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Beat the Winter Blues: Tips for Paddling through the Cold Season

Many of us can feel the quiet whisperings of fall creeping in: cooler mornings, evening breezes, and a little more rain. For seasoned paddlers, the shoulder seasons (fall and spring) and even winter mean some of the best whitewater boat riding around because our rivers and creeks tend to hold water a bit better. For …

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Chile Whitewater Rescue

It’s been two years since our last video series “The Playboater Troubleshooter” hit the airwaves and we had all intentions of following up the next season with our newest series which we have been moving forward with production since late last month. We’re excited to get the ball rolling on this project and anticipate official release …

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Bottom’s Up: A Piecemeal Approach to River Running

As paddlers, we are constantly facing the challenge of time versus information. How quickly can we process our surroundings? Our ability to make decisions- good ones- in a small window of opportunity is largely what determines our success on the water, whether that be perceived or actual. Have you ever gotten to the put-in for …

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An Open Letter to a Future Instructor

A few weeks back, I received an inquiry about our upcoming ACA Whitewater Instructor Certification course. The prospective student asked about whether or not the course was a good fit based on current skills, experience, and level of confidence. I’ve been in three of these courses in the last two years, one being my own certification …

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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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Making Cents Out of Buying Used Gear

When I first got into kayaking in 2002, I made the mistake that many beginners do: I walked into a retail store and bought a brand new boat, helmet, PFD, spray skirt, paddle, and other miscellaneous accessories. All told, I spent over $1,500, and that was buying the cheapest equipment they had. Little did I know that in …

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