Holiday Hours

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Please note our holiday hours:

Dec. 25- Closed

Dec. 31- 10 am – 4 pm

Jan. 1 – Closed.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Gift Ideas for a Kayaker

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There are so many fun pieces and important safety items that paddlers will be stoked to receive over the holidays.

 

Gifts under $25 & Stocking stuffers

Harmony Marine/Sports Whistle $6.75

Silverfoot floating eyewear strap $12.99

Seal Line 10L Storm Dry bag $19.95

Harmony high volume bilge pump $25

Gifts under $100

Northwater Micro Throw Bag w/ whistle $30

Beluga Paddle float $55

Harmony Drifter Paddle $70

Platypus hydration pack $89.99

Harmony AF 6.5 PFD $99.95

Gifts under $250

Bomber Gear Blitz dry splash top $104.99

Harmony Kayak Cart $111.99

Adventure Technology Pursuit Paddle $149.00

Kokatat MsFit Tour PFD $164.00

Aqualung Quantum stretch full 3mm wetsuit $169.95

Gifts under $500

Thule SUP Taxi horizontal rooftop SUP carrier $259.95

Arcteryx Beta LT Hardshell jacket $400

Werner Camano Neutral Bent Shaft Paddle $466

Perception Prodigy XS kids’ kayak $459

Perception Conduit 9.5 kayak (includes free Drifter paddle!) $495

 Gifts over $500

Dagger Zydeco 11′ kayak $689

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 $1009

Perception Tribute 12.0 Ultralight $1419

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 $1459 (limited time price!)

 

 

 

 

Christmas gift ideas for a hiker or camper

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No matter what your budget there are pieces of gear that a camper and/or hiker could always use. We’ve compiled a short list of ideas for you.

Gifts under $25 & Stocking stuffers

Bear bell (assorted colours) $3.50

Backpackers Pantry meals $6.50-$14.50

Nalgene 32oz bottle $14.00

Smartwool Socks $19.99-$34.99

Nikwax Leatherproofing $11.99 (a great stocking stuffer for someone getting new boots for xmas!)

Gifts under $100

Vancouver & Sunshine Coast Backroad Mapbook $25.99

Black Diamond Orbit Lantern $35.00

Counter Assault Bear Spray $51.00

Sea to Summit collapsible camping X-pot $59.99

Leatherman Squirt $62.00

Platypus hydration pack $89.99

MSR Whisperlite camp stove $89.95

Gifts under $250

Black Diamond Trekking Poles $60-$144.95

Smartwool NTS 250 bottoms (men’s and women’s) $124.99

Patagonia Torrentshell hardshell jacket $149

Scarpa Kailash hiking boot $239.99

Dueter Futura Air Contact 45+10L pack $240

Gifts under $500

Patagonia Down Sweater (men’s and women’s) $269

Deuter Air Contact 55+10L Pack $280

MSR Elixir 3-person tent $310

Arcteryx Beta LT Hardshell jacket $400

 

 

Tips for paddling in BC in fall and winter

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If you live or visit BC’s Sunshine Coast throughout the year, there is no reason to pack away your kayak or stand-up paddleboard once Labour Day rolls around. As we mentioned in a previous post, we are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world in which we are not limited to paddling only in the summer. But to comfortably and safely enjoy our waters year-round, one does have to do a little planning and preparation. So here are some of our tips to get you out on the water from September through May:

1. Stay dry and stay warm

Keeping warm in chilly weather is essential not just for enjoyment, but also for safety and keeping dry is the best way to keep warm. There are many ways for you to protect yourself from the elements. Dry tops, dry pants or full drysuits are all options a paddler has to keep themselves dry. Good rain shells may be a reasonable option if you are staying close to the shore and have a change of clothing in case you go in the drink.

Additionally, if you are kayaking, you likely have the option of fitting your kayak sprayskirt. This will keep the cockpit area dry; however, you should ensure that you are familiar with release mechanisms of your sprayskirt and comfortable performing a wet exit whilst wearing one for your safety.

2. Insulate

Okay, so you’re dry, but that alone isn’t always enough to keep you warm. So what do you do? Well, as most west coasters already know, the key to comfort is layering. So what do you don underneath your dry top or rain shell? There are a variety of synthetic and wool options, as well as blends. You can choose lightweight base layers which essentially perform the role of performance long underwear. These should be breathable and flexible – they should not impede your range of motion. In only moderately cool temperatures you may find that this layer and your dry gear is enough to keep you comfortable as you’re paddling and expending energy.

On colder days or when you take a lunch or rest break, you may need some additional garments. Again, flexible synthetics or wools are your best options. When finding a fit, make sure you’re considering the other garments you’ll be wearing it with. Wool and many synthetics, like Polartec, provide some insulation even if they do get wet. Whatever you do, you want to remember that cotton is not your friend when you’re on or in the water. It actually manages to pull heat away from your body when it becomes wet, cooling you faster. This is why you will hear the mantra, “cotton kills” in various sporting communities. Cotton has its place, but that place isn’t on a kayak or paddleboard (or canoe), particularly not during a Canadian winter.

Don’t forget to protect your hands and feet. Often neoprene boots and gloves are the most practical way to keep your extremities warm and comfortable, considering that they may very well get wet.

3. Stay informed

We have to acknowledge that our weather can change fairly quickly. Even though it may look like a great day to hit the water when you look out the window, it is important to have a good idea of what to expect throughout the day. Will the winds pick up? Is there a storm blowing in? Is rain or snow on the way? Environment Canada is a great resource for this information and its website is the first place we look when we’re heading out on the water.

4. Communicate

Who knows that you are heading out in/on your watercraft? Does anyone know where you’re going? When you’re coming back? It’s smart to provide this information to someone whenever you head out on the water, regardless of time of year. This is even more critical if you’re heading out on your own.

Additionally, if you are exploring coastal waters, someone in your group ought to have a VHF radio. This will allow you to communicate with other boaters, should you require assistance or even the coast guard if further help is necessary or an emergency arises. Sticking close to shore in populated areas often means a cell phone will suffice, but you should be aware if that is not the case. Also, you may want to consider waterproofing your mobile phone, whether that is by storing it in a dry bag or by purchasing a smart case for it, to enjoy full usage while waterproofed.

Kayaking is not just a summer activity on the Sunshine Coast

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The BC coast offers many outdoor activities that locals and visitors can take advantage for much, if not all, of the year. And while it does cool down here over the fall and winter, we’re very lucky to be able to enjoy the water all year round.

As we approach autumn, we still enjoy relatively long days and mild temperatures. This is the time of year that a lot of marine life is on the move. Salmon are running in local rivers, orcas have been spotted and humpbacks will be passing through on their way to the southern oceans for our winter. Local waterways also provide a spectacular new perspective on the scenery we enjoy here whether that is on a perfect sunny day or a more West Coast day with the mountains and inlets shrouded in mist and fog. Plus, the waters just aren’t quite as busy as they are in summer, so what better time to enjoy them?

Make sure you’re prepared for the weather conditions. Check them before you head out: https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e.html?mapID=02&siteID=14301
Stay tuned; we’ll be posting some tips on how best to enjoy fall, winter and spring paddling to the fullest soon!

Sunshine Coast Paddleboard Festival- July 12, 2015

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Alpha Adventure is once again proud to host the Sunshine Coast Paddleboard Festival. Sunday July 12, 2015.

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park- Sechelt, BC,  9 am – 2 pm

Stand up paddle boarding, demos, clinics, culture, and recreational racing– A great day of SUP activities!

Proceeds donated to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – (Coast Guard Auxiliary)

More info: http://outdooradventurestore.ca/stand-up-paddleboard/sunshine-coast-paddle-board-festival/

May Long Weekend- Rentals Available

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Enjoy the long weekend by spending some time on the water. We have kayak and SUPS available for rent- and awesome guides ready to show you the very best of the Sunshine Coast!

Banff Mountain Film Festival- Nov. 28

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We are proud to be the longest running co-sponsor of this event on the Sunshine Coast. The Tet outdoor club brings this festival to Elphinstone Secondary on Nov. 28. This year is sure to be a sold out event. Get your tickets at our Outdoor Adventure Store.