Posted in Endless River Adventures Newsroom, Gear Reviews | Posted on 03-06-2016|
ENDLESS RIVER ADVENTURES PARTNERING WITH LIQUIDLOGIC KAYAKS AND BIG DOG KAYAKS –
Nantahala Gorge, NC, March 6, 2016
Endless River Adventures today announced a partnership with kayak manufacturers Liquidlogic Kayaks and Big Dog Kayaks.
Located in the Nantahala Gorge- considered the epi-center for whitewater kayaking and outdoor adventure in the U.S., Endless River Adventures opened up an opportunity for these two companies after the end of a 20+ year relationship with Wave Sport Kayaks.
“Endless River Adventures is here today because of the support of the boating community,” reflected Endless co-founder Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff. “Over the years, we have been at the forefront showcasing innovative new boats, in part because we have always been a conduit for feedback between the paddling community and our manufacturing partners. This is an opportunity for us to make room in our Boaters Store for these two great companies.”
Liquid Logic and Big Dog create a partnership with Endless River Adventures that teams the market strengths of these companies and keeps that valuable connection with the paddling community. This partnership brings together the three companies’ shared passion and commitment to whitewater kayaking, and to keeping the industry vibrant and healthy.
ABOUT LIQUID LOGIC
Located in Fletcher, NC, along the banks of the Green River, Liquidlogic moved from dream to reality in 2000. The LL manufacturing center is a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient factory which provides unparalleled consistency in molding. What makes Liquidlogic exceptional is the team behind the brand. With over 100 years of combined paddling experience, Liquidlogic is a unique family of visionary craftsmen, world-class athletes, and industry veterans who know that the difference between good and great kayaks can make or break the best of days.
“I grew up paddling in the Nantahala Gorge,” shared Shane Benedict, co-founder of Liquidlogic, “first rafting and then kayaking. My paddling roots are all over the southeast but nowhere did I learn, evolve as a paddler, and start to grow my kayaking community more than the Nantahala Gorge. The Endless River crew has been a part of that community since very early in my career and I am very excited to close that circle and work more closely with them again.”
“Partnering with Liquidlogic was just logical,” added Jacobsen Kastorff. “We share a passion for whitewater kayaking, the people in the boats, and a commitment to seeing our industry continue to thrive.”
With Liquidlogic as a cornerstone, Endless River Adventures decided to make room for a second innovative brand of whitewater kayaks, one that shared the same passion and innovative spirit as Liquidlogic. That brand is Big Dog Kayaks.
ABOUT BIG DOG
Launched in 2009, Nottingham, England’s Big Dog Kayaks is the UK’s fastest growing whitewater canoe and kayak manufacturer. Their company development and corporate attitude parallel that of Liquidlogic. Their management team all have held down influential development and managerial roles within the paddle sport industry; and more important, they all actively paddle. Big Dog has only one focus, making the very best whitewater kayaks available.
With their Nantahala River location, Endless River Adventures provides the perfect location to be a retail demo center for the Liquidlogic and Big Dog brands. Demos will be available for each of the brands’ boats, including Liquidlogic’s newest creation, the Mullet, and Big Dogs’ new decked boat – the DropZone OC1.
For more upcoming information regarding Liquidlogic, Big Dog Kayaks and Endless River Adventures, please stay tuned to www.endlessriveradventures.com, as well as through our social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff
Endless River Adventures
Posted in Ecuador, Endless River Adventures Newsroom | Posted on 10-23-2015|
Endless River Adventures has increased its support of the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute (ERI) river conservation work in Ecuador with the donation of an Ecuador whitewater kayaking trip to help bolster ERI’s Save the Jondachi Campaign.
Formed in 2002, the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute targets river drainages which are important for recreational river use and advocates protecting river corridors for the benefit of maintaining the high levels of biodiversity and realizing sustainable, tourism-based economies in these areas.
Endless River Adventures has been a staunch supporter of ERI efforts since the early years of the Rio Napo Festival. Currently, ERI is working on trying to protect the Jondachi-Hollin-Misahualli-Napo ecological corridor, which is threatened with an impending dam project on the Jondachi River. In 2015, the first annual Jondachi Festival was held – bringing together local whitewater paddlers, the local community, politicians, and international whitewater paddlers. It was a great success! This years’ should be even better.
The approach that ERI takes in bringing together the local community with the international community falls in line with Endless River Adventures’ commitment to recognizing our responsibility to be shepherds of the rivers we love to paddle, and offer our support of/participation in organizations who share the same commitment.
For more information on contributing your support to the Save the Jondachi Fund and the efforts of the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute, check out this years information. To start dreaming of winning a trip to Ecuador, check out Endless River Adventures’ website for trip dates and details.
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IR Neo-Lined Guide Shorts: AKA “The Keep Your Cool”, Tight fitting neoprene shorts can be a great thing if you’re sitting in cold water all day, but tight fitting neoprene shorts on their own? Not so great as they are prone to tearing and, well, they’re tight-fitting shorts that can be unflattering. Our answer is IR’s Neoprene Lined Guide short. It’s two shorts in one- an IR Guide short with a separate 1.5mm neoprene inner short attached to the waistband. Because you’ll be warm while you keep your cool, this pair of shorts is the winner of our ‘Problem Solver’ category for 2015!
Posted in Endless River Adventures Newsroom | Posted on 06-05-2015|
Nano Short Sleeve Paddle Jacket: AKA “The Never Winter” IR’s new Nano short sleeve paddle jacket is a high performance, lightweight short sleeve paddling shell perfect for summertime playboating and river running. Because we know you’ll be day dreaming of the Ocoee when you try this top on, we’ve chosen it as our favorite piece of river gear for the Ocoee in 2015! Features – 70D Nylon, 3 layer fabric laminated with our proprietary WhiteOut™ waterproof breathable technology. Wide, one-piece sticky neoprene waistband, neoprene neck and bicep gaskets, no inner tunnel. All seams designed from the ground up to maximize seam tape performance.
Posted in Endless River Adventures Newsroom | Posted on 06-04-2015|
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