The whitewater community worldwide, especially open canoeists, lost a beloved and influential friend this spring. Frankie Hubbard, paddler, competitor, and boat designer, died May 4, 2003, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from lung cancer. He was 41. Hubbard pioneered many revolutionary high-performance whitewater canoe designs, including the Mohawk Edge, Mohawk Viper series, Dagger Ocoee, Savage Superfly, and most recently, Robson’s CU-Fly. Hubbard’s phenomenally skilled, smooth paddling style, modesty, and positive attitude were legendary. In addition to designing canoes he competed at the top levels in open canoe slalom and rodeo.