Tom Johnson Tribute

Many innovations in whitewater sport can be traced back to Tom Johnson. This fireman in California had time on his hands to experiment, and he did! Johnson is credited with many innovations–whitewater parks (Kernville California… the first in USA), and early designs for fiberglass paddles (from electric company linesman poles and then from pole vault shafts), neoprene pogies and sprayskirts. He was well versed in the performance of various materials, including hand making ultralight 14 pound kayaks still unavailable commercially.