Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Paddle Pro App + 6 Essentials for Kayaking in the Triangle from Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Cameron Village

Looking to add a little more outdoor adventure to your life? A great late Summer, early Fall activity to do around the Triangle is kayaking. If you are looking to try kayaking and haven't done it before or need some guidance on how to get started, we discovered that Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Cameron Village has created an awesome online app that helps walk you through a short series of questions to find out exactly what you will need.

This new app is called Paddle Pro and you can find it at http://www.gopcpaddlepro.com/ . The app has six easy questions:
  • what do you want to do on the water?
  • where would you like to paddle?
  • what is your own experience level? 
  • how far do you want to go?
  • what do you want to carry in your boat? 
  • how much do you need to move around in the boat?
You will get results of which boats are the best match for your needs. You can click to make an appointment in the store and go in already knowledgeable about your paddling goals, experience, etc. Easy enough!

Great Outdoor Provision Co. has a lot of information on where to paddle in the Triangle area on their website as well as some great safety and planning videos.  You can also make an appointment to learn more about purchasing a kayak through the Paddle Pro app.

Once you are ready to get going we've got a great "hidden gem" location from GOPC for kayaking: Venture out to Durham, Three Rivers area, named after the convergence of the Eno, Little and Flat Rivers, which form the headwaters of the Neuse before Falls Lake. There are several launching points for canoes, and kayaks, but the Eno River boat ramp access off of Red Mill Road and Teknika Parkway in Durham is perhaps the most accessible. It's a relaxing paddle with a mix of open water and swampy areas.

Got questions? Check in with Chris Garrett, Raleigh Paddle Sports Department Manager is the resident expert in paddling at GOPC in Raleigh Cameron Village.

6 Essentials for a Kayaking trip in the Triangle from GOPC

1. NC-made Kayaks.

Plenty of variety of kayaks available at GOPC. Find the perfect one for you with the Paddle Pro app. The Hurricane brand is locally made in Warsaw, NC.

2. Paddles. 
These Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2 peice paddles are perfect for flat and slow-moving water. The Cannon Wave Slider Paddle has easier pull through the water and a large powerful blade which is good for heavier kayaks/canoes.

3. Yeti Coolers, Tumblers + Bags. Great Outdoor Provision Company has the newest coolers and styles in stock now. The Yeti Tundra 45 keeps drinks and food cold for multiple days of car camping or float trips (and college tailgates!) . The Tundra 45 is Yeti’s best all-purpose cooler and a top choice because of its versatile 26-can capacity and easy portability.

4. Cool, comfortable and stylish feather-weight Helinox chairs. These chairs are great for any outdoor activity including camping, outdoor concerts, football tailgating or backpacking trip. The company Helinox won design and outdoor awards for the slick light-weight design of these chairs. They easily break down to a small portable bag weighing less than 2 lbs!

5. Life vests. Astral is currently headquartered in Asheville, NC. These life vests combine incredible fit, lightweight construction and a great selection of technical features. Its versatility is perfect for sea kayaking or your favorite river or lake. The Linda is a beautifully designed, feature-rich women’s life vest.

6. Water repellent  gear bags. These bags bright colors and texture caught our eye. They are durable and water repellent and good for any kind of outdoor activity and travel. The blue version is especially great for Carolina fans (great gift idea)!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Late Summer/Early Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do! Cameron Village has also recently partnered with Jaguar Land Rover Cary and they were kind enough to provide us with a Range Rover Sport luxury vehicle for the day!

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