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December 2010 Blog Posts (12)

A Roll Clinic Chilean Style

While New River Academy was at the Rio Claro, we had a special opportunity to teach a group of Chilean high school students how to roll. This was definitely something totally different. All of us gathered up enough of our gear to outfit every kid for our clinic and we got together a bunch of our boats together too. Trying to explain all the steps in Spanish to the girl I was teaching was a challenging feat. But, our Spanish teacher was sitting on shore happily answering any questions we had…


Added by Taylor Cote on December 31, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Staying in Pucon

Our last location in Chile was the ski-like town of Pucon. It is definitely one of my favorite places to be in this beautiful country and is very tourist friendly. It is also very kayaker friendly too. It has two

kayak shops in town-Kayak Pucon and Kayak Chile. They both have a plethora of

boats for you to rent. Pucon at this time has so many rivers running like the

Trancura, Palguin, and Maichin for example. Pucon also has other fun things for

you to do…


Added by Taylor Cote on December 31, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments

The Upper Palguin

One of my favorite rivers we paddle while in Chile is the Upper Palguin. It is about a class 3-4 run. This run is full of waterfalls and boofs galore. You hike in about a quarter mile and cross over a landbridge.

Then you’ll seal launch into the gorge. It is definitely a lot colder when

you’re in it so dress accordingly. Before the first drop is a big eddy for your

whole group to fit into. There is also a place to get out on the right if you

would like…


Added by Taylor Cote on December 31, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Playing Around With the Go Pro

So I got a Go Pro for Christmas. Luckily I've been cleared by the doctor to paddle, and it's time to gather up some good footage. I'm taking everything slow at first, but I couldn't resist testing out the camera on the water. So here's my first kayaking edit using the Go Pro. Nothing fancy or impressive, but let me know what you think:



Added by John Nestler on December 29, 2010 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Project X can do it all!

I don't think it's a secret that everyone on the Wave Sport team is really excited about the new Project X. It's super loose, releases off of the water with ease, loops huge and is surprisingly stable and smooth on end. For a boat that is only 5'11" long I was shocked at how well it cartwheeled, much easier than any other short boat I've paddled. Even though it has more volume than the Project 52 it's easier to initiate cartwheels because of the slicy side wall and more retentive because of…


Added by Kelsey Thompson on December 28, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Getting Ready for High Water


With 1 to 2 feet of snow expected in the Cascade Range Monday and Tuesday, we're expecting quite the melt sometime next week. Get ready for some high water in the Northwest…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on December 27, 2010 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

Locals Only Trailer Online

The Official Trailer for my upcoming movie Locals Only is online! Huge thanks to Wave Sport for coming on board as one of the main sponsors for the video which will be released Spring 2011. 



Happy Holidays!




Added by Kelsey Thompson on December 23, 2010 at 1:47am — 1 Comment

Hagen Gorge in Southern Washington

Had a great day of paddling yesterday with Adam Elliott and Bryon Dorr. First sunny day in weeks!


The level was a little bit low, but still a super fun day. Hagen Gorge flows into the Washougal River which is just outside Portland, on the Washington side of the Columbia. The Washougal was running near 2000CFS. I'd like tohead back and run the same section when the Washoulgal is at maybe... 4000CFS. Here are photos of Euphoria and Crack in the Earth, the two largest…


Added by Trip Jennings on December 17, 2010 at 12:32pm — No Comments

1st Descent Waihi Stream, NZ's sickest

Waihi Stream is a Kayaker's dream, a 1km stretch of whitewater that drops 100m's over smooth Papa (A soft, clay like rock found in abundance on NZ's east coast), with road acess put-in and take-out. Josh Neilson and Matt Danes had scouted this Jem a couple years back and have been waiting for a rain event big enough to over-flow the dam at the put-in.

I had arrived in New Zealand the day before and as always the boys were fired up to see another familar face back in…


Added by Tyler Fox on December 15, 2010 at 6:17pm — No Comments

How To: Tune up your Forward Stroke

The forward stroke is essential to paddling. While its the first thing you learn kayaking, it's the last thing you should stop working on years down the road.

A few years ago I developed tendonitis in both my elbows to the point where I…

Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on December 13, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

CURRENTS - Episode 8 - Thailand

This past August I joined, Louise Urwin, Josh Neilson and Toni George for an incredible adventure thorough Thailand. Our primary goal was to search out and paddle new & old whitewater runs and hidden waterfalls of this jungle paradise, while completely imersing ourselves in the rich culture. However, my trip had a secondary purpose.

While there I was lucky enought to meet with Ply Pirom a 'Toxic Compaign Manager' for Green Peace, who informed me of a very serious problem… Continue

Added by Tyler Fox on December 8, 2010 at 1:40am — No Comments

End of the season (maybe)!

This past rain storm could be the last of the season. The temperature is now in the 20's and the snow keeps on falling. If it is the end of the season it ended on a good note with my home creek the West Branch of the Deerfield River and the Metawee River in NY with great friends.

I had a great 2010 of kayaking! Did my first overnighter in CA, turned 30, had my 5 year wedding anniversary (love…


Added by Elaine Campbell on December 5, 2010 at 8:52pm — No Comments

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