The following originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of C&K.

Extra Ordinary Paddlers

The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. This is our salute to a handful of everyday paddlers, the brokers, the carpenters, the nurses, you might meet on the water who have earned other labels. A tripper, a mentor, a lifer, a dreamer, a hero.

Scott Gerber Scott Gerber

THE LIFER

Scott Gerber had just learned how to execute an extended paddle roll—a state-of-the-art skill in 1973—and he’d grown frustrated with the homemade fiberglass boat in which he’d learned the contorted pry stroke.

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Mary Kurt-Mason Mary Kurt-Mason

THE TEACHER

Mary Kurt-Mason is the first to admit that some rapids terrify her.

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Mark Divittorio Mark Divittorio

THE FIRST RESPONDER

Kayaker Mark Divittorio calls the euphoric sensation of finishing a run on a favorite river “that takeout
feeling.”

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The Bayes Loretta and Dalen Bayes

THE TRIPPERS

Go ahead and ask Loretta and Dalen Bayes to recommend their favorite northern river.

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Doug Green Doug Green

THE DREAMER

“Since the age of 13, when I was first introduced to wilderness canoe tripping at Camp Kooch-I-Ching in northern Minnesota, I knew it was something I had to do,” says Green.

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