Photo by Todd Wells

Photo by Todd Wells

Rush Sturges


KNOWN FOR: Paddling, and capturing on film, some of the most challenging whitewater ever run.

THIS YEAR: Despite spending the past several years on a hectic schedule as one of paddling's foremost filmmakers, Rush hasn't lost his edge on the water. The veteran paddler took first place at the Northwest Creeking Competition and placed second at two of the year's most impressive events- the Little White Salmon Race and the Rey Del Rio World Waterfall Championship. Sturges pushes the limits of new techniques like the crossbow lean boof on his home river, the Little White Salmon.

WHAT'S NEXT: Sturges is working on the release of his next documentary film, Chasing Niagara.

Pat Keller   2015 Male Paddler of the Year Nominees