by Jackson Nickolay
This past weekend, we here at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply put on one of our favorite events of the year: the North Shore Water Festival. The Water Festival is a chance for anyone who wants to get out on the water whether it be in a kayak, a canoe or a stand up paddle board to go out and do just that.
We had so much fun this year! Thanks to our epic team of Stone Harbor guides—Mitch, Kalyn, Saeward, Sean, James, Mike and Keegan—we were able to get pretty much everyone out on the water and enjoying themselves.
Amanda Weberg, AIS Coordinator for the DNR, was telling people about invasive aquatics, while Simone Strand and Laurel Wilson from Northwoods Volunteer Connection talked about volunteering on natural resource projects. And Jodi Tervo Roberts of E3 Twin Ports, LLC gave presentations on the health benefits of outdoor fitness.
So many of our reps came this year too, which made the whole event super fun. Katie Vinohradsky showed up with Wilderness Systems Kayaks and Boardworks SUPs. And did you see the motor she put on a fishing kayak? Ask James, our fishing guide, what he thinks about it. Dave Larsen from Astral & Hurricane Kayaks hung out with us both days. Sven Hoaglund was there and showed off some of the fantastic hammocks from Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO). Paul Gerten came out to the party too and showed off some great Nemo gear, as well as some exciting new paddle boards from Jobe. We also had Rick Thompson join us and he was such an active part of the festival. He demonstrated and talked about his Eddyline Kayaks as well as the stand up paddle boards from Pau Hana all day long, even offering one-on-one kayak instruction.
We also had a great turnout for our stand up paddle board yoga classes. Our yoga master, Tara Gorman, led some terrific yoga classes on top of the Big EZ SUP from Pau Hana and Ann Papenfuss was always around to lead clinics on stand up paddle boarding and to take people who were interested out on the water for an introduction to the SUP.
Every year we do this, we get more and more excited about doing it again. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time and effort, but in return we have a great time with all you folks who come down to get out on the water and have some fun. Thank you all so much for making this festival such a special event. We’ll see you next year!