With 2013 behind us, many paddlers are looking back at their paddling accomplishments from 2013 and feeling good about what they were able to do with their kayak, canoe or paddleboard. I wanted to get a sense for exactly what people had accomplished over the past year so I started asking around. Here were the most common 10 that I heard:
- Buying a first kayak, canoe or paddleboard. No wonder we had to ship so many kayaks out last year! 2013 was a year that many paddlers made their first big purchase and they were certainly proud of it.
- Going kayaking more than in 2012. For many paddlers, just getting out more than they did in 2012 was their biggest accomplishment. I can attest, making time for paddling can sometimes be hard but always worth it!
- Not flipping over, falling out of the kayak, or losing anything over board. Add a couple of gear leashes and you’ll be a shoe-in for this accomplishment in 2014.
- Taking on a particularly long or strenuous paddling trip. Going on a long kayak camping trip or taking on a difficult whitewater river is a big accomplishment and in 2013 many paddlers were able to do just that!
- Visiting a certain paddling spot. Many paddlers were able to take a long trip to visit a special paddling destination in 2013, which is great! This also happened to be one of the 5 most common paddling goals for 2014 as well.
- Rolling for the first time. It’s an awesome feeling when you finally perform your first successful roll and something many paddlers learned to do in 2013!
- Going to the Boondoggle. The kayak fishing Boondoggle was a chance for kayak anglers from across the country to come together and have a good time in 2013. We were very glad to be a part of it!
- Taking a paddling class or getting a paddling certification. Whether it was becoming a certified guide or instructor or just taking a couple classes with the ACA, 2013 was a year many paddlers learned new skills!
- Winning a paddling competition like a fishing tournament or race. As if participating in an paddling event wasn’t enough, we heard from many paddlers who caught the biggest fish or paddled the fastest. Keep it up!
- Insert joke about paddling in the classroom or the bedroom. Ya..when you start asking people what their biggest paddling accomplishment was in 2013, you’re bound to hear a few bad jokes.
So what was your biggest accomplishment? Leave a comment below and let us know!