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Steve Fisher helix

Freestyle Move: Helix

Ten years ago, I was hanging out in a bar with some mates in Zambia, using a Mosi Lager coaster to work out a new…

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A male paddler giving a thumbs up or down in front of two canoes

Canoe Modification Techniques

There are 14 customizations every whitewater canoeist dreams of, including performance seats, a custom trim job and a lift kit. There’s no reason to let…

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Skills: Taboo Breaker

Skills: Taboo Breaker

Running sustained rapids in a canoe requires both dry lines and fancy boat work to keep water out when colliding with breaking waves. Wave blocking…

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A rescuer stands on a river bank with a throw bag in his hands, ready to execute a rescue.

Throw Bag Technique

Learning to use a throw bag is an essential whitewater skill. As a whitewater rescue instructor, I see a lot of poor throw bag technique.…

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River trip food

Keep Your Raft Cooler Cold

KTFLC is the ultimate rule of Raft Cooler Management (RCM). RCM is an obscure yet evolved science, and the rule stands for Keep The F’ing…

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Back Pan Am

Freestyle Move: Back Pan Am

The back pan am is essentially a tricky back blunt, where your boat goes inverted during the rotation. 1. Find a nice, big wave and…

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Canoe technique

Stroke Style for Short Canoes

 In the past decade short solo canoes have bobbed into the whitewater scene. Now, short and long solo boats share the river in about equal…

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Tools rest on a wooden table, to be used in repairing a broken kayak.

How To Fix A Cracked Kayak

Cracked kayaks are what nightmares are made of, but there is no reason that you cannot fix your trusted plastic boat and turn that nightmare…

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Bow paddling technique

Get Better in the Bow

Having someone ask if you would paddle in his or her bow is a great compliment and there’s much anticipation of greatness in your first…

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Expert tips for kayak freestyle

Eric Jackson's Freestyle Tips

When I first started training with Eric Jackson four years ago, I was just an eager, hard-working teen with a couple air blunts under my…

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Nick Troutman freestyle tips

Freestyle Move: Loop Lunar Orbit

The loop lunar orbit is an awesome aerial hole combo that is sure to get you more chicks than a Nickelback concert. The beauty of…

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A kayaker enters a frothy boil in a rapid that makes him barely visible.

How to Escape a Hydraulic

Hydraulics are mythical to read about and see for whitewater paddlers but nothing beats the experience of being caught in one. Russ Schroeder realized this…

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Emily Jackson freestyle

Freestyle Move: Split Phonics

This is a fun trick because it combines a balanced cartwheel move—a splitwheel—with one that can give you some really big air—a phonics monkey. The…

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