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On The Other Side Of Fear, Lies Freedom

September 14, 2017

Kayak camping

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the water and anything associated with it. Boats, waterfalls, the ocean, a meandering creek… It doesn’t matter what exactly it is, I just have a deep love for all things H2O. There’s one caveat, though, and that’s deep bodies of water where I can’t see the bottom. The more precise name for this is thalassophobia and the effects it has on me are profound.

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The Ultimate Road Trip Accessory

September 07, 2017

Oru Kayak in Canada

Picture this: Two Canadians, sporting Canadian tuxedos (all denim everything), maritime folk ditties on the radio, the smell of maple syrup potent, with kayaks and lobster bibs folded in the back seats of the car. We west coast kids were ready to take on the east.

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Alessandra the Brave

August 31, 2017

Learning to kayak

I am now two for two in attendance at the Kirkwood Outessa event, both times with Oru Kayak as an ambassador. This is one of my favorite events to attend, and there are so many reasons. The women come to Outessa looking for an escape, looking for answers, to learn new skills, to have bonding time with friends, and to make new friends. Those are just some of the reasons.

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Phantom Lake

August 28, 2017

Kayaking on secluded lake

Phantom Lake is a glacial and snow fed lake deep in the heart of the Sunshine Coast Mountains of British Columbia. With no official trails in, out or even at the lake, this location is extremely difficult to access and explore on foot. Fortunately we had two kayaks and a float plane to get us there so we could see this place for ourselves and paddle the lake.

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Three Islands, Two Kayaks and One Salty Pup

August 24, 2017

Kayaking with dogs

Tired, slightly delirious and running off of cold brew and almond milk, we arrived at Lieberhaven Marina. Dave was just beginning to start what we came to learn as his morning routine restoring boats, telling stories and upkeeping the marina. Lucy, our dog, quickly became infatuated with Put-Put, Dave’s elderly basenji mix, and left us to follow Put-Put around the boat docks and sandy beach. If the sun hadn’t just rose, we could’ve said she was running away with Put-Put into the sunset. But this wasn’t the case, and we had a full day of kayaking planned ahead of us and needed to get settled into our quirky marina cottage for the long weekend.

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Celebrating Comfort on the Green River

August 17, 2017

Chris Brinlee Oru Kayak Blog Post

Sweat dripped down my brow. It was hot. So inexplicably hot—such a contrast from the snowy alpine playground I had visited a just few days earlier; and that which had defined my past year of adventures while on a campaign to “Celebrate Discomfort.” Christian Lanley (my climbing and creative partner) and I had arrived in Moab, Utah the day before—and were now paddling down a 100 mile-long stretch of the renowned Green River.

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