Nouria Newman: 2015 Female Paddler of the Year
AGE: 23 | PAU, FRANCE
KNOWN FOR: Taking her slalom background into the extreme race scene.
THIS YEAR: Whether it's slalom, freestyle, or creeking, Newman is a dominant force. Last August Nouria became the first woman to paddle Site Zed, a monstrous rapid that had previously only been paddled by few of whitewater's craziest male athletes. The best part? She probably had the cleanest line out of anyone who has stepped up so far. After the Stikine, Nouria flew to Austria, where she took home the title of Sickline Queen, with the fastest time of any woman on the course.