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Competing at Night: World Cup Finals

World Cup this year was an amazing trip. We had a lot of fun just traveling together in a big group with a lot of my close friends. We also pulled out some tourist stops and visited a couple beaches, ate some good sea food at the Mediterranean and did some Read More

13th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup = Success!

13th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup = Success! We had 45 volunteers register on Saturday morning (6/21/2014) on the porch of the Crockett Cabin at  U.S.A. Raft Outpost!  Over 50 bags of trash were collected from in and around the banks of the river.  Several tires, wheels, and large debris were also cleaned up Read More

2014 Watauga Race

The Race Start after passing under Guys Ford Bridge Photo by:  William Mauney Photography   This past Saturday one of my favorite events of the year went down on the Watauga River Gorge.  This is a really fun race, because of the friendly lazed nature of the event and the crazy mass start boater cross format!  Not to Read More

Jackson Kayak Levator Mount for GoPro

Yesterday, to my surprise, I found this great new toy packaged at my doorstep when I got home from work!  It was a Jackson Kayak Levator Mount, so I had to get the GoPro out to try out the new setup!!  I was fortunate to win this great new product from Jackson Kayak Read More

Whitewater Grand Prix- Stage 1 ‘Big Trick’ Gladiator

The first Stage of the Grand Prix finished up with the Big Trick Competition on Gladiator yesterday. We were lucky enough to start the whole Gran Prix off with a bang: Big Water, Sunny Sky, and some huge tricks. Here is a little GoPro Teaser, stay tuned for the Stage 1 Edit: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj8DsZ6Hk3o[/youtube] Read More

Facing Waves TV show: Mexico

Mexico in the past couple of years has become one of the top hotspots for creek boaters and waterfall hucksters alike. Personally it is one of my favorite places to paddle, with jungles for river banks, warm weather, perfect waterfalls and tons of top class rapids it is hard to beat. Read More

Spring and Big Loops have Sprung!

Spring is in the air and so were our kayaks! Stephen Wright and I headed over to the Pigeon last week on the chance that we would catch a release - and got lucky. The 1600cfs flow proved perfect for getting the hard technical tricks and combos we needed Read More

White Nile, Africa: 1 Part Rockstar, 1 Part GoPro and a pinch of DJI: Video

The Hairy Lemon on the White Nile was yet again our choice for a couple week stay this winter,'specifically for training purposes', the hot weather, warm water, big waves and fun river run, well that is just a coincidence. This is training. We all had an epic time as usual, and Read More

My First Lord of the Fork Race & a Look Ahead to the Green Race!

Last fall I had the distinct pleasure in racing in the 2013 Lord of the Fork on Saturday, October 25, 2013!  To participate in this race had been a goal of mine 7 years in the making… And now I set my sights to try to beat my time this year Read More

Thrive / Prospérer

Patrick Levesque on San Pedro falls  Finishing 2013 in pictures and starting 2014 with philosophy. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Patrick Levesque on San Pedro falls, by Jacob Perizzolo"][/caption] (more...)

Photographing Whitewater Wildlife

If anyone knows anything about me, it is that I love to spend time behind the camera. One real passion of mine has been photographing kayak anglers throughout the day to show just how awesome our sport is. I also love the wildlife I get to encounter on the water and Read More

A Journey to Swim the Suck

As one of the floating/roving safety kayakers for the 4th Annual Swim the Suck, I actually (finally!) slowed down enough to truly enjoy my surroundings.  Sure, I’ve shared pictures and thoughts in previous posts about the beauty of the Tennessee River Gorge, how I love it, and how I spend a Read More

12th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup Was Huge Success!

The APE's know how to throw a party and cleanup the river! Check out the full report in this story link below with photos and a big thanks to all our event sponsors! http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2013/06/28/12th-annual-apes-nolichucky-river-cleanup-was-huge-success/

Tod Emma’s Thoughts on His First Year of Kayaking, 2012-2013

Over the years, I have had the good fortune to meet some great people through my paddling life!  About a year ago I met Tod Emma in our local paddling club.  Tod was brand new to our great sport and I could tell he was very egger to learn all he Read More

2nd Annual Susquehanna River Flats Kayak Fishing Jamboree

Yak Chum Fishing Susky Flats    Fishing the 2nd Annual Susquehanna River Flats again this year was a blast even though the fish did not cooperate. The Friday pre-fish was a rough morning out there. The picture to the left really doesn't do any justice to show just how rough it was. Easily 2.5 foot waves out there. Wind Read More

The 2013 J.A.W. Tour is Back in Action!

The Jackson Action Wagon is ready to spread some more Jackson Kayak fun with new demos for 2013!  I went down to the JK factory on Friday (3-29-13) to pick up 11 brand new boats & SUPs that will be available for free demo through out the 2013 spring and summer paddling season!  The J.A.W. Read More

Getting Some Good Karma!

I have been waiting a while to give a review of the Jackson Kayak Karma L (Large Size).  I have had my new white limon Karma L since late Oct 2012.  I have made multiple runs in the Karma on: Upper Russell Fork River, Russell Fork Gorge, Upper Green River, Green Read More

Winter Wonderland: Frozen Canada

Well as always the winter comes and Emily and I make our yearly pilgrimage up to the great white north to visit my folks for the holidays. We have been here for a week already and it has been pretty chilly to say the least. With snow flurries and sub zero temperatures Read More

The Zen: Year End Review by Nick Troutman

The Zen is quite possibly one of my favorite boat designs ever. I know that is a strong statement but I only say it because it is true!   The Zen was designed as a “pure” river runner, not a creek boat. Here are some facts: - It is sleek and fast, with plenty Read More

2013 JK Super Star Review by WeStroke

Michael Loftis II from http://www.westroke.com/ hooked up with the J.A.W. this past GAF weekend for a free demo of the all new 2013 Jackson Kayak Super Star!  Here is his review: This past weekend during the GAF I got the opportunity to paddle the new 2013 Super Star. Granted the Nanthala isn't the best Read More

2013 JK All Star Review by WeStroke

Kevin Todd from http://www.westroke.com/ hooked up with the J.A.W. this weekend for a free demo of the all new 2013 Jackson Kayak All Star!  Here is his review: So I've been a pretty big fan of Jackson Kayak playboats for a while and have owned several including a 2011 Superstar, 2012 Rockstar M, Read More

5th Annual New Jersey Fluke (Summer Flounder) Kayak Fishing Tournament

Tournaments in kayak fishing are looked forward to by the anglers as time to get away from everyday life and have a great experience doing something they love. Its not all competitive being the format we use by raffling off prizes instead of having 6 winners. Everyone receives a prize Read More

North Fork of the Payette

The North Fork is another classic I have always wanted to do, and finally I was able to get on this noble run.   I couldn’t wait to get to paddle the Zen on this big water run. I knew it was going to be the perfect boat with great speed and no Read More

Kelly’s Whitewater Park: USA Nationals

The 2012 USA Nationals were held in Idaho at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. It is a new park built just over a year ago. I had never been there before, but wow, incredible. The whitewater is outstanding, while the actually park is amazing with grand stand style seating and beautiful grass and Read More

Biggest Loops on Earth? Kelly’s Nationals today!

[gallery link="file" orderby="ID"] In the middle of an Idaho meadow lies possibly the biggest loop spot on Earth. The Kelly's Whitewater Center features several man-made rapids but the top one is the biggest and baddest and is where we are having the US Freestyle National Championships today. While we've Read More

Reno River Festival

This is one of the biggest events of the whole USA tour. Though this year there was a date change, it is usually in the spring and starts of the tour, while this year it was pushed back to mid June, the same weekend as FIBArk, another huge event. Though I was Read More

The Lyons Outdoor Games 2012

Well it is that time of year again, travelling around Colorado, connecting the dots from all the competitions across the state leading me to Lyons.   I have been going to the Lyons outdoor games pretty much since the beginning around 6 years ago. It is another one of my favorites, with some Read More

The Busiest Week of my Year!

The tour has been fully underway for almost 2 months now, and it have been packed with paddling, competing, and lots of driving. Though this past week is always the busiest of the year.   It started off with last weekend the CKS PaddleFest. This event has been going on for many years Read More

West Virginia surprise…

So after the T’ville Triple crown my plan was to drop Emily off in DC, pick up Dane and head to California. This plan quickly changed over dinner when the word got out that the New River Dries waves might be in. So we packed up the RV and hit the Read More

Fun J.A.W. Demo at Bay’s Mountain Lake

Yesterday evening the J.A.W. teamed up with Tommy Clapp to have a great paddling event up on the Bay's Mountain Lake in Kingsport, TN!  Tommy brought his demo fleet of Jackson Kayak Recreational, Touring & Fishing boats for folks to check out and paddle.  I brought the J.A.W. for folks to Read More

NOC Shootout- Rockstar takes the Podium

The ‘Fun Tour’ is now fully underway. This past weekend we hit the Nantahala Outdoor Center for the NOC Shootout. The Nantahala is a South East classic and is the host location for the upcoming World Cup Final and the 2013 World Championships.   We showed up on Monday to a river feature Read More

Two EPIC weeks surfing one of my favorites… BUSEATER!

So it all started with a phone call…. “Nick, dude, get up here now, Bussy is in and it is 80 degrees outside!” This call came from my best friend Joel Kowalski up in Beachburg. He lives on the Ottawa River and got me started in kayaking 10 years ago. Now you Read More

Villain and Hero: Spring Break Charging!

raven fork[caption id="attachment_65" align="aligncenter" width="538" caption="Tyler Burns on Cave Man -Photo Daniel Rucker"][/caption] Two Jackson Kayaks, Two Bikes, and a Station Wagon Just before Spring Break, it hit me: I will never experience the wonders of Spring Break ever again. With this being noted, I immediately started brainstorming how to close out these beloved Read More

2012 Alabama Mountain Games

The 2012 season has begun! The first event of the year is always the Alabama Mountain Games. It is an amazing event with tons of different competitions and sports aspects. Friday started off with the ‘Huckfest’ and freestyle of the lip of an 18 foot tall waterfall. This is always one of Read More

Johnson City Press Spotlights Local Pool Session

Amanda Marsh from the Johnson City Press dropped in last Tuesday to our Freedom Hall Pool Session to check out what it was all about.  She interviewed several of our local paddlers and shot some video & photos of the action.  The story was published in today's (12/29/2011) JCP Outdoor section of Read More

A Look Into Chris Korbulic’s Journal Entries leading to the Descent of Kundawika Falls

  Dec. 30 There's a small path to the river from the last village, the truck can't go. The villagers say it's 20 km, but the GPS says 12. To rent bikes from the village, we have to take a rider too, so the longer the trail, and more time we have the Read More

Cuda Texas Style

Picked up my Cuda today and thought i'd share some pictures. Won't get to take it out until next week but i'm impressed so far. Really like how the yellow jacket color came out. I will post up a review later after it gets some slime on it. [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"]

Rio Filobobos: photos

The Rio Filobobos is a gorgeous river that has several sections, with an Upper, Middle, and Lower. I have been fortunate enough to have run them all, usually accompanied by Rafa and his father Senior Ortiz. I just ran the lower with Rafa’s father over a week ago, though it had Read More

Mexico-Part 2: Land of Dreamers

We still had a day before Rafa was off to Brazil, and with a fired up crew we planned for a “Todo Jalacingo” which would be a stout day to say the least. After meeting up with Seth (from Britain) we started off late for the Upper Jalacingo. After a slower Read More

Mexico-Part 1: TV Madness

I have been going to Mexico for 5 years now, this being my 8th trip. There are so many rivers in the world, so many destinations, why back to Mexico. I am drawn here, the scenery, the people, the food, the rivers, and my friends. This trip is an interesting one to Read More

Sports Illustrated Kid’s Sportkid of the Year Photo Shoot.

This year I was very excited to be selected as one of Sports Illustrated Kids’s Sportkids of the Year. Although I did not make it to the top 3, I still will be featured in the December Issue, so Sports Illustrated sent a photograper from San Diego, and a lighting man Read More

Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak Worlds Finals

Well it was an amazing day. We had great weather, sunny and warm, and perfect water levels. The day started off quarter finals, head to head style. 1st place races 48th, second races 47th, and so on. I was lucky enough to race Michele Ramazza, 2nd and 3rd place finisher the Read More

Some Kanumesse Fun!

The Kanumesse show was awesome, it is the biggest paddles sports show in the world. Similar to the Summer OR show in Utah, though in Nurnberg Germany, it is more for the European market, as well as only being the paddle sports industry. It is super fun, all the different brands get Read More

Training for Sickline

Well the summer has come and gone, like it or not it is already September. With my last freestyle event being the Garb Rodeo on the Ottawa last weekend, comes the end of the rodeo tour, though with the changing of the seasons comes the autumn race circuit.   In the next two Read More

Overnighter on the Ottawa River

Well I have grown up on the Ottawa River my whole life, this is where I started kayaking. Though in the entire 9 years I have been paddling I have never done a camping over-nighter on the Ottawa. I guess this is because I lived so close it never made any Read More

Summer is slowly coming to an end… (Garb Photos)

Today was the fist day of my entire summer of paddling were I was cold. Not cool, not chilly, but actually cold, my teeth were chattering, crazy I know.  This morning I went for a session out on Garborator wave on the Ottawa River, just like I have all week. Though Read More

TRRJC Raffle Winner for Jackson Kayak of Choice!

We closed the 2011 Nolichucky / Nantahala Hometown Throwdown Series this past Sunday evening with the Jackson Kayak raffle drawing.  Congrats to Mitch Odom of Otto, NC as the Team River Runner - Johnson City Chapter Raffle Winner for the Jackson Kayak of his choice!  After a night of sleeping on the wide variety Read More

Summer Sessions: video

The Ottawa River has always been home to me, even though now-a-days I usually only get to spend a couple months a year up in Canada.   The Ottawa sums up the great Canadian outdoors, with giant lakes, huge whitewater, amazing scenery and all sorts of different wild life, and a mecca for Read More

20 Kids went under a log today..

Waking on to the sounds of the river, I rush through breakfast and chores and chug coffee as I type because it's almost time for 1st period - and I'm teaching it!  I've been in Canada less than a week and already I've not only pushed the skills of 20 up Read More

Defending Gold: World Championships 2011

Well two day now and the 2011 World Championships will begin! Being that I won the last World Championships in 2009 it is said that I am the defending Champ. Though in my mind I vision this whole World Championships a bit different. I am not as much defending it, as Read More

Freestyle photos from the Teva Mtn Games!

Check em!  Lots shot from the Jackson hotel rooms.  It was a great show! Live from Billy & Carly Harris' driveway in Beachburg, ON, Stephen Wright [nggallery id=222 blog=1]

Glenwood Springs big wave Action!

Well, it happened again: Glenwood has been the best playspot in Colorado.  Many of us descended on it during the past few days, following the CKS Paddlefest event in Buena Vista, and the Steamboat competition.  Levels ranged from 19,000 to 17,000, which made for a GREAT wave!  With record snowpack and Read More

Rock Star in Action, Big waves, Big tricks, Big Fun!

Dane, Joel, and I had a blast surfing some of Quebec's largest waves these past two weeks while competing at the Whitewater Grand Prix. It was a great to get on some of these huge waves to truly see the new Rock Star's potential for air time. There is no question that Read More

Whitewater Grand Prix 2011 Wrap-up: Video

The Whitewater Grand Prix was an experiment to say the least. Pat Camblin had a vision of an event that our sport hasn't seen yet. A competition combining 6 different events, both race and freestyle, over 14 days, chasing the best whitewater in Quebec. The idea was always there, but no one Read More

Clay and Owen in Cali–Summit Run in the Sun!

I've been resting a strained back muscle, which is 90% healed--SO I was forced to perfect my shuttle-bunny skills as Clay and Owen had 3 days after the Reno River Fest to enjoy some California goodness.  Enjoy these photos of the Summit Run on the South Yuba at 6,000 feet!  They Read More

Whitewater Grand Prix: Freestyle

Well we had our freestyle event on a new set of waves here in quebec, called 'Pillars.' It is a sweet set of two waves just under a train bridge. This made is easy for spectators to come and watch the show. It was impressive to see the air being thrown Read More

Whitewater Grand Prix: Boater-cross: Rouge

The second event of the Grand Prix was the Boater-cross, though to spice it up some more they added a HUGE volume rapid. The rapid consisted of huge waves and holes where the line was pretty much straight down the middle, if you were lucky. The main crux move was the last Read More

Whitewater Grand Prix: Ruins

After the big trick contest we started our trip north. Though we couldn't pass up the opportunity to surf the epic wave in Ottawa called 'Ruins.' It was a tricky wave to catch, and if you missed a tight eddy below to bridge pylon it was a 10 minute walk back up, Read More

Whitewater Grand Prix: Big Trick: Gladiator

The Whitewater Grand Prix is off and running with the opening party in Ottawa on Sunday. It was an awesome party getting to see a ton of faces from the whitewater comunity all in one place. The party went all night with an awesome DJ, premier of Rush Sturges new movie Read More

Mexico: Chiapas Kayaking

Mexico is one of my most favorite places in the world to paddle. I love the warm weather and water, the mexico food, cheap beer, great rapids and waterfalls, it just has everything. Though most of the time I spend in the state of Vera Cruz. Though pretty much everywhere in Mexico has Read More

Quick Dent Fix for Jackson Kayak!

Creek boating is great fun and an excellent way to explore the world around you with some of your best paddling friends!  It can be very physically & mentally challenging too!  Sometime the challenges can take a toll on our kayaks too when we crash!  But have no fear… the good Read More

2011 NOC Shootout & Demo Days was a Great Time for All!

This past weekend at the NOC was a huge gathering of 68 compeditors to duel it out in the 2011 NOC Freestyle Shootout!  See EJ's post for complete results... The freestyle competition was filled with tons of huge tricks, laughs and good times!  I spent most of my time judging all the Read More

2011 Watauga River Gorge Race Event Coverage

A heck of a good time went down this weekend on Watauga Gorge! Check out the photos and story on the World Kayak Event Coverage website: http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2011/04/12/2011-watauga-river-gorge-race-recap/

NOC River Leader of the Month – Wesley Bradley

Wayne Dickert & the Nantahala Outdoor Center has bestowed a great honor to me as their NOC River Leader of the Month!  Check out the full interview on the NOC Blog @ http://nantahalaoutdoorcenter.blogspot.com/2011/04/noc-river-leader-of-month-wesley.html

Coosa Makes a Great Date Night!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that the new Jackson Kayak Coosa is not only the best fishing kayak on the market now, but also the awesome sport utility kayak!   My wife, Jennifer, was attack by three dogs on her road bike two weeks ago, which Read More

Africa 2011: The Children

We decided to head back to Africa this year with the excuse that we would be training for the World Championships. To be honest I would probably have gone regardless of whether we were going to ‘train’ or not. I just love the White Nile and Africa. Now when I say Africa Read More

Stephen’s 2nd Uganda Photo Update: Flying Monkeys, Birds, Schools, and the Rockstar!

Here's my 2nd photo dump of my Uganda trip 2011.  It's been a great month!  I'm just off a week of working as a guest instructor with the New River Academy.  They had a great group of kids and fantastic staff--everyone was eager to learn, which made for a fun week Read More

Black Lantern living, Super-hole days and the ”TIA” moments in between

[caption id="attachment_12036" align="alignleft" width="630" caption="Living in a Van sure beats a mud hut"][/caption] We are staying at the Black Lantern - the high-brow resort behind NRE that features an amazing view of the river as well as the pool we shot our 2005 playboating videos in.  It's quite 'posh' by African standards, Read More

Broadwater Creek 2010

BROADWATER HEADWATERS Enjoy this article i wrote for Australian Geographic “OUTDOOR” magazine last year. BONDY Photos Josh BOND, Dana HEPTINSALL Saturday March 6th, 2010 3 am The day begins with my alarm ringing. Enjoy this article i wrote for Australian Geographic “OUTDOOR” magazine last year. BONDY Photos Josh BOND, Dana HEPTINSALL Saturday March 6th, 2010 3 Read More

D.I.Y. Villain Backpack Carry System

I found this great blog post and thought I would share it about a simple, light and easy to assemble kayak backpack for my Villain.  Check it out with this link: http://kayakhotdogs.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-kayak-backpack-for-under-25.html

Mexico = Paradise

Mexico is one of my favorite places on earth, the weather is warm, the scenery is gorgeous, and the whitewater is amazing. My first trip here was back in 2006, when I was part of the first full descent of the Rio Alseseca. Since then I have tried to come back every Read More

Stookesberry’s Top 10 -

Stookesberry's Top-10 River Trips:  From some of the most idyllic kayak destinations on the Planet, to some of the most challenging river expeditions I have ever undertaken, here are 10 highlights in my Kayaking world along with a more user friendly alternative. [caption id="attachment_9168" align="alignnone" width="614" caption="Darin McQuoid first Descent Lower North Read More

Mexico: New Hero ROCKS!

I have been paddling the Villain S for the past year, and I have been absolutely loving it. So naturally I was fired up to be able to borrow a Villain S while down in Mexico. We have been running the Gnar, and the Villain has been preforming amazingly. Though this didn't Read More

Snowy playboating in Rock Island

                      We received 5 inches of snow here in Rock Island on Sunday Night.  Roads weren't plowed, schools are closed everywhere, and I spent a lot of time crying and wishing for warmer climates.  It was, however, a good day to go kayak!  We had to park at the top of the Read More

The Villain in action on the South Branch Feather

The title says enough and the proof is in the pudding, the Villain is killing it for us in California, nothing but positive comments so far, and the most common one is "fast"

New Hero at Rock Island is a blast!

1-clay-boofingThe New Year is going well here in Rock Island with great water levels and our new boat! Clay, Emily, Justin Owen, Justin Kleburg, and myself set out to do some laps on the falls, in the new Hero. We got a run in at mill side (darker photos), Read More

EJ’s 2010 Summary- Looking into 2011

When looking back at 2010, my first thought is "Wow".   It was chock full of highs, challenges, victories, failures; a roller coaster ride from start to finish.    I have to start any summary off by saying that everything I do has alot of meaning to me, because I do it with Read More

Heather Herbeck NorthWest Update video

Quick update from the Pacific Northwest: We had a week of high water.  Rivers haven't been this high in a few years . . . so, we took advantage of it!  Enjoy the photos courtesy of Josh McKeown and Andy McMurray.  And, the video from Sheer Madness Productions. Now, Nate and I are Read More

Flying high in Carbon on the Dries

It all started with a phone call from my buddy Stephen Wright, saying "looks like the Dries are gonna come in." I checked the gauges, and rallied Dane, Clay and Emily to jump in and drive 7 hours with the hope the the epic waves would come in. So with the kayaks Read More

Rain in the South East = Greeter Falls

This past week we got 3 inches of rain here in Rock Island. Though it wasn’t just us, the entire South Eastern United States got slammed. Everything thing was running, and the question was where do we go? Dane and I have been looking a several of the larger waterfalls in the Read More

Wet Season Wake Up Cairns 2010

IMG_3290 Wet Season Wake up 2010 Thirty One keen boaters rocked up to the Barron gorge on Saturday morning with a colourful array of plastic strapped to the roof of their cars ready to get wet and see who the fastest paddler in Far North Queensland was. There where competitors from Read More

Wet Season Wake Up Cairns 2010

IMG_3290 Wet Season Wake up 2010 Thirty One keen boaters rocked up to the Barron gorge on Saturday morning with a colourful array of plastic strapped to the roof of their cars ready to get wet and see who the fastest paddler in Far North Queensland was. There where competitors from Read More

Rodrigo Teaching the Next Generation of Huckers!

Is incredible how the time pass so fats, Pablito Casey (8 Years Old) is a very active kid and he loves the Outdoors sport. Pablito is  the son of  the famous kayaker and one of my best friend Kurt Casey. Kurt Casey represent a revolution in the white water kayak here in Chile, Read More

Gauley Season 2010

The Gauley is a river;  not a festival, not a season. The river is the best downriver play run in the US.  AW's Gauley Festival is the biggest gathering of whitewater kayakers in the world.  But Gauley Season makes West Virginia as the #1 place to be in the universe during September. The Read More

Tassie and the Teva lea race – 2010

img_2410 First of all a big thanks to Leigh from kayak4play for throwing on a great race this year at the teva lea, and a special thanks to all the Tassie and NSW crew who took us boating and shuttled the two hypothermic far north Queenslanders around while we were down Read More

MISSION: Goldy Locks and the 5 bears.

It was Finals and I had won every damn round till the top 5 so I figured I was in a good position to Kick Kelsey Thompsons Scrawny Little Butt.  The Bet was, I would get a mohawk if toll bag dropped the mustash.  The one that hides a knarly scar Read More

New Coosa Kayak Photos/Video

Some have wondered about the stability really being as good as those that have paddled the prototype have touted it to be.  These are some photos and a video that should help clear that up.  Still, anyone buying a kayak should always test it first because what is good for one Read More

The Grand Canyon

This was my first trip to the Grand Canyon so I had no idea what to expect, except what I had heard, and what I had seen from a couple pictures. Though no picture or story can come close to experiencing it first hand. The name Grand Canyon is almost an Read More

T ville paddle & Face Time showing

Jessie Stone organized a group paddle at the Tville play spot, along with a Face Time showing Collinsville Canoe & Kayak. It was an awesome afternoon paddling with everyone. I was able to try out a SUP board as well as help Emily Kuhlberg work on her rolling. After the Film showing a Read More

Drew’s Signature Kayak, The Coosa, by Jackson Kayak

The new Jackson Kayak Coosa, designed by Drew Gregory, was introduced to the market at the Outdoor Retailer Trade on August 2nd through the 6th.  The kayak is still in prototype form and is expected to hit stores in early November.  Below you can see photos of the prototype, read about Read More

NYC Inner City Kids Camp

For the past several year Jessie Stone and Soft Power health have been running  an Inner City kids Camp while teaming up with the Upward Bound program from Boys and Girls Harbor. This has been my third year hepling with this project. What we do is simple teach kids how to kayak. Read More

Big Timber – well named steeps in MT

On the way back from Team Trials, riding a high from that already,  I got the chance to cross off a creeking gem that's been on my ''To do'' list for a long, long time.  Just like Tatlow, Upper Cherry, and N. Fk Blackwater, I've been within miles of Big Timber, Read More

California Creeking with the Villain S

My month of creeking in Cali was a bit harder then expected, because of the continuous amounts of snow and cold weather. Though this still didn’t stop me from paddling some of the best day runs in the state. In the three weeks of creeking I got on: 1x Golden Gate 4x 49 to Read More

Gary E with Friends, Villains, Superstars and CA Whitewater

Friends, Villains, Superstars and Whitewater Always nice to be driving into California looking at the Sierras and granite knowing what those mountains have in store for you.  The weather has been unusually cold this spring, which has made it difficult to keep track of what’s in, what’s coming in and trying to Read More

Chris Korbulic’s Brazil#2, Sometimes You Have to Walk Away

high volume falls 'sometimes you have to walk away' Sometimes You Have to Walk Away Standing on the trembling ledge above a falls with the combined power of volume and height sufficient to send tremors through the rock, Ben and I were wondering why we had hauled our kayaks to the top of the falls, and more, if they would do Read More

Chris Korbulic’s 4th Annual Brazil Waterfall Expedition write-up

4th Annual Brazil Waterfalling Expedition Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, and Pedro Oliva continue their exploration of the southern Amazon Basin in Brazil searching for the largest runnable waterfalls on earth. We arrived at Cachoeira Jurena after two days of negotiating the maze-like complex of farm roads to find another river and falls Read More

Still yaking in Nevada!

Well, not Nevada where the Truckee river is LOW, but in California where the rivers are still running. I have spent a few days every week since the begining of December paddling the North Fork of the Feather River Lobin Section, or the South Fork of the American on Chili Bar. Read More

Droughts = Rarely Seen Sections of Rivers in California

FUN! What happens in California after a few years of drought. The reservoirs get low and sections of rivers normally underwater become runnable again. This weekend we did the Big Bend Run on the North Fork of the Feather River. This section is normally under 35 feet of water but the reservoir Read More

Bombing Elk in the Villain

The Karma has set a new standard in the planning hull creek boat world, but the JK Villain still proves to be an awesome big drop kayak! I had the pleasure of leading one of my best paddling friends, Jeremy Gass, down his 1st descent of Elk River Gorge this past Saturday Read More

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