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Key Safety Skills For Whitewater Paddlers

Whitewater paddling is one of the most exciting and fun activities you can do, in our completely unbiased opinion. Close calls, bad swims and river…

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A kayaker surfs a wave in a green playboat.

9 Most Important Skills For Whitewater Paddlers

You can never stop developing your skills in whitewater paddling. That's one of the reasons whitewater is so addictive. Changing seasons, varying water levels and…

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A kayaker in a red boat drops down a large waterfall as his friend looks on.

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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A raft guide takes a group of paddlers downstream.

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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A kayaker rides some big waves.

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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A kayaker in a playboat goes surfing on a wave

Park & Play: 7 Essentials To Bring To Your Surf Spot

Heading to your favorite surf wave with your friends for a playboating session is a great way to enjoy a dynamic river feature. Park and…

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A kayaker demonstrates a roll.

10 Things That Will Happen When You Learn To Whitewater Kayak

Learning to whitewater kayak is a huge feat. Maybe you are a new paddler beginning the process this season, or perhaps you are a waterlogged…

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How to Find the Perfect Whitewater Boat in Just 10 Minutes

How to Find the Perfect Whitewater Boat in Just 10 Minutes

It’s demo day at your local outfitters, a chance to get on the water and try out different boats. The catch: the only water nearby…

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A child smiles underwater as he prepares to roll his kayak in a pool.

Rollin’ with the Kids

Getting kids into kayaks, let alone practicing skills in them, parents and adults have to lead the way by example. When Andy Parry is in…

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A burnt out car has two kayaks sitting on the top of it as a joke.

How To Buy a Used Kayak

Buying a used boat might seem like a straightforward task. Between your local outfitter, word-of-mouth, and online boater boards there are ample venues for the…

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Stretching for hands.

Skills: Healthy Hands

Look at the hands of a paddler and you’ll see scars, scratches, sun spots and chipped nails. It’s easy to see that these are important,…

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A SUP boarder paddles a SUP board loaded with gear and a dog for company in a picturesque canyon.

Plan A Backcountry Standup Paddleboard Trip

Standup paddleboards may not be the obvious backcountry craft for paddlers who typically use them for lake paddling, yoga or surfing ocean swell. Taking a…

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A whitewater rescuer jumps into rapids attached to a rope to aid a swimmer in a mock exercise.

Spring Whitewater Rescue Tune Up

Whether or not you whitewater kayak seasonally or all year round, having the skills to stay safe will ensure you and your paddling buddies are…

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