I knew enough about kayaking when I first started that I knew I didn’t want to hide from any parts of it right off the bat: not rolling, not swimming, not whacking my head on rocks. I started out paddling a Wave Sport Diesel 60 because it was a boat that I had easy access to throughout learning to roll and getting out on beginner whitewater. Immediately, I realized this was the boat that would not hide anything from me. As I’ve progressed as a paddler, I have come to appreciate the design of…Continue
Added by Lydia Cardinal on January 31, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments
Trust. It is the building foundation with which every paddling team should be built upon. Trusting that your team mates will make make smart decisions for themselves, you…Continue
I was recently fortunate enough to spend two weeks in the Mexican jungle kayaking some of the best whitewater in the world. This was, on all accounts, an adventure. The airline lots my kayak and paddles, these showed up four days later. Luckily I had packed a break down paddle in my carry-on and could rent a boat from the hostel I was staying at. If you're ever in Mexico you should stay at Aventurec, they are very hospitable to kayakers and have everything you could need. With my Recon 83…Continue
Added by Caleb Adams on January 26, 2014 at 5:54pm — No Comments
Sharing my Dare to Kayak program is very rewarding and is an amazing way to connect to lots of students in Idaho. This year brought me back to where my school teaching began, Stanley, Idaho. It is ironic that it is also the headwaters of my favorite river. It is upstream, a few hundred miles from, of my…
Added by Devon Barker-Hicks on January 22, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments
Here is a short edit from my work in Sweden in October.
I managed to get a job with SveaSkog which Sweden's largest forestry company for my ability to kayak. I worked with my girlfriend Lisa to survey over 45 islands on the Piteälven. Our job was to access these islands immersed within the whitewater rapids and remote areas of the river and note the tree species, age, height, and diameter of the…Continue
Lots of creek kayakers want to buy a slalom boat to start training to get a better paddler. Is that a good idea or not?
Slalom kayakers have a better technique rather than any other paddlers but, is this enough to prove the slalom training is necessary to improve?
Many people asked me about slalom training to improve creek boating skills. I think is very easy to connect the fact that slalom paddlers are good kayakers and the idea…Continue
2013 was an Awesome Year.
Lots of firsts, a few checks off the bucket list, and too many adventures to count. Here's my Top 6 of 2013!
This year was a rowdy year of competition. The Wind River Festival started the season off with a bang in March, which…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on January 4, 2014 at 6:31pm — No Comments
2013 was my first year as a parent. On 12/12/12 my special lady Keri gave birth to our son Aulin. Aulin was born in between the rainiest and snowiest storms of the winter, amidst great creative energy. His arrival time was fortuitous because we lived at 5,000 feet of elevation at the time and driving to meet the mid-wife mid-snow-storm would have been overly exiting.
Aulin is named for Glen Aulin, a place on the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. "Glen" means "valley" and "Aulin" means…Continue
We had about 20 inches inches of snow in southern VT. It seemed like winter was in full swing but we are in New England and the temps went from like 15 degrees up to 50 degrees and it rained. The snow melted and the rivers rose so we went paddling a couple days before Christmas.
It's back to being pretty cold again and I'm hoping we get more snow soon so I can get back to nordic skiing and snowboarding. Anyway, we had a great Chirstmas with family. I got an enamel cast iron dutch…
Added by Elaine Campbell on December 29, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments
First descents are hard to come by, especially around Fayetteville West Virginia. Its rich paddling history has stood the test of time as one of he nations premier paddling destinations. One would think that most of the runs would have been found and established by now. But this is not the case with WV's newest set of creek runs. All tributaries to Piney creek, Little Whitestick, Cranberry, and Fat Creeks can be found tucked away in Beckley, WV.
Beckley is a large town just south of…Continue
I had a great 2013 season of paddling and competing. I went to Slovenia to compete in the WildWater Sprint World Championships and competed in the Freestyle World Championships in NC in K1 and squirt boating. Competing in two World Championships in the same year was pretty awesome! Hopefully, I can do it again in 2015.
Winter is here and we have about 20 inches of snow so far. Spring kayaking is looking good at this rate! I'm back to work at Timber Creek Cross Country in…Continue
Added by Elaine Campbell on December 16, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Added by Chris Baer on November 27, 2013 at 1:50am — No Comments
Gauley Season has come and gone and I was fortunate to head up from North Carolina for a week and what a good week it was!
The Gauley River is so good looking forward to going back!
I had the opportunity to film with my good friend Tommy Penick on my last day there enjoy!
Added by Sam Ovett on November 22, 2013 at 10:34am — No Comments
The Silverback Race
We Got Some Sweet T-shirts For Racing!
Added by Sam Ovett on November 22, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
As the season is slowing I have had the opportunity to reflect on one of the more enjoyable portions of my season. My season was very stress free and I was able to focus on getting back to my paddling roots of playboating on the Ottawa River. My main goal for the season was to enjoy my time…Continue
Added by Tyler Curtis on November 20, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Over the past few years I've transitioned from kayaking professionally to shooting video professionally. I started shooting video on the river as a way to analyze my technique and improve my paddling. I soon developed a genuine love for the filmmaking process and found myself as excited about shooting my friends paddling as I was to do it myself... that was the same point my paddling skills plateaued! I'm now fortunate enough to make a living primarily shooting paddling and thought I'd share…Continue
Added by Kelsey Thompson on November 17, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments
2013 Tallulah Teaser C-1 Helmet GoPro 3+. I was testing out the Superview setting, but it makes everything look way smaller. Basically it films in 4:3 and squishes it to 16:9, so you can see more, but it makes the drop look a lot…Continue
Added by Tad Dennis on November 14, 2013 at 10:25pm — No Comments
Well, the 2013 Green Race did not go as planned for me, but as always, still an amazingly fun and painful race. For me, the painful part started about a week before the race when I found out that I had shingles.
I actually thought that I had poison ivy at sign of the first symptoms. I had never had poison ivy before, so I just tried not to touch it. I…Continue
Added by Tad Dennis on November 14, 2013 at 10:21pm — No Comments
When WS first announced the Recon series, I was keen to see what design features were worked into the new boat, but immediately fired-up about the 93 gallon size. I loved paddling the Habitat 80 all-around, and especially on creeks. The main design update I was hoping for was a more lifted nose for gliding away from the base of pour-overs and punching through holes. I figured an extra 13 gallons of volume would do the trick. (For frame of reference, I weigh around 185 lbs... anyone will…Continue
Added by Taylor Cavin on November 13, 2013 at 2:40am — No Comments
The Green race has been and probably will be one of the most highly regarded extreme races in kayaking. Located near Saluda North Carolina the Green falls into that category of rivers that has and will continue to produce amazing kayakers. Entering its 18th year The Green Race has grows and continues to grow year after year. This year with 156 racers and over a thousand spectators it is by far one of the greatest shows on earth.
The weeks leading up to the Green…Continue
Added by Kyle Hull on November 12, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments