Entries by Natalie DeRatt

Top 12 Gift Ideas for Water Lovers

It may feel like the holidays are still very far away. Or you may be hyper-ventilating into a brown paper bag because you have to start holiday shopping. Don’t worry though – we’re here with the best ideas for the water lover in your life! Get your gift list out and happy shopping!

2018 Ocoee River Race

By Adam Masters, The middle Ocoee in Copper Hill, TN is one of the most classic class III runs in the whole country featuring continuous fun rapids, tons of playspots and an easy roadside shuttle. I have been kayaking the middle Ocoee since 1994, and have run it hundreds of times. I developed my love […]

Bellyak and the Boy Scout National Aquatics Conference

By Adam Masters, Let’s face it, the places we get to go are awesome. Meeting water lovers around the country and seeing all the places people play is a great perk of owing a watersports company.  This year, Bellyak was a title sponsor of the National Aquatic Conference in Islamorada Florida at the National Sea […]

Summer Update!

Holy Summer! Where did the time go? There are still several weeks of wonderful weather ahead of us and we have news to share with you! Intro to Whitewater Course Our Intro to Whitewater Courses were a hit this year and we’ve taken everyone from 9 to 72 years old down the river. These classes are a […]

Win Tickets to LEAF Festival!

This weekend is one of our favorite weekend of the Spring – it’s LEAF time! LEAF Festival is an intergenerational family of 12,000 people that join together upon the beautiful Lake Eden in Black Mountain grounds to experience the power music, art and culture has to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity. LEAF Festival […]

Summer Camp and the Bellyak: A Perfect Pair

By Lauren E. Harmison   In 2015, I began a summer camp called Camp PossAbility. The camp is a one week adapted summer camp in Martinsville, IN. It serves young adults who are 18 to 35 with physical disabilities, who use a wheelchair, and have a typical high school diploma. We are the only camp […]

2018 Outdoor Gear Builders Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re on the look out for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoors adventurer in your life, or you’re shopping to treat yourself this year, you don’t have to look much further than right here in Western Carolina. From climbing equipment, to snuggly sustainable apparel, to new boats, welcome to your home-grown holiday gift guide […]

Where to Bellyak: French Broad Section 9

Standing in the shadow of so much gnar, Section 9 of the French Broad is often overlooked as a beginners-only run. Only 45 minutes from Asheville and with a quick shuttle, Section 9 is good at almost all levels. It is a popular run for SUP, bellyak, and all other manner of river craft, due to the year round […]