The Diversity of Southeastern Paddling

The Southeastern United States offers world class paddlesports opportunities to suit nearly any life aquatic.  Here’s a photo observation of this geographic region over the past seven months, and the various disciplines of paddling being done there:

Near Hot Springs NC - Philip Aschliman slays the Smallmouth Bass of the French Broad river by way of raft, and good baitin' technique. - Photo: Nate Wood

During a sea kayaking trip on Falls Lake near Raleigh NC, Bittu Ali accesses his smartphone to take a business call on the water.

Bryan Owen and his chappies shoot the whitewater rapids on the Green River near Saluda NC

 

The Folly Beach pier in South Carolina is a popular surfing destination when the swells are rolling in.

Mark Patterson of the NCKFA demonstrates how to dress for kayak fishing in February and land Largemouth Bass successfully.

Ian Buckley surfs S-Turn Wave on the Potomac River near Washington DC

Pro Carver, Bored Felipe shows how to air launch onto an SUP

Downtown Asheville NC offers a diverse selection of outdoor activities. Felipe SUP surfs a ripple on the French Broad River.

SUP and PFD connect to become one big acronym, the SUPFD - For added security and peace of mind Felipe attaches a quick-release tow system (doubles as a leash) to his SUP. A system like this allows the paddler/surfer to capture a loose board in the case of a spill, but also offers a quick release opportunity if being attached to the board becomes a liability.

Ray Cotton gets suited up on the banks of the Green River before a Class V summer run.

Below is a list of all the gear we tested and a list of the top stores who carry it in the Southeast.

Astral Sea Wolf, Astral Brewer, IR Kling-On, IR Comp LX, Shred Ready Standard Full-Cut

Watershed Largo Tote, Astral Web Tow, IR Guide Shorts, IR Thick Skin, Shred Ready Shaggy

IR Zephyr Jacket, IR Zephyr Pants, Shred Ready Sesh, IR Swelbow Pads, IR Microwave Handwarmers

Shop for these items at:

AppomattoxAceDiamond BrandGet:Outdoors, Great Outdoor Provision Co.NOCPotomac PaddlesportsRock/CreekUSNWC

Thanks to IR, Astral, Shred Ready and Watershed

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