Trips Category: Kayak & SUP Rental

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Demo a Jackson Kayak

One of the benefits of purchasing your Jackson Kayak at Leaf in Creek is you have the ability to demo before you buy. If you love the boat or another, you can apply the demo cost to the invoice of a new boat if purchased within 2 weeks of the demo.

I am so glad I demoed the two Coosa models from Leaf in Creek.  It allowed me to see the differences between the two and their usability for my fishing demands. -Eric A.

Find the Right Boat for You

Sometimes it s difficult to determine race-trainingthe boat  you need just by glancing over it at the shop.  The Earthpeditionist can only point you in the right direction based on what you tell them and go through the all cool rigging etc.  However, getting the boat on the water and seeing first hand how it handles can ease your mind that this boat is the one you need.  Some functions to look for when demoing are:

  • Weight of the boat – Is it light enough for me to load and unload my myself?
  • Will the boat safely carry my weight and move efficiently through the water? Size makes different, wider is more stable and can carry more, thinner is less stable yet faster.
  • I may be different than other anglers, is the rigging in the correct areas for my preference?
  • Do I enjoy quick river fishing or the scenery of vast open water.  This preference should point to smaller nimble boats or larger fast boats.

Follow Rules

Have fun with the boat.  The preferred 11260490016_9333f83e68_o-copyplaces are the Flint River and Guntersville Lake.  These two will offer enough water time to give you a good indication if the boat is right for you. We do ask that you follow some simple rules so we can keep this service for others.

  • Wear a life jacket.  We can offer a temp PFD if you do not currently own one.  More people drown than you think, even if you are a great swimmer, flipping over hitting your head may knock you out and keep you under water.
  • Do not paddle over extremely shallow waters, this puts unnecessary “river rash” on the hull.
  • Your demo will come with seat and paddle, do not loose them. If you do, a fee for a new one will be charged.
  • Be sure the kayak is securely fastened on top or in your vehicle. We are not responsible if your kayak becomes loose and flies off causing incident to another vehicle or the boat itself. Any damage occurred will be billed to you.
  • Demos are for one day only.  We prefer you pick it up and return it the same day.  More than one day demos are available and incur a $50 per/day charge.
admin May 23, 2016 0

Paddle board (SUP) Rental

Hoe He’e Nalu – Hawaiian for Surf with a Paddle.

Stand up paddle boards (SUP) offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. With a minimum of gear, you can paddle ocean surf or placid lakes and rivers.

The fastest growing watersport in the world, stand up paddle boarding came from humble beginnings back in 2004 when it first touched down on U.S. shores. It’s now overtaking nearly every body of water in the world. You can do it in oceans, lakes, rivers, and bays – even a swimming pool if you so desire. It’s a great full body core workout, and it’s a whole new way to experience the water in the outdoors. People of all ages, skill levels, and experience can be up and riding in no time. There is even room to throw a small child or man’s best friend on board!

I love paddle boarding, it delivers a full-body workout and has become my cross-training activity of choice. Since I stand at my full height, I can enjoy unique views of everything from fish in the water around me, land animals, and the beautiful views on the horizon.

Rent a board

Leaf in Creek Earthpedition stocks the best bh_paddleboard_yoga_ls_751-copyboards around, from Inflatables to Exotic Invert boards, you can have a quick paddle or beautiful board for a lifetime.

As of now, all rental boards are the EvolveInflatable. A terrific board in 10’6″ and 11″4′ giving you a solid feel with thruster fins.  These boards are perfect for a light whitewater (class 1 & 2) down the local Flint River, and will yield a soft platform for a great yoga workout at Hobbs Island.

Leaf in Creek provides the package with all SUP rental:

  • Evolve Inflatable SUP – sized for your height and weight
  • Bending Branches adjustable paddle
  • Leash – For river running we suggest a no leash approach because you do not want to be dragged by the SUP into dangerous waters.  In flat water and surf a leash will keep your board close to climb aboard quickly if you fall.
  • PFD – The coast guard classifies a SUP as a vessel, hence all paddle boards need to have a PFD available at all times.

Follow Rules

credit card is required for all rentals and will be used to collect payment (for security purposes).

All gear will be checked for damage prior to img_4744-copyrental and again upon return.
Renters are responsible for any damage incurred to the gear during your rental period (whether caused by you, your buddy, or “other”). The cost will be determined by the repair expense or replacement value if beyond repair.

  • Renters are welcome to transport boards to the location of their choosing with their vehicle. We can provide softracks for vehicles without roof racks to carry a aximum of two boards.
  • Are you a beginner? Consider our private Intro to SUP lesson. Our certified instructors teach proper stroke technique, river knowledge and other tips with an emphasis on safety. You’ll be paddling correctly, confidently and having FUN in only one 90-min lesson.
  • All boards are due back when your rental time is over.  a $20 per hour charge is due if late