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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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Jamie Dors paddles a red Silverbirch Covert 9.3, a British-made open whitewater canoe

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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Shit Kayakers Never Say

Shit Kayakers Never Say

“I can’t wait to get a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife who doesn’t understand my kayaking obsession.” “I have so much money these days.” “I’ll go with the small…

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Shit Kayakers Say

Shit Kayakers Say

“Is this thing on?” “Who’s driving shuttle?” “My skirt is at the take-out”—said at the put-in “Who has the car keys?”—said at the take out…

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6 Ways For Whitewater Kayakers To Save Money

6 Ways For Whitewater Kayakers To Save Money

We love everything about whitewater kayaking. We love packing the car, loading the boats, the first snap of pulling a skirt on and the butterflies…

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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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5 Whitewater Trends For 2017

5 Whitewater Trends For 2017

Sage Donnelly, professional kayaker, Nevada  “Something I have noticed recently when it comes to creeking is that everyone is now super into throwing cross-bows, ear…

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Video: Substantial Media House in New Zealand

Video: Substantial Media House in New Zealand

Footage from Substantial Media House’s recent trip to New Zealand includes epic runs on the Nevis River, Huka Falls and more. Not to mention launching…

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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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9 Christmas Stocking Stuffers For Whitewater Kayakers

9 Christmas Stocking Stuffers For Whitewater Kayakers

A lot of paddling gear is too big to fit into a stocking. Think creek boats, PFD’s and sexy carbon fiber paddles. If you are…

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How To Supercharge Your River Running

How To Supercharge Your River Running

Running rivers is one of the best ways to spend a day. From excitement at the put-in to battling butterflies before a challenging new feature…

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Six Things To Do When You’re Not Paddling This Winter

Six Things To Do When You’re Not Paddling This Winter

1. Plan spring and summer river trips If you had a great or a first season paddling whitewater this year, research and make plans for…

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Best Colleges and Universities For Whitewater Paddlers

Best Colleges and Universities For Whitewater Paddlers

Whether you are a high school senior looking forward to being a freshman or a 45-year-old parent returning to school, if you kayak, academics are…

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Top five places to work as a river guide this winter

Top five places to work as a river guide this winter

Turquoise water, tropical canyons, an international trip lined with world-renowned rivers—it’s what whitewater dreams are made of. If you’re like most raft guides, however, a…

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The Effect of Friendships Made on the River

The Effect of Friendships Made on the River

Sitting like children, feet dangling, inches from the edge of the raging, plummeting maw of Wilberforce Falls, my friend Brian and I connect with few…

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Filmmaker Mike McKay on Quitting Your Day Job

Filmmaker Mike McKay on Quitting Your Day Job

Mike McKay has been one of whitewater’s best-known filmmakers since his 2010 release of Currents, a 20-part conservation-themed series profiling whitewater communities around the world.…

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7 Tips For Great Whitewater Etiquette

7 Tips For Great Whitewater Etiquette

Every sport has subtle rules of etiquette that participants expect of their teammates and partners. Some of these rules of thumb are obvious, and some…

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