We have been very lucky the last few years and often find ourselves somewhere warm over the holiday season, which makes the traditional “New Years Day” paddle a pretty easy gig, with more focus on wearing our sun shirts than dry suits.

We’re hanging out in the northern realms this year and experiencing winter so thought we would give this winter paddling thing a go…

Kicking off the 2020 Paddling Season with Some Giggles

The snow seal launch into the river kicked things off with huge smiles and the day just got better from there, with more surfing and playing on the river than we anticipated, due to the super low water levels. While tempted to expand beyond front surfing and into stern squirts, we were all clear that the goal was to end the run with relatively dry heads, so that tempered the excitement a little bit.

Kicking off the 2020 Paddling Season with Some Giggles

After being off the water for a few months, this simple run down a low river was enough to remind us of why we love kayaking so much. The scenery was amazing, the river was peaceful and we were outside having fun with friends.

Kicking off the 2020 Paddling Season with Some Giggles

The best part of the day was the takeout. While this is normally a sad moment as your run is done, we realized that the local kids use the take out as a toboggan hill in the winter… After a slog to get up the hill, it was a no-brainer that we needed to get back in our kayaks and toboggan down. SO MUCH FUN – we could probably have stayed all afternoon.

Kicking off the 2020 Paddling Season with Some Giggles

The Antix was definitely the right boat for the day – stable and relatively dry yet still nimble enough to catch all the small surf waves to make things more interesting, as well as speedy yet controllable for the toboggan runs at the end!

AntiX

Jackson Kayak

$1,399.00

The Antix is a fun, responsive river runner with a focus on down-river play! The Antix will turn the river into your playground as you take advantage of every wave, hole, rock, and eddy. Squirts, spins, splats, and wheels have never been easier! Paddlers of all skill will find themselves styling their local Class-III. More advanced kayakers can add some serious spice to Class-IV and V runs. The unique hull synthesizes elements of creek and play boating, with forgiving edges and rollability on top of its loose and playful feel. Own the river today in an Antix! Available in three sizes, S,M, and L.

Small | Length: 7’4″ • Width: 25″ • Height: 13″ • Cockpit Size: 34″ x 19″ • Max Paddler: 80-130 lbs • Volume: 56 gal • Weight: 33 lbs • MSRP: $1399

Medium | Length: 7’9″ • Width: 26″ • Height: 13.5″ • Cockpit Size: 35″ x 20.5″ • Max Paddler: 120-190 lbs • Volume: 63 gal • Weight: 36 lbs • MSRP: $1399

Large | Length: 8’1″ • Width: 27″ • Height: 14″ • Cockpit Size: 36″ x 22″ • Max Paddler: 180-250 lbs • Volume: 72 gal • Weight: 42 lbs • MSRP: $1399

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