Throwing Down a Killer Hole

THE FIRST FREESTYLE TOUR began with an old white pizza delivery van, a gas card, and 20 bucks per diem. It was 1996 and Chan Zwanzig, aka Daddy Wave, founder and owner of Wave Sport, a small kayak company in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, gave four boaters the keys to the van and a video camera and told them to go to every whitewater rodeo they could. One of the guys in the van was Chris Emerick. “We were so budget,” remembers Emerick. “There were no expenses, but it’s not like we could afford a room. There were other teams, but no one was really getting set up.” By this time, there were 15 rodeos to crash. It had taken awhile—20 years—but playboating didn’t burn out or fade away.

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