Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stand Up, my brothers & sisters!

Tahoe Board Works' top-of-the-Line "Woody", for standin' up in style

Woooooo hooo!
What a great time to be part of Eddyline Kayaks, as our good friends in Burlington are partnering with Tahoe Board Works to build a Stand-up Paddleboard with a Carbonlite shell for amazing durability. The Carbonlite "Rubicon" will join Tahoe's gorgeous "Woody" in their line of innovative touring boards. Here are a couple of shots from Eddyline's manufacturing plant where the first prototypes were finished last week:
Here's a little bit of what my boy Ethan had to say about the opportunity to bring these fine looking boards to a paddlesports or surf shop near you:

Greetings, We are thrilled to announce the representation of Tahoe Board Works ( ). Here's what caught our attention and gives Tahoe Stand Up Paddleboards the winning edge:
  • Displacement Hull -- Unlike planing/flat bottom boards, these boards will track and cut waves like a kayak/canoe.
  • ThermoFormed Carbonlite Models (Rubicon)-- Industry leader in ThermoForming, Eddyline Kayaks, is helping Tahoe Board Works develop and manufacture ThermoFormed boards at affordable prices ($1100-$1395) out of Carbonlite. Carbonlite is harder than resin and easily repaired. The extruded seam offers even more protection against paddle and rock impact.
  • Double Fin System for flatwater tracking, on board gear bag, and tie downs on deck.
  • Glass/Epoxy and Wood/Epoxy/Bamboo (Woody) from $2000-$3000. Beautiful!
  • Made in the USA

The kayak industry can learn a lot from how fun and ACCESSIBLE paddling SUPs can be. Tahoe Board Work's has wisely blended the allure of this new sport with state of the art kayak manufacturing processes and hull designs. More information, videos and testimonials to come!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Red Neck - ouch! - in Pt Angeles

Every guest at the Port Angeles Red Lion got a good look at some happy paddlin'

So "Redneck" isn't a bad thing. It's what happened to me after a nice sunny weekend on the beach in Port Angeles without sunscreen. Wow. Gorgeous weather, new paddlers, old friends, and a 3-day paddling party made all the pain go away. What could be better?

Lots of pretty Eddylines all over the beach... and a nice blue Spitfire too!

Many thanks to Dave King of Olympic Raft & Kayak, and his whole crew who helped set up boat displays for my Eddylines and all the other gear Dave carries. Dave works his tail off to make this event a success every year, and he's done nine of them in a row.

Paddlers of all ages are digging the new Eddyline Journey!

In between putting plenty of excited new paddlers into every Eddyline model in the fleet, I saw my old paddlin' friends Sarah Krueger, Dave & Helaine Mottershead, Kirt Lenard, and Jory Kahn, among many others. Got to meet soon-to-be-150-mile standup paddler Ken Campbell, and hung out on the beach with Chris Mitchell of Secondwind Sports, who also just happens to be Eddyline's rep for the European market, where he says the Brits and everyone else is gaga over Carbonlite in general and the Fathom in particular.

3 nights of parties and music and friendship rounded out an excellent event. Great show OR&K, y'all rock!