Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rockpool Kayaks now available at Scappoose Bay Kayaks

Scappoose Bay Paddling Center is pleased to now offer the new Rockpool Alaw Bach TCC!

They are even offering a special for the first month!

British Design merges with the best in American kayak manufacturing. The Alaw Bach Thermoformed Composite Construction (TCC) are shipping all over the world as more and more paddlers are realizing the benefits of this type of manufacturing:

  • Zero Waste--all extra material is sent back to the supplier of the material. The manufacturing process is much cleaner than a fiberglass production.
  • Zero Gel Fractures--the fragile gel exterior of a composite kayak is replaced with a hard acrylic outer skin.
  • Automated manufacturing that takes the variability out of the kayak. Uniform thickness (Rockpool uses the thickest material on the market for rough water conditions)
  • 52 Lbs
  • Ease of Repair--see how easy it is to do HERE . Touch ups, fills, fractures--all much faster than a composite repair
I'll be there June 4th and 5th! Give Scappoose Bay Paddling Center a call for more information.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Western Inventory

Get what you want when you want...
We bring in full container loads to the West to help meet our dealers quick inventory needs with freight savings.

Updated 7.03.10

Bend OR Available Inventory
Emotion Comets-Yellow, Red and Blue
Emotion Spitfires- Yellow, Red and Blue
Emotion Steatlth- mixed colors
Emotion Comotion-red and blue
Grand Slam Angler- Mustard, Yellow, Green

Esquif Avalon Green
Esquif Prospector 16 Red and Green
Esquif Presage Yellow and Red
Esquif Heron square stern Green
Esquif Canyon Red
Mistral 16 and 17.5

Burlington WA RubyCreek Boathouse
See www.rubycreekboathouse.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bend Kayak Sculpture

I happened to go by this new sculpture going up next to the Bend Parks and Rec Castle (I mean office) along the Deshutes River. I had heard about the artist doing this (can't find his/her name). I think Eddyline feels honored that the artist chose their boats to use and they do look pretty cool shooting into the sky. But, I also had some mixed feelings.

The Bend Parks and Rec office in town sits on the most prime real estate in town and this statue is on a roundabout on the way into their parking lot( which is used by many paddlers). The new office was constructed during the economic collapse and it appears that no expense was spared. The park around the building is nice and the geese are going to love the fresh surface. For me, the grace of a kayak or canoe is in its ability to help me escape our cement trappings. They are quiet crafts that allow us to foray into nature and then escape sans footprints. I kind of felt sorry for all these stationary boats that will never feel the water. I guess that is the point of Art...makes you think. And when I go around a roundabout, I'm usually thinking about absolutely nothing. Perhaps most people will pause a moment and wish they were on the water in a kayak instead of in their car. Right before they are rear ended by the car behind them looking into the sky!

If you have heard any of my soap box ramblings on a demo beach then you know that sunshine is the enemy of all of our Gear (including ourselves). I've seen what kayaks look like when stored outside full time for years on end.
Get down and take a look at this while it is still shiny and new. Perhaps I'm over thinking all of this!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Alder Creek Bend becomes Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe changes its name to Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe: New name, same friendly staff serving Central Oregon for over a decade

Bend, OR – It’s official, Tumalo Creek has unveiled its new name, new image and new website in an effort to further emphasize its local ownership and Central Oregon location.

“We are not the same company as Alder Creek anymore,” said owner Geoff Frank who bought the store from the Portland company in the winter of 2008, after serving as general manager for eight years.

Frank wanted to choose a new name that had some continuity with Alder Creek, the river near Portland that flows into the Sandy River, for which the original Portland stores were named.

Tumalo Creek flows into the Deschutes on a section of the river known by local kayakers as the “Riverhouse run,” the stretch from The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center to Tumalo State Park.

“I have a lot of fond kayaking memories of that spot where Tumalo meets the Deschutes,” said Frank. “After coming off the Class 4, I like to stop and paddle up Tumalo into this pretty little canyon, and then there is lots of fun, poppy water down below to look forward to.”

This summer, Tumalo Creek will be offering a wide range of beginning flatwater and whitewater kayak classes, summer camps for kids, a music series/demo day the last Wednesday of every month, and a Stand Up Paddleboarding race series every Wednesday in July and August. Please see the website for more details.

About Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe:

Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe has the largest selection of whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks, recreational kayaks, paddleboards and canoes in Central Oregon. We also offer a range of tours and classes to improve your kayaking skills. Whether you want to paddle the whitewater rivers of the Cascades or canoe across placid, high mountain lakes, our super friendly staff of paddlers are here to help. Our locally owned and operated shop is located next to the Colorado Bridge off SW Industrial Way, right on the Deschutes River.