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May 18, 2018 – Paddling the Midwest

Hala Midwest SUP

When you’re thinking of where to paddle, the Midwest is probably not the first place you think of. Hala team rider, Pete Rozeboom, is here to remind us that the Midwest, you could paddle until your arms fall off. Or at the least, paddle something different every single day for the rest of your life and still only scratch the surface of paddling the Midwest has to offer.

Don’t believe him? Read about where to paddle in the central states here.


May 15, 2018 – Our Week in Review

Hala Rado Vail

Paddling season is officially upon us. Hala!

Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been this past week. 


May 11, 2018 – Canyoneering by SUP in the Canadian Rockies

HALA SUP Canyoneering

Due to heavy winter snowfalls and -10 °C daily temperatures, it seemed like spring would never get its turn up north in Alberta. Finally, on April 14, Hala rider Robyn Bell caught a warm front, and raised her hands to the weather gods in reverence; paddling season was finally here.

Read more about Robyn’s unorthodox spring adventure here.


May 4, 2018 – Next Big Thing: Vaal River in South Africa

Hala South Africa SUP

The Vaal river is a popular destination for paddlers and other water sports in South Africa. The whitewater section close to Parys, and about an hour south of Johannesburg, meanders through the Vredefort Dome, a site of a meteor crash from the Paleoproterozoic era (2023 million years ago). The resulting impact crater is estimated to have been one of the largest ever to strike Earth, and subsequently changed the characteristics of the river from generally flat with isolated rapids, to class II and III whitewater.

Read more about the dawn of paddling on Vaal here.


April 26, 2018 – Paddling Palau

Hala Nass

Back in February, team rider Lance Ostrom crossed off one of his top bucket list activities: an eight day self supported SUP trip through the Rock Islands of Palau.

Read more about his adventure here.


April 20, 2018 – Hell or High Water: How to Read a River Gauge

Hala Daze River Gauge

It’s that time of year again! River folk of all ages and disciplines are checking their phones and updating their web browsers en masse to watch river levels ebb and flow. Hala team rider Matt Buckley gives us the rundown on how to find this information, dispensing all his tips and tricks so that you can make plans to SUP new runs or crush old favorites.

Learn more about reading river gauges here.


April 17, 2018 – 2018 Nolifest Recap

Hala in the Lead

Since 2015, USA Raft’s Nolifest has celebrated the beauty and recreation of the Nolichucky River. Entertainment abounds at this Appalachian jamboree. Those who were lucky enough to attend this year’s Nolifest experienced quite the treat: early morning SUP yoga, sunny play trips through the Nolichucky Gorge, late-night, foot-stomping bluegrass, and a SUP race in the rain.

Read more about this funky, Blue Ridge mountain festival here.


April 13, 2018 – The Hala Dictionary

Need to brush up on your Hala vernacular? We’ve identified all the Hala slang you’ll ever need.

Study up here.


April 10, 2018 – Five Safety Tips for Whitewater SUP

Spring is in full force. We are checking the river gauges like it’s our job (it kind of is). Before we strap up and head out to the put-in, Hala team rider Ashley Bean reminds us of some basic suggestions to keep us out of danger while paddling.

Read her list here.


April 6, 2018 – First SUP Descent Down the Green River

In late September of last year, a solo paddler from Wyoming undertook an incredible river journey from the headwaters of the Green River in the Wind River Range to its confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. This expedition had never been attempted before on a SUP. For fifty-nine days, Jedidiah Duke paddled across squally alpine lakes, traversed tranquil reservoirs, portaged around pourovers and ran through raging rapids, all on his Hala board.

Read his interview with Hala here.

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