Greg Hawkins Outdoor Leadership Award

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Deadline: March 1st In memory of a dedicated outdoor leader and professional in the outdoor industry RVA Paddlesports will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Virginia Commonwealth University Outdoor Adventure Program student. Each eligible applicant will submit a short essay...
Goatocado & Stone Brewing

Dining after your James River Adventure

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Goatocado Location: 1823 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220 Distance From Stone: 4.4 miles Price Range: $6-$13/person Patio and Indoor Seating Goatocado isn’t just our super friendly neighbor. They’re also the lifeblood that keeps raft guides healthy and properly fueled for lap after...

Dragon Run – Mattaponi, VA

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Dragon Run Whether you’re an experienced paddler, a beginner, or a naturalist prepared to try something a little off the beaten path, you’ll certainly enjoy Dragon Run. This surprising gem sneaks up on you through a guardrail gap off 17N just past the 33W intersection. Parking is...

Spicing Up Your River Routine

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Kayaking is a dynamic sport utilizing many different physical and mental skills. This is one of the reasons why paddling is so rewarding, and more often than not leads to a lifetime pursuit. Paddling, be it flat water, sea, or whitewater has the unique ability to captivate,...

Reflections on Norway

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            “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus When I started kayaking, I never dreamed that I would be traveling internationally to explore...

Whitewater Kayaking Gear Beginner Purchasing Guide

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Words: Matthew Ellenberg In order to go kayaking you need the five essentials: kayak, paddle, helmet, PFD, and sprayskirt. When it gets cooler, you’ll also need insulating layers and a few other things. Choosing which one to buy can be overwhelming for a new paddler with all of...

Traveling with a Kayak

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Destination: Dagali Norway. Enter. Ticket purchased, travel dates are set, time to link home to airport and airport to destination. There’s a caveat: I will be traveling with a 36 kg (80 lbs) kayak. Below, I will explain the steps involved when traveling with a behemoth of...