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River inspiration, reviews, stories, advice, camping tips, and about anything else we can think of from the Zoo Town Surfers staff.

Tips on how to dress for cold weather paddling

Living in Montana and other northern states can be difficult in the winter months when temps aren’t exactly ideal for kayaking. Here are some tips on how to dress for success while kayaking in winter conditions, from a kayaker who always finds herself shivering!...

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Summoning The Motivation To Paddle In The Winter

Summoning the motivation to paddle in the winter Paddling and surfing in the winter is quite common here in Missoula, Montana, and, crazy as it seems, it’s one of my favorite times of the year to enjoy the river. There is a feeling of hardiness when you slip on your...

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My First Year Guiding

I position the bright blue raft a little too far left in the river, but have run out of time for a correction. Excitement and fear rising in my chest, I grip the oars and hope we will hit the surging wave at the right angle. All I can do sometimes is hope. “ALL...

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The perfect gift for your special river rat

The perfect gift for your special river rat If you dislike holiday shopping as much as we do, we are here to help! Our guides got together and discussed our favorite pieces of gear from 2016.  We’ve put this gear to the test, and we’re excited share with you what...

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Hey, what’s in the bag?

Hey, what’s in the bag? Have you ever been on a river trip and noticed that all the guides are carrying  waterproof bags around with them? It often goes unnoticed...until you’re the one that needs something out of that magical bag. Most folks don’t put much...

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The best day ever in Missoula!

Ok. So you’re heading out to visit the magical river town of Missoula, Montana. You’re sitting at home before your trip, wondering what you should do while you visit. Sure, you can hit the good ol’ interweb for some information, but do you really trust those internet...

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Which River Trip is Best for YOU?

Which river trip is best for YOU? Most river outfitters offer a variety of options and finding out which one is best for you or your group can be tricky. Lots of factors play into the decision: a scenic float vs. a whitewater adventure, a short day on the water or a...

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