August 17, 2017 |
Knowing nothing about racing, or whitewater, or SUP, I decided to face my life-long fear of competitive athletic women. I played no sports in high school, so I was more than a little out of my element.
August 16, 2017 |
Now that you know my energy level, I had a cousin who was left a paraplegic from a car accident back in the 90’s. When he wanted to try the adaptive ski program, I tagged along to film it. In doing so, I witnessed first hand the true blessing of speed and freedom it allowed my cousin Andy Wells to have on the snow!
August 11, 2017 |
Whenever I teach someone how to stand up paddleboard, I try to help them understand that it’s more than just the paddle strokes. The water is dynamic, so we must be harmonious with it in order to maintain control and balance on the board. After I start off the lesson with the basic breakdown of forward and sweep strokes and make sure they know how to move the board, I then go into my Three Challenges. Regardless of the age or experience level of my students, they always complete the challenges with immediate results and come out more comfortable and competent on the board.
August 04, 2017 |
Welcome back to my 3 Challenges Series. This is the second post in my three post series where I break down the 3 Challenges I use to teach beginners how to be more comfortable on a paddleboard. Last week I broke down Challenge #1, which was getting comfortable performing the neutral, staggered, and surfer stance on both sides. This week, we will move on to Challenge #2: Nose to Tail walks.
July 28, 2017 |
I love coaching. I’ve been a coach since I was 15 years old, and have since studied pedagogy within movement science, kinesiology, leadership courses, and exercise science courses that have added to my teaching repertoire.
July 7, 2017 |
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about why dogs should wear life jackets in the water. On paddleboards the handle on the life jacket is so important because it gives you a way to get your dog back on the board. Also, dogs that love the water may exhaust themselves before they realize they are too tired to swim back to you.
July 5, 2017 |
Last week, Hala Gear formally announced a new material in the construction of its colorful range of inflatable SUPs. Carbon. The same material which gives hard boards their stiffness and low weight was woven into Hala Gear’s 2017 lineup.
June 28, 2017 |
I set off to Saint Croix State Park in Minnesota to spend the day. I’ve been to this park a number of times and wanted to get in 3-5 mile weighted (roughly 30#) pack hike in, while waiting for Brooke to join for a paddle down the Kettle River.
June 26, 2017 |
Photographer, athlete, brand ambassador, Paul Clark is based in Bend, Oregon and likes to take his Stand-Up Paddle board on rivers, whitewater and on multi-day expeditions. Interview with a true SUP River specialist and adventurer.
June 22, 2017 |
June 19, 2017 |
June 8, 2017 |
The Dominion River Rock festival started in 2009 as a way to celebrate and promote Richmond’s unique position as an urban center and outdoor sport’s mecca. The festival has grown each year and now is billed as the largest outdoor sports and music festival in the nation.
June 2017 |
The front door at Hala has been swinging as people stop in, gear up, and hit the river. The buzz is spreading! Our 2017 fleet is now out in the world & people are stoked!
May 15, 2017 |
Paul Clark SUPPAUL running the Notch at the Big Eddy rapids in Bend on a paddle board. A popular whitewater rafting destination, Big Eddy is a challenging rapid for paddleboarding. Photography by Deviun Tegen.
May 12, 2017 |
You could spend a month or more exploring the whitewater in Colorado. But if you were flying into Colorado for just 7 days here’s a list by whitewater team rider Trinity Wall of the rivers you need to hit!
April 21, 2017 |
The third annual Nolifest is in the book for 2017. Nolifest was created to kick off the Southeast paddling season on the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee. Nolifest is held on March 31st- April 2nd.
February 2017 |
February 17, 2017 |
Big Winds does an amazing job of reviewing new equipment as it comes in and breaking it down for us in the 3-minute download. Here is their exclusive review on the Kialoa Big Eddy white water paddle which was released earlier this month by owner/designer David Chun of Kialoa and Paul Clark, Kialoa team rider.
January 30, 2017 |
In May, four friends and I made the first SUP descent of Utah’s Escalante River, one of the most remote waterways in the lower 48. The deep canyon and its twisted arms are so middle-of-nowhere that the region was the last to be mapped in the contiguous U.S.—a process that started in 1871 and took six years to complete.
January 23, 2017 |
The U.S. Whitewater Rafting Team trains on its custom-built raft in December on the Colorado River. The team was on pace for a record descent of the 277-mile canyon last weekend when a wave broke the frame and punctured a tube.
Hala Gear team rider Jeremiah Williams is part of the rafting team and we are beyond proud of him and the bravery of the team.
January 2017 |
While it’s snowing in the mountains, we are contemplating our New Year’s resolution. We want to paddle more, and appreciate where we do it!
Please join us in supporting American Whitewater and Friends of the Yampa. Donate to either non-profit, and Hala will take the value of your donation (up to $200) off of your purchase of a new 2017 Hala board!
January 13, 2017 |
This May, five adventurers pushed off below the bridge at Highway 12 in southern Utah to navigate a 100-mile stand-up paddleboard first descent on the Escalante River, which drains into Lake Powell. The caravan, composed of Dylan Brown, Morgan Tilton, Jordan Curet, Morgan Smith, and Aaron Kloer.
December 2016 |
The snow is finally falling in Steamboat Springs (powder days!), but that didn’t stop us from hitting Shoshone on the Colorado River to put our new prototype board designs to the test!
December 5, 2016 |
Maupin, Oregon – If anyone ever told you that paddling whitewater on a SUP was easy, they were not telling you the truth. In this edit, Jeannie Sartoni takes us on a wet and chilly fall ride down the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. If the concentration and smile on her face are any indication, though, Sartoni enjoys the challenge, despite the cool weather. That’s what it takes to learn the ways of the river.
November 17, 2016 |
West Virginia – Stand up paddle boarding in West Virginia is still in its infancy. Beginner classes are in high demand with many people now knowing what the sport is (where they didn’t 3-4 years ago) but not having access to boards and instruction.
November 1, 2016 |
The American River is a quintessential playground for river enthusiasts of all different disciplines. Winding 112 miles through the rural northern California landscape, the river provides plenty of challenging rapids and beautiful scenery for paddlers.
October 18, 2016 |
October 2016 |
October 10, 2016 |
Cocoa Beach, FL – Traveling to a trade show is what you make of it and the crew from Hala Gear definitely made the most of their trip from their Rocky Mountain home of Steamboat Springs, Colorado to the Sunshine State this week by making a side trip to Coco Beach to catch some waves.
October 4, 2016 |
Hala Gear Urban Dictionary Definition:
“Hala Gear is the most amazing SUP you will probably ever meet. Really good at surfing, river running, glassy lakes, multi day trips, fishing, yoga, too sexy to even comprehend, just as strong as she is sleek, big and stable. Pretty pro-active with anything, cool and helpful. If you don’t already have a relationship with Hala, you should probably try and get with the program.”
September 28, 2016 |
Two newlyweds spend one of the last weekends of Summer at a pristine mountain lake in the Rocky Mountains.
Cinematography by Kevin Banker
September 26, 2016 |
JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee– Wow, where has the summer gone? I have been fortunate enough to paddle several beautiful rivers this summer across the U.S. I have enjoyed the rapids on the rivers here in the southeast the most.
September 18, 2016 |
Lindsay Lambert is the Paddling Yogini doing SUP Yoga on the Hala Asana. The new yoga paddle board for 2017. Hala! Photography by Paul Clark
September 16, 2016 |
Englewood, Colorado – Surf is in at the new River Run Park and it is becoming the popular spot to hang out. The new park, part of a twenty-five million dollar plan to revitalize and reconfigure several drops on the South Platte in the southern Denver metro area is open.
September 1, 2016 |
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Hala Gear, the gold standard in inflatable standup paddleboard design and performance, is hitting this year’s Surf Expo with a slew of new innovations, including its new price-point-friendly Rival line and patent-pending Hybrid Inflatable Carbon™ Technology that achieves 300% more rigidity than other boards.
September 13, 2016 |
Radium, Colorado – My very first Stand Up Paddle Board race was last year’s Gore Fest 2015. My outfit screamed, “I would like to make a public announcement ‘I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, but I am prepared for anything!’” I showed up with my ice climbing helmet, roller derby elbow pads, long Mt. bike shorts, soccer shin guards, trail running shoes, and a huge smile that said I know I look absolutely ridiculous.
August 17, 2016 |
BEND, Oregon – Paddle boarding comes from the beach. Board shorts, bikinis, bare feet, sunny skies and salty seas. That aloha spirit has traveled with SUP as it has made its way inland. The paddle boarder on a favorite lake hundreds of miles from the ocean feels the “islands” with every stroke or Downward Dog.
August 10, 2016 |
BEND, Oregon – Are you preparing for an upcoming SUP expedition and want to know a list of items to bring? SUP expedition expert Paul Clark shares his gear list for the solo paddler and lists everything you need to bring from maps and food to repair kits and more for when you’re on a solo SUP expedition.
August 5, 2016 |
Peter Hall receiving the SUP Connect Gear of the Year (River) for the Hala Atcha. Thank you to everyone that voted!!!!!
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Hala Gear came back from the Outdoor Retailer trade show with the Hala Atcha taking home a SUP Connect Award for the Best River Category. The 7th Annual SUP Connect Editor’s Choice Awards revealed the gear category winners at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 3-7.
June 30, 2016 |
Geoffrey Braught & Connor Cox are traveling all 48 continental states in 100 days.
Geoffrey and Connor are using their summer college break to explore the USA and learn about each state. They are also setting a record as the only people who have paddleboarded and longboarded in every continental state in only 100 days! Each week they release new videos of their adventures so you can travel each state vicariously with them
June 15, 2016 |
The GoPro Games really outdid themselves with the stand up paddle events this year. The number of competitors was higher than any previous year having close to 100 SUP athletes registered for the event. They spiced things up with the start for the SUP Cross event and they kept the crowd on their feet with the SUP invitational event.
June 6, 2016 |
Every Memorial day weekend paddlers gather in Buena Vista to go to Colorado Kayak Supply’s Paddlefest!
June 5, 2016 |
“I hope you brought patch kits!” Fred yelled to us as he watched us unroll our Hala inflatable stand-up paddleboards in his yard on the riverbank.
The five brand-new boards had never been out of the box, much less seen whitewater. Similarly, out of our crew of five, only two of us―Louis and myself―had ever been whitewater paddleboarding, on a short four-hour cruise down the Colorado River. Audra had done some flatwater paddling the summer before, while Malee tried it once in Florida on a vacation. And Mat had never seen a SUP before in his life.
When Justin Ratzlaff is not fixing bikes at SPOKES, you can find me just about anywhere outside, working or enjoying the path less traveled. He enjoys cycling no matter what the discipline as well as just about every outdoor activity. On any given day he may be on a SUP navigating whitewater on the Rio Grande, climbing my ice silo, SCUBA diving, sailing, skiing down the Birds of Prey Course as a Section Chief, or enjoying a frosty cold beverage.
June 5, 2016 |
Hala Gear is an owner / paddler operated company, run by Peter Hall. We like to sell this brand for many reasons…they make the highest quality whitewater SUP’s and accessories available, have industry leading customer service, are priced competitively, perform at a very high level, and most of all are EXTREMELY durable. Durability in relation to performance (durability:performance) is the most important thing to consider when searching for a SUP.
June 3, 2016 |
Next time you find yourself in the beginning stages of a trip, we encourage you to throw away every notion of packing light. Instead, we want you to pack all your gear with you; this is why.
June 1, 2016 |
Twice each year we hand out these awards to the very best gear we put to the test in the field. How do we determine the winners? Simple, we asked our top contributors—who, we are proud to admit, spend far more time camping, hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing and paddling than they do “working”—what was the best gear you used over the past year? What gear can’t you live without? What gear changed your life?
Contributors: Eugene Buchanan, Adam Chase, James Dziezynski, kim fuller, Chris Kassar, Cameron Martindell, jordan martindell, Doug Schnitzspahn, Chris Van Leuven, Zach White
May 29, 2016 |
A little light Whitewater fun while taking advantage of all the Texas rain from. 5 mile dam to I 35 bridge in San Marcos
May 25, 2016 |
With a pounding heart and eager mindset, I placed my paddle board into the water. It was the Spring of 2015 and was my first year of exploring the rivers of Colorado. I had been exploring the back country with my friend Matt and the Spring had finally arrived. Matt is an experienced river guide and an avid Stand Up Paddle boarder. The thoughts of “Can I do this?”
May 9, 2016 |
6 Friends, 7 Days, 100 Miles, 1 Hell of a journey.
A self-supported expedition paddle-boarding trip down the Rio Grande through Big Bend national park. With water levels at an all time low (17cfs) we ended up dragging our boards over boulders for around 15 of the 100 miles proving we had the toughest SUPs on the market. Stay tuned for the full documentary in a couple of months. Hala Gear Mountain House Sea to Summit – Outdoor Gear Canyon Coolers Native Eyewear Outdoor Vitals The supPOCKET SPOT LLC. Purinize
By Sam Mauldin @ SA Adventure Sports
May 15, 2016 |
One week from today, Geoffrey Braught will be Stand-Up Paddleboarding the continental United States — Exactly 48 states in only 100 days. He departs on May 10, 2016 and returns August 18, 2016. Geoffrey will be filming, documenting and blogging each of his stops with companions Connor Cox and Nels Tate.
May 10, 2016 |
May 2, 2016 |
I decided to run away to Sarasota, Florida. The land of the circus. To pursue adventure, horses, and paddle boarding. I hardly knew anyone. But I didn’t have anything tying me down in the west. Winter was coming and I’ve never enjoyed having to wear clothes in order to not die.
This is what I told tables I served while working nights at a restaurant this past winter.
“Wow, you are really brave!”
April 27, 2016 |
Expedition paddler Sam Mauldin doesn’t sit around for long. Only a year after setting the Texas record of paddling 100 miles down the flooded Guadalupe River, Maupin and five other paddlers have set off with a new record in mind.
They want to paddle where no paddlers have gone before, the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park.
April 15, 2016 |
Paul Clark, along with Angelique Valdez and Mark Cornwell did a three week long stand up paddle board expedition in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Self-supported paddle boarding is rare in the islands, but they made the best of it. Hala!
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April 5, 2016 |
The first known SUP-Supported Descent of the Upper and Middle Owhyee River in Oregon on the Fame by Paul Clark
A day back from Owyhee River, I reflect upon the successes of the expedition. My goal is to always return as safe and sound as possible, with photos and stories to share, and the contentment of knowing I am pushing the boundaries of where paddle boarding can go. In all of this, the first SUP-supported descent of the Upper and Middle sections of the Owyhee is hugely successful!
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April 1, 2016 |
A great winter time paddle on the Deschutes River is coming to an end. Spring has arrived. Within a few weeks the Middle Deschutes will be reclaimed by farmers and ranchers in Central Oregon leaving this stretch of river nearly bone dry. So, this may have been my last run of the season here between Tumalo State Park and Cline Falls State Park.
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March 22, 2016 |
Last November, during Thanksgiving holiday, my fiance Chuck and I traveled to his hometown for some early Steamboat skiing.I knew there was a interesting boardmaker located in Steamboat, Hala, I had seen their colorfully and curiously designed boards only a couple of times on the Potomac River. “Mind if we visit the Hala headquarters?” I asked Chuck. That’d be great!
March 15, 2016 |
After a summer of working six days a week managing the river operations of Stand Up Paddle Colorado, creating water-based education programs for middle school and high school students, and teaching and guiding river SUP tours I realized it was time for some extended paddling time for Trinity and I. Some of us at SUPCO had already discussed finishing the season with a Westwater trip. Why stop there? I began to research water levels, rapid classes, charted paths in my atlas, checked driving miles, river miles, it was starting to come together.
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March 10, 2016 |
March is the time of year all paddlers look forward to. The weather gets warmer, snow starts melting, and the rivers start rising. With the water levels coming up, the board that needs to get into the water is our new 2016 Hala Atcha 86. This board is very versatile and maneuverable in whitewater, and sporty on all those wave trains. It’s the new smaller version of the whitewater-class defining Hala Atcha and like all the Hala Gear boards, is Hala’s super durable inflatable board.
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The Middle Fork is a 104-mile free-flowing class IV river in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, originating 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, at the confluence of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks.Last year I had stand up paddle boarded the middle fork of the Salmon at 3.5 feet and it was the largest thing I had ever done. This year there were rumors that it was going to peak at maybe 6 feet or more. I was nervous but excited to try to SUP the whole thing again. Having a solid board for this stretch is extremely important if I want to make it through these rapids successfully and safe. The Hala Atcha was my board of choice for it’s perfect combination of volume and width providing stability in big water and agility to make the lines I needed.
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One of the great things about living in Denver is the whitewater course at Confluence Park. The man made chute on river right is a series of challenging drops made of concrete and placed rock that can be run year round. The drop should be run by beginners kneeling down, while those with with a little more experience will have fun running laps on the section.
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After spending the first half of the summer traveling around, it was nice to spend a weekend in Denver enjoying the South Platte. This past weekend I did the local light rail run which entails parking your car at Evans and boating down to Confluence Park. This is a great workout run, that can be done with shuttle in under 3 hours. You can take the Southwest Light Line back to your car to make the shuttle environmentally friendly and save time, gas, and parking costs too. The whole stretch is about 6.5 miles and can be paddled in 1.5 to 2 hours at recommended flows. Recommended flows are between 150 and 500 cfs out of the Chatfield Reservoir. I usually park on river left, just north of Evans Street.
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The inter-mountain west is full of river races and festivals that are great for you or your whole family. Each event is unique to it’s area, and each race offers different challenges for all levels of paddlers. Our athlete Natali Zollinger had a killer first season SUP racing. Check out where’s she’s been touring and racing for the summer of 2014.
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