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How Katrina Van Wijk's four-letter word is changing the game for women

High Water Holy Grail

High Water Holy Grail

Stakeout defines the freestyle scene with three weeks of party, play and perfect levels

Kokatat Men’s and Women’s Icon Drysuit Review

Kokatat Men’s and Women’s Icon Drysuit Review

A new rear-access Gore-Tex suit that's built to last

Daily Photo: Power Slide

Daily Photo: Power Slide

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Video: Creek Boater

Video: Creek Boater

Winner of Best Whitewater Film in the 2014 Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour

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      A kayak and OC scout Power Slide on the Green Rive Narrows, North Carolina.   Submit your whitewater images to Rapid’s Daily Photo to see…
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    • Video: Short Stories from Russia, part 4

      "Summer of 2013 a international team of paddlers went to Russia to paddle some of the classic rivers in the Altai region. After a long…
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    World’s best paddlesports media company seeking creative, energetic, self-directed, detail-oriented designer for…
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    • Stakeout defines the freestyle scene with three weeks of party, play and perfect levels
    Stakeout 2014 is officially underway. Here's Nick Troutman's take on the tradition,…
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    • Take your downriver mischief to the next level
    This whitewater kayak review originally appeared in Rapid magazine. Splats and squirts were paddling…


  • Formerly a limited edition drysuit, the updated Icon joins Kokatat’s regular lineup for 2014. The only rear-access suit we tested this season, the Icon’s back-of-the-shoulders…

Weekend Plans

  •  Is there anything more refreshing than a cold beer after a day on the river? (No, we aren’t talking bootie beers here). Excluding lukewarm Pabst…

Paddling Gourmet

  •   This time-tested recipe for how to smoke fish in the backcountry was first published in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine.  It’s hard to argue…

Level Up Your Skills

  •   When a student who has been paddling for a while expresses that they want better boat control, they are specifically referring to their ability…
    • How Tevas became the boots of the working-class river world
    In 1984 one Grand Canyon river guide singlehandedly launched the sport sandal market by beefing up his flip flops with an extra ankle strap. It was the start of Teva, and by the end of the decade, his simple sandal fix had become an outdoor giant and marketing sensation. Teva’s custom webbing designs and all manner of Velcro straps brought…
    • The next generation of guides get graded
     ONE, TWO, THREE, PUSSHHHHH! After an epic series of grunts and profanities, it happened. Our bus was finally gaining traction in the sand and on its way home from where it dropped us. We were at the put-in of the Karnali River, in Nepal. It had taken us a day and a half of bumping around in the back of…
    • A photographer's quest for midnight light
     In the utter darkness of midnight, stage lighting blinded Blair Trotman as he launched a Wave Sport Recon off the edge of the visible earth, plunging into the abyss 60 feet below the lip of Sutherland Falls. Then, from behind a pile of high-end camera equipment, someone told Trotman it was time for take two. And then three.   “Blair…
    • Why you should just tell people you're a doctor
     “So what is it that you do?” I hate that question. Not because I find it offensive and intrusive. It’s just that, unless the person who asked is a paddler, he won’t understand the answer. Most people consider the question to be about work—a separate question from what you do for fun. Since paddling has been both my work and…

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  • IN THIS ISSUE: Last Frontier: Sorcery, sacred canyons and redemption runs. Four kayakers take on Papua New Guinea’s deadly jungle rivers.
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  • IN THIS ISSUE: Dirty Jobs: What pro kayakers will do for money; Dream Trips: The best remote, multi-day mountain lake kayak fishing adventure; 2014 Recreational Kayak Buyer’s Guide: How to buy your next rec kayak and the hottest models on the market.

Popular Whitewater Articles

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Latest Whitewater Articles

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Whitewater Boats

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Whitewater Gear

  • Kokatat Men’s and Women’s Icon Drysuit Review
  • Stohlquist Tideline Low Booties
  • Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker Review
  • NRS Crux Drysuit Review
  • Field Test: Astral Designs' Greenjacket

Whitewater Skills

  • Skill Video: Kayak Momentum
  • How To Stay Warm For Spring Surfing
  • Stock Your PFD With Rescue Essentials
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Whitewater Rivers

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About Rapid Magazine

Launched in '99, Rapid is North America's first and only whitewater kayaking and canoeing magazine. Inside you'll find the best river trips, the hottest whitewater kayak, canoe and gear reviews, expert advice and the coolest freestyle tricks and proven river running techniques you'd expect to find in the industry-leading whitewater magazine. Rapid's commitment to whitewater paddling comes from the passion of our editors, designers, writers, photographers, and especially our readers. Rapid delivers the river!

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What began in the summer of '98 as scribbles on a bar napkin is now the world's best paddlesports media company. Rapid Media has four paddling magazines, produces an international paddling film festival, had the very first paddling and fishing magazines in iTunes, and is the official partner of both the American Canoe Association and Paddle Canada. We're proud of all this, but the real reason we're the best is because we paddle and we care.

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