C&K Hero Dan Gavere

Dan Gavere photo by Paul Villecourt.
Dan Gavere photo by Paul Villecourt.

By Kate Stepan

Dan Gavere talks in the easy bro-speak of a lifelong kayaker who first ran the North Fork of the Payette before graduating high school. These days, he talks mostly about his dirt bike, his hometown of Hood River, Ore., and his latest passion, standup paddleboarding. In the playboating glory days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gavere traveled the rodeo circuit in a red RV on the Wave Sport gas card, shooting photos or video, grabbing the mic, and running the toughest creeks between events. Now a rep for Werner Paddles, Gavere still lives in a proverbial van (albeit the company-owned Dodge Sprinter) down by the river, proving he has what most athletes his age, and, arguably, the sport of whitewater kayaking, lack—staying power. “I’m really kind of obsessive compulsive,” admits the 39-year-old. “When I get into something, it’s full-on, and that’s why I’ve been so happy and successful at what I’ve done.”

This story first appeared in the March 2009 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine.

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