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There’s No Rolling Around With Vapur! – 12/5/12

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Anna Levesque.

My favorite thing about whitewater kayaking is that it keeps me in the present moment. To be successful I have to keep my focus on my next move and the rapids in front of me.  This is true whether I’m teaching on a Class II or challenging myself on a Class V. When I allow myself to get distracted I end up where the river wants to take me instead of where I want to go.  Distractions can show up in many different forms, including fear, obstacles in the river or… the feeling of a fat water bottle rolling around inside my boat.  I’ve trained myself to block out distractions and focus on the path in front of me, but eliminating distractions is even better. I was really excited the first time I used the Vapur Anti-Bottle and no longer had to deal with a bulky water bottle rattling around in my kayak!

To be fair, there are bungee cords in my kayaks that can help secure water bottles in place, but the bottles somehow always seem to sneak out. The first time I used the Vapur Anti-Bottle while paddling I was so excited that it fit nicely in the bungee chords because of the shape and clipped in easily with the small carabiner already attached! No need to carry heavy carabiners to attach a water bottle.

When I’m teaching and guiding I like to bring extra water in my boat and the only place to pack it is in the back with my first aid kit and throw bag. This is where I get a lot of movement from bulky, round water bottles unless I spend more time and energy packing float bags to fill up the space.  Vapur Anti-Bottles are wonderful because they don’t roll around even if there is a lot of space in the back of my kayak. Easy packing means I get to spend time on what matters most – helping my clients overcome fears, build confidence and develop their paddling skills.

The ‘no roll’ factor also makes Vapur Anti-Bottle perfect for SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) on flat-water.  Most boards don’t have attachments for water bottles on the decks and there is very little chance of a traditional round water bottle staying on the board while you try to balancing, paddling and tricks like pivot turns.  The Vapur Anti-Bottle lies flat on the deck of the board and doesn’t move around, especially if the board has a nice grip deck pad. I’ve even had my Anti-Bottle balance easily through a SUP Yoga class.

I love how the Vapur bottles pack down for travel so that I can easily carry them with me when I guide kayaking trips in Costa Rica or when I travel to Hawaii to SUP/surf.  It’s so nice to not have a bulky water bottle take up precious space in my luggage.

I’m hooked on Vapur and there’s no going back for me. How could I when that would mean inviting distraction back into my life with big, bulky, round water bottles? Vapur makes hydrating on the water easy, effective and they look amazing too! I’m grateful for all of it!

 

Anna’s class sporting their Anti-Bottles

 

Anna on the rapids

 

With many of the same characteristics as the Vapur Anti-Bottle (adventurous, portable, durable, fun!), we’re proud to introduce the Vapur Pro Team; Eric Larsen, Anna Levesque and Laura Bylund. We just wish we could roll them up and put them in our pocket to pull out whenever we need advice on how to do something epic.

This inaugural Vapur Pro Team will now be sharing their tales on the VapurTrail Blog, inspiring all of us to roll up our own Anti-Bottles and set out on an adventure.

These three well-known voices in the outdoor sports world strike the perfect chord between adventure, environmental stewardship, and mentorship of Quencher-aged kiddos. We can (and will!) learn a lot from these three, whether it’s how to set a new route you’ve eyed but haven’t attempted or if it’s taking a paddling trip to one of America’s best river towns; each Vapur Pro is an inspiring example for how to live a life dedicated to your passion.

As Vapur Anti-Bottles are put to the test, Eric, Anna and Laura will offer invaluable feedback that will help Vapur products evolve throughout the R&D process.

Vapur Pro Team profiles:
Eric Larsen, a modern day explorer and expedition guide, has spent the last 15 years traveling the most remote and wild places on earth. Eric was the first person to ever paddle through the North Pole in the summer and then to the South Pole. He is also one of a few Americans to have skied to both poles. The seasoned backcountry ranger has dog-sledded in the Canadian arctic and summited Mt McKinley, among many other expeditions. He has been named an Outside Magazine Eco All Star.

Anna Levesque is a world-class whitewater kayaker and instructor dedicated to enhancing the lives of women through kayaking, yoga and travel through her company, Girls at Play. Anna has over 15 years of experience as an accomplished international kayaking competitor, instructor and guide, making her a leading expert in her field. She was a member of the Canadian Freestyle Kayak Team from 1999 to 2003 and earned a bronze medal at the Freestyle World Championships in 2001. She placed in the top 3 in several freestyle competitions and extreme races during that time and has paddled in over 10 countries around the world.

Laura Bylund is a dedicated Outdoor Rope Rigging Professional Specializing in rock climbing, canyoneering and rope rescue systems. Laura shares her enthusiasm for climbing by educating students as Climbing Program Manager at University of California, Santa Barbara  (UCSB) Adventure Programs. As a freelance guide, certified instructor and stunt rigor, Laura lives her passions daily.

For more information, visit http://vapur.us/proteam.