Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Small, Give Big, Just Give

There's Black Friday. There's Cyber Monday. And now there's Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day when people from all over the world come together to give back. Please consider making a donation to the ACA this #GivingTuesday, December 2. 

Click here to find out how you can donate to a specific paddlesport program area, and see how your contribution will improve Stewardship, Education, Competition, or Adaptive Paddling. 

Thank you for supporting paddlesports and protecting the waterways we all cherish!

Visit to learn more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

When Your Boat Breaks...

Rapid Magazine asked boat repair guru Jamie Dors of Paddle Sport Repairs to lay out instructions for how to fix a cracked kayak. If you're the DIY type, you'll really appreciate this tutorial.

Click through to read the full story on Rapid. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It Can Happen to Anyone

Personal stories engage us in ways warnings, rules, and statistics cannot. Stories bring abstract ideas into the public awareness. They inspire us to learn through the experience of others and share this knowledge with those we care about. 

As part of a new creative outreach grant project, we are looking for paddlers who are willing to talk about their near-miss experiences and close-calls out on the water. These stories will be used in an animated memoir-style video to educate viewers about safe paddling practices. 

Have you survived a dangerous paddling situation that dealt with any of the following issues?

· Life jacket wear

· Paddling under the influence

· Low head dams

· Marker buoys/Collision with motorized boats

· Bad weather

· Standing up in moving water/foot entrapment

· Paddling out of your skill level

· Inappropriate clothing/gear

· Didn’t file a float plan

If you have a story to tell (or you know someone who does), please contact Catharine Lloyd, ACA Communications Coordinator, at or 540-907-4460 ext 107. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Experience 23 Miles of Pure Racing Bliss

The 12th annual Winter Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will take place on February 21, 2015 in scenic Dome Farms, South Carolina.

The ACA is proud to be a sponsor of this uniquely fun (and freezing cold) event! For those among you who have yet to experience the bliss of your first WC, here's what you can expect:

1. One of the most unique and beautiful settings you've ever raced on. Dome Farms, which is situated on the Edisto River Swamp, offers countless miles of diverse off-road trail plus a 75-acre pond where you will get your paddle on.

2. Competition and Camaraderie. The fellowship of the Winter Challenge and the post race festivities lend themselves to camaraderie found at few other venues. Stick around and take home a few new friendships! But don't mistake friendship for lack of competition. While many athletes are here to race against themselves, there are more than a few die hard enthusiasts who gas up the race with some serious skills, raising the stakes to a surprisingly high level of competition! Rivalry is always in the air, and getting your name on the Trophy Cup is a matter not to be taken lightly.

3. Never Dull! We at the WC refuse to rest on the status quo, and we promise to keep things fresh and new for the WC Alums. As always, you have our solemn guarantee of a rocking good time.

Find more info and Register at Also, stay tuned to their facebook page for updates!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Congratulations to November Kokatat Instructor of the Month, Anna Levesque!

November Kokatat Instructor of the Month, Anna Levesque, is not only a gifted kayak and SUP instructor trainer, but she is also a big player in the ever-growing SUP Yoga world. We had the opportunity to chat with Anna last week and talk about her latest ventures and inspiring story.

ACA: Anna, you have had the opportunity to paddle hundreds of different rivers, in 12 different countries, win multiple international competitive titles, and start multiple unique paddling businesses. How does the ACA help contribute to your continued success in the paddling world?

Anna: I've been paddling for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years, and in that time I've witnessed the power of good paddling instruction and the damage of poor paddling instruction. I feel that the ACA holds their Instructors and Instructor Trainers to the highest standards and that is good for students and good for the sustainability of paddlesports.

ACA: You are one of the frontrunners promoting the ACA SUP Yoga Program (we are so excited about this new curriculum), Tell us a little about your SUP Yoga experiences thus far. 

Anna: Last year I launched a new program called Mind Body Paddle here in Asheville. I teach weekly SUP Yoga classes at the confluence of Hominy Creek and the French Broad, and it is wonderful! Practicing yoga on the SUP boards enhances balance, strength, and focus. It is a very peaceful, mindful, active way to be outside and connect with nature. I have an anchor system so that the SUPs don't drift for the yoga portion of class; participants also have the opportunity to improve their SUP paddling skills before and after class. I was excited to participate in the ACA's first SUP Yoga Endorsement training this summer with other amazing SUP and Yoga instructors, and I think that SUP Yoga will continue to grow. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend finding a local class!

Congratulations again, Anna, on your Instructor of the Month Award. Keep up the great work! 

Many thanks to Kokatat for sponsoring our Instructor of the Month program. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized? Submit a nomination here. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

2015 Swiftwater Rescue Conference

Last year's event was so popular, we're bringing back the Swiftwater Rescue Conference in 2015! 

Mark your calendar. This is one event you don't want to miss.

More info on our website. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Confluence Outdoor

Last week, Confluence Outdoor and its high quality, American-made canoes and kayaks represented South Carolina on AOL’s This Built America editorial series.

Some surprising details include:

  • One of the perks of employment is access to over 100 free kayaks and canoes that team members can take out for free to use on the water.
  • Confluence can make a new prototype in just a day—something that used to take up to six months.
  • Confluence re-uses excess plastic shavings from canoes and kayaks to make other parts.
  • Their CEO, Sue Rechner, was the CEO of Victorinox Swiss Army before joining the company and turning it around.
  • Confluence’s fastest growing kayak business are boats designed for the kayak angler market.
To see more facts on Confluence and the passionate paddlers in the shop, visit http:/// Or, follow This Built America on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Google+.

Confluence Outdoor joins a national movement in This Built America that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL is proud to support the effort along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.