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Nouria Newman and Mike Roy descend Huka Falls in New Zealand in a tandem kayak.

Video: Nouria Newman + Mike Roy Tandem Waterfall Descent

What do you get when you add Nouria Newman, Mike Roy and a tandem whitewater kayak? A tandem descent of New Zealand's Huka Falls, an…

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A kayaker descends a waterfall in a red kayak.

Quiz: Which Pro Whitewater Kayaker Are You?

Ever wondered if you're more of a Nouria or a Dane? Rest easy, our quiz will sort you out. Answer eight easy questions and see…

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Norwegian professional kayaker Mariann Saether standing against a sunset while pregnant.

Mariann Saether On Kayaking While Pregnant

On September 4th, 2016, I gave birth to my son Benjamin, my first child. The nine months of pregnancy were surprisingly easy and allowed me…

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A kayaker sits in an eddy in an orange creek boat.

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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Two whitewater kayakers at the base of a small waterfall.

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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A whitewater kayaker is shown rolling underwater with a red paddle that says "Smile" on its blade face

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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Rapid Media publisher Scott MacGregor whitewater rafts Ontario's Petawawa River.

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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A group of kayakers paddle a skinny blue river, seen from above.

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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A kayaker at the base of a rapid in a red creek boat.

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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The black and white logo for whitewater filmmakers and paddlers Torryd

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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