A Profile of Whitewater Legend Rob Lesser

At 58, Rob Lesser is 35 years into his love affair with whitewater kayaking – and still going strong. Perhaps best known for his first descents of the big water wilderness rivers of Alaska and Canada, he also evolved with the sport from fiberglass designs to plastic kayaks, using them to run rivers great and small, far and near. “Rapid Rob” was the first professional kayak rep and once had the entire western United States and Canada as his territory. He is considered “the godfather of modern freestyle competition,” helping start two of the first whitewater rodeos as a gathering grounds for kayakers, and then systematically supporting the rodeo scene through its infancy and adolescence during the 80s and 90s. Catching up to him in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, showed he has no signs of slowing down. He continues to be passionate about the sport, its future, and the worldwide friendships he has made.

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