- Paddle Scabbard by North Water Paddle Sports
- Paddle Britches by North Water Paddle Sports
- Green Friday – Thanks and Giving
- Kayak Eskimo Rolling Clinics – Winter 2013-2014
- Paddler’s Pool Practice – Winter 2013-2014
- Vacationers on Hudson from up North
- Lendal Cadence – Straight Shaft
- Lendal Storm – Straight Shaft & Modified Crank Shaft
- A very full day on the water
- November Kayak Option Upgrade Sale!!!! Ends 11/23/13
Paddle Britches by North Water Paddle Sports
The well renowned Paddle Britches (or chaps for Chihuahuas) have been updated for 2014 to be easier to use in the field and portable so as to attach to any kayak you wish without having to disassemble the perimeter lines. The ultimate purpose is to be able to store your spare paddle on your foredeck, or rear deck for that matter, without gouging the deck with the ends of your disassembled paddle. In this newest iteration of the Britches each sleeve is reinforced with a rigid plastic conical tube which makes threading the paddles in a breeze. The attachment is by way of heavy 4 heavy duty hook/loop straps that go under your perimeter lines. Plenty of adjustability allows for a great range in positioning on the deck of the kayak and what lines you attach to. Best thing is if you paddle more than one kayak you can take the Britches from boat to boat just by unfastening the straps.
North Water Paddle Britches on a P&H Cetus HV
Thanksgiving provides us with a quiet moment for reflection. We have much to be thankful for and it is a great gift to be here.
We recently celebrated our tenth anniversary as The River Connection and to celebrate this milestone we are once again holding our Green Friday Sales Event. Just in case you are not able to make it to our Showroom in Hyde Park on Friday, Special Event pricing is good from Friday, November 29 through Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Why Green? Black Friday just doesn’t sound like much fun.
Green, for getting outdoors to go paddle.
Green, for the go-ahead to go out and play!
Green, for thinking positive and looking ahead to Spring.
Green for savings of 20% on all Kayaking, Canoe and Paddleboard Accessories, Paddle Clothing, Snowshoes as well as Specials on select Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards.
Eskimo Rolling Clinic
Culinary Institute of America Student Recreation Center pool
Session 1 : 2-3 participants 10am-11:30am
Session 2 : 2-3 participants 11:30am-1pm
December 8th, 2013
- Session 1 = 1 Space Available
- Session 2 = 1 Space Available
February 9th, 2014
April 6th, 2014
Overcome the urge to wet exit in the event of a capsize, add to yourskill set and learn to roll your kayak in a controlled setting. Abomb-proof roll is a fundamental skill for the whitewater boater and a great confidence booster for the sea kayaker encountering rough water conditions.
Following the skill building approach, each participant will learn and practice proper wet exit techniques. Types of rolls introduced will include the C-to-C and Sweep. The elements of each roll will be introduced and practiced in a progressive approach: the setup (getting into position to begin the roll); the support phase (using a paddle, hands or float for support on the water) and; the hip snap (bringing the boat underneath you to sit upright and completing the roll).
The goal is to develop a clear progression of steps so with practice will instill the muscle memory to execute this maneuver effortlessly. This skill can be accomplished using a properly outfitted whitewater or sea kayak.
This is an intensive hands-on skills clinic with a maximum of 3 participants per 90 minute session. Please call ahead for additional instructions and clothing requirements, thanks.
Drop us a line for reservations and info as we limit the attendance to
3 participants in each clinic. firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s cold outside but it’s 85 degree water temps at the Culinary Institute of America Student Recreation Center from 10am-1pm.
December 15th, 2013
February 16th, 2014
March 23rd, 2014
April 13th, 2014
Dust off the snow & bring your kayak or canoe and brush up on your paddling skills at a Pool Practice. The warm and clear waters in a pool provide for a great learning space. Practice rescues, wet exits, rolling, maneuvering. Keep your skill set current and pick up some new ones with the American Canoe Association certified Instructors of the River Connection. We consider pool sessions a Paddling Skills Continuing Education Program – bring your gear and let us help your skills develop with critical eye evaluations.
This is a BYOBoat, paddle and personal floatation device event. Please call ahead for additional instructions and clothing requirements, thanks.
Drop us a line for reservations as we limit the attendance to 10 boaters in the pool. email@example.com / 845-229-0595
While out on yesterday’s paddle a few visitors likely from up north.
Mature Bald Eagle Looking for Lunch
Couldn’t get a picture of the capture on an iPhone in an Aquapac. Just not the range.
Champ on his southward migration
A little background on my style of paddling; I’m Marshall Seddon, the full time Owner/Instructor of The River Connection, avid kayak racer that does better than OK in the race results, habitual high angle paddler that can also use a Greenland Stick, ACA certified instructor, whitewater, sea kayak and adaptive paddling backgrounds, 6′ 190lbs, each of the paddles are 215cm long 2 piece configurations.
$295 Straight Shaft 2 Piece Fiberglass Cadence Paddle w/std. carbon spigots
Weight FG: 26.1 oz (740 g)
Weight Carbon: 24.6 oz (697 g)
15 5/8″ x 6 3/4″ Blade face (measured from tip to shoulder of paddle)
19 3/4″ x 6 3/4″” Blade face (measured from tip to end of hozzle)
Blade Surface Area: 625 cm2
Our new Cadence Paddle has arrived. A carbon/glass shaft and rugged fiberglass blades results in a pleasing swing weight with great return on every stroke. Designed to suit all paddlers from novice to advanced; it is built to allow the novice paddler to move up to an intermediate skill level seamlessly.
Observations thus far:
Subtle but refined dihedral to the center of the blade with a bit less width than a Werner Shuna and an ounce lighter, with the noticeable difference in shaft shape. This sits absolutely naturally in my hands so I’m expecting like with it’s cousin the Storm, rolling, sculling, prying, etc. the blade orientation will be automatic as the direction can be felt in the shaft shape rather than feeling for the blade resistance. I’m looking forward to putting some miles on this paddle!
Lendal Cadence Power Face
Lendal Cadence Back Face
Lendal Cadence Edge Profile
Lendal Cadence Dihedral
The Lendal Pad-Lock System
11/16/13 Hudson River, Hyde Park, NY
Conditions: Positively flat calm with no wind. Good to minimize the environmental variables so as to get an accurate feel on the paddle. Distance covered, about two miles of mixed intensity paddling.
On the initial couple of strokes one of the first things I noticed was the very natural feeling ergonomically indexed grip areas. I’ll have to measure my grip width but just for reference my grip area is in my body’s strongest push up position, a hand width wider than the points of my shoulders (I take a 42 jacket). My hands fell on the inner edge of the grip area with plenty of grip area outboard of my hands. Anyone that takes a size 46+ jacket will have space to spare.
There are no drip rings on the paddle. I’m right handed so with a 45 degree feather to the blades drippage would land on my foredeck near my feet. While it doesn’t phase me typically paddling a P&H Cetus MV with sprayskirt other paddlers that are used to drip rings might want to add a set.
As I mentioned that the grip areas are ergonomically shaped, it allows for extremely good kinesthetic feedback for determining the blade angle without having to think about it. I look forward to this shaft shape in the hands of beginners who have a habit of twirling or losing orientation of the paddle blades on more rounded shafts. Like the indexing on Saltwood paddles this will likely eliminate that tendency for the blades to wander if someone is strangling the paddle.
The Shaft/Blade combination has an unexpected springy feel much like a wood shaft like on a Mitchell Black Magic or Saltwood Hustle. This helps attribute to a phrase that kept coming up in my on-water notes on this paddle, Very Smooth.
Continuing with the Very Smooth theme, the blades exhibited no flutter in any high or mid height angle no matter how hard I would pull on the blade or rotate in a stroke. The bite of the blades, again Very Smooth. I felt that I had plenty of power to the blade but could paddle all day without fatigue.
On sculling for support, sculling draws and prying, solid pressure build up on the blade that provided a very supportive feel. The 215cm length felt a little long. I could probably use a 210cm as effectively but this might be a bit of an illusion due to the longer throat of the blade before it flares out into it’s powerface.