Love him or hate him, South Africa’s Corran Addison is making waves in the world of whitewater.
The annual Outdoor Retailer trade show in Reno, Nevada, has just ended, and a pod of kayakers has converged on California’s American River to test paddle the latest boats on the market. At a playhole called Maya, one paddler links freestyle moves effortlessly in a boat markedly different from any other. The boat is called the Scorpion and the person at the controls is as radical a departure from other designers as the kayak is from other boats. He is Corran Addison, a native South African whose personality and approach to business is personified by the 16-inch Mohawk hiding beneath his helmet.