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Whitewater kayaker Pat Keller stands in a field with two fairies in Steve Fisher film "With You"

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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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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A river on a dark day in Iceland

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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A car loaded with kayaks on a remote mountain road.

Navigating The Tricky Waters Of A Successful Whitewater Shuttle

Dave glares at me. Chris rolls his eyes. My sprayskirt is at the take-out, Dave’s gear is piled on the ground and I just locked…

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A whitewater kayaker in a red kayak drops down a small waterfall

Ear Bone Spurs: The Cold Water Kayaker’s Nightmare

Kayaking is full of great moments. Nailing your first roll. Landing a boof off of a drop. Watching the sun set at a favorite rapid.…

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A jumper at a waterfall.

7 Best Whitewater Photos From Red Bull Illume

Red Bull has announced the winners of the 2016 Red Bull Illume competition. Photographer Lorenz Holder was crowned the overall winner for a second time…

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A whitewater kayaker lands at the base of a waterfall as his paddling friends look on

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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A kayaker waits in an eddy below a set of rapids.

Everything I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kayak School

I've spent a solid quarter of my life teaching kayak school—the kindergarten of whitewater. Just like grade school kindergarten, there is a Zen quality to…

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Scott MacGregor reflects on his father in the Fall 2016 issue of Rapid

Editorial: The River Of Regret Flows Forever

The most common way youth are introduced to whitewater is by their families, usually their parents. Which makes sense, right? Mom and Dad love rivers…

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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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Out of Place: Modern River Guiding

Out of Place: Modern River Guiding

August 16, 1899, is the date most historians point to as the start of North America’s adventure tourism industry. It was the day that Christian…

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Powerful Partnerships in the Whitewater Community

Powerful Partnerships in the Whitewater Community

When dam operators are receiving thank you notes from the paddlers downstream, something is awry. Flowing east out of Algonquin Provincial Park, the Madawaska River…

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