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Adidas Sickline 2015

We’ve probably had one of the most contested Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships to date.

Adidas Sickline 2015

The Adidas Sickline 2015 race took place on the world famous Wellerbrucke rapids on the river Oetz.

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Tumwater Solitude – Sam Grafton

Tumwater Solitude: Sam Grafton Kayaking Class V Big Water

Tumwater Canyon is perhaps the biggest roadside whitewater anywhere. Located just out of Leavenworth, Washington, the Wenatchee River carves a 6000 foot deep gorge though solid granite. Class V and Class VI is just steps from the guardrail. We followed 23 year old Sam Grafton as he lapped this big water section all by himself.

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Last Exit

Last Exit

This is a nice edit from Sam Grafton showing the Last Exit rapid in the Tumwater canyon.

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Tallulah Fest 2015

Tallulah Fest 2015

Every year kayakers and adventure seekers flock to the infamous Tallulah Gorge for class V paddling. Alex Weinert has put this great edit together from this year’s festival.

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Let Me Tell Ya Bro About The Tellico

Let Me Tell Ya Bro About The Tellico is an awesome whitewater kayaking video filmed using GoPro equipment and created by John Keller.

Let Me Tell Ya Bro About The Tellico

Decided to mix it up a bit and go somewhere none of us had been in a while. If you haven’t gone out on a whim lately, I totally recommend it.

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Flying the Flying Squirrel!

Flying the Flying Squirrel

Excited to be back paddling and back on the Green after suffering a rib injury before the Green Race. This time though, things are a bit different. Picked up a new LiquidLogic Flying Squirrel and man is this thing sweet. It’s got so much speed and glide to it, it just makes running the Green that much cooler.

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GoPro Kayaking The Stikine With Rafa Ortiz

GoPro Kayaking The Stikine With Rafa Ortiz

GoPro Athlete Rafa Ortiz and Isaac Levinson tackle one of the most challenging big water runs on the planet, the Stikine. Join these two in remote British Columbia where they confront harsh wilderness and multiple days of class five whitewater.

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Part Two: Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

Part Two: Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters from the Mountain Mid Collective.

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Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

Part two of the Journey to the Stikine and the Sacred Headwaters tells the story of the team’s decision to run the notorious Site Zed rapid. Site Zed has only been run a handful of times since the first descent by Ben Marr in 2012. The rapid begins at the same place that BC Hydro planned to build one of two mega-dams on the Stikine that would have flood the entire canyon above. After their portagless descent of the Stikine, the crew returns to learn more about the fight to save the Stikine and Sacred Headwaters from a massive mine that poses extreme environmental risks to the surrounding environment and rivers.

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Journey To The Stikine And The Sacred Headwaters

Another great edit from the guys at the Mountain Mind Collective.

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The Stikine is a world renowned river in the northwest corner of British Columbia. It is known for its big-volume class V whitewater in one of the most committing canyons in the world. Kayakers travel from afar every year to navigate the depths of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, but few know of the fight to protect its vast watershed from industrial development. From mega-dams, to massive open-pit mines, the Stikine and its sister rivers, the Skeena and the Nass, are under threat. This is the story of paddling the Stikine River, and learning about the fight to protect the Sacred Headwaters, the source of the Stikine, Skeena and Nass Rivers.

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Chelan Gorge 2014 – Substantial TV

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The Chelan River is located in Northern Washington flowing off the east side of the Cascade range. The river cuts through a short steep dessert canyon before entering the Columbia River. American Whitewater arranged a recreational release for one weekend, once a year. For that weekend in late September The Chelan Gorge holds the perfect flow of 400 cfs and contains 5-6 class five drops back to back. Enjoy a taste of what we got to experience up there this year. Continue reading

Carnage In The Rockies

A great edit of some serious mistakes/carnage from Aeon Russo!

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When your trying to charge as much Class V in three weeks as you can, shit happens. Heres to the next booty beer! Continue reading

A Bad Swim – A Reflection

On the 2nd Jan 2014 Rory Woods ran Cauldron Snout on the River Tees (UK) and ended up taking a bad swim. Having successfully tackled the class V+ Cauldron Snout on several previous occasions Rory broke out of the top eddy and ran the Snout. Here are Rory’s unedited thoughts on what happened when it all went wrong.

A Bad Swim
Photo: Ben Johnson. Paddler: Rory Woods.

For context, the level is a bit higher than Sam (click to view video) ran it, with overspill on the dam as well as both pipes. I’ve run it a few times before, but always lower. It shook me a bit, and I hope I will learn from it. I’ve always believed in safety coming from the certainty that you will get the moves right, irrespective of the consequences. Of course, if the consequences are bad enough, you need to leave some margin in your level of certainty. Over lots of years of very gradually paddling harder and harder stuff, I really thought that my judgement of what I could definitely do was pretty accurate. I’ve always been a bit proud of my ability to get on and get pressure moves right without headgames getting in the way once I’d made a decision. It shocked me to go back and look at the rapid and think that maybe I’ve been fooling myself for a while in my desire to run stuff.

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