This is a very personal account of the last 6 months and my time spent recovering from injury. It features a few dark moments before the positive outcomes so please bare with it…
This winter has been pretty tough with very limited amounts of kayaking. Back in September I dislocated my ankle wake boarding breaking both my Tibia and Fibular. As a result I was in hospital for 5 nights requiring extensive surgery to fix my ankle back…Continue
Added by George Younger on March 27, 2014 at 10:41am — 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
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
On Monday, I will be celebrating my one month anniversary of my shoulder surgery. While a difficult decision to make, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made, as we were able to catch things before my shoulder exploded, so to speak.
Down the road, my shoulder should be…Continue
There's something strange, yet comforting about having surgery where you work. Once you get over the initial, "They're going to see my boobs!," it's awesome. I knew exactly where to go, where to get the warm blankets, and who my nurses were. Turns out, the anesthesiologist was a paddler, as well as the OR nurse. Not to mention, my surgeon is just plain rad. I couldn't have felt in better hands. When the time had come, I waltzed in, plopped down on the OR table and passed…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on October 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This would be easier if I had just had a traumatic injury. There would be no questions: I would simply schedule surgery and be on my merry way to rehab. Unfortunately, the last two and a half years have been full of pain, discomfort, frustration, and a whole lot of questions.
I just got into a Mobius this past Friday for about an hour after work. And, what can I say, this boat definitely plays to my style.
It took about 5 minutes to outfit, which meant more time on the water. The first thing I noticed sitting in it was it definitely felt shorter than my Project X56. I'm a tall guy, at 6'1", and despite feeling shorter, it was still pretty comfortable on my feet.
Rather than a warm up paddle I just dropped right in... here's the highlights of the…Continue
Here is a great video put together by Adrian Kiernan from our adventures into the Ansel Adams Wilderness area of California's High Sierras. A truly beautiful place with a classic river running through it, the North Fork of the San Joaquin.
Check it out!…Continue
Added by Tyler Fox on September 12, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments
We all day dream about the things we love. In this video from Kelsey Thompson's Series, Portraits, Team Wave Sport's Kim Becker day dreams about her favorite thing - kayaking. Featuring the Recon 70.
Added by Wave Sport Marketing on August 26, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments
“Looking back on the trip, and all the rapids we paddled, the unbelievable landscapes we were lucky enough to travel through, the amazing group of people on the water with us and the perfect water levels provided to us by Mother Nature, I would have to say this…Continue
The Ohanepecosh River is a spectacularly beautiful Washington classic, located just outside Mt. Rainier National Park.
From Secret to La Wis Wis Campground, the Ohane is generally class IV/V, depending on water levels, and is filled with rapids of all kinds: mini boulder gardens, ledge…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on July 18, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 24, 2013 at 8:56pm — No Comments
After a very long winter with not enough paddling what better way to start off the summer than with a trip across Europe. The first of the Euro cups was to be held in Plattling, Germany on 10th till 12th May and this would be the main stop off on our trip.…Continue
Added by George Younger on May 20, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments
Day 2 of the Northwest Creeking Competition came as racers woke misty eyed from the nearby Macklemore dance-off. Breakfast was cooked for the Hood River Gorge-ians by The Kayak Shed (Special thanks to John Hart and the crew!), and we were off to an early…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
The Sea Otter Classic is to mountain biking what the Northwest Creeking Competition is to whitewater paddling. This event draws hundreds of paddlers and spectators alike as folks have the opportunity to compete in three downriver races in two days. It is also the second event of the Western Whitewater Championship Series, the NW's premiere whitewater racing series. This was my fifth year attending the event, and one that will always…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 26, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments
Paddlers gather just below the Finish Line (Photo: Zach Collier)
The day was Saturday, March 13, 2013. The Wind River was at 5.9ft, a perfect medium flow with just enough juice to cover the F’U rocks. The last Pedialyte had been drank, and the…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 29, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments
After an epic journey from Leh over 5300m passes and getting stuck in a snow storm Team Wave Sport UK kayaker Steve Brooks finally reached Manali.
Situated on the banks of the…Continue
Added by Steve Brooks on March 4, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments
The Columbia River Gorge is a paddler’s paradise with over 20 runs in a half hour radius of Hood River, Oregon. This number swells with the wintertime rain, as paddlers giggle at the thought of what to paddle the next day.
Recently a group of us chose to rally Canyon Creek, a Washington classic. Canyon Creek is a class IV/V waterfall playground, with a handful of boulder gardens, and fun boofs. With names such as Swizzle Sticks,Terminator, Prelude, Thrasher, Kahuna, Champagne…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 3, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments
Admittedly, I wish it was me that was taking this trip again. But I was happy to see a handful of my friends get their first experiences with the epoch that is a Grand Canyon trip. Dave Hepp, the head of the US National Whitewater Center Paddlesports program, gave me a shout about a month ago asking if he could borrow my Ethos 10 for their 14 day trip.
I was happy to help him out, but once again I can't stress enough, I would have rather been going in this boat. My…Continue
Added by Chris Wing on February 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments