Started Jun 16, 2009
If I were told that I could only have one kayak to take with me for a full year to paddle every river in Costa Rica, the choice would be too easy. A destination like Costa Rica - much like Fayetteville, WV - has literally every type of whitewater from ultra high volume powerful runs(Gauley/Reventazon) to medium-sized pushy creek runs(Pacuare/Meadow), to the tiny little micro-creeks like the Orosi(comparable to Wolf Creek, WV).
Here's the 80 on a newly discovered micro creek in…Continue
Posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments
Ive been getting more and more comfortable in the Mobius 57 as we just slipped into the 'Team Training" phase from now until Worlds. The US Team has been training together for an hour slot for the past couple days and it's really brought us all together to support one another and exchange tips like a big family.
A couple weekends ago we had our US Nationals, which was a perfect way of getting back into the groove of competing again. My last comp was way back in June at Fibark…Continue
Posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:50pm
It's exhilarating when a new boat design comes along every once in a while that totally rejuvenates your love for the sport of kayaking. Well, this has happened to me recently, and I am more fired up about freestyle kayaking now than I have been in quite some time - and that's really saying something!
Posted on July 9, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments
We are now less than 2 weeks away from the US Freestyle Team Trials. This means that there are quite a few freestyle boaters right now who are feeling anxious, excited, focused, and generally fired up to try out for the opportunity to represent the USA in the 2013 Worlds in September.
Worlds and Team Trials are unique this year. They are both held on the Nantahala River in NC, which means Team USA will get quite the home field advantage at Worlds. Our trials should select the…Continue
Posted on April 14, 2013 at 8:00pm
These days the loop, or front flip, is the most popular trick in the book for the current crop of playboats. There are a few variations of the loop, such as the Space Godzilla, Phonix Monkey(360-Flip), and the Mcnasty. Dan Gavere called the Mcnasty a 180-Flip while announcing at the Reno Whitewater Fest a few years back - and I thought that described the move perfectly.
A Mcnasty is a loop initiated from a back surf, or in a steeper hole, a back blast. It is one of the…Continue
Posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:30pm