Shreducation 22: Wakesurfing, Waterskiing, and Much More!

Wakesurfing in early April sounds like a pipe dream to most Wisconsinites. Follow Wyatt as he heads down to Florida for Hyperlite and HO Skis’s Shreducation 2022.

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Boards Galore (Photo by Devin Kriesant)

Wakesurfing in early April sounds like a pipe dream to most Wisconsinites.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to head down to Florida for Hyperlite and HO Skis’s Shreducation 2022.

Shreducation is a four-day-long look at Hyperlite/HO Skis’s newest products. The best way to learn about these products is to use them hands-on! My days consisted of wake surfing, foiling, skiing, and fun in the sun.

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Surfs up (Photo by Devin Kriesant)


On day one, the midwest crew and I rode behind wakeboarding legend Rusty Malinoski’s Super Air Nautique G23 Paragon. On day two, we rode with pro wakesurfer, Jodi Grassman. We tried an abundance of wakesurfs and skims on the best waves imaginable.

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Rusty airing it out (Photo by Devin Kriesant)


Some stand-out products were the Shim and Landlock.

The Shim offers a perfect hybrid of both skim and surf characteristics. The board made maintaining speed in the wave easy and tricks a breeze. I’m 205lbs, so the 5’3″ model rode comfortably.

The other board worth noting is the Landlock. Multiple riders with zero experience saw success on it. The board allows for easy starts and effortless riding once the rope’s thrown.

After four days in the Florida sun, I headed back to the tundra.

If you’re ready for days on the water, stop into Sheps
Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm
or give us a call at (715) 845 5432

Wyatt Wiskerchen with Photos by Devin Kriesant @devin_kriesant

Gliding on the foil (Photo by Devin Kriesant)

You’ve found Wausau’s Elevated Clothes & Winter Gear Store

What will you find at Shep’s? Premium outdoor brands, high-end styles, cheaper-than-the-mountains prices.

Mountain lifestyle, pioneering outdoor fashion and SKI GEAR are at Shepherd & Schaller.

Earthy, outdoorsy, native, natural, artistic, organic, fresh, fun – all describe the mountain lifestyle aesthetic. Shop Patagonia, Pendleton, Helly Hansen, Dakota Grizzly, Kuhl, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Fjallraven, Toad & Co, Carve Designs and many more you don’t expect outside the Rockies.

Shop us in Downtown Wausau, our home since 1949! We’re at 324 Scott Street, with more than 10,000 sq ft of shopping to explore. Are you a skier or snowboarder? As Wisconsin’s largest dealer of equipment for the slopes, with a premium Wintersteiger tune shop on site, we offer an elevated experience the moment you walk in the door. We’re known for our huge offering of trend-setting, high-performance outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories, plus friendly, expert service.

Already comfy at home? Cozy up and shop us online at shepssports.com. Our ecom site features our live store inventory, refreshed every 60 seconds.

What will you find at Shep’s? Must-have styles and the latest snow sports gear at cheaper-than-the-mountains prices.

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324 Scott Street, Wausau Supporting outdoor enthusiasts since 1949!
  • Outerwear for adults and kids. We feature premium styles, insulations, recycled and organic fabrics. It matters!
  • Men’s and women’s sportswear and footwear. We feature premium styles, insulations, recycled and organic fabrics. It matters!
  • Winter accessories including performance and lifestyle gloves, hats, balaclavas, base layers, socks (by the thousands!)
  • Bags and travel gear; think Kavu Rope bags, Patagonia Black Hole and so many more
  • Mountain home decor including blankets, candles and unexpected trends
Rustic styles that never go out of style.
Classic ski outerwear and necessary accessories for the family, plus the latest trends. You’ll find brands that rule the mountains world-wide: Picture Organic, Obermeyer, Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy, Fjallraven, Hestra, Oakley… to name a few.

The little things are big at Shep’s. Are you really living the outdoor lifestyle if you don’t have a Stormy Kromer hat, Hestra or Swany gloves, Darn Tough socks? In addition to dozens of other lifestyle brands we stock to keep you comfortable outdoors, or indoors, we offer Made in the USA, organic and recycled options.

Cheers to the mountain lifestyle! We’re thrilled for the chance to help you with gear, clothings, accessories, shoes, and service. Thank’s for checking in.

Shep’s Crew

Bike to work week 2019

Bike to Work Week this year runs from May 13-May 19th. If you’re going to bike everyday for a week straight, this is your week to do it! Make it a goal. Give yourself a little more time to and from work and make it happen! Many bike enthusiasts will say there shouldn’t be a designated week for biking, people should just enjoy it any week of the year. For some it’s not that easy, and Bike to Work week is the perfect time to give it a try.

Biking has so many healthy benefits both Physically and Mentally (not to mention more money in your wallet.)

Here are just a few positive things biking can do for you.

  • Great way to start/end your day
  • Clears your mind, Stress reliever
  • Great Cardio workout without hard impact on your joints
  • calorie burn/weight loss
  • You will save money
  • Opens your eyes to things you may not see otherwise

The list goes on and on…

Some of us at Shep’s will be biking to work all week, heck some of us bike to work all year-round. So do yourself a favor and hop on your ride and GET TO WORK!

Why Paddle? Because it’s easy and fun, for a start.

“Why paddle?” The paddle sport experts at Shep’s have the answers for you. And to top it off, you get 20% off paddles, vests and waterproof accessories when you buy a kayak or paddle board at Shepherd & Schaller.

Looking for a break from our hyper plugged-in world? Getting outdoors is an easy fix. There are numerous benefits to paddlesports. Do you have a goal in mind? Consider these basic perks:

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  • Many kayaks are work great for fishing and there are boats built specifically for anglers.
  • You can maneuver the waters with stealth in a kayak, great for photography and relaxation.
  • Paddling can be an excellent workout, building the upper body and burning 400 to 500 calories in a single hour when just paddling at a steady rate.
  • Kayaks are fairly light weight, easy to transport and can be carried by one person.
  • A silent sport, paddling is just the antidote to the noise of life. Here in Wisconsin it’s not uncommon to see eagles soaring the open sky, cranes and herons marching the shoreline, or frogs and turtles sunning themselves as you paddle by. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
  • There’s no feeling like gliding across the water.
Shorter fit, larger arm/shoulder openings and pockets make paddling vests different than water sports vests.

The first step is finding a boat that fits your needs along with the lakes and rivers you plan to enjoy – that’s where the team at Shepherd & Schaller comes in. Consider that a longer boat will track better with a smooth ride while a shorter boat will handle better in narrow streams but need a little more correction (effort.) Will you park permanently at the cabin or travel with your boat? A life vest is critical (and the law in Wisconsin.) Paddling vests are created differently, and you’ll notice the comfort and convenience. The other decision you’ll make is the paddle, which can make more or less work for you based on fit, material and blade shape. Other considerations include a dry box for your phone and keys, a hat and sunblock to protect against the sun, shoes or sandals built for portaging, and maybe even some dry bags for camping outings or day-trips. We’ll even tell you how to take care of your paddling gear.

It’s important to note that all of these thoughts are specific to recreational paddling, not whitewater. For that we direct you to local experts, Wausau Whitewater Corporation, and we invite you to see what it’s all about at the internationally respected Whitewater Park, just a five minute walk from our front door! Check out this awesome video to see what’s in our neighborhood.

We love to share our passion and hints about local paddling opportunities like, for example, PaddleQuest, a two-day river competition in Stevens Point, WI where teams of two or three compete to find treasure and become “Protectors of Backwaters.” To participate, one only needs to register and beware of river monsters and the occasional pirate band.

Review the basics of paddling safety, then grab a kayak, a paddle, and paddle jacket to enjoy the many rivers and lakes that Central Wisconsin has to offer.

May is National Bike Month

May in Wisconsin. The snow is finally gone (most years), the roads have been swept and the air is warm enough for a bike ride. Finally.

Photo credit: HaveFunBiking.com

Did you know May is National Bike month? What’s better than saving a little gas money as well as being active? Maybe these:

Shepherd & Schaller is home to Wausau’s friendly bike experts, with plenty of Bikes and Bike accessories in stock at the best prices in town. Also, any new Bike purchase gets you a FREE 30-day check up as well as a FREE 1 year tune-up. BUT WAIT THERES MORE!! You will also get 2 % off any Bike accessories and…A FREE GIFT! SKULLCANDY EARBUDS!! Whether its commuting to work or just getting a ride in for the health benefits, a day spent on a bicycle is never a bad day!

Visit Shepherd & Schaller in downtown Wausau to talk to riders who commute to work year-round, in all kinds of weather. We’ll help you find safe, fast routes and recommend accessories to make your commute functional. We’re also here to guide you on your mountain, road, trail and fat tire bike adventure. We love to tell our stories and hear yours. Come chat!