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Five.Ten Eddy and Eddy Pro Water Shoes

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

                Five Ten Footwear, founded in 1985, has long been known for making high quality and innovative outdoor shoes. Utilizing their Stealth Rubber compounds, Five Ten shoes are extremely grippy and excel in a wide variety of applications: from hiking and rock climbing, to mountain biking and (maybe most importantly) watersports.

                The brand had two styles of water shoes that were quite popular; the Canyoneer was a full-on hiking boot designed to be immersed, and the Water Tennie, based off of their extremely popular Guide Tennie approach shoe, was an excellent mid-top option. However, in regards to paddling, the Canyoneer was often too bulky to fit comfortably into many kayaks, and the Water Tennie, although lower profile and with a more flexible sole, was still too much for many paddlers. Enter Five Ten’s new water shoe options, the Eddy and Eddy Pro. Finally, Five Ten has brought low-top options to the paddling market, and they have their Stealth Rubber outsole!

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

                The Eddy is a sneaker style shoe with a quick-drying and lightweight mesh upper for breathability and drainage, as well as welded rubber in high-wear areas. A decently stiff midsole helps to protect your foot from pointy rocks and other ground hazards. The Stealth Rubber outsole, as expected, is extremely sticky and its light grey color is non-marking. It also has a smooth (sans tread) area in the toe area called the ‘Climbing Zone™’ to help aid during any sketchy and exposed portages. As is typical of Five Ten footwear the toebox is quite narrow, so anyone who has wider feet might feel cramped in these shoes; but such a toebox can help significantly in finding toeholds climbing rocks while scouting or portaging. It does not come with an insole, probably to aid drainage through the 14 holes in the sole of the shoe. Because of this, the shoe has minimal cushioning and people who get sore feet easily might find them uncomfortable. However, I have not had any issues.

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

                The Eddy Pro is very similar to the Eddy, with a few important changes. The synthetic mesh upper is heavier and more abrasion resistant, the welded rubber extends farther along the length of the shoe providing more structural support, and the mesh tongue has been replaced with neoprene. There is also a loop at the heel so pulling them on is easier and you can hang them up to dry. Overall, the Eddy Pro is a more durable and rigid version of the Eddy, designed for paddling excursions where your contact with nature is more intimate, and you’ll be spending more time on your feet.

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

                All in all, both the Eddy and Eddy Pro are great new additions to an ever-increasing lineup of awesome paddling shoes. With the Eddy being priced at $100 and the Eddy Pro at $120, both of these shoes will compete well with top products from Astral and Adidas. Come and try on a pair!

-Ethan Boswell

Note: We JUST got these new shoes in, and they are not on our online store yet.  Give us a call, or (even better) come in and try them on!  503-285-0464

Spring 2017 Scratch N Dent

NEW and USED boats have been marked down!

Spring is knocking on your door….

NEW

Kayak Pro Zazzu (Tandem)  $4890  $2999
Kayak Pro Marlin  $3700  $2299
Kayak Pro Namu (medium)  $2370  $1499
Kayak Pro Namu (large) $2370  $1499

Current Designs Equinox GT  $3499  $2799

Sterling Illusion  $5050  $4040

Stellar S12 Advantage  $2030  $1599
Stellar S14 LV Advantage  $2350  $1849

Current Designs Vision 120 Hybrid  $1899  $1549
Current Designs Vision 130 Hybrid  $1999  $1599
Current Designs Vision 150 Hybrid  $2499  $1999

Jackson Journey 13.5  $1199  $960
Jackson Journey 14  $1199  $960

Hurricane Kayaks Santee 116 Sport  $999  $799
Hurricane Kayaks Santee 120 Sport  $1199  $959
Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 126  $1249  $999
Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 135  $1449  $1159
Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 146  $1549  $1239

Slingshot Crossbreed 12’6″  $1699  $999
Slingshot Crossbreed Soft Top 11′  $899  $719

Glide Aqua Prowler 12′  $1349  $1079

Wenonah Fisherman Kevlar Ultralight  $2699  $2199
Wenonah 17 Kevlar Ultralight  $2999  $2499
Wenonah Spirit II Kevlar Ultralight  $2899  $2449
Wenonah Spirit II TuffWeave  $2399  $1999
Wenonah Escapade Kevlar Ultralight  $2799  $2399
Wenonah Solo Plus TuffWeave  $2399  $1899
Wenonah Aurora TuffWeave  $2299  $1899
Wenonah Rendezvous  TuffWeave  $2299  $1899

Jackson Kilroy DT (tandem)  $1899  $1519
Jackson Skipper  $999  $849
Jackson Coosa HD  $1749  $1399
Jackson Cruise 12  $949  $759

Hurricane Kayaks Skimmer 116  $1099  $899
Hurricane Kayaks Skimmer 140  Deluxe Angler  $1899  $999

Feel Free Lure 10  $999  $799

Eddyline C-135 YakAttack  $2599  $1999

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10  $2399  $1999

Feel Free Aventura 11  $679  $549

Liquid Logic Marvel 10  $699  $559

Soul Waterman  Gonzo (yellow)  $1099  $799
Soul Waterman  Gonzo (orange)  $999  $799
Soul Waterman Booty Call (orange)  $999  $799

Jackson Rockstar Lg 2016  $1249  $999
Jackson Rockstar XS 2016  $999  $799
Jackson Fun 1  $699  $559
Jackson Dynamic Duo  $1599  $1279
Jackson Karma Sm  $1199  $999
Jackson Karma Md  $1199  $999
Jackson Karma Lg  $1199  $999
Jackson Zen Sm  $1199  $999
Jackson Zen Lg  $1199  $999
Jackson 2Fun $1199  $999
Jackson Fun  $1199  $999
Jackson 4Fun  $1199  $999

Stellar SR Advantage  $2820  $2249
Stellar S18S Advantage  $2820  $2249

 

USED

Current Designs Solara 100  $359
Current Designs Solara 120  $399
Current Designs Solara 135  $599
Current Designs Solara Tandem  $679

Jackson Journey 13.5  $799

Venture Islay 14  $799
Venture  Islay 12  $599
Venture Scorpio LV  $1049

Current Designs Infinity  $1399
Current Designs Willow  $1599

Hurricane Marvel 10  $359
Hurricane Marvel 12  $479

Eddyline Caribbean 12  $1000

Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Tegris  $1000

Necky Eliza (poly)  $800

Stellar S14LV Advantage $1900

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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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

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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

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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

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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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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!

Northwest Creeking Competition 2016

Team Alder Creek made it out in record numbers this year to the 100% volunteer-run Northwest Creeking Competition!  This annual spring event is a blast for whitewater paddlers and spectators.  This two-day celebration of creekin’ typically involves races on Saturday on the East Fork of the Lewis River and a Sunday race nearby on Canyon Creek.

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Despite all the rain and snow this winter, river levels were still unseasonably low, and Sunday’s race on Canyon Creek was cancelled.  Most races still ran on Saturday, and Chris, Steve, and Andrew all participated!  Due to a shoulder injury, this was Paul’s first year in 12 that he didn’t race.  The rest of us may not be as fast, but we did our best!  Chris entered in Pro, Andrew entered in Expert, and for Steve’s first year racing, he entered Fun class.  All had pretty good lines, with some room for improvement.  Steve even took 3rd place in Fun class!

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In addition to Chris, Steve, and Andrew at the event, Paul was there helping out with his little man, Canyon, and even Brent and Ethan were there!

Photo by Paul Kuthe

Photo by Paul Kuthe

Heckuva weekend camping by the river with Team Alder Creek.

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You can bet we’ll be back next year!

Check out this video that Chris Bensch made!

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Want to get involved?  This community event is sponsored by local shops and clubs, and it is run entirely by volunteers!  Not only can you get involved with local clubs, you can work as a volunteer to help make this event run so smoothly!  www.northwestcreekingcomp.com

 

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT)

Have you ever signed up for a class, looked at the syllabus and weather report and asked yourself “What did I just set myself up for?” That was my first thought after seeing the forecast and looking at the FSRT syllabus. Thoughts of backing out and hoping for a refund ran through my mind. I’m glad I pushed those thoughts out of my head and stuck with the plan.

On Saturday I, along with 5 other OOPSters and 3 new Alder Creek employees, participated in the FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training) course taught by Paul Kuthe and Karl Andersson. The weather was much better than expected and these two took that intimidating syllabus I mentioned earlier and turned it into a fantastic day on, and often in, the chilly Columbia River .

We started the day behind the closed doors of Alder Creek tossing throw bags into (more often “at”) the cockpit of a target kayak and then honed our tossing skills after lunch in a parking lot. Lots of laughter here; so many things to learn about simply tossing rope!

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On the docks we learned how to save a struggling swimmer and scoop them up in a canoe before taking to the water in a variety of vessels with the intent of falling out to be saved and returned to our boat by someone else in our group.  Learning to empty a canoe across the deck of a sea kayak was a fun part of the day.  So was working out how to swap boats in the middle of the water without anyone getting wet!

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The afternoon saw us doing towing practice. We started with races to see who could get to and tow away another paddler the fastest using our tow belts. This progressed to more races using contact tows.

We followed those games with self rescues in the variety of boats Alder Creek provided. Canoe self-rescues certainly was an eye-opener. Just when you think you know how to do things … .

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Our day ended with the fabled Hand of God rescue … but from the dock. A kayaker rolled over and we jumped in to pull them upright. Works like a charm. Whew! Talk about trust!!

If you’ve never tried any of the skills described here from anything except your own kayak, you NEED to take this course. More to the point, you WANT to take this course. As Charles Congdon put it in his listserve blast, “Yes, this is a formal class that will make you a better paddler. But it’s also some of the most fun you will have in the water since you were a kid.”

So dang! Now you’re thinking to yourself that you missed the opportunity to get this incredible training … except you haven’t!!!!

If you’re sorry to have missed all the fun this past Saturday, you’re in luck. Alder Creek is going to repeat the fun on April 4th when they’re teaching the FSRT again. So what are you waiting for? Call Alder Creek (503-285-0464), sign up, and get out in the water to play with other paddlers, laugh, and learn something new and useful; something that will help you be a more valuable member of a paddling group. There are still some spots open, and if you hurry you might be able to grab one of them. With your 10% OOPS discount from Alder Creek and after applying for and receiving your reimbursement from OOPS you will only have to pay $90 (General members and inactive Trip Organizers/Instructors) or $45 (active Trip Organizers/Instructors) for this amazing, $125 course taught by two of the best instructors you’re likely to meet.

Many thanks again to Paul, Karl, Alder Creek and all the other hardy participants of the day!

-Karen C.
Oregon Ocean Paddling Society member

RNR Act

 

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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2016

Contact:  Hank Stern (Wyden), 503-326-7539

Nicole L’Esperance (Blumenauer), 202-225-4811

 

Wyden, Blumenauer Introduce Bill to Open Access to Outdoor Recreation

 Bill Supported by more than 50 Outdoor Industry Groups, Implements Ideas from Oregonians to Remove Barriers to Recreation

 

Washington, D.C. – Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer today introduced legislation to increase outdoor recreation access for visitors and boost rural economies in Oregon and nationwide.

 

Based on input from Oregonians about how to remove bureaucratic roadblocks to public lands, the Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act expands outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans, especially underserved communities such as veterans, seniors and young people, for the first time holds federal agencies accountable for making outdoor recreation a priority and helps maintain America’s public lands.

 

The bill is based on draft legislation Wyden released last fall and on concerns Wyden and Blumenauer heard during a series of listening sessions they held on a statewide tour of Oregon ’s Seven Wonders last summer to gather ideas about how to open access to outdoor recreation.

 

“It’s time for fresh recreation policies that cut through the bureaucratic red tape that chokes off opportunities for recreation in Oregon and across the country and clears the path for first-time visitors, fresh economic opportunity and new jobs in rural communities,” Wyden said. “The RNR Act puts to work the creative ideas I heard from Oregonians about how to streamline the process when it comes to opening up access to our great outdoor places.”

 

“Oregonians love the outdoors – it’s who we are; it’s in our DNA. From the magnificent Columbia River Gorge to lesser known trails and creeks throughout our forests, canyons, and deserts, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by places for hiking, nature-watching, biking, and other activities,” Blumenauer said. “Unfortunately, they’re not always easily accessible. Our legislation changes that, removing burdensome barriers and helping support recreation programs so that people in Oregon and across America can more easily get out to enjoy the great outdoors.”

 

The “RNR” Act expedites the permitting process for recreation guides and makes it easier for visitors to get recreation use permits by making all park passes available online. The bill also focuses on getting more veterans, seniors and young people outdoors by encouraging all military branches to provide servicemembers and veterans with information about outdoor recreation, encouraging more outdoor recreation and volunteer opportunities for people 55 and older and by making a certain number of free park passes available to low-income schools.

 

The bill requires the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to promote recreation when making land and water management decisions. It also directs the federal land management agencies to find new ways to extend recreation seasons in a sustainable way.

 

The bill helps maintain public lands by encouraging more volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects and by requiring the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to choose up to 15 trails for prioritized maintenance.

 

The bill is supported by more than 50 outdoor industry groups, including the Outdoor Industry Association, American Whitewater and the National Ski Area Association, as well as Oregon-based companies like KEEN and Columbia Sportswear.

 

Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon , called the bill a huge win for outdoor enthusiasts and tourism.

 

“Outdoor recreation is a vital component of the travel and tourism sector, which generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs nationally, with $10.3 billion and more than 101,000 jobs in Oregon alone,”Davidson said. “Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer have recognized the important role outdoor recreation plays in the nation’s economy and job creation in largely rural areas, and have worked to enhance its impact through the introduction of this bill.”

 

The bill would also direct the federal land management agencies to study the full impacts of outdoor recreation on the economy, including how recreation creates job growth, tourism opportunities and boosts local economies.

 

 

Read a summary of the bill here.

 

Listen to audio here:

 

Sen. Ron Wyden AUDIO

 

Rep. Earl Blumenauer AUDIO  

 

Todd Davidson AUDIO