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The Evolution of the PFD

Ever wondered how the modern day life jacket came to be? We spoke with Charlie Walbridge, founder of Wildwater Designs and whitewater safety guru...

Frankie Hubbard, 1961-2003

The whitewater community worldwide, especially open canoeists, lost a beloved and influential friend this spring. Frankie Hubbard, paddler, competitor, and boat designer, died May...
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1985 Mulberry Fork Hot Dog Contest

Mulberry Fork Race 1985 Hot Dog Contest. This was always held after the race and was a lot of fun for both paddlers and...

The Secret History of the Green

When John Kennedy and Tom Visnius launched on North Carolina’s Narrows of the Green in the autumn of 1988, they knew very little about...

Earning Her Place

Bunny Johns became a paddler mostly by accident. As a college freshman in the early 1960s, she’d lined up a summer job in her hometown...
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Summer 1989, Green Narrows

Tom Visnius and John Kennedy are credited with having the first descents of all the rapids in the Green River Narrows near Saluda, North...

Risa Shimoda – Rockette Woman

The Upper Eagle River segment can barely be seen from the road which winds hundreds of feet above its steep walled canyon located near...
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The Return of the Kern

I have been extremely excited about releasing this project to the public. The Cataracts of the Kern have been absolutely incredible all year. Growing...

30th Anniversary of the 1985 WV Flood

The 1985 flood had a big impact on the whitewater rafting business and affected everyone who paddled the river in canoes and kayaks. It...