This June in Glenwood Springs, CO marked my 8th time competing for a spot on the US Freestyle Kayak Team - and my 7th time making the team. It was the 2nd time that the trials have been held on the artificial wave on the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. This feature is arguably the best manmade playspot on the planet - not counting the old mill dams in France whose ruins happened to form good waves at high flows. Thanks to Leif & Natalie Anderson for the pictures:…Continue
Added by Bryan Kirk on July 6, 2015 at 6:33pm — No Comments
Well, I didn’t make the US Freestyle Team in kayak but I did get a spot on the team for squirt boating. It doesn’t feel the same as if I made the kayak team but whateves it’s still a chance to compete at the World Championships. I paddled the best I ever have in pre-lims and threw down the hardest tricks I’ve been working on the past few years on a wave.
My goal going into Team Trials was to do helixes, pan-ams, air screws, flip turns, back pan-ams during my rides. I had…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on June 16, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments
The rivers are slowly dropping here in WV after a busy season chasing water with perfect spring conditions. I am days away from heading out West and thought it is time to recap my amazing season thus far.
We have our staple creek runs like the Blackwater, Manns, and the Lower Meadow that will never get old. These core runs along with the smaller tributaries and all the big water runs they make up pretty much exhaust our time on the water. However, there are so many…Continue
Added by Shane Groves on June 8, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments
My favorite description of the California drought came from Obama's anger translator, Luther as he spoke about climate change:
"California is bone-dry! It looks like the trailer for the new Mad Max movie up in there. You think Bradley Cooper came here [to D.C.] because he wanted to talk to Chuck Todd? He needed a glass of water! Come on!"
Whenever I would look at 3-year hydrographs for…
Added by Taylor Cavin on May 28, 2015 at 1:52am — No Comments
(Photo: Lee Timmons: https://www.facebook.com/leetimmonsphotography)
The Little White holds some of the most pristine class V…Continue
Spring paddling was pretty good this year. The northeast had a slow melt so the rivers were at medium levels for a couple weeks. I was able to get some good paddling in so I was pretty pleased. I also competed in the Jamie McEwan Whitewater Triple Crown a couple weeks ago and took 2nd place. Jessie Stone took 1st and Katelyn Green came in 3rd place. It was another awesome time! My brother Mark and Jeff also competed so that always makes it more fun! Check out this blog post that…Continue
Given the less than desirable snowpack in the Western U.S. I though a bit of reminiscing about Fantasy Falls may be in order since the window for actually paddling it again this year left much to be desired. Really, we were lucky to…Continue
Added by Jonathan Ehlinger on May 7, 2015 at 2:28pm — No Comments
I use the Fuse to teach beginners. Here is one of my students learning all the basic strokes at Zim's Hot Springs. I had a friend in town the other day, and the water was a little bit below ideal for the Little Salmon. He took my Diesel, and I took my Fuse 48. It was rocky class III with lots of eddies and waves to catch. I was so stoked on the performance of the Fuse.…Continue
Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on May 3, 2015 at 7:31pm — No Comments
Are you trying to decide what boat to buy? Want just one boat? I have found my go to river runner and surfing boat all in one, Diesel 70. It surfs like a dream and can catch large or small waves. The edges make carving effortless. Here's a picture from PipeLine on the Lochsa. But it doesn't stop there.…Continue
The 2015 Northwest Creeking Competition was in its 10th year as the PNW's largest paddling event of the year.
The event boasts two amazing race courses on both the East Fork of the Lewis River and Canyon Creek.
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 20, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Winter has been long, cold and snowy in VT! Luckily, Jeff and I like winter.
We spent 10 days in the Florida Keys doing a bit of vacationing. We brought our SUP’s and had an awesome trip paddle boarding, eating fish and just relaxing. The rest of winter we pretty much snowboarded, xc skied, snowshoed, and did a weekly pool session.
Winter is not letting up in the northeast. Temps have been a bit cold and it snowed Saturday, Sunday and Monday! I was able to…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on April 2, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments
I just returned for the 29th Santa Cruz Paddle Fest. This festival highlights surf kayaks, wave skis, SUP, and production plastic kayaks. I competed in specifically designed surf kayaks and in the WS XXX.Surfing in the ocean is one way to catch a few big waves. It is also a great jump start to spring paddling.…Continue
The "Farmlands" is a little known section of the White Salmon River, near BZ Corner, Washington, with it's take-out at the put-in of the notorious "Truss". The Farmlands is a Class IV section of whitewater, with incredible scenery, gorged out rapids, two waterfalls, and various ledges/slides; the perfect place for a race! This year, local paddler Kabe Grant decided it was time for the section to host the first race of the 2015 Western Whitewater Championship Series, March 14,…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 23, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments
Super pumped to be packing up things tonight to take a little trip. Heading out in the morning to paddle the White Nile in Uganda Africa. My brother Quinton and I are taking the trip of a lifetime to get ready for the World Competition this summer on our home river, the Ottawa River. The White Nile is similar to the Garb Wave which will be the feature for this years World Freestyle Championships. The Nile will have visitors from many parts of the world paddling and dialing in on their tricks…Continue
Added by Kalem Kennedy on March 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments
You may never have to hand roll, but if you need to its nice to know how. Here are the five steps that I use to hand roll, as well as a video explaining it in more detail.
1. Tuck up tight to whichever side you want to roll on.
2. Reach completely out of the water with your hands.
3. Slap your hands down on the water while doing your hip snap.
4. Make sure your head comes up last.
5. End in an upright seated position.
I hope this helps you…Continue
We have been having Swinter here in Idaho. Everyone is out and paddling in our nice weather. Here's a rolling tip.
Twisting in your set up helps your paddle reach the surface when rolling. Focusing on twisting vs. tucking forward is the key for me. Here's a short clip where my focus is on having my paddle at the surface before I start my sweep.
Rolling questions? I'll do my…Continue
Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on February 26, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments
I'm not the first person to do this roll, but maybe I'm the first to share a tutorial on my process of learning the vertical roll technique. Many people have asked me to make this video over YouTube and I finally came around to making an edit. Hope you enjoy and that it helps you to roll like a champ! …Continue
Added by Hunter Katich on February 6, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Training for the World Championships is not an easy task. Proper diet, training on and off the water, along with my college and work life has taken me by storm! Since the world championships will be on “Garb” in Canada this year, I’ve been making extra efforts to get to Columbus, GA for some fantastic wave and hole boating. Diversity in mixing up training locations is the key for being prepared for any feature you come across in competitions, so even though worlds is on a wave you can’t…Continue
Added by Hunter Katich on February 6, 2015 at 6:09pm — No Comments
I would appreciate it if as many of you as possible could fill out my survey. Its for my final project at university, so the more people who can fill it out the better!!
Its all about sensation seeking in kayaking, looking at how scores on the SS vary between levels of competition and type of paddling. Your guys input would be amazing!!…Continue
Added by james Ibbotson on January 20, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments