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7 Winter Paddle Destinations You Can Escape To Without A Passport

Why limit your kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing to the short summer months when you could get out on the water all year long?

There’s no need to gear up to be better prepared for colder weather in order to stretch out your summer season by a couple of months.

Instead, you can follow the sun and take your passion for paddling with you. The best part is this: there’s no passport required.

That’s right. Right here in the United States and its territories, you can find some of the best paddling opportunities anywhere. Whatever you want — from calm peaceful waters and beautiful landscapes to wild rivers and rapids that give you a rush of adrenaline — is all readily available to you. Oh yes, there is some traveling involved. But what better way is there to spend our time on Earth than to sample and savor the wondrous gifts of nature, doing what we love?

Following are our picks for seven of the most wicked and wonderful paddle destinations you can escape to, no passport required.
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4 Killer Kayak Paddles You’ll Wish You Invested In Sooner

Nothing beats getting out on the water on a beautiful day for a little kayaking. Fresh air, exercise, and the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of nature up close is what it’s all about.

Owning the right kayak – one that meets your specific needs – is obviously crucial to getting the most out of your experience. But what is of at least equal importance is the paddle you choose for your kayaking purposes.

To get the most paddle for your money, you want one that’s relatively lightweight and easy to use so you don’t fatigue too quickly and have to end your outing earlier than expected.

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River and Soul Adventures

Find Nepal’s Culture On Its Rivers

I’m pleased to announce a first for my Board and Kayak Life readers: I have accepted my first Guest Post to my blog!

Janey contacted me not too long ago about the possibility of contributing a Guest Post on my site.

She and her partner, Callum, run River and Soul Adventures in Nepal. They have a deep love of the country, which I think will be quite apparent as you read through this inspiring piece.

After looking into what they do, I realized there was no way I couldn’t run a Guest Post by them! Their company looks amazing and they offer what would truly be a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list type of trip in the Himalayan wonderland and culturally rich country of Nepal.

Callum and Janey first visited Nepal at a young age and since then have been back numerous times. Working in the outdoor industry around the world, they combined their love of paddlesports, adventure, comfort, and real experiences into their company. They specialize in comfort whitewater expeditions in Nepal. There are no better people to travel to Nepal with!

I think you all will really enjoy this piece. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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I Bought the iRocker SPORT SUP: My Uncensored and Unfiltered Opinion

It was finally time. I was in desperate need of a brand new stand up paddle board and the search was on.

I had been busting my butt all year long and decided I needed to treat myself to a new toy. What’s all that hard work for if you never get to enjoy the fruits of your labors every once in awhile?

What’s a girl to do about choosing the perfect paddle board for her lifestyle?

Fortunately for me, this is kinda what I do. So I simply went back through the archives and decided to take my own advice about the matter.

In the end, I decided on the iRocker Sport 11’ inflatable SUP.

Keep reading and I’ll walk you through how I made my decision and my uncensored and unfiltered opinion of the iRocker SPORT board. What I have to say about it may surprise some of you…

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Screaming Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals You Can’t Afford to Miss!

Is there much of a difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday anymore? Eh, not really.

With online retail quickly gaining ground and in some cases surpassing brick and mortar, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have more or less blurred together into one event.

And now, in order to boost retail sales, BF/CM deals are no longer confined to just the days after Thanksgiving but the whole week now!

This is great news for bargain hunters and consumers — more time to get the deals you want on some of this year’s hottest gifts!

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Award-Winning (Seriously!) Holiday Gift Ideas for Fishing and Paddle Sports Enthusiasts

Where has this year gone? Is it possible that it’s time to break out the holiday gift guides again already? Why, yes, yes it is.

If you have a fisherman or water sports enthusiast in your life and you’re unsure of what to get them this holiday season, look no further!

Not only are all of these great gifts, they’ve been tested and approved by experts in the industry. All of the following items have received awards in recent trade shows, judged by leading figures in each field.

So you can buy and give these gifts with confidence that your friend or loved one will love it!

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New ISUP Kits on the Block: Ranking 6 of the Newest ISUP Bundles of the Year

Inflatable paddle boards have soared in popularity over the past couple of years. They are quickly surpassing their traditional hard board counterparts due to a combination of favorable qualifications: portability, durability, and affordability.

For that reason, it’s become difficult to keep up with all the new boards that have been flooding the market recently. When trying to make an informed decision about which board to purchase, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming.

That’s why I’ve scoured the market and picked out 6 of the top new inflatable paddle boards for your consideration. Each of these boards offers various tradeoffs to keep in mind depending on what you’re looking for in a board.

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4 Pro Travel Tips for a Killer Hood River, Oregon Adventure

Despite having lived in Montana part-time for 3 years now and traveled to almost all 50 states, surprisingly Oregon was one of the last few states I hadn’t yet been to. (If inquiring minds want to know, the other untraveled-to states are Vermont, North Dakota, Hawaii, Delaware, and Nevada).

I made it a goal at the start of the summer that I would finally make a trek over there. I wasn’t sure yet where I would be going or what exactly I’d be doing, but I knew I was going to cross Oregon off the bucket list once and for all this summer.

Finally, towards the end of the summer, the opportunity presented itself: a birthday trip for my husband. And what better way to celebrate than to take my husband, a former professional windsurfer, on a trip to the windsurfing Mecca of the United States: Hood River, Oregon.

Here are 4 travel tips I learned from our short visit to the Hood.

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