Dec 16 2012

The New Astral Brewer river shoes. Made for SUP.

This blog is from a SUP stand point.  SUP is much more footwear intensive than kayaking.  When we find something good..we get very excited!

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Dec 06 2012

Prototype NRS inflatable SUP board for 2013

I’ve been using the Czar for about 2 months now, and I have to say, this board is FUN.  I can’t wait for the production models to hit the scene.  The 2013 line up from NRS is going to be great for beginner through advanced.   Check out the video below.  It shows the stability and user friendliness of the Czar better than I can.

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Oct 26 2012

New for 2013..NRS inflatable SUP boards.

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NRS has a new line of inflatable SUP boards for 2013.  You can expect to see some of the best river running inflatables on the market.  These boards are light weight, durable and ready to surf.

There will be thicker boards for heavier paddlers and the standard 4 inch drop stitch as well.  The board pictured is the Czar.  It measures 9’6” by 34” by 6” thick.

Stay tuned for some more specs on these boards.  I’ll be posting pics and giving some more reviews soon.


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May 06 2012

Thin Water SUP Surfing!!

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Some after work surf sessions on the Arkansas river.  Get it while we can because there isn’t much snow.

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Apr 04 2012

MVP on the racecourse!

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Running the race course in New Mexico!

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Mar 27 2012

Stand Up Paddling down Waterfalls!


You have to choose your waterfalls very carefully when paddling a SUP.  You want the falls to be near vertical and not too tall.  The drop in these pictures is about 14 feet tall.

SUP waterfallWith these sliding drops it is very important to not use the skegs.  Either turn the board around backwards or choose a board with removable skegs.

SUP waterfallFoot placement should be in the Kung Fu stance so you have maximum stability.  I have also tried surfer stance and it worked fairly well.

SUP waterfallYour weight has to stay moving with the board.  If you are too far back the board will kick up and leave you in the landing.  Too far forward and it will sub out and become very unstable.

SUP waterfallIf you can get in a big stroke for the landing it will help to keep you connected to the board.  A change in velocity is what causes falls, whether it be the board or rider.

SUP waterfallThe downtime was pretty heavy on this drop.  I actually fell after the board resurfaced.  A board with a little more rocker will keep me from going so deep the next time.

At Kayak Huasteca we use Imagine Rapidfire boards and Werner paddles.  All can be Purchased at CKS.

See you on the river…


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Mar 09 2012

Some Badfish MVP action on the Rio Grande

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This board is the newest creation of Badfish SUP out of Salida, CO.   Great board, stable

and quick.  Check out the video with Atom Crawford, Mariela Aguirre and Aaron Koch
Badfish SUP 9′ MVP


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Dec 06 2011

NRS Big Earl Stand Up Board Review.

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The Big Earl is a great inflatable board!   It has everything you need in an inflatable.

- Very stable design

- Removable skegs

- Extremely Rigid

- Bombproof pump and carrying bag

- Great price…$995

We took our SUPs to the Little TN river.  It was a medium flow with plenty of technical class 2 rapids.  Lake levels were down so we were able to paddle the narrows which added 3 more class 2+ rapids.

I removed the skegs knowing that the river was shallow.  The Big Earl handles just fine without the fins.  It turns well, grabs eddies and you don’t have the fear of getting superman’ed off the board in the shallows.

I was able to strap my Watershed drybag to the front tiedowns and there were no problems.  This board was designed to haul your gear.  It is wide and stable allowing you to take gear and not lose stability.

I love the weight of inflatable SUP’s!  At 29 lbs you can take this board anywhere.

I filled the board to 15psi and it was perfect for warm water and a 60 degree day.  That was 2 weeks ago and the board is still inflated.  It hasn’t lost any pressure.

If you are looking for an economical and rugged inflatable SUP, look no further.  This board from NRS will do the trick.

I haven’t tried it on anything above class 3, but I’m looking forward to paddling it down some great rivers in Mexico this year.

You can find the NRS Big Earl at:


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Have a great winter everyone!

See you on the water!


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Nov 09 2011

Mexico is ready for a new SUP.

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This year will be very interesting.  Not having to carry a 50 pound SUP to the river.  The New Badfish inflatable looks like just the answer to our downriver SUP problems.

Here is a nice review on the MCIT from CKS.

And also a video.  Enjoy!
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Sep 25 2011

5 Reasons to Kayak in Mexico this Winter!

Every photo below is a reason to get down and enjoy the beauty of Mexico.

Kayak Huasteca is operating for the 6th season this year.   We want to extend a huge Thanks and invitation to all our Friends and Sponsors.

Minas Viejas

Minas Viejas

Immersion Research, Shred Ready, Spokiz, CKS and Emotion Kayaks are all helping us explore and paddle the Turquoise waters of Mexico.

Banana rapid.  Rafting first D

Banana rapid. Rafting first D

The season in Mexico is November through March.  Perfect for those wishing to escape the cold.

Dan D running the left line

Dan D running the left line

Great food and incredible weather await you, south of the border.

350 foot falls on the Gallinas River, falling into the Santa Maria.

350 foot falls on the Gallinas River, falling into the Santa Maria.

SUP or stand up paddling has become an incredible way to enjoy class 2 once again.

One of the many drops on MInas Viejas

One of the many drops on MInas Viejas

Hope everyone had a great summer and when the snow starts to fall you know where to go!   We’ll keep the enchiladas hot and the beer cold!

See you on the River.


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