Wednesday, February 29, 2012

RIO WITHOUT A GPS - Beginners Beware

Tom Jobim, the great Brazilian composer said, “Brazil is not for beginners”.  What he could have said is,”Rio de Janeiro is not for beginners”.
Freya Hoffmeister
Stroll along the beach in Ipanema or Copacabana with their posh high rise apartments, chick neighborhood restaurants etc., turn right and WOW!!!  You’re in a lush tropical forest.  If you made a left turn you might just as well find yourself in a rabbit warren of corrugated iron houses, precariously hanging on a rocky outcropping of stone – a “favela” or Brazilian slum. Such is Rio and such is a hopping, dynamic Brazil.  Navigating Rio is like navigating the coast of Brazil with Freya Hoffmeister (Skwoosh is a proud sponsor). One wrong turn and you find yourself off course where you can either gain a day of super adventure or find yourself with a lost day after an exhausting paddle to nowhere.

SKWOOSH Pro Traveler
Navigating Rio is a difficult chore during normal (?) times but imagine what it’s like during Carnival when the streets are gigantic block parties where one needs more than a GPS to navigate through this quagmire of frolic. Carnival in Brazil is not a sedentary sport so SKWOOSH gel bleacher seats are not a requirement. If excitement, natural and human beauty, and 24 hour partying is your thing, grab a SKWOOSH Pro Traveler gel seat, hop a plane from Miami, sip a caipirinha cocktail and and get down to Rio - beginners beware.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ever hear of Geocaching?

Goecaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that’s a real-time, real-world experience. 

Participants try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices and then share their experiences on-line.  Go to  (Guide to the Game). It’s like a worldwide scavenger hunt where the hunt is for the “geocache”, a container holding a “valuable” and a log book.  Once a person locates the treasure he or she must sign the log book and return the geocache to its original location.   If the discoverer takes something from the cache it must be replaced with something of equal or greater value. Many times the geocache contain “travel bugs” (like dog tags) that have tracking codes on them.  These can be moved from cache to cache and is a great way to trace a fellow participants’ journey.

Back Comfort with Lumbar Support

Big Catch with Lumbar Support
There are hunts that require mountain climbing, biking and some using special equipment like scuba gear, kayaks or Skwoosh gel kayak seats.

The latest iteration is UNDERWATER GEOCACHING. Find a clue, set your GPS and paddle your Skwoosh equipped kayak to the proper coordinates. We know it’s not easy leaving the comfort of a Skwoosh Gel Fishing Seat or the super comfort of a Skwoosh Back Comfort Support Gel Seat but caching is the thing, so put on your scuba gear and dive for the cache.

Travel Gel Cushion
If you like treasure hunting and discovering new places - get a GPS, pack your Travel Gel Cushion and set out to find the more than 1.6 million caches around the world.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Bye Bye Super Bowl - Hello next year.  What a great football game. 

Forget about 2 points for intentional grounding. Have you ever seen a ball game where one side intentionally ALLOWS their opponent to score? Coach Belichick took a risk that didn’t pay off.  Hats off to smiling Bill for trying the unthinkable. 

Heck, what Belichick did is the equivalent of going fishing without the Skwoosh Big Catch seat back with full lumbar support.  Well maybe not quite as risky but pretty gutsy none the less. Allowing a touchdown set the Patriots up for 57 seconds fans dream about.  Suspense, drama, excitement and momentary prayers for all. 
SKWOOSH All Purpose Gel

Fans stopped popping Doritos (best ads on TV), slid off their Skwoosh All Purpose gel seats, Tebowed and prayed for a miracle.  Hail Mary away, everyone in the end zone, all jump and………Giants win Super Bowl XLVI  21 to 17.  See you all next year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


This place has to be on every outdoor enthusiast’s bucket list – Pico Bonito National Park.  Never heard of it? Either had I but I read an article in the WSJ that makes this a place I’d love to play and paddle in.

The 265,000 acre Pico Bonito is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.  It encompasses a variety of microclimates, from tropical lowlands to cloud forests. A 20 minute ride from La Ceiba on Honduras’s northern coast, it remains relatively undiscovered. One of the crown jewels of Pico Bonito is the Rio Congeal, which runs from high in the Cordillers Nombre de Dios Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Rio Congeal is one of the world’s great white water experiences. 

What a place to sell Skwoosh Paddle gel cushions, Kayak fishing seats and Extreme gel pads. Skwoosh kayak seats are designed for just the high performance paddling needed to make it through the Rio Cangrejal’s  20 boulder clogged miles of different rapids, from Class II to Class V. In the dry season the river is lower and rafting and kayaking is limited to the lower and middle sections of the river. 

When it rains the Congrejal changes drastically as a single downpour can drop as much as 10 inches of rain causing a 30 foot rise in water levels. After a rise in level like this the river can toss around even the biggest boulders, making the local guides claim that each trip during high water is a completely different experience.

So, pack up your favorite paddles, PFD, helmet and Skwoosh gel paddling cushion and ride the Rio Cangrejal.  Remember - for comfort, convenience and performance always travel with a Skwoosh gel cushion