November is kind of an exciting time around the Blackfly shop. It’s the time of year when things start to settle down bit, and gives me a chance to catch up, catch my breath, look back, and look ahead.
Over the past few years, the Option has undergone a good bit of evolution. This week’s “From the Shop” looks at the different versions and explains the changes, and how to identify them.
This is the first in a semi-regular series of posts titled “From the Shop,” focusing on the production side of things here at Blackfly Canoes. Today’s topic: Color. I get asked about colors of boats just about every day. I know it’s important to people, and I wish Blackfly could offer every color of the rainbow. But the reality is it’s just not possible, and to get into why, we need to look behind the scenes a bit.
After two years of hearing all the talk about it, I finally got to go to my first Gauley Fest. What better time to hit the Upper Gauley for the first time, right? And what better boat to do it with than the octane 85? A crew of 12 open boaters hit the upper on Saturday of the festival almost bright and not early enough for Mark Z.. I’ll be honest; I was a little nervous peeling out of the put-in eddy. The Gauley has the big-water and beatdown stories that can put the fear of God in you. Continue reading
The Green River Narrows is one of the most iconic steep creeks in the Southeast. Most paddlers see it as a right of passage and daydream at least once about running it. After three years of kayaking and just a summer of open boating, I finally saw the creek at the November 2012 Green Race. I watched as kayaker after kayaker cut between the narrow channel of the Notch and sailed off the launchpad of Gorilla Rapid into the whitewater chaos 16′ below. From that day I started to dream. Continue reading
Some action from BeaverFest 2013 in the OCtane 91.
In April, Blackfly Team Paddler Brad McMillan set a new OC-1 world waterfall record. Here’s Canoe and Kayak’s write-up.