H2o Dreams Partners with Dagger Kayaks

It’s been a few months since H2o Dreams changed gears after the announcement of Wave Sport Kayaks’ move to Europe. We have loved the Wave Sport brand over the years but more importantly, we’ve enjoyed the incredible relationships and opportunities afforded to us through the culture of Confluence Outdoor. The support of our mission to…

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Should kids run class V?

It seems to be one of the most common questions I receive from a parent as their child progresses as a whitewater paddler. Actually, more so than “Should my kid be running class V?” I hear, “Is my child ready for this river?” With that, I see an upward trend of moving young paddlers closer…

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Backyard Run Report: the Rocky Broad

The rain brings gifts. Driving to the put in for the Rocky Broad in downpour last week, I chuckled by thinking to myself we are a rare breed that ponies up for adventure as soon as the weather turns sour; in fact, we spend a lot of time hoping for crap weather so we can…

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It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

Hey! Hey… you. Yeah, you! I’m talking to you: the adventurous, the determined, the willing… the scared. I’m talking to you, who wants success so badly you can taste it, who aches for that moment when desire and confidence trumps fear, who just wants to know what it’s like to fly, who wants to know…

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When packing light matters

  We are a gear hungry sport with an insatiable thirst for what’s new and improved. I will be the first to agree that boat design and its outfitting have come a long way in terms of performance, safety, and comfort, but at what cost? Generally, it comes at a sacrifice of weight to accommodate…

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Lyd Cardinal Rejoins H2o Dreams Full Time

On September 10th, Lyd will be departing Clean Air Carolina to return to H2o Dreams full time. To say that I am excited about her return would be the understatement of the century! Her skill set and determination were sorely missed this 2015 season and I will be excited to see what we accomplish in…

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Important News Regarding H2o Dreams

As of August 15, the team of Chris and Lydia as well as all of our operations as H2o Dreams, will move to Saluda, NC! To say you’re excited when making a major life change almost always falls short in describing what picking up and moving actually does for your life, and also in this…

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Second Lives

We put on the water just before the sun explodes with sunset, and we cruise quietly downstream. The Wild & Scenic Chattooga River is a kitschy albeit truthful means of describing a section of whitewater that is truly deserving of its title, and one of the most beautiful stretches of flow in the Southeast. It…

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Weekly Musings – Our Curriculum

I think curriculum has become such a bad word thanks to the disarray of our public school systems and the seemingly non-stop stream of bad media it receives. There are champions of education everywhere, and it has always been difficult. Always. We have this illusion that things are supposed to be easy and accomplished with…

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China Thoughts Part I: A Departure

I finally confirmed coming to China maybe a few weeks out from the actual departure, when my flights were booked by our liaison and event organizer Jason (not his Chinese name). It was actually only about two weeks out that I finally applied for my Visa and thankfully the turnaround was quick, albeit expensive. Fast…

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