Stand Up Paddle Board Gives New Meaning to “Float the River”

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Over 50 folks attended a workshop held at Ozark Campground on April 16 about how to float the Buffalo National River using a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)!  The afternoon was divided into two sessions so that participants could have special attention. 

Gabriel Gray, a SUP expert from Panama City, Florida, provided a 1.5 hour lecture and in water demonstration of using a SUP. Attendees practiced SUP turns, maneuvering and river rescue. Gabriel and Josh Aldridge, a local professional photographer, also provided a display of some of the latest expedition gear available to floaters. Last year in March 2015, Gabriel floated the entire Buffalo River on his SUP using minimal expedition gear. Melanie from SUP Outfitters on Beaver Lake provided two SUPs for attendees to use.
This event was sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Buffalo National River Partners (BNRP), Off Our Rockers Hiking Club, Gray Outdoors, Overland Collective, Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging, and the National Park Service.

Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to BNRP members Evelyn Mills, Laura Timby and Rob Lambert.  Special thanks to Terra Fondriest for the photos.  We may see more paddle boards on the Buffalo in the future.


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