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I'm wondering if boating on a real river is actually safer than these white water raft rides.

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2023/02/07
22:55 UTC

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The Lower Jalacingo in Mexico

0 Comments
2023/02/07
20:38 UTC

13

Missouri Whitewater Championships

0 Comments
2023/02/07
18:26 UTC

5

Guiding on the McKenzie River in Oregon?

I'm wondering if any folks here have worked for any companies that guide on the McKenzie River? I've never guided before but I'd like to give it a shot sometime while I'm still young, just to try it.

It seems like its a lot of small companies on the McKenzie and I'm not even sure how many of them hire guides but if anyone has worked with any of em I'd be interested to hear your experience.

16 Comments
2023/02/06
18:28 UTC

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Stinger XPs got their first taste of snow.

7 Comments
2023/02/06
14:48 UTC

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Dirty Bird bike shuttle

Has anyone ever bike shuttled the Dirty Bird: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/river-detail/1782/main ?

Google maps suggests a few routes, and biking on narrow mountain roads aside, it does seem doable.

3 Comments
2023/02/06
03:10 UTC

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Gnarvana vs. Code at 215lbs 6”1

Hi all, I currently paddle a Rewind LG. I got it when I was 250 lbs and learning to boat, I’m 6”1. I’ve got 2 seasons and 2 winters under my belt, and have been losing weight to do better at the sport. I’m now 230 and tracking to 215 or so. I like the slicey boat- it’s fun, and it teaches me good instincts.

However, as I step up my paddling and try some III+ and IV rapids, I am starting to think that a creek boat might be good for my development. A little more stability going into long, committing, rapids sounds appealing.

That said, my target weight places me in the high end of medium creek boat range, or under the target range for many large boats. I’d love some thoughts on which boats to try out, and what to keep in mind while testing them. I use a 203” odachi (maybe the wrong paddle) or a straight shaft 201” powerhouse.

I’m open to Waka, Pyranha, etc, but love Dagger’s outfitting and have heard good things about the unfortunately named Gnarvana.

18 Comments
2023/02/06
00:40 UTC

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Campfire By The River

2 Comments
2023/02/05
07:18 UTC

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Washington DC area Canoe Slalom summer camp!

The Potomac Whitewater Racing Center (PWRC) is excited to roll out the dates for our 2023 kayaking summer camp!

For those of you that are new to us, the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center is the premier club in the sport of Slalom Kayaking and has produced many National Team Members, World champion competitors, and even Olympians!

This summer camp will act as an introduction to the sport of whitewater kayaking with a specific focus on the discipline of Slalom, and will be taught by some of the top athletes and coaches in the US. Completion of this camp will lead to the opportunity to join one of PWRC’s training groups suited for your athlete’s age and abilities.

Here are some of the details:

What:

Introduction to whitewater kayaking and slalom

What is Canoe Slalom | PWRC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHObVyuG_hw

Videos from Summer 2020 Camps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfnX-M3ctrQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9qVlCarpLU

Who:

Suitable for ages 9-13, complete beginner to intermediate level (older and younger ages may be accepted on a case by case basis so please reach out!)

Dates:

Week 1: June 26th-30th

Week 2: July 3rd-7th (including July 4)

Times: 9am - 3pm Monday-Friday

Where:

Meet at the Brookmont Church- 4000 Virginia Pl, Bethesda, MD 20816

https://goo.gl/maps/CkAYspDTESV347t18

Instruction will take place at nearby kayaking locations on the Potomac River

Cost:

$550/week.

NOTE: payment is due upfront in full. If you decide to cancel by April 15th you will receive a refund for all but $200/week. After April 15th there are no refunds.

IMPORTANT: We are limited to 15 campers per week and slots fill up on a first come first served basis! If you are interested please email coach.t.pwrc@gmail.com with details regarding your athlete’s: age, height, weight, skill or experience level, and availability for one of or preferably both of the weeks of camp, ASAP before slots fill up!

For more details or any questions please email Tyler Westfall at coach.t.pwrc@gmail.com

Hope to see you soon,

Potomac Whitewater Racing Center

https://www.facebook.com/PotomacWhitewater

0 Comments
2023/02/05
03:34 UTC

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Lost Video? Outboard engines used to create hole in flat water 2005ish(?)

Don’t know if anyone remembers this, but there was a video 15(?) years ago of some euro freestyle comp during a drought where they somehow mounted three boat motors in a lake and then built a ramp (for lack of a better term) behind them for the flow to be pushed over - the then stationary motors pushed water over the ramp creating a wave/hole in the lake.

Anyone remember this or know anyone who has done anything similar?

4 Comments
2023/02/04
00:42 UTC

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Mr. Jochen Lettmann in the new THP!!!

20 Comments
2023/02/03
17:40 UTC

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Should I be worried about the Dagger SuperNova’s foot block falling out?

14 Comments
2023/02/03
17:08 UTC

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running river right at Maryland Chute @upgrade.9

15 Comments
2023/02/03
02:01 UTC

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How to bootleg a whitewater kayak

6 Comments
2023/02/03
01:51 UTC

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Progression in Whitewater

So I’ve been kayaking seriously since July of last year. I bought an RPM, learned to roll, and within three months I ran the middle Ocoee as well as section IV of the Chattooga. I’ve been sort of wondering what sort of things I should be looking to work on or what rivers I should be gunning for this season. I plan to playboat a lot and work on some freestyle moves, as well as getting my stern stall dialed in. My final goal if I can get comfortable enough is to hopefully run the Tallulah this fall.

Any advice or insights would be much appreciated, thank you.

50 Comments
2023/02/02
00:09 UTC

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Pirouette or vortex for a cheap race boat?

For a 200-215 lb paddler, which of these two would make the best race boat? I'm planning on using it for class 2 water like the red mo race in PA., and for the cheat race and a race on the New in WV.

The specs look pretty similar, the perception has a bit more length but a bit less volume. I can't demo, but I found both for cheap. I would love some real world experience/ input.

4 Comments
2023/02/01
23:59 UTC

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Opinion on Lettermann Rocky?

Made Reddit just go ask this!

Can’t find many reviews online. What are peoples thought as a creeker?

Heard good things about their half slice aswell, the Machete.

3 Comments
2023/02/01
22:11 UTC

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New Lettmann Creeker incoming! THP compared to Machete

13 Comments
2023/02/01
20:28 UTC

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Phantom Ranch exchange possibilities?

I'm planning a GC trip for this coming summer but I recently hit a snag: I have a newby coming from Canada who needs to either come in or out at Phantom. He's never done such a big hike in the desert and would be the only tripper heading in/out so I don't want him having to hike in or out on his own. I'm looking into other options but I'm having trouble figuring out what is/isn't possible. Has anyone dealt with something like this before? Does anyone know if it's possible to organize a mule ride one way? Are there other options? Thanks in advance for any help!!

13 Comments
2023/02/01
14:14 UTC

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Peoples thoughts on Nrs Axiom/Jakl Gore-Tex Vs Kokatat Meridian/Icon? And what the best drysuit on the market is.

Like most I hopped on the NRS band wagon, bought myself a crux and after 8 uses the tricot lining (protects the membrane) began falling apart. I'm not hard on any of my gear, anyhow, I returned the suit and was offered an Axiom at a great deal so I took it. It does feel really premium on the outside, seems robust but, and this is where is feel it ends. Their QC cannot be up to Gore Tex's standards, I say this having come from a long background in outdoor retail and selling Gore porducts and know their seam taping standards are incredibly strict. Where as on my Axiom the taping is very poor for the product and one that has Gore licensing. It's certainly dry and breaths amaizingly! But I wanted to see if people have had this issue themselves or even noticied it. Likewise, what are peoples thoughts on Kokatat, I've heard their own QC isn't what it used to be. Also what are peoples thoughts on what is the best suit on the market?

13 Comments
2023/02/01
12:00 UTC

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Ideal budget watch?

Looking to buy a reliable, rugged but budget friendly (175 max) watch for general and whitewater kayaking use. Not looking for a smartwatch or anything silly like that, Casio G-shock or similar would be ideal. Let me know your recommendations!

Thanks in advance

16 Comments
2023/01/31
23:12 UTC

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Any Aussie paddlers on here?

I created https://flowrate.co.nz, a site/app that tracks river flows and rainfall throughout NZ, and I'm keen to expand into Australia. Problem is that I have no idea what the scene is like over there and what rivers I should start looking at indexing.

I would also consider trying Canada but thought that might be biting off more than I can chew for now.

9 Comments
2023/01/31
22:39 UTC

2

Astral Green Jacket Pockets Size

Hey,

Does anybody know the rough dimensions of the side pockets on the astral green jacket please?

Thanks!

6 Comments
2023/01/31
17:45 UTC

6

Which longboat is the fastest?

I've seen all kinds of boat reviews but nothing comparing whitewater long boats. Which is best?

View Poll

10 Comments
2023/01/31
03:30 UTC

7

Career change. Whitewater options?

With layoffs happening company wide at my current job, I’m starting to seek other opportunities and possibly a new career path. I am currently a construction project manager, and have been in project management for the past 10 years. Over the past few years I’ve falling in love with whitewater and the Whitewater community. Really curious if there are any opportunities in the Whitewater realm that offer a good career path? Or if anybody has any suggestions for career path that is super flexible and would allow maximum seat time while still making decent money.

24 Comments
2023/01/31
02:31 UTC

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New River Guide Experience

Thinking of going to a different river for the 2023 season. Anyone here have any experience guiding on the New, just curious ab the culture and the companies.

12 Comments
2023/01/30
17:50 UTC

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Trimming dry suit latex cuffs

I made the decision to trim the cuffs on my dry suit, they were simply too tight. I watched youtube clips where they do this but I can't get a clean edge, don't know if the material is different. First I 3D printed a curved stencil to get a nice circular opening. Then I tried to cut with scissors but it couldn't get through the material, I resorted to use a carpet knife but it still was difficult and I ended up with a jagged edge. How big of a deal is this and why did it fail? They fit snugly but I wonder how long they will last.

I'm new to this and this is my first dry suit. Note, I live on an island and no one is providing these kind of services here professionally. TIA.

https://preview.redd.it/752rsuqj17fa1.jpg?width=4000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&v=enabled&s=be7de08c635c54ed4f84c6ff74e99bece29c5b49

21 Comments
2023/01/30
14:11 UTC

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