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Dan Caldwell field tests Spade Kayaks' Ace

Review: Spade Kayaks' First River Runner

To call a spade a spade is to tell it like it is. Some people might be offended by this straight talk and consider you…

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Boat Review: Silverbirch Covert 9.3

Boat Review: Silverbirch Covert 9.3

Last fall, Steve Childs, the designer and owner of Silverbirch Canoes, called and said he’d snuck the very first Covert into the country and asked…

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Boat Review: Dagger's New Nomad

Boat Review: Dagger's New Nomad

If you're like me, you’ve got a favorite hoodie and pairs of pants and shoes that you never want to let go of. You’re comfortable…

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Boat Review: Liquidlogic Braaap

Boat Review: Liquidlogic Braaap

As a farm kid who grew up with dirt bikes and ATVs, I had a hunch where Liquidlogic’s strange new boat name came from. A…

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Boat Review: Echoee by Echo Paddles

Boat Review: Echoee by Echo Paddles

I'm sitting in my boat clenching my fists and shivering. It’s a rainy May afternoon, a week into a 10-day solo canoe instructor course. Lined…

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Boat Review: Pyranha Burn III

Boat Review: Pyranha Burn III

When Hollywood has a hit movie it’s almost expected that a sequel and sometimes even a trilogy will follow. It’s a risky strategy that doesn’t…

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Boat Review: Jackson Kayak Rogue 10

Boat Review: Jackson Kayak Rogue 10

When I hear someone described as a rouge I conjure up an image of a trail worn cowboy with a rough and tough exterior that…

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Boat Review: Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff

Boat Review: Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff

Nobody in the last six months has called me asking how the Nova Craft Canoe Prospector 16 paddles. Not a single outfitter, guide, instructor or…

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Boat Review: Pyranha Fusion L

Boat Review: Pyranha Fusion L

Some children look like a perfect mix of their parents, while others seem to resemble one more than another. While Pyranha’s crossover does have some…

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Boat Review: Dagger Kayaks Katana 10.4

Boat Review: Dagger Kayaks Katana 10.4

We’ve learned over seventeen years of doing boat testing and shootouts that testers compare all boats in the test to their own personal boat or…

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10 Things Only Whitewater Kayakers Understand

10 Things Only Whitewater Kayakers Understand

1. Feeling like someone you spent one day kayaking with is a close friend Sometimes friends you spent a single day paddling with become close…

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Torryd—The Next Big Thing In Whitewater Filmmaking

Torryd—The Next Big Thing In Whitewater Filmmaking

Once Rapid saw Torryd’s “Best Beatings” edit, we knew we had to find out a bit more about the whitewater filmmaking crew. Torryd was begun…

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3 Whitewater Secrets From Chris Gragtmans

3 Whitewater Secrets From Chris Gragtmans

So many aspects of whitewater kayaking are counter to our natural instincts. Bring your head up last. Lean towards the rock. Don’t get in the…

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Why Portaging Doesn't Make You Less Of A Real Whitewater Paddler

Why Portaging Doesn't Make You Less Of A Real Whitewater Paddler

One of the loneliest places in the world is in the slow drift leading into a stiff rapid. The quiet and calm, the river’s current…

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Meet Canada's C1 Slalmon Pioneer

Meet Canada's C1 Slalmon Pioneer

In 2009, Alexandra Machicado-McGee was the first and only woman who accepted the invitiation to the Canadian national team trials in whitewater C1 slalom racing.…

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Editorial: Why Whitewater Is Life's Secret Ingredient

Editorial: Why Whitewater Is Life's Secret Ingredient

After finishing my master’s degree and a season in the mountains, I accepted my first journalism job. I was posted to a community newspaper in…

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Rapid’s Most Popular Whitewater Stories From 2016

Rapid’s Most Popular Whitewater Stories From 2016

2016 was an exciting year in the world of whitewater. From Jackson’s new kayaks to a truly unique kayaking film by Steve Fisher to exciting…

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Inspiring Talks By Paddlers You Need To Watch

Inspiring Talks By Paddlers You Need To Watch

A great deal of inspiration in the paddling world is visual. We watch kayakers descend precipitous waterfalls and challenging whitewater sections that seem to have…

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7 Coolest River Jobs

7 Coolest River Jobs

Every whitewater weekend warrior knows the feeling of paddling rapids on a gorgeous river and wondering, “What if this could be every day?” Rivers bring…

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The Last Wild River in Europe

The Last Wild River in Europe

Go with the flow into the unknown, to see what the blue line on the map has to tell you. This is the mantra that leads…

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Winter Gigs

Winter Gigs

“What are you tree people doing?” the woman peering in the window of our colorful trailer asked. She took in the multi colored prayer flags,…

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The World's Economy: Examining the World Freestyle Kayak Championships

The World's Economy: Examining the World Freestyle Kayak Championships

From grassroots rodeo festival to slick mega-production, whitewater’s biggest competition has come a long way from a handful of river nomads gathering to twirl their…

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Profile: Swedish Adventure

Profile: Swedish Adventure

South African photographer Scott Martin met up with long-time friend and Canadian paddler Tyler Curtis to showcase the whitewater-rich area of northern Sweden. WHERE in…

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How To Set A River Free

How To Set A River Free

To river lovers, Glen Canyon Dam is the Death Star and Voldemort combined. Blocking the Colorado River, it stands 750 feet tall and a third…

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26 Reasons To Love Whitewater

26 Reasons To Love Whitewater

Why do we love whitewater? Life hacks, sex appeal, urban play, real adventure, and more. From A to Z, here are 26 things we can't…

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