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Unsponsored Q&A Series – Rush Sturges

Rush Sturges is a freestyle and expedition kayaker with over one hundred first descents worldwide and has been a member of the USA Freestyle team on numerous occasions. Rush kindly agreed to take part in Unsponsored’s Q&A series for 2013. Enjoy.

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Tell us a little a bit about your accomplishments in the canoeing/kayaking world.

I guess one of my greatest accomplishments has been maintaining a position in the various aspects of paddling. I try to balance myself between freestyle, racing, extreme, and expedition kayaking. In addition, I’m heavily involved with the film-making component. I’m a really busy person and I work super hard on a lot of different projects, both athletic and creative. So far I feel like I’ve accomplished some cool things, but there’s still a long ways to go.

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Congo – The Grand Inga Project

I have waited a couple of weeks and have watched the movies a couple of times before I committed my thoughts about it to the site.

Congo – The Grand Inga Project is probably one of the most eagerly awaited kayak movies to date. In addition it’s a departure from the now usual big drop after big drop movie. If you are expecting Steve Fisher, Ben Marr, Rush Sturges and Tyler Brandt to be dropping off progressively higher falls for 80 minutes then you will be disappointed. However if you want to watch some of the worlds best paddlers take on the largest and pushiest water in the world then the Grand Inga Project is for you. It is different, which is a huge plus.

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INGA: They are the world’s biggest rapids, 1.6 million cubic feet of water per second, thundering down the final pitch of the mighty Congo River. They are twice as steep and 100 times the average volume of those found on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Explorers have tried to conquer these rapids for generations, but none have succeeded. “It would be insanity in a successor,” wrote famed explorer Henry Morton Stanley in 1877, after his right-hand man drowned. “There’s nothing shameful in portaging,” declared Col. John Blashford-Snell during his multinational team’s highly publicized attempt in 1974. And popular French TV Adventurer Philippe De Dieuleveult never had the chance to comment, as the entire team who attempted the rapids with him, mysteriously vanished in 1985. The Inga rapids have remained the “the choking stone of navigation” up or down the Congo River for centuries!

Congo – The Grand Inga Project covers the history of the rapid, the work undertaken to prepare for such a mammoth task and ultimately shows the attempt at running the rapid itself. The size of the rapids and the amount of water involved is absolutely amazing. Continue reading

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