By Joe Potoczak It’s been 25 years since the whitewater slalom world championships were last held in the United States, but it looked like business as usual for American racers in the opening heats of men’s kayak and solo canoe. All five American men competing Thursday advanced to the semifinal round in workmanlike fashion, including […]
Interview with Darcy Gaechter part-way through the top leg of her team’s current Amazon source-to-sea expedition, where Gaechter is attempting to be the first woman to complete the descent. Says Gaechter of paddling by an active dam construction site on the Mantaro: “The engineers knew we were coming and agreed to stop blasting for the day, which is a very good thing, otherwise, we would all probably be dead.”
Forty years ago, a film appeared on the big screen which caused theater-goers to squirm with angst—not from some imaginative sci-fi scenario, but because the sequence of terrifying events could easily be related to real-life possibilities, particularly for paddlers in the southern Appalachians. ‘Deliverance’ also launched into greater prominence the careers of Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. Three Georgia whitewater paddlers happened to be in the right place at the right time, becoming part of the film’s legend. Doug Woodward recounts what it was like to be part of that experience.
The stacked challenges favored those with traditional training. Specifically, groomed slalom training, which is what made all the difference this weekend at a European downriver sprint race billed as a world championship, and that certainly required the absolute best of each paddler in the field.
When it rains in Quebec, it pours, especially during a Canadian crew’s unprecedented high-water descent of the remote Magpie River this summer using a fleet of Dagger Greenboats. Read the story and watch the latest installment of the ‘Made in Canada’ series featuring the Magpie’s local paddlers, shot prior to the descent.