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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...

The Evolution of the Whitewater Kayak

I forget, sometimes, just how “new” many of the kayakers today are to the scene and what seems like common knowledge to myself and...

Backlund Paddles Like Old Friends

Keith Backlund got into making paddles because he couldn’t afford one.  “I was a wood carver since age seven.  I made ax handles for...

Spotlight: Master Craftsman Keith Backlund

IF YOU HAVE EVER handled a Backlund paddle then you know... There's something different about them. Something beautiful and loving. Something transcendent there. Something...
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History of Eddyline Kayaks

Tom Derrer began actively kayaking in 1966 when he was first introduced to white water kayaking. He became a governing member of the well-established...

The Mad Czech and the Jeti

Vladamir Vanha came to the U.S. to compete in the Southeastern Nationals Slalom Races in 1975. Due to the fact that he had not...

Racing Through the 70’s

During the late 60’s and early 70’s whitewater kayaks were hard to find and kayak schools didn’t exist. You learned to boat from the guys...

The Early History of Plastic Kayaks

The introduction of plastics to kayak design and manufacturing was a catalyst that helped take our sport from a quiet niche to the buzzing...