Paddler Seeking River Friends

August 13, 2015 by Jim Sullivan (comments: 0)

Single paddler searching for friendly, fun, and responsible paddling friends?

So you took your first whitewater lesson, you were in enthralled, excited, enthused maybe even in love. And then, before you even realized, it was over. Slightly heartbroken but still determined to somehow continue your relationship with whitewater, you wished for the “e-harmony” of the paddling world (only without the creepiness of finding true love via internet).

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A Kayak for My Cousin's 6th Birthday

July 31, 2015 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

While we were camping on the lake, my cousin celebrated her 6th birthday.  Her parents got her a kayak for her birthday and she was really excited to use it.  After putting on our PFDs and getting the boats down to the water, we hopped in and started paddling.

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Pemi Fun Times

July 26, 2015 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

The gauge on AW was showing the Pemi around 600 cfs which is a pretty fun level for the park and play hole at the takeout.  With a free day and a great level, I made plans to meet a friend at the play hole for the afternoon.  Unfortunately when we arrived, the river was running at over 1000 cfs and the hole had washed out.

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The Ultimate SUP Challenge

July 21, 2015 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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Deerfield Riverfest, Loser Cup and Fun Boating the Dryway

July 16, 2015 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

This was only the second time I had paddled a wildwater boat so it was definitely a learning experience.  For some reason (mostly I was off line), I decided that plugging rodeo hole was the line I should take through the tooth.

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Deerfield RiverFest

July 14, 2015 by Jim Sullivan (comments: 0)

All three of the running sections of the Deerfield were abuzz with paddlers, and Zoar was no doubt in the middle of all the action going on. Zoar instructors and Team Z members Katelyn Green and Jim Sullivan enjoyed the beautiful day Saturday with all the other boaters on the river, and were there all afternoon to let passing boaters demo playboats from Jackson Kayak, Dagger, and Wavesport, including the new 2016 Jackson Rockstar.

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DemoFest and some Western Mass Creeking

June 30, 2015 by Ben Natusch (comments: 0)

Demofest is one of my favorite events each year.  It is a great opportunity to connect with the local boating community and help everyone work to improve their skills while supporting many of the manufactures that Zoar represents.  Due to release times, the mornings generally take place on flatwater and/or fish flow river levels.  This allows us to focus on strokes, maneuvers, freestyle and more.  In the afternoon we have the release on both the Fife Brook Section of the Deerfield and on the Dryway.  Our afternoon clinics take advantage of the releases and focus on river running, rescue and river maneuvers and freestyle. 

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On to Worlds for Squirt

June 16, 2015 by Elaine Campbell (comments: 0)

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