Dec 13 2014

Paddleboard Camping!

Published by under Mexico Whitewater

In my relentless search for places to escape the cold, I found Mexico!  A refuge from the polar vortexes of the U.S. and also a paddlers paradise.  There is so much diversity of whitewater that you need multiple river craft to enjoy it all!

The headwaters of the Santa Maria River lie in the semi desert region between the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosi.  150 miles from the gulf of Mexico where it finally meets the salt water.  Santa Maria has no Dams and all 150 miles are excellent runnable whitewater.  5 Canyons, miles of big water class 4-5 and a 315 foot waterfall from the Rio Gallinas make this a multi-day paddlers dream!

We recently did the most upper stretch of Santa Maria on SUP boards.  Its a 12 mile scenic canyon float with one class 4 rapid.  Our plan was to put on in the afternoon and camp beside the class-4.  Put ins in Mexico are sometimes an adventure in itself.  This particular part of the river is a favorite watering hole for local cattle!

Heather and I used the Czar 6 and Baron 6 SUPs.  The extra flotation comes in handy when carrying camping gear and food.  I carried mosquito net, hammock, rain fly, jet boil stove and K-pump.  Heather took the extra clothes, water filter and head lamps.

First day of paddling was a little more than an hour.  We found a nice spot on an island just beside the portage.  One of the amazing things about inflatable paddleboards is how comfortable they are to sleep on.  Let out half the air and you have a huge therma-rest bed.  The Baron 6 sleeps two people if they are friendly!

We decided to avoid any bug encounters in the night, so i strung our hammock loosely over the Baron 6.  This hammock has mosquito netting built in and also comes with a nice rain-fly.  it looked like rain so we used the fly as well.

After a good night sleep, re-inflate the board, take a nice river shower and we launched for the next 8.5 miles of class 2.  There are huge Sabino trees over 500 years old, a portion of the old Spanish silver train runs along the river right side.

​ The Sabino tree has one of the most impressive root sytems I have ever seen.  these old trees actually from the river back, their roots intertwine and become an unbreakable shoreline, incredible erosion protection!

As we moved farther into the canyon the riverbed starts to become very sandy.  It makes for nice soft fall if you’re just beginning to learn SUP.  There are numerous springs that enter the river as waterfalls on river left. I counted at least 5 and all were quite a bit warmer than the actual river water.  As you can imagine they are also full of incredible vegetation.

This section of the Santa Maria passes through the historic town of Conca, Queretaro.  A Franciscan mision was built here in the 1700′s.  There are 4 more, nearly identical throughout the region.  At one point the river banks to the right and you can turn and see the Mision.  Its just visible in front of Heather above the first row of trees.

If you are looking for new ways to enjoy and explore using a paddle board, I highly recommend the over night trip.  SUPs are a true SUV of paddle sports.  With the right board and dry equipment the experience is stress free and much easier than I ever thought possible.  Its your own personal watercraft and bed rolled into one.  Make sure the run isn’t too difficult because the weight of your gear does affect how the board handles.  I found that by moving back towards the tail balances things out and makes for a great workout too!
​ I know its cold in the states right now, so roll up those boards, grab some friends and head down to Mexico and see us.  Water temps are in the 70′s and there are plenty of enchiladas for everyone.

Words by Aaron  Photos by Heather and Aaron


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Sep 19 2014

Brand new Website!

Published by under Uncategorized

WWW.KAYAKHUASTECA.COM is back online! All new trips and new format! Check it out!

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Jan 28 2013

Waterfall and Whitewater SUP in Mexico!

We’ve been making the rounds here in Mexico this year.  Water levels are on the low side so we have been using the SUP,s a lot this year.  After the Alseseca Race we went to the Rio Filobobos then down to Rio Actopan…and later everybodies favorite whitewater paradise  Rio Micos.

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Boards we are using are the:  NRS Czar, Glide SUP Mongo and the Satrboard Converse 9.0


great times…enjoy the video and find us at


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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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until later




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May 06 2012

Thin Water SUP Surfing!!

Published by under Whitewater SUP

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

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Dec 06 2011

NRS Big Earl Stand Up Board Review.

Published by under Whitewater SUP

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:


All photos courtesy of

Have a great winter everyone!

See you on the water!


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Nov 09 2011

Mexico is ready for a new SUP.

Published by under Whitewater SUP

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 14 2011

Waterfalls on a SUP Board!

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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Jul 06 2011

Ocoee SUP at its finest!

Published by under Whitewater SUP

The Middle Ocoee river is a summer time staple for the southeast.  Consistent flows and great class 3-4 whitewater make it a great proving ground for whitewater SUP.

There are many lines through all the big rapids.  Since we started SUP here 2 years ago we have graduated to many of the meatier raft lines.  Jon Shannon (above) is running the guts of Double Trouble!

Lines can be technical or stout, you choose!  Left line at Broken Nose (above)

Tablesaw is one of those rapids that flips kayakers, sends rafts crashing against the rocks and is very intimidating on a SUP.  This year we have been running main line.  250 feet of continuous waves 3 feet high or more.  (above)

If you are confident in class 2-3 on your SUP board, come out and see us on the Ocoee in Southeast TN.  Water temps are in the high seventies and we have releases from thursday to monday.  We have quiver of EmotionTraverse and some C4 inflatables.

See you all on the river


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May 09 2011

Imagine Surfer Review! Thanks! Blue Ridge SUP!

Published by under Whitewater SUP

One of the newest boards from Imagine Eco is the Surfer.  This is a beginners SUP with extreme stability and great surfing ability.

Surfing Ocoee River Style

Surfing Ocoee River Style

We tried the board on a glassy wave about 2 feet tall.  The Surfer was retentive and very good at making slow wide turns.

Nice smooth carves!

Nice smooth carves!

This board has a very unique hull design.  I say this after paddling DragoRossi kayaks.  Corran has taken the stingers and bottom chines and put them to good use on this board.

Bottom of the Surfer!

Bottom of the Surfer!

I found that the board handled well with or without skegs.  We tried from 4 to 9 inch skegs.  Without skeg it is very similar to surfing a loose whitewater kayak, fun but not out of control.

Lots of space to move around!

Lots of space to move around!

I said before that this is a beginner board.  Two people surfed yesterday who had NO experience surfing..AT ALL!  The Surfer top has a lotof space to move around on.  When you are learing to SUP you need a stable platform to get comfortable moving your feet.  The Surfer is perfect for learning these basic techniques.

Dead man surfing!

Dead man surfing!

TECHNICAL DATA for the Surfer: 

9’9” X 34” X 6”   Max Weight:300lbs   Board Weight: 44lbs

First time Surfing!

First time Surfing!


  The Surfer is not a replacement for the Rapidfire.  It is an able river runner and is made of bombproof plastic, but the lack of volume in the stern and the large flat top make it more prone to submersion than the Rapidfire.

I recommend this board for anyone who loves to surf and then river runs on the side.  The Surfer handled class 3 rapids nicely, caught eddies and made ferries easy too.

This board retails for $399.  It is worth every penny.  Get in touch with Chris at

Surf Blue Ridge 

for demos and sales.

See you on the river.




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