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Re: What is your favorite kind of whitewater event to watch?


“THE KIND WHERE I’M WATCHING THE FLOW, GETTING SPLASHED AND DECID- ING MY LINE.” —TUATHAN BASHIERES


Four Tips To Survive Your First Whitewater Festival


1. Arrive early. Show up too late and you could be setting up your tent next to the outhouses. 2. Sign up for clinics. One of the best parts about paddling festivals is tailored instruction to improve your skills.


3. Bring your dancing shoes for post-paddling festivities—or just go barefoot. 4. Bring beer. The internationally accepted currency for meeting new friends fast.


Discover the best whitewater events and festivals at www.rapidmedia.com/0589.


Instagram user @trevoroutside captured this image on the Top Tye River in Washington State. After waking on the side of the highway where they had camped, Trevor’s group realized the water had spiked overnight. He opted out of the run and instead took advantage of awesome backlighting to set up and shoot this photo of Scott Baker before the group paddled onto Icicle Creek.


Whitewater standup paddleboarding, yay or nay?


13% “Hats off to them but thumbs down for me.” Readers who are not sold on SUP river life.


21% “Total swim-fest. No thanks.” Yet more readers who are not sold on SUP river style.


58% “Good for them! It’s another way to enjoy rivers.” Readers stoked that you’re keen on taking up this challenge.


8% “Love it—that’s my jam!” A mighty minority of strong swimmers whom we applaud.


“PADDLERS USED TO BE PIONEERS. THEY WERE RECLUSES, VENTURING INTO DEEP CANYONS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. WHITEWATER PARKS BRING RIVERS TO EVERYONE’S FRONT DOOR. THEY’VE CLEARLY MADE BOATING MORE ACCESSIBLE.” —Shane Sigle, “The Future of Whitewater Parks in America,” page 42


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PHOTO: GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES/LOGAN ROBERTSON


PHOTO: RYAN CREARY


PHOTO: NICK LEEDS


PHOTO: TREVOR LYDEN


PHOTO: SETH ASHWORTH


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