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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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