Verus Kayaks — One Barn, Three Guys, and a Lot of Boats

first_imgThe Verus team is also currently working on a carbon inventory of their emissions as a company, which covers the carbon cost of production and shipping. From there, they plan to invest in local offset projects on a per-boat basis to cover the net carbon output for each kayak. Their future goal is to make carbon neutral kayaks and be able to invest in local river conservation.  Josh Pecaric falls with style off Wonder Falls on the Lower section of the Big Sandy River. Photo: Andrew Hawkins The Wizard Lizard is one of their mascots for promoting the fun and unique lifestyle of kayaking and the positive impact it can have on mental health. They want to design merchandise to help raise money for mental health awareness.   “This is our life,” Hawkins said. “We want to support people to carry this wonderful sport with them through life, not just get pushed too hard too fast and get scared out of it, like you see so often today. It’s so much more than the gunning for the big stuff.” “We mostly make small batch boats and more aggressive designs that other manufacturers aren’t willing to take the risk on,” said Josh Pecaric, president of Verus Kayaks.  “We love it here,” Hawkins said. “You can travel all over the country and paddle everywhere but coming back to Virginia and your home rivers will always feel good. Virginia always feels like home.”  “The Hellbender, our slicey kayak, will be a really aggressive downriver boat that’ll be reminiscent of all the boats that came out in the early 2000s, when the sport was really exploding,” Pecaric said. “The Gladiator 2.0 is taking the original gladiator style and morphing it into a complete half slice boat, allowing you to actually play the eddy lines of the river a lot better. There is all new outfitting in all these boats.” Pecaric, originally from Roanoke, started dreaming up the idea of Verus kayaks as he studied at Virginia Commonwealth University with Hawkins and guided canoe trips in Canada during the summer with Fiske. They all shared a love for paddling and hopes of making it the center of their lives. So when Pecaric started the company in 2017, he went to Fiske and Hawkins to form a team of paddlers who felt as connected to the Blue Ridge as he did. Josh Pecaric puts the finishing touches on the foam mold of theHellbender, shaping a foam plug is one of the first steps in the kayak manufacturingprocess. Photo: George Fiske The name of the company comes from the Roman era of Verus, the last gladiator to have ever been recorded fighting in the Roman Coliseum. The Verus team is motivated by displays of strength and agility to create high-quality kayaks meant for all levels of boaters.   Verus Kayaks gives personality to their boats with these uniquecharacters. The Gladiator represents the flagship river runner, which is ready foranything the river throws at it. The Hellbender is a mischievous creature ready toexplore and bring new life to class III and IV rivers. Shredgnar the alien representsthe Intergalactic Outfitting System installed in each kayak and the otherworldlyideas that Verus is offering the whitewater industry. Illustrations: George Fiske Giving Back to the Blue Ridge  Cover Photo: Josh Pecaric drops with style off Wonder Falls on the Lower section of the Big Sandy River. Photo by Andrew Hawkinscenter_img While a small operation, the company is growing quickly, offering a variety of whitewater and fishing kayaks. Their newest creations, the Hellbender and the Gladiator 2.0, are new whitewater boats set to come out this summer. Pecaric, Hawkins, and Fiske dream up all of Verus’s boats and bring them to life with the help of Adam Bagget, another passionate and experienced boater who helps design the boats as the company’s official CAD Engineer. Josh Pecaric and Andrew Hawkins apply layer after layer of fiberglass to complete the first ever Hellbender kayak. Photo: George Fiske “Kayaking has a huge impact on us as people in terms of our mental health and how we feel after we get off the water,” Fiske said. “That’s something we can bring to everyone else and push it to the masses. I think the more people that go kayaking, the happier the world is.” Andrew Hawkins runs Tunnel Rapid on Gore Canyon during the 2019Colorado Tour. Photo: Josh Pecaric Along with Pecaric, Andrew Hawkins and George Fiske are dreaming up and manufacturing two different kinds of high quality boats: composite fiberglass and high-density polyethylene (HDP) roto-molded. While the HDP roto-molding process is the standard of kayak making, composite boats are a rarity.  Josh Pecaric shares the stoke of running Bottoms Creek Gorge withfellow paddler Michael Felts. Photo: Andrew Hawkins Past the open trails, through the rushing rivers, and over the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a barn—a barn filled with big dreams, high stoke, and a whole lot of kayaks. It’s the home of Verus Kayaks.  “If you contact Verus Kayaks, you’re talking to one of us, one of the three people that literally has a large hand in the whole operation,” said Hawkins, director of operations. “We can make changes on the fly.” Naming one of their newest boats the Hellbender was no accident. It was inspired by their home rivers in Virginia where the endangered species is found. “You find Hellbenders in local creek beds, but only in extremely freshwater streams around Virginia,“ said Fiske, creative director. “They are these cool, super big salamanders that are local to our roots and are in need of awareness. Hellbender is also such a cool name that has this sort of wizardry connotation to it. So that’s also where the Wizard Lizard came from.” Meet the Small Team Running a Virginia-based Grassroots Kayaking Company Founded in 2017, Verus is the only Virginia-based grassroots kayaking company, run by three guys in Roanoke who have a serious passion for paddling. The owners design their specialized boats based on the waters they want to be paddling and pride themselves on creating kayaks by kayakers, for kayakers.last_img read more

Diverse millennials now outnumber boomers: Census Bureau

first_imgThe largest age demographic in the United States is now one of the youngest: Millennials have outpaced baby boomers by roughly 7.7 million people.Millennials, or Americans age 15-33, make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population at 83.1 million, according to Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.That number surpasses the baby boomer generation–born between 1946 and 1964–which had been the largest demographic of Americans.“In a sense, 2015 marks the demographic passing of the baby boom generation, and it will continue to be an ever smaller part of the total U.S. population until it disappears altogether later this century,” said C. Matthew Snipp, a Stanford University sociology professor (The Washington Post June 25).The annual update of population estimates released by the Census Bureau on Thursday includes changes by age, sex, race and origin between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2014. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Thaler discusses status of CHOICE Act, presses credit union action

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, in a new NAFCU Today video, discusses the current state of the House Financial Services Committee-passed Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), the regulatory relief efforts expected going forward and the need for credit unions to engage with lawmakers to build support.In the video, Thaler notes NAFCU’s support of the bill, which makes many changes to the Dodd-Frank Act and other financial regulations. Of great significance to the credit union industry, the CHOICE Act includes a NAFCU-backed provision that would repeal the Durbin interchange amendment.The bill also makes significant reforms to the CFPB – reshaping the bureau as the new Consumer Law Enforcement Agency and limiting its powers, including its authority to address unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP). The CHOICE Act also would provide credit unions regulatory relief in areas such as mortgage rules, examination reforms, and better tailoring and cost-benefit analyses of new regulations and capital rules.last_img read more

Delhi Capitals reach their first IPL final with victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad | Cricket News

first_imgDelhi Capitals are into their first IPL final after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in a closely-fought Qualifier 2 in Abu Dhabi.Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 78 from 50 balls helped the Capitals up to 189-3 and after Kagiso Rabada had bowled David Warner with his first ball, the Sunrisers slumped to 44-3 in the chase.However, Kane Williamson followed up his heroics in the Eliminator with another vital innings under pressure and it was only when he fell to Marcus Stoinis for 67 in the 17th over that the Sunrisers’ hopes began to fade.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Kagiso Rabada took 4-29 as Delhi Capitals reached their first IPL final Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs to reach their first IPL final with Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan coming to the fore in Abu Dhabi; watch the final between Mumbai Indians and Delhi on Sky Sports Cricket on Tuesday By Sam DruryLast Updated: 08/11/20 6:16pm Rabada then all-but sealed the win in the penultimate over, taking three wickets in four balls, and the Capitals held on to complete a 17-run win and set up a final against Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Tuesday.More to follow…Watch the IPL final in Dubai on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 1.50pm on Tuesday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Kagiso Rabada took 4-29 as Delhi Capitals reached their first IPL final
Kagiso Rabada took 4-29 as Delhi Capitals reached their first IPL final

Docklands developments command top dollar

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

This once wildly colourful home has been transformed to a serene retreat

first_img89 Stuartholme Rd, BardonWhen Khylee Rodwell first laid eyes on her Bardon home, it exuded a Mexican look. But the interior stylist with Omkara Interiors didn’t take long to embark on a mission to revamp the home’s orange and green walls.“I completely changed the entire house,” Mrs Rodwell said.She has lived at the now three-level property for 10 years and said together with her partner, a tech and training captain with a major airline, they renovated the home inside and out.With a professionally installed cricket pitch and practice net, and a 12 metre pool and poolside cabana, the home at 89 Stuartholme Rd, is impressive. 89 Stuartholme Rd, BardonWhile the swimming pool has always been there, Mrs Rodwell said she gave it a new American-style look by building the cabana which comes off the dining area.“It’s one of my favourite places, just looking out to the gardens,” she said.“It’s so elegant and relaxed.” 89 Stuartholme Rd, Bardon“The rooms are quite expansive and everyone has a private space between the large bedrooms and the large verandas.”Another standout feature of the home is a large concealed wine cellar.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“That was my idea,” Mrs Rodwell laughed. 89 Stuartholme Rd, Bardon.The home which is a “great escape”, is still close to the city, Mrs Rodwell said.DETAILS: 89 Stuartholme Rd, Bardon five bed three car 2 bath Agent: Drew Davies, McGrath Estate Agents – New Farm, Auction: August 12, 2.30pmcenter_img Khylee Rodwell at her Bardon home which is for sale. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Mrs Rodwell has two sons, aged 19 and 16, who have enjoyed the comfort of the 1715sq m home.“The 19-year-old is living and working out of home now and my other son is in Year 10 doing cricket training in the mornings, nights and weekends,” she said. “So, the house is begging for another family to move in.”Mrs Rodwell said they installed the Keith Dudgeon cricket pitch for their sons, one who is in the Silver Rookies Squad and a fast bowler for Queensland Uni.“It really is time to move on for us, the kids spend more time out than in,” she said.Mrs Rodwell said they expanded the three-bedroom home into a five-bedder, with all rooms having a breakout area.“I don’t like pokey bedrooms,” she said. 89 Stuartholme Rd, Bardon“There was an area under the house for storage and it begged for a movie-beautiful wine cellar. “You can go in and not come out for hours.”With the aim to give the house a southern charm, Mrs Rodwell added porches, verandas and elegance right through.“You will see statues and fountains throughout that give it that look,” she said.last_img read more

This newly released penthouse, priced at $8M is a showstopper

first_imgDirector at Urbis, Paul Riga said a “take up” at the premium end of the market was evident and something he had noticed in the past 18 months to two years.“We are starting to see new products where buyers are getting their head around high end apartments offering a different lifestyle than a traditional one,” Mr Riga said.“It’s typically downsizers who are moving out of their current residence. There is a quality aspect they want in terms of location, fit and finish.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago WHY VERTICAL RETIREMENT LIVING IS THE WAY TO GO HERITAGE HOME PART OF DEVELOPMENT The development at 443 Queen Street in Brisbane promises to set a new standard in high-rise homes.“Opportunities for luxury real estate in the Brisbane CBD are limited, prospective residents have the convenience of an inner-city location, together with a world-class design and magnificent amenities in their own building. We are confident this penthouse will be attractive to buyers at the upper end of the market,” Mr Pozzo said. MORE: Property clock reveals shock recovery spots Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:26Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:26 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBuyers agents’ tips when looking to buy01:26 Inside the stunning $8 million penthouse at 443 Queen Street.The first penthouse sold last year for more than $6 million to a Brisbane local, who plans to move in once the development is completed.Equivalent to $20,000 per square metre, the penthouse is on level 47 and referred to as a “super-home in the sky” and occupies 400sq m of house-size living space.center_img There is a ‘butterfly’-shaped floor plan, allowing increased natural air ventilation throughout.The buyer will also have access to the recreation deck which features a 25m salt water infinity pool, yoga deck and private lounge and dining room with kitchen.Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo is expecting buyer interest to be strong.With penthouses in Brisbane currently equating to just three per cent of the market, the preference for larger apartments continues to dominate. In the last quarter (up to June 2019), apartment sales in Brisbane were up 73 per cent, Mr Pozzo said. Are The Block tradies working for a bargain? The 443 Queen Street development has continued to attract interest from local and interstate buyers with more than 70 percent of apartments already sold.And to celebrate the release of the final penthouse, Cbus Property has partnered with Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro, who will work with the buyer to design the penthouse throughout.*For more, check out Saturday’s glossy HOME and Realestate magazine, on stands tomorrow. Follow us on Facebook. The final penthouse has been released to the market at 443 Queen Street with a price tag of $8 million.The most expensive apartment to be released off-the-plan in Brisbane this year is now available for sale, priced at a whopping $8 million.The penthouse is the second of only two in Australia’s first, subtropical-designed building – 443 Queen Street. MORE:WHY THE TREND TOWARDS ‘SPOOLS’ IS HEATING UP 443 Queen St, a new sub-tropical development.Designed by WOHA and Brisbane-based Architectus, 443 Queen St is believed to be the most environmentally-friendly developments in Australia, featuring more greenery than any other apartment building in the country.The four-bedroom penthouse, each with private ensuites, includes four car spaces with an electric vehicle charging station, three separate balconies and 3m high ceilings. last_img read more

Marine Power Systems Secures Grant for Wind-Wave Tech

first_imgMarine Power Systems (MPS) has secured GBP 4.3 million by the European Regional Development Fund to accelerate the development of DualSub, a technology that combines floating offshore wind and wave energy.The funding, part of a GBP 6.2 million project under the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership scheme, will enable MPS to kick off an extensive program of work on DualSub, which it launched earlier this year.The UK company stated that R&D of its wave energy device WaveSub brought to the development of DualSub, which captures both wave and wind energy, as well as WindSub, which captures only wind energy.Initial tests revealed MPS’ approach could provide a strong, stable platform on which a turbine could be installed, enabling the simultaneous capture of wave and wind energy from the ocean, thus leading to the development of the two devices.Both DualSub and WindSub have completed prototype stability tests, computational simulation and cost of energy modeling.MPS said that positive results have led to the acceleration of the development of both devices and the ERDF funding will allow moving through a significant program of work to a point of demonstrator sea-testing, before progressing to commercial readiness in 2023.“Following extensive testing and computational modelling over the last year, we’ve produced some hugely encouraging results regarding the potential viability of DualSub as a combined wave and floating offshore wind technology,” said Dr. Graham Foster, Chief Technical Officer at MPS.“This funding from the ERDF comes at a perfect time and will enable the MPS team to progress with the next phase of research, design and testing for DualSub in 2020.”last_img read more

Verna Craven

first_imgVerna F. Craven, 93 of Milan, passed away Sunday May 29, 2016 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Verna was born Friday March 2, 1923 in Dearborn County, IN the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Hehe) Naegele. She married Warren Craven April 25, 1943 and he preceded her in death January 7, 2002. She was a member of the Milan First Baptist Church. She worked at Milan Health and Hospitality Center until she retired in 1984. Verna enjoyed quilting, sewing, baking cakes for special occasions for the family, canning, gardening, avid reader, family said she was a farm wife without having a farm, and spending time with her family.Verna is survived by Daughters: Phyllis (Ralph) Joerger of Guilford; Melissa (Mike) McMannon of Independence, Ky; brothers: Dale Naegele of Fairmount, West Virginia, John Naegele of Batesville; sister: Mary Cheshire of FL.  2 Grandchildren: Allan (Heidi) Thompson and Jennifer (Jim) Hunger. 5 Great-Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Warren Craven and one son Mike Craven, 2 brothers: Carl and Lloyd “Chip” Naegele.Funeral services will be Thursday June 2, 11AM at Laws-Carr-Moore  Funeral Home, Milan with pastor Harris Long officiating.   Burial will follow in Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Visitation will be Wednesday 6-8PM at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Milan Library, Cancer Fund, or Heart Fund.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, 707 South Main St. PO Box 243, Milan, Indiana 47031. 812-654-2141last_img read more

Jeffrey wraps up ‘Radical’ weekend in Barbados

first_imgFORMER Caribbean motoracing Champion Kristian Jeffrey returned to winning form last weekend as the Suzuki Challenge series SR3 recommenced in Barbados.Jeffrey, who flew out last Thursday joined up with his father Kevin before returning to radical action at the Bushy Park raceway.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Jeffrey said, ‘It felt good to start the year with strong performances.Jeffrey took four first place finishes and a third to finish the weekend as the winter cup champion.”“The car was giving problems, but with the help of my Top Power Team and Orry Hunte; we got the car setup down and I felt a lot more comfortable and was able to qualify on the front row both days. I believe this helped a lot for positioning as everyone was in milliseconds within each other. Lots of great racing.”Qualifying second on the grid, the Guyanese produced an effortless drive over the 15 lap even to come in one and a half second ahead of Suleman Esuf and a further quarter second away Mark Maloney.Starting the second race on Saturday in P3, the Guyanese maintained that position to pick up another vital podium position and secure the much needed points for the series.In the third race of the day, he started P2 before moving his way into the top spot more than a second ahead of Esuf and Sean Maloney respectively.Returning on Sunday, Jeffrey came back into his stride by firstly qualifying on pole before decimating the competition, racing from flag to flag and finishing ahead of the Maloney brothers, Stuart and Sean.Race two saw him starting sixth. On the charge and pushing ahead, Jeffrey quickly moved up to fourth before a racing incident involving himself, Sean Maloney and Stuart Maloney put him off track. He returned to finish seventh.In the final race of the weekend, the Guyanese again finished ahead of the curb to wrap up an exciting weekend in the land of the flying.last_img read more