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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

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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Alexandra Machicado-McGee paddling at the Madawaska Kanu Center in Barry's Bay, Ontario

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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Rush Sturges descends a waterfall in the middle of the night at Spirit Falls, captured by Krystle Wright

How Krystle Wright Shoots Nighttime Waterfall Descents

Unless they're living in the wilderness, most people are exposed to almost 300 images a day. As a professional photographer, my challenge is to find…

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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