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Kayak Kaddy’s September Outfitter of the Month

September 12th, 2014

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Phone: 770 650 1008

web: www.shootthehooch.com

Septembers Outfitter of the month is Shoot the Hooch! Jump in a raft, canoe, kayak, tube or stand up paddleboard and take a fun and relaxing trip down the Chattahoochee River. Chattahoochee Outfitters is headquartered at Azalea Park in Roswell, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. We will be open Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s, weather permitting, 10 am until 7 pm (last hourly rental is at 6 pm) for the months of September and October. Our season will come to a close as the weather turns colder, that date will be announced as we approach the month of October. We proudly serve Nathans hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, ice cream, fresh pretzels, and many refreshing beverages. We are the only outfitters headquartered directly on the river in the Atlanta area.

 

 

Kayak Kaddy’s August Outfitter of the Month

August 3rd, 2014

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Contact Information:

Phone:919-416-1200

Website: www.froghollowoutdoors.com

 

 

FROG HOLLOW OUTDOORS provides residents and visitors of the Triangle Region and North Carolina a resource for canoe & kayak education, the exploration of nature, relaxation, adventure, self-discovery, and a greater overall connection with the outdoors.

Our Instruction, Trips, Guide Services & Programs are  excellent for individuals, families, groups of friends, office retreats, youth groups, school classes, outings, or even a romantic date.  We want to help you experience the outdoors to the fullest.  So, Get Outside, Explore, and Discover our region’s hidden treasures!

What made you want to get into the Paddling industry?

I was in Girl Scouts as a kid and always enjoyed being outdoors. In college I joined the intramural canoe and kayak Team on a dare. I discovered the paddling community to be where i fit in. After that the joy of watching other people learn to paddle was very fulfilling which made me want to be the best instructor I could be. Things fell into place after that.

What do you like best about your job?

I love seeing the transformation from when a person first calls and they want to learn to kayak, they are often shy and filled with trepidation, but they know this is something they want to try for some personal reason. I love talking them through that first experience and before long they are calling me wanting to take a more advanced class or wanting information on purchasing a kayak. Those moments keep me going. I also love running into someone I taught to kayak years ago and I may not fully remember them but after a few moments of talking they will mention something that happened in their class or something I said specifically to them and I am able to connect them with a class memory. Believe it or not after years of teaching kayaking classes I remember most of the classes because we develop a bond over a love of paddling.

When did you open?

I joined Frog Hollow 10 seasons ago. I was the first true employee, before me Banks would have a friend help him out here and there. We were running things out of his house and a small shed in the backyard at the time. He had been running things pretty much solo for about 5 years before.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Durham. I love it here. Lots of other places with more wilderness but this place takes hold of people.

How do they see the business benefiting from the Kayak Kaddy?

I think it opens people up to being able to do more with kayaks. Often I will have people call who are wanting to go kayak camping but they know they need a canoe because there is no way they could pack everything in a kayak. This will allow people more freedom to be more comfortable at camp and still take a kayak. I’m also starting to think about beginner level rescue towing instruction using the Kaddy.

What do you think about the Kayak Kaddy?

It s a pretty cool option for additional storage. We have one sitting in the office and everyone, from staff to customers, wants to use and has their own idea on how they would use it.

 

Kayak Kaddy’s July Outfitter of the Month

July 9th, 2014

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The July Outfitter of the month is Green Acres Canoe and Kayak.  This family owned business out of Harrison, OH (near Cincinnati, OH) has been in business since 1998.  Dave “The King of Canoes” Lutz, his wife Sharon, and son Steve head up the operation.  They really enjoy what they do, and love to help people enjoy nature on the river.  Dave told us that he thinks the Kayak Kaddy is a great idea, and that a lot of his customers are always asking for more storage on the water.

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What made you want to get into the Paddling industry?

We actually got into the paddling industry quite unexpectedly. We had started Green Acres as a golf driving range & mini-golf in 1998. Just a couple of years after opening, our local economy began to suffer which affected the golf industry immensely. With having to support a young family, we began to search for different ways to make a living without leaving the farm where we operate our business. We took a look at our resources, hence the Whitewater River, and decided to take a leap into renting boats. In just a few years, the boat rentals took off and now the driving range is a canoe rental parking lot!

What do you like best about your job?

The most gratifying is being able to work alongside our children, all three of them are involved and will one day take over the business. Providing entertainment and employment for so many people is also very rewarding.

When did you open?

We began Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental in 2001

Where are you from?

David is from Bright, Indiana and Sharon was raised on the farm of Green Acres’ location on Suspension Bridge Road as a 4th generation to conduct a recreational business from this location.

How do you see the business benefiting from the Kayak Kaddy?

With many kayaks not having ample storage space, the kayak kaddy seems to be an ingenious solution for folks that wish to kayak with more supplies.