Panther Creek

August 10th, 2009


Hey Everyone,

 

I hope everyone is having a great summer.  My very good friend Jason Rackley invited several friends as well as myself onto Panther Creek.  It was a lot of Pacific Northwest fun. 

 

Happy reading!

 

http://www.oregonkayaking.net/creeks/panther/panther2.html

 

Best

 

Jesse


Super Hero to the rescue!

November 7th, 2008


Hey Everyone,

 

I hope everyone is getting excited for the upcoming rainy season in the Pacific Northwest!  To prime the pump for the much anticipated deposit of winter snow and swollen rivers here is a story to get the juices flowing.  You can expect class 5 difficulty, big falls, big trouble and most importantly triumph!

 

Happy reading!

 

http://oregonkayaking.net/tales/one_stroke/one_stroke.html

 

Best

 

Jesse

 

 


Canoe and Kayak magazine covers Team Jackson Kayak in Newfoundland

June 18th, 2008

Hey Everyone,

Canoe and Kayak magazine did a great write up on the team Jackson Kayak’s trip to Newfoundland. Click here to check out the story and photo

Best

Jesse


Hotel Charley 3 covered in Telluride Daily Planet

June 16th, 2008

Hey Everyone,

For our Telluride Colorado show the local paper did a story on Hotel Charley 3: The Lost World.
Click here to check out the story and photo

Best

Jesse


Jesse Exposed in Outside Magazine!

June 13th, 2008

Hey Everyone,

I am very fortunate to have a photo of me on Lower Mesa falls in the Exposed section of the July issue of Outside Magazine. Many thanks to Lucas Gilman for nailing the shot!
Click here to check out the cover and photo

Best

Jesse


Jesse interviewed by KYZR 97.7

June 8th, 2008

Hey Everyone, 

For our Hotel Charley 3: The Lost World show in Edwards I got a call from a local DJ named Weez.  He was on the air with KZYR 97.7 and did and interview that he aired several times that day.  Too cool! Click here to check out the interview:

Best 

Jesse



Big Kimshew article on Oregonkayaking.net!

June 7th, 2008

Hey Everyone,

My good fried Jason Rackley runs Oregonkayaking.net.  He liked my Big Kimshew article so much that he re-worked it a bit, added photos and put it up on his homepage.  Check it out!  http://oregonkayaking.net/creeks/big_kimshew/big_kimshew.html

Best

Jesse


Pine Creek and Numbers with the Jackson Kayak kids

June 4th, 2008

Hi Everyone,

Most people may not realize this, but one of my favorite things about being on Team Jackson Kayak is the fact that we have a bunch of great youngsters on the team.  I have always enjoyed kids, and to have several of them on the team with great attitudes is a special aspect to the team.  During Paddlefest at Buena Vista we all taught classes and helped CKS as well as showing the premier of Hotel Charley 3: The Lost World.  Sunday afternoon I was looking for the opportunity to run something harder.  I spoke with Ben about getting on the Pine Creek section of the Arkansas and he was definitely interested.  Earlier in the day during lunch I saw Jason Craig and invited him to join us for a run on Pine Creek and the Numbers.  I also saw Lauren Burress and invited her to join us as well.  After a short session at the play features I saw Jason, Dane and Jonathan and they were all fired up to get on the river and work their skills on some harder water. 

We loaded up the tour van with the three boys and 5 boats and gear and headed over to the shop.  We saw Lauren there as well as some others.  Before we knew it there were 9 of us for this trip.  I checked with EJ to make sure he knew what the youngsters were doing, and we headed off in a caravan for the water.  Jason, Jonathan, Dane, Ben and I decided to run the Pine Creek section and then we would join up with the rest of the group for the Numbers section.  We spent a minute scouting the holes and then headed for the put in.  With no warm up, we all got in our boats and as soon as we were all in the water we headed straight in to the maw.  Of our group, only Ben had done this section before.  Not wanting to rob ourselves of the experience of figuring it out, Jonathan, Dane, Jason and I took off for the front looking forward to mixing it up.  We all had good lines, each of them a bit different.  Dane decided he wanted to pass the big hole on the right while the rest of us went left.  He got pulled into the hole a bit but a quick flush and roll and he was out with big smiles.  We all were smiling from ear to ear.  It is a short adrenaline filled section with fun moves. 

We then quickly saw the rest of our 9 person group and headed into the Numbers.  I have to say, we have the best kids on our team.  Lauren, Jason, Jonathan and Dane were playing with every feature on the river, knew it like the back of their hands, and were always looking for a reason to smile to the person next to them.  We were taking every hero line we could find on the river and plugging every hole.   With plenty of teasing, laughing and playing we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for the entire section.  There is such a great energy in paddling with younger paddlers, and I truly appreciate their unchained enthusiasm for the river and good times. 

A big thanks to Lauren’s mom for running shuttle and taking photos.   I hope everyone has the opportunity to paddle with kids.  It keeps you grounded!  We can sometimes let our egos or adult responsibilities carry over onto our time on the river, and paddling with kids on the river is a great reminder that only valid reason of being on the river is the smiles.


Hotel Charley 3 tours Colorado Part 2 and Wyoming

June 2nd, 2008

Hey Everyone, 

We are in the midst of a great tour with the largest audiences we have ever seen.  Here is a summary of how the shows went in Wyoming and Part 2 of Colorado.

Denver, CO

Confluence Kayaks hosts our Denver show and has had it at the Bug Theater for the last several years.  This is a great venue as they sell beer and popcorn and is a great way to see the film with theater seating and a large screen.  Ben is from Colorado originally, and his sister lives in Denver.  We always get a lot of Ben’s family at this show which makes it even that much better!  Every year I look forward to seeing Ben’s mom and sister and family here.  John of Confluence Kayaks is as nice a guy as there is, and we always enjoy bringing our latest film to Denver. 

Winter Park, CO

We started premiering the film in Winter Park last year with Dave Costlow and MAD Adventures, and they always do a great job.  We had a great turn out that was 7% of the population.  We showed at the PUB and the crowd was very vocal during the film during the ups and downs.  They had some great questions after the film, and then Dave held a great door prize giveaway which is similar to a raffle.  I consider Dave a great friend and someone I respect tremendously, so we always look forward to showing our films with him.

Fort Collins, CO

This is one of the shows I look forward to for the entire year.  Dave Costlow of Rocky Mountain Adventures has been doing this show for 7 years and does an absolutely first rate job.  He charges $12 at the door and it is the best bargain of the entire tour.  He hosts the show at New Belgium and provides delicious catering.  Therefore for only $12 the audience gets dinner, delicious beer, a door prize and the movie.  You can’t beat it!  Dave always sells out the show and everyone one of the audience members know him personally.  Dave creates a relationship with his customers throughout the year, and he pre-sells his tickets at the shop.  Dave sets the bar that all hosts can learn from on how to put on the perfect show. 

Jackson Hole, WY

We just had our best show ever in Jackson Hole.  Eric and Jess Seymore hosted the show and had over 100 people!  The turn out of our premiers is always directly related to the effort put into advertising the show, and Eric and Jess put on a great one.  Eric is one of the original members of No Big Names and a great guy.  Jess is a professional extreme skier and won Worlds last year.  They are great friends, and they put on a great show!

Best 

Jesse



Hotel Charley 3 tour hits Escalante in Colorado

May 28th, 2008

The day before and the day of the Telluride show we had the opportunity to do some local Colorado creek boating.  We had been told that Escalante would be high, and we were able to catch it high the first day and medium the second day.  There had just been a bunch of rain in the area, and that meant the road was as slick as soapy water.  Luckily the ClearH2Ofilms van is AWD and pulled right through it.  Ben had done Escalante a while back and I had never done it.  It was basically brand new to both of us.  This area is absolutely beautiful with 300’ cliff walls.  We scouted Escalante falls and then drove to the put in.  After a short hike down the hill we were ready to get in the cold water and beautiful canyon.   We boat scouted most everything, and where the line was completely blind one of us would get out to scout for the other.  We bombed through the top several miles barely stopping.  At this flow there were not many eddys, and that made for exciting corners!  Melissa set herself up above 57 Chevy rapid and Escalante falls and took some great photos of us coming through the crux of the river.  Ben and I styled this section with big smiles and too much fun.  There is something great about running a river that you know is well within your skill level, but still gets your juices flowing.  It is the perfect combination of fun and excitement!  We ran the river both days and had an absolutely great time on the river and camping.  The second day there was huge crew on the river having a great time as well.  I heard that in most years this river only runs for a couple weeks.  This year it has been in for over a month.  If you can, get there right away!