Whitewater Annual 2006


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FEATURES

THE ZAMBEZI WAVE – Steve Fisher and Dale Jardine take a trio of surfers through the Zambezi River’s tubular theme park known as Rapid 11. Photography by Alan van Gysen


STIKINE MAINLINE – Stay in the current. Stay together. Don’t stop. It was a simple strategy to mainline the Stikine in less than a day. But a violent thrashing puts the expedition in doubt.
By Grayson Schaffer


THAT’S RIGHT BIATCH! -Party all night. Paddle all day. With bold moves on the water and off-the-hook sessions away from it, the crew of Young Gun Productions is creating its own Dynasty. By Tyler Williams


MAD BOW DISEASE – Two paddlers suffer the indignities of flying coach class and being targeted by kids wielding heavily armored water bazookas. Their reward: surfing Ecuador’s sicko coastal waves. By Drew Hayes


HIGH VOLTAGE – After hitchhiking from event to event, having his gear swiped, and bussing cross-country with the psyche ward, new-school pro Corey Volt is done with the dirty deeds. By August Bradley


ALBERTA MOUNTAIN DRAFT – Calgary’s finest six-pack of rivers runs just outside town. In town, the city’s distinct country-western influence ensures that you never have to ask for more cowbell. By Raymond Schmidt


DOWNTIME

BOMBER SQUAD – Former teammates from the U.S. Junior National Slalom Team rendezvous 15 years later for some expeditionary river-running in California’s High Sierra.
By Ann Beman


ROYAL CANADIAN – World OC-1 champ Paul Danks says that effective time management is the key to repeat, yet he still shares a little of his precious time to sit down and talk with us. By Mike Kord


AIRPLAY – Inflatables are going places these days that would be nightmares to earlier-generation duckies, little more than oversized pool toys. By Brian Vogt


NILE HIGH – Two kayakers happily discover that their lives aren’t continuously on the line while paddling Ethiopia’s infamous Blue Nile. By Seth Warren


B.C. CHAMPAGNE – The secret’s out on Tatlow Creek, British Columbia’s hottest new creeking destination.By Bryan Smith


HOTSHOTS

A selection of great photos.


FINETUNES

MACHO MOVES – With today’s shorter, higher-volume boats,
even a girly man with a good bow stall can learn this loop on a friendly green wave. By Eric Jackson


ODD ONE IN – One of the best in the business shares her
Top Ten tips for lady creeksters.
By Becky Bristow


BRACE YOURSELF – Even to the reigning rodeo champ, being able to prevent going over in the first place is every bit as important as rolling back up. By Eric Jackson


TOOLBOX

NEW PRODUCTS – An assortment of gotta-have goodies you’ll want to add to your gear stash.


KAYAK REVIEW – A portfolio of hot 2006 models as well as the three Hood River hoodlums who got to put them to the test. By Christian Knight


PADDLE REVIEW – These creek paddles are indestructible and lightweight, transmit the feel of the water, and most important, provide power on demand. By Chris Joosse


RESOURCES

Paddling Schools Directory

Adventure Paddling Directory

Paddlers’ Marketplace

Advertiser’s Index

Retailer Connection


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