2017 Sea Kayaking Programs: Early Birds get the…

 The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar is out and you can get an early bird deal!  It’s looking like another GREAT year!!! 

 

At Alder Creek we strive to offer the very best sea kayak coaching available to local and international paddlers looking to become more precise, confident, and have more FUN on the river at every level!  Check out what we have to offer this year and please feel free to email me suggestions, questions, and special requests.  Let us customize an experience for YOU.  Private and group classes and trips are available.  Email Programs@aldercreek.com  

 Book by the end of January for a 2017 class or trip and receive 17% off! 

*Use Promo Code:  EarlyBird17

Lock in the low price now!  Need to switch up dates later?  No worries.  We can do that!  

Alder Creek Sea Kayak Programs: Click each link below for more info and to sign up.  (Don’t forget to use the Promo code) 

FYI  Don’t see a date that works for you?  Feel free to request additional dates on the calendar.  It takes 3 students to make a class so grab a couple friends and pick some dates.  Then just email me at Programs@aldercreek.com.  Get it booked in Jan and we can give you the deal!

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2017 Whitewater Programs: Early Birds get the…

The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar is out and you can get an early bird deal!  It’s looking like another GREAT year!!! 

At Alder Creek we strive to offer the very best whitewater coaching available to local and international paddlers looking to become more precise, confident, and have more FUN on the river at every level!  Check out what we have to offer this year and please feel free to email me suggestions, questions, and special requests.  Let us customize an experience for YOU.  Private and group classes and trips are available.  Email Programs@aldercreek.com  

 Book by the end of January for a 2017 class or trip and receive 17% off! 


*Use Promo Code:
  EarlyBird17

Lock in the low price now!  Need to switch up dates later?  No worries.  We can do that!  

Alder Creek Whitewater Programs: Click each link below for more info and to sign up.  (Don’t forget to use the Promo code) 

Also be sure to check out our EXTENSIVE sea and sup programs!
FYI  Don’t see a date that works for you?  Feel free to request additional dates on the calendar.  It takes 3 students to make a class so grab a couple friends and pick some dates.  Then just email me at Programs@aldercreek.com.  Get it booked in Jan and we can give you the deal!

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Practice Kayaking Indoors

Building a Greenland Balance Bench

Using a Greenland Balance BenchWith the recent cold weather I wanted to find a way to work on my paddling and edging balance while staying dry, or at least warm. The Tipping Without Flipping  class only happens once a month in a heated pool, and I needed something for the time between classes. I remembered seeing something while attending Alder Creek’s Spring Paddle Fest 2016. The local Greenland Paddling Club, Qajaq USA, had two Greenland Balance Benches on display. A Greenland Balance Bench is a rocking bench that simulates the movement of a performance sea kayak so that you can train and build the muscles necessary to balance in your boat. The Inuits would use these balance benches to prepare their children to hunt by kayak. After playing with them a little I remembered thinking “I’ve gotta make one!”. After some online research I found they are very simple to construct. All you need is:

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Rogue River Staff Trip 2016 – a Wild & Scenic adventure

Rogue River Staff Trip 2016

Wild & Scenic Section:
Almeda Park to Foster Bar ~ 38 miles
October 25-27, 2016

This fall, as the flurry of summer faded, our staff took an opportunity for some R&R on the water.  It’s rare for the staff’s days-off to lineup for a single session, and a chance to go on a multi-day trip is exceptionally elusive.  So, despite a foreboding weather forecast (100% rain all week), we rallied two rigs, a trailer, and nine of us south to the Rogue River.

(Don’t forget to check out the three slide-shows at the end!)

Team Alder Creek

Back Row: Dave, Matt, Byron, Andrew, Paul. Front Row: Meloy, Alex, Ethan, Brent

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Immersion Research Klingon Sprayskirt

Immerson Research Klingon Sprayskirt Review
by Ethan Boswell

Rogue River

Ethan Boswell at Rainie Falls on the Rogue River. Photo by Andrew Romanelli

I recently decided that I needed a new spray skirt. There aren’t too many options on the market, but I had been impressed by the designs coming out of Immersion Research. To my eyes, it seemed as though IR was the only brand innovating in the skirt department.  So, I decided to give them a shot. I was originally going to pull the trigger on a Lucky Charm sprayskirt, with its rubber rand making it the most implosion resistant skirt in their lineup.  However, a little bird told me that the Lucky Charm was not the driest skirt that IR makes. That position belongs to the Klingon sprayskirt, which surprises many people considering that it’s a bungee skirt.

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Kobuk River Alaska 2016

 

Walker Lake, Alaska

Kobuk River, Alaska

Put In: Walker Lake

Take Out:  Shugnak

Mileage on Kobuk River: 125

Rapids: class III for ½ mile in upper canyon and class II for ½ mile in lower canyon

Fishing: Arctic Grayling at Walker Lake outlet and Sheefish along the middle Kobuk.

Who: 12 old friends

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Winter Community Clinics 2016-2017

FREE Winter Community Clinic Series: “Sunday School”

Winter Kayak Clinic

Brought to you by Alder Creek & Ninkasi Brewing

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2016 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

2016 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

Lumpy Waters

Alder Creek’s 2016 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium was a great success!

A huge thanks go out to our participants and coaches for traveling far and wide to Pacific City, OR this year!  This Lumpy might have been our best yet.  Of course we have to thank our incredible sponsors for their support as well!

Check out photos HERE and the event video below!  (Huge shout out to Brent Williamson of Raging River Pictures for his excellent work on the video!)

And feel free to reach out to our sponsors on social media and thank them for their support!

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Presenting Sponsors:

Kokatat

Kokatat

thule

Thule

sterling

Sterling Kayaks

NRS

NRS

Airstream

Airstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Used Kayak and Boat List – Fall 2016

Used Boat List – Fall 2016

Last Updated 9.29.16

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The First Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series

The First Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series

The First Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series

On August 27th the Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series wrapped up its first season. Alder Creeks very own anglers just happened to be there the whole way! Given the first year of the series just three tournaments were held on three different bodies of water over this past spring and summer. The first a well known Largemouth Bass haven just outside Coos Bay, Oregon called Tenmile Lakes. Followed by Crane Prairie outside of Bend, Oregon and the series finale on the Willamette River in Newberg.

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25th Annual Fall SALE!

2016 Fall Sale

The 25th Annual Fall SALE

Part Deux!

Fall Sale 2016

Fall Sale 2016

SALES on new, in-stock gear start NOW!!!

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The 8th Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium presented by Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe

Lumpy Waters Symposium October 7-9

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The 8th Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

www.lumpywaters.com

From its first inception The Lumpy Waters Symposium has been a premiere sea kayaking symposium due to its spectacular venues and world renowned coaching staff.  The 8th year for the event is no exception!  The event offers a student centered experience that promotes the excitement and accessibility of rough and calm-water sea paddling while providing the skills necessary to be safe and have fun. Offering world class professional coaching at the exhilarating and beautiful Oregon coast inspires students and coaches alike. By building and supporting the sea kayak community, Alder Creek hopes to grow not just their business but the sport as a whole.

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Labor Day Sale

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In honor of Labor Day, we’d like to celebrate your “Work Hard, Play Hard” style with some special discounts!

 

We got a few extra boats in stock, come take advantage of our Labor Day Sale!

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Choosing The Right PFD For You – Feel Comfortable & Safe

Not sure how to choose the right PFD?  Here’s a simple walk-through to highlight some PFD features and their purposes!

 

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PNA/BCU Week – Trainings and Assessments

PNA Week 2016 is September 23 to October 6

PNA Week 2016

We offer 1 star to 4 star BCU training and assessments, Foundation Safety & Rescue Training andNavigation and Tidal Planning courses, and are currently the only Whitewater Safety & Rescue Provider in North America.  Many great coaches get their start during our popular coach training and education courses.  We also run PNA “Week” each October where you can combine a number of trainings and assessments over a couple weeks while paddling along the beautiful Oregon rivers and coast.

People choose to pursue BCU training and the Star Awards for a variety of reasons. They include the desire to gauge one’s level of paddling skills, the ability to adequately judge a person’s capacity to take on a given journey and the recognition of the human need to constantly challenge and improve ourselves. Our goal is to provide the tools for long term paddler development. The BCU Star awards: Training, Practice, Assessment and then on to the next level.

Click the banner above, or click HERE to register and view course listings for personal skill development as well as coaching certification!