Legends of Rafting: Bill McGinnis

Bill McGinnis helped take commercial boating from its crude roots to the polished professionalism it practices today. In 1975, McGinnis wrote Whitewater Rafting, the...

35 Years in 35 Minutes

My first campout of the kayak trip in 1970. Third weekend of kayaking. September 1970 River running in 1970 when life jackets and helmets were...

Open-boat Bomber Nolan Whitesell

Until Nolan Whitesell, even the best open canoeists lacked a true combat roll. When they capsized in whitewater, they swam. As a teenager in Georgia,...

The Prophet of Polyethylene

“One word, just one word. Are you listening? “Plastics.” That career advice-turned-movie-catchphrase debuted with The Graduate in 1967, the same year a 49-year-old L.A....

Paddling Provocateur Corran Addison

Corran Addison has mellowed. Or perhaps matured. Maybe he’s just learned to censor himself. Or maybe the 40-year-old’s new restraint is a thin veneer, and...

The Fun Brothers, Jim and Jeff Snyder

Jim and Jeff Snyder revolutionized whitewater play. The whole point was to modify the ender, to transform that seminal rodeo move from a single flop...
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Paddles of the Past

Paddles of the Past - The History & Culture of West Virginia Whitewater, is a film produced by Eric J. Palfrey, a Whitewater guide...
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Gauley Dam Flood of 1966

In 1966, just after completion of the Summersville Dam & Reservoir, mother nature put it to the test. For the one time in it's...

The History Of Liquidlogic Kayaks

A little history: In the late 90’s, Perception kayaks was at the top of their game. Leading edge designers, amazing paddling team, great administration…a tricked-out...
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The Canoe

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression...