The Brown Claw

“Be careful when you brown, you can end up eating Brown! Because when you’re running the Brown sometimes brown hits the fan. And Demshitz will tell you its still possible to hold your paddle with both hands and Aerial Brown yourself while running ridiculously stout brown.”

One Rapid At A Time

I’ve just wasted the last few hours stressing out. I kinda got told today that I spend too much time having fun and I guess it hurt my feelings more than I thought. I dunno, maybe I’m just not normal but the last thing I want to do is spend every waking minute working. Which […]

Fear Management

That’s the name of the game…well, at least part of it. There is an aspect to Kayaking that is simply about controlling our fear. When fear creeps in we go into survival mode, the problem is that survival mode is mostly an irrational mode. It makes us make poor decisions and renders us incapable of […]

Section 4

Section 4 of the Chattooga is quite possibly my favorite run in my short career. It’s beautiful for one, and two there are so many little things in each rapid.

NOC Wave Round 2

So I went back to the NOC wave for some redemption from the last time I was there. Well, I thought I might as well go big for me and try a loop on my first go, I went in and everything seemed to have some pretty good success. I even came up in the […]

The Cascades

Today was my first trip to The Cascades!!!! The gauge said that the Nanty was running at 1050cfs, so I’m thinking that they were at 300cfs or so. Not sure. It was a great ride, fast, fun, and more than exciting. I felt as though every thing was easily within my comfort zone, as a […]

A Hard Question

Last Thursday was the first time someone within the kayaking community, that I feel like I am a part of, died. Her name was Shannon Christy. It was terribly sad and I would have never expected it to hit me the way it did. I can’t explain it. Her death hit so close to home […]

Highwater

You know it’s ironic, when I was a kid kayaking was one of those foreign things I made fun of because I didn’t understand it. When I got to college I seem to recall saying I’d never do that. Now, it’s been one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had. There are no […]

The Cheoah

Today was my first real introduction to a class IV/IV+ river, the Cheoah. It was a non-stop action packed 8+ mile trip. Don’t know that I can even describe it. Ledges, boofs, my first real drop. Iit was both exhilarating & exhausting, always paddling, always boofing, always on the edge of your seat, always fun, […]

Contour Roam2

Today i got to try out my new Contour Roam2. So far I love it. I just recently sold my GoPro Hero 2 and bought the Contour Roam2. The GoPro quality is great and it is by all means is a fantastic product but after using it for a season I found it to be […]

Wavesport Project X 64

Tall skinny people have a time finding boats, play boats are even harder to find than river runners. I’m 6 ft 4 in, weigh around 200lbs (probably 210+ wet) and I have size 12 feet. This is how I outfitted my Wavesport Project X 64 to be comfortable.

A Little Bit of Rain

For a while there I was beginning to wonder if it would ever stop raining. Every runnable river in WNC was flowing a some point during the last week. At one point the Tuck was right at touching the Everett Street bridge and has still not returned to it’s normal level. Many of the rivers […]

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