A decade ago, top sponsored whitewater kayakers were making $100,000 a year and competitions were booming at venues like the world championships in Graz, Austria. Lately, though, the sport has fallen on hard times. According to the Leisure Trends Group, there are half as many whitewater paddlers today as there were when George W. Bush took office. Sponsorships have dried up; the few pros who remain are lucky to make $10,000 a year.
Patrick Camblin, a 30-year-old kayaker from Ontario, thinks he knows how to fix the problem: send the world’s best paddlers down insanely dangerous whitewater and broadcast it online.