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Choosing Your First Stand Up Paddleboard

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Choosing Your First Stand Up Paddleboard

••••• This article can also be read in the Summer 2013 issue of California Paddler. You can get a copy in the shop or read it online at calpaddlermag.com ••••• Choosing your first Stand Up Paddleboard – What to get? What to get? What to get? *Pre-article Factoids to Keep in Mind: Length of the board on the water equates to speed, speed becomes glide & inertia, glide & inertia mean you paddle less and go farther. Beam (or width) becomes drag, slowing you down and making you work harder. On the water, every inch in length is an...

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SUPing the Petaluma River

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Blog, Places | 0 comments

SUPing the Petaluma River

Written by Ronnie Ayres With a couple of days of winter still on the calendar, a quick drop in elevation down to Sonoma County gave rise to the temperature and evidence of an early Spring in progress. The historic town of Petaluma sits on the banks of the same named “river” which is actually a tidal slough as most resident paddlers are quick to point out. Either way sounded good to me as the warm sun had me pushing aside my heavily used neoprene booties, still wet from the 40 degree water of Lake Tahoe, 3 hours up the hill.   The...

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BLOG: 97 Miles of Smoked Salmon River

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Blog, Places | 0 comments

BLOG: 97 Miles of Smoked Salmon River

20 years ago I was a river bum who dropped out of college so I could get 200+ days a year on the water. The downside was scrounging for change in the donut shop parking lot so I could afford a 59¢ breakfast.  These days, as co-owner of Clavey Paddlesports I can afford more donuts than my doctor allows but I rarely get more than one good river trip a year.  So when Jim Marsh, the publisher of Canoe & Kayak Magazine invited my wife and me onto the Main Salmon during the busiest part of the Clavey summer season, I told Tom and Jeff my mother...

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Sawyer Story – “Lost and…found”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Team Clavey | 3 comments

Sawyer Story – “Lost and…found”

Mid-life crisis at the age of 53… 10 years of rafting with the old grey 13′ Avon bucket and suddenly a need for more, bigger, hyper-aerated  whitewater. So, researching the reviews, we set about purchasing  a set of Sawyer Squaretops as the base oar-set for the new 15′ family Avon Expedition… while the neighbors are driving new Lexus’ and Mercedes, we’re driving a camouflage green Avon with Squaretops stuffed into the back of a paint-flaking, gas-gargling behemoth  1994 Chevy Suburbasaurus. But, the...

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10 Reasons to SUP (Stand Up Paddle)

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Instructional | 0 comments

10 Reasons to SUP (Stand Up Paddle)

1.  Fun – Stand up paddle boarding can only be described as great fun, especially for those people who love being on the water.  That’s why it’s the fastest growing sport on the planet. 2.  Anyone Can Do It – People of all ages are trying it, loving it and including stand up paddleboarding in their recreation and exercise routines.  Many surfers are converting to SUP surfing because they have the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.       3. Easy – Learning...

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