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Wind vs Current

Had an opportunity today to go for a paddle. My wife was running errands so it was a great opportunity to ride the assiniboine. She could drop me off a little ways out and pick me up down stream when I am done. Today was a good day, sun was out with a little cloud cover, high teens in temp and a little breezy (or so I thought). The current on the river is very swift at this time of year, so I was looking forward to that. But as soon as I turned the corner on my entry point side river and hit the swift current of the assiniboine, I was blasted with a head wind. Drat.  In most...

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Mark and I Tackle the Seine on our 13'2 Explorer and 12'6 Sport

A photo posted by Red River Paddle (@redriverpaddle) on May 8, 2016 at 1:45pm PDT   After enduring what always feels like a long winter (in SUP terms), we finally are feeling the effects of spring! So what better way to celebrate than to tackle another Manitoba River. We had a few requirements: something new both Mark and I have not ridden on yet quick. We only had a few hours carved out deep(ish) water only because we had our Black Project PURE Carbon paddles with us local within Winnipeg or close to After going back and forth a bit we decided to try out the Seine River. Its a twisty river (just look at our Strava map below), going through...

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Paddling the Brokenhead - Leg 1

Brokenhead Beginning A photo posted by Red River Paddle (@redriverpaddle) on Aug 3, 2015 at 11:39am PDT   In our quest to explore the rivers and lakes of Manitoba (and eventually beyond) we decided to tackle the Brokenhead.Kilometers of winding swift river awaited us. Because this was our first time, we decided to paddle the first leg (or what we are calling the first leg). Here are our Strava stats (not sure what happened to a section there where the GPS went crazy and we were all over the map.) It was beautiful. From the flowing dark river, to the technical sections with branches and turns, to the small rapids that made you second guess your balance as pictured below. Brokenhead Turbulence...

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Winnipeg Beach

Wanted to check out Winnipeg Beach with the family over the weekend. It has been a while since I last visit, and thought I could practice my Step Back Turn on my 10-6 ride in water that I am OK to fall in (and boy did I fall in ;) I would recommend hitting the beach next to the marked off swim area (just beyond the rocks to the South). It is wide open and all types of water craft are allowed. I did not know this, otherwise I would have just gone there. The life guard came up to me saying no paddle boards are allowed at provincial parks. Which I replied I was at Birds Hill park last month and it was...

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2 people, 2 boards and the Red River

Mark and I decided to tackle the Red River, it makes sense since it is this store's namesake.So taking our 12"6 Explorer on a hot Winnipeg afternoon, we started at the forks and made our way North.  The wind was strong and full in the face. But thankfully the current was in our favour. There were plenty of action on the water, from water taxis to speed boats. Even a couple of skiers and a small sail boat. A great time to be out on the water. It gives you a different perspective on the shoreline and bridges. Plus there were plenty of people fishing and just sitting by the water enjoying the day. Mark and I even answered some questions...

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