Month: May 2011 | Kayak Power




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Stop Dreaming……….Start Paddling
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That Darn WIND…

May 27, 2011 by mike swope

Do to current wind conditions and to the forecast for Saturday’s even higher wind predictions…….

Wind speed dallas 052711

We have decided to Re-schedule the fishing to the Fall


We’ll still be partnered with our friends at Bass Pro, and 

look forward to a great event, hopefully….

without the evil wind!!!!!


And Speaking of BPS, We’ll be there this….

Saturday from 10am –2pm with a kayak Demo that’s


& on Sunday too from 10-am-2pm with a Demo that’s



But if frees not your thing…….NO Problem

we’ll also have an

INTRO 2 KAYAKING on Sunday from 9am-3pm

Behind BPS on LRH!


Still just $125 per paddler & the best value in

North Texas Kayaking instruction from KayakPower!

All Inclusive with kayak and gear

Snacks and Drinks

Free Safety gear to keep

Free video and photos

Free return to class

Your fun and success is

100% Guaranteed!


And on that note,

I’d like to THANK ALL

the brave men & women that have

served or are currently serving our

country in the armed forces, here

and around the world, because

without their vigilance, honor and

dedication we could not live here in

freedom, in the greatest county in

the world,

God Bless the USA!


Fishing Tournament Lake Ray Hubbard this weekend!!

May 26, 2011 by mike swope

That’s right join us on LRH this Saturday behind


for the 1st annual BPS-KPC fishing tournament!



1st Annual Bass Pro Shops Kayak Power

Kayak Fishing Tournament

May 28th 7 A.M.-Noon

Bass Pro Shops Garland, TX

$500 Cash Guaranteed First Place

$30 Entry Fee

Measure Photo and Release

Big Bass Format

100% Payout

Launch will be from the Dock area at Bass Pro Shops

On Lake Ray Hubbard. (Weather Permitting)

Sign Up at Bass Pro Shops Garland, TX

(469) 221-2600

You can sign up at BPS in Garland

FIRST PRISE is $ 500 in cash!!

Of Course you’ll be fishing from a kayak,

7am to 12 noon

and there are a few more rules too…..

Kayak Tournament Official Rules

  1. Pre register at Bass Pro Shops Garland TX, (469)-221-2600.
  2. Must register by 10PM on 5/27/11 night before tournament.
  3. Launch will be held at the Dock area behind Bass Pro Shops on Lake Ray Hubbard (weather permitting) at 7AM.
  4. Trailering will not be permitted.
  5. All participants must wear a USCG approved Life Jacket.
  6. Participants must fish from kayak.
  7. Participants must have a digital camera to take pictures of fish.
  8. Fish will be measured from tip of mouth to end of tail. Do not pinch tail.
  9. All pictures must be clear and show the measuring device that we will provide the morning of tournament. If the picture is not clear or not measured properly it will be disqualified.
  10. Black Bass, Kentucky Spotted, and Smallmouth Bass only species allowed.
  11. All fish must be a minimum of 14 inches to participate.
  12. Artificial Bait Only with the exception of prepared pork rind.
  13. All participants must sign release waiver when signing up.
  14. Participants under 18 must have parental consent on waiver.
  15. 100% payback through cash, prizes, and gift cards.
  16. Participants must be back at dock area by Noon.
  17. No fishing within 100ft of dock.
  18. No motors allowed
  19. Kayaks Only
  20. Pay out is one spot for every 5 entries.
  21. Nets are permitted.

 We have a special $10 dollar kayak rental too

@ BPS on lake on Saturday

RSVP to make sure we have a kayak for you!

H A T S RULES Lake Murry

May 24, 2011 by mike swope


Another  HATS Dad’s & Daughters weekend but this time,

with good weather and we all know what warm air and

warm water do to kayakers……….



They turn into splash ninja’s….well at least the Dad’s do….


The girls have a great time learning new skills

& having fun too…….


Unless I drive them crazy with the camera….hehehehe…


In fact everyone did so well I asked some of them to..


Take a bow..

Kayak humor!!!


Fun on the ground… with KaPOW! Kipp


Fun with Dad…


Fun with the girls


Fun on the Water


Fun in the water…

And for all the fun pictures….see below



A special THANKS to Hayley and Gary for the special

support of Hats and of Kayaking with KPC too!


Low water LLELA

May 23, 2011 by mike swope

OK who shut off the water???  It was flowing in the 300rd’s

all week until…………..…Sunday!!!  REALLY???????


You can see just how low the water was by how wide our beach is at the break…..


Does that mean we didn’t have a great day on the water??



We ate……


we floated


we waded


and had a good time on a great day with some new friends!


Check out all the photos below and join us for the next trip

June 17th for an evening paddle,

on the Beaver Pond Trail

June 18th at our normal time on the river and

early morning run on the 19th too!

3 dates 3 ways to have fun

with KayakPower!


BSA 1914 Rocks LLELA, scouts survive, parents and leaders…well

May 19, 2011 by mike swope


They survived to , not to worry the leaders told us they have at least a 80/20 rule so were still good!!!!!

As you can see the weather was tough, but we pushed through as best we could….


We saw a few critters but for some reason they we shy…

P5150011no I mean the critters on the river!!!!


The scouts, well they had some fun too both in the kayaks



And out too!



Over all I think it was a good day on the river…..



Stop dreaming and START paddling!


Where to eat at Lake Murry??

May 18, 2011 by mike swope

That’s the easy question of the day……….



See the sailboat, in that corner is the best little place on the

whole lake to grab a burger, it’s called MOM and POPS.

They are at the intersection of 77s and Enville-Ran road

give them a call at 580 276 4900 and get your order to go,

and don’t forget the homemade pie either, it’s so good, we

call ahead to make sure they have enough for us!!!


Tell Wayne or Audra we said to call or stop in, and just in

case you need a place to stay they have very nice

accommodations in trailers and they are busy working on

the cabins too, so if you find yourself at Lake Murry and

need a clean and comfy place to stay, along with great


Well now you know!! 

By the way the hamburger with Brisket is…….

 O U T S T A N D I N G!

HATS off to our High Adventure friends!

May 18, 2011 by mike swope

UPDATE  see below Steve Goss’s Hi-Res Photos!!!


And a big thanks to Gary and Hayley too! for sharing the group with us!

Also a Special thanks to the main man Kipp

Without his services we would be living in a world where…

no one knows how to splash,

Thank You ….Kipp from the bottom of our paddles!!!


And by the by…

You might want to check out the cool picks we shot too, with photo credit to Brian and Todd too, Thanks Guys!!!

Thankfully we have another weekend of fun with HATS



Nice job Steve, including the WWF duct tape takedown !

Free Safety Equipment

May 12, 2011 by mike swope

Given out at the Free REI Clinic, yes KayakPower, is thinking of you, when we do the clinics at REI


Nettie give the 411 on PFD’s, PDQ to the VIP’s

we give you a whistle. Why a whistle, well the United

States Coast Guard, and the State of Texas requires a

signaling device on all human powered watercraft,

Sound Producing Devices
  • Any vessel less than 12 meters in length (39.4 ft.) is required to carry a whistle or horn, or some other means to make an efficient sound to signal intentions and position in periods of reduced visibility.

and currently it can be an expensive lesson to be learned at

the hands of a marine safety officer in the form of a ticket,

so that’s why!

And yes we talked about hulls, and paddle and pfd’s too,

along with how to transport and store you kayak, but

mostly we talk about what fun it is to be the Capitan of

your our craft and enjoy paddling for paddling.


Of course we might also mention, the new

Beaver Pond Paddling Trail at LLELA open this weekend


or the REI Paddle Fest and the Wind Festival

at Trammell Crow Park off the Trinity near Downtown

where we’ll also be demoing yaks from 12-4 on Saturday


Don’t wait till Monday and say, gosh, I could have paddled

Stop Dreaming, and Start Paddling with us this weekend!

Wednesday Weekend Update

May 11, 2011 by mike swope

Wow what a great Tuesday we had being a small part of the Texas Paddle Trails opening at LLELA!

IMAG0022Cool sign, and below you can see

Richard Ray with Fox4 doing the standup with Dr. Steigman

before we hit the trail in the kayaks….


And We’d also like to THANK… everyone at LLELA

and REI, and the USACE, for their vision and hard work!


To bad we got bumped from the news cast for really

important stuff like the Presidential visit, but I was told that

this trail would be featured soon on the Lone Star

Adventures on Fox 4 with Richard Ray!!


Did I mention the alligator??  We finally got it on film, and a

Big Thanks too to David who risked his very expensive

professional video camera to join yours truly in a kayak so

we could film from the trail!

Hopefully David with send the gator footage to post online!

Hope to see you on the trail!

Tuesday is almost here…

May 9, 2011 by mike swope

And we’ll be at the Texas Paddle trail opening at LLELA!

Come check it out Tuesday or this weekend and you’ll be

amazed at the bounty of wildlife you can see in/at

the Beaver Pond at LLELA!


We’ll also be paddling with our friend Richard Ray and

Channel 4 so if you can’t make the pond, not to worry

you can check us out on the television too!



REI Free Clinic returns Tuesday May the 10th 7pm in the

boat department of REI – Dallas

Join us for the how to select your boat clinic and learn

about kayaks, gear and equipment that will keep you

safe and happy paddling all summer long from the premier

paddling shop in North Texas, Recreational Equipment Inc.!


PS, we’ll talk about the wind festival too!

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