Win an EPIC V5 Kayak!

Want to win an Epic Kayaks & Paddles V5? Our series sponsor, Southern Paddlesports  giving away two of them of this year!! Find out how below:

Option 1: Become a top finisher in the overall Kentucky Waterman Series and win raffle tickets towards the boat at the end of the season.

Option 2:  Enter the 4th Annual Taylorsville Lake Paddle Battle and purchase raffle tickets for $5.00 each when you register on Paddleguru. The Top 3 finishers in each class/category in the 10 mile & 6 mile races will win tickets as well!: 3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, and 1 for 3rd.

Option 3: Tickets are also available to the public for $10 by contacting Southern Paddlesports at Southpaddle@gmail.com.

Epic V5 Specs:

 14' rotomold kayak built with a surfski style cockpit and comes with a standard understern rudder. It's 23.6" width makes it a stable boat, that is comfortable for short touring, especially with it's rear hatch for storage. Although designed for surfing in on waves at the coasts, it is a very capable flatwater boat that can take some tougher water, due to the molded plastic construction. The boat's MSRP is $1445.00,

Kentucky Waterman Series Series Sponsor Profile: Southern Paddlesports

Kentucky Waterman Series Series Sponsor Profile: Southern Paddlesports

As we were pulling together the idea for the Kentucky Waterman Series, one of our most ardent supporters of the concept was Pat Dour, owner of Southern Paddlesports; a performance paddlesports company based in Taylorsville, Kentucky.  

A Guide To Finding Calm In Red River Gorge

When your body finally tells you to eat, make your way to one of the gorge’s staple spots. Grab pizza at Miguel’s or a burger at Red River Rock House. Fill your empty stomach and forget to count the carbs, the calories, the grams of sugar in your Ale 8. Meet the people seated with you — the group of businessmen from California, the RRG regulars, the guys who live a neighborhood over from you.

Port Oliver Trail carves out a place in Bowling Green

Port Oliver Trail carves out a place in Bowling Green

Since the middle of January, KyMBA has been cutting the Port Oliver Trail, dubbed “Twisted Oliver.”  The four-mile trail weaves through 25 acres of woods at Barren River Lake, adjacent to Port Oliver.  As the name suggests, Twisted Oliver snakes through the trees with switchbacks and sharp berms for a fast and fun ride.  

It’s Only Going Up From Here: Climbing gym opens in Bowling Green

It’s Only Going Up From Here: Climbing gym opens in Bowling Green

In August of 2016 the Vertical Excape Facebook page made a very cryptic post many months after announcing the plans for a Bowling Green location. It was an unremarkable photo of a warehouse. There was no caption, no context, just the structure. To most it didn’t mean anything, but to the underground climbing community of Bowling Green, it was huge. The two-tone, metal building attached to an existing fitness center would be home to Bowling Green’s first climbing gym.  

2015-2016 KSNPC Report

2015-2016 KSNPC Report

We are proud to announce that the Explore Kentucky Initiative was featured in the Kentucky State Nature Preserve Commission’s (KSNPC) biennium report to the governor and the Kentucky state legislature. KSNPC is a state agency that was created in 1976 to protect the best remaining natural areas in the state, to preserve Kentucky's natural heritage, and to help citizens recognize our dependency on healthy ecosystems.

The Spoke Easy: Everyone Is Welcome

The Spoke Easy: Everyone Is Welcome

The Spoke Easy is the newest addition to one of the hippest small towns in Kentucky. Located in downtown Campbellsville, TSE is the city's first bike shop in a couple of decades. The outdoor recreational scene is growing in the area because of the great trails at Green River Lake State Park, making this the perfect time for a bike shop to open.

EKI on the Kentucky Paddlecraft Registration Rumors

EKI on the Kentucky Paddlecraft Registration Rumors

It is our understanding that no such policy has been introduced into any KYDFWR plans. However, KYDFWR is seeking to start a conversation with Kentucky’s growing paddle sports community on how to address individuals’ needs as paddlers; education, safety and infrastructure like docks and portage trails.

Breaks Interstate Park Re-bolting Initiative

Breaks Interstate Park Re-bolting Initiative

From December 6 -January 1 we’re donating $500 from the the sales of our EKI Boot and EKI No.3 Decals to help match a grant from the Access Fund to the Southwest Virginia Climbers Coalition  to re-bolt several routes with modern hardware at our partner organization Breaks Interstate Park.

Fall Color Weekend at Pine Mountain Settlement School

Fall Color Weekend at Pine Mountain Settlement School

Tucked into a beautiful valley on the north side of Pine Mountain in Harlan County, this 100 year-old boarding-school-turned-education-and-retreat-center is worth the effort it takes to get to its remote location.

Big South Fork River Dash Recap

Big South Fork River Dash Recap

This weekend my heart was warmed to see so many people from across our nation taking the opportunity to visit of one of Kentucky’s gems; the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. I feel blessed that we hosted such a diverse showing of craft in a first-year event with a rowing shell, SUPs, an outrigger canoe, canoes, kayaks, surfskis, ICF K-1s and a tandem surfski along our 8-mile course.

Let the Children Play With Sticks

Let the Children Play With Sticks

  A few weeks ago, my good friend Gerry James was kind enough to come visit and speak at one of my events at the Brown County Library in Mt. Orab, Ohio. I asked him to bring ‘adventure’ and ‘outdoor exploration’ to our young people, and he delivered so much more. He brought a beautiful message from the Explore Kentucky Initiative, of his adventure paddling 137 miles on the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Louisville, that did spark enthusiasm and excitement in the children. The children were given an opportunity to get a close up, hands on view of the SUP board that was used in the presentation.

Birding for Millennials

Birding for Millennials

There are many ways to walk on a trail. There are times when I walk in order to talk with a friend, get to know a person. Other times, I walk by myself, wondering as I wander like the Kentuckian folksinger John Jacob Niles. When, at 26 years old, a misplaced Kentuckian living in Montana, I learned how to “bird,” I found yet another way to walk, a way where my tinkering mind quieted, and I could hold each present moment, lingering in the forest, in the meadow, by the wetland, with my binoculars fixed to my eyes, watching wild birds do their secret magic of flying, full of hollow bones, covered in a quilt of feathers.

Louisville Group Spends Weekend Kayaking and Camping in LBL Backcountry

Louisville Group Spends Weekend Kayaking and Camping in LBL Backcountry

As the sun began to sink below the horizon, we packed up our gear. We wished them well for the long evening ahead and for the last leg of their trip. Their exhausted smiles will forever be etched in my memory. Smiles that only come from contentment from an excellent day on the river with friends. Perhaps by the time they return, we’ll have larger kayaks ourselves. And we’ll be strong enough to keep up with their speed. If not, we’ll offer them trail magic again, and find a few more lessons learned.