I am part of a few local and global kayaking groups on Facebook. In mid October, I caught this post in one of those groups:
Without knowing any details and who the brand was, I added my name to the list. For me it was an opportunity to get on the water. Anything more would be a bonus (though I was still hedging a sponsorship angle for the H20 Project).
Jacob (the photographer) reached out to me the day after his post. After a quick exchange which covered a few of my sponsors, my skills, sending a few pics, and what he was looking for, I found out the brand was NRS.
The photoshoot was set. It was now a matter of ironing out the details as to where and when.
The back story
Once I learned who the photoshoot was for and how the photos would be used, it dawned on me (and I shared it with Jacob) on how perfect a fit this was for me. I have a sort of a crush on NRS (being a bit of a gear whore).
Back in 2016 I was looking for a new PFD. I wanted something basic but allowing for plenty of movement on the water – and on a budget. I settled on the NRS Ninja (I still have it for dragon boating and as a loaner for others).
Since that purchase, I have amassed a collection of NRS gear – more than all the other brands I own combined (list at the end of the post and on Pinterest)
Even now, when I need new gear, they are the brand I look to first.
Fame and fortune!
The morning started cold! I was meeting Jacob and Neil at Titlow Beach at 0715. After discussing the plan, I dressed in the gear they provided and helped carry the P&H Scorpio (a new one for me to paddle, and yes, it was fun to paddle) to the edge of the beach for the obligatory ‘carrying the boat shots’.
I loved seeing Jacob’s thought process. He wasn’t merely getting images. He was creating a story, a scene in which NRS gear was the star, not me.
Foot braces adjusted I climbed into the cockpit and was ‘launched’. I’d normally ‘wet launch’ but not wearing full dry gear, it would have left me wet and cold. So, first class service – assisted launch! I could get used to that.
I spent a bit of time navigating the pilings to get a feel for the boat and to give Jacob some time to set up for shots and a bit of options to use later.