July 2, 2018 – How to SUP with Pup
Want to get your furry friend out on your Hala SUP? Hala Ambassador Maria Schultz provides a few suggestions for getting your dog on board (literally).
June 30, 2018 – Straight Up Pregnant
Hala Gear continues to be inspired by those who use our products in unique ways. New mother and Hala ambassador Jacky Dustin describes her experience paddling while pregnant.
June 26, 2018 – Summer SUP in Steamboat Springs
The Yampa River is under 1000cfs, which solidly puts us in tubing season for the next few weeks. What does that mean for SUPing in the Yampa Valley? Hala Gear HQ has compiled the best flatwater excursions in Northwest Colorado!
June 15, 2018 – Clean Run, Have Fun!
The 2018 Vail Whitewater Series results are in! Congrats to Hala rider Trinity Wall, who gives us a rundown of what happened, and some tips for competing.
June 12, 2018 – Paddling Culebra
Earlier this spring, Hala ambassador Will Saylor journeyed to Puerto Rico for a wedding and some waves. With his Hala Playa in tow, Will ventured to remote beaches to ride the surf and relax, SUP style.
June 8, 2018 – SUP’n Around the Pacific Northwest Part I: OREGON
The Pacific NW offers many great places to river SUP. Hala ambassador Luke Spencer details some of his go-to rivers in Oregon. While flows are paramount when deciding where and when to paddle, all of Spencer’s favorite runs can be paddled year round! It is the primary reason he calls the Pacific Northwest home.
June 6, 2018 – 2018 Yampa River Festival Recap
Author Hal Borland once wrote: “Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part.” Hala Gear acknowledges our deep connection to our local waterway – the Yampa River. We play on it, surf in it, and float down it. Every June, Hala Gear pays their respects and celebrates this wild and unique river alongside our community here in Steamboat Springs.
June 1, 2018 – Six Ways to SUP on a Budget
We all know that getting into a new sport can leave the wallet feeling a tad thin. Stand up paddle boarding, like any other sport, doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg if you know how to do it right!
May 31, 2018 – 2018 CKS Paddlefest Recap
Last Friday, May 25th kicked off the annual CKS Paddlefest down in of Buena Vista, Colorado. For three days whitewater paddlers permeated this high desert town – running shuttles up and down the Arkansas River, participating in river competitions, shopping at the CKS store downtown, listening to some funky tunes and connecting with fellow river rats and professional dirtbags.
May 18, 2018 – Paddling the Midwest
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.
May 15, 2018 – Our Week in Review
Paddling season is officially upon us. Hala!
May 11, 2018 – Canyoneering by SUP in the Canadian Rockies
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
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
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
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
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