The Hammer Factor is a weekly podcast often referred to as the 'SportsCenter' of whitewater paddling. Kayaking legends and industry influencers John Grace, Louis Geltman and John Weld offer listeners colorful banter from the sport's core, as well as an insider's look into the athletes, expeditions, controversies and gear that makes whitewater paddling one of the most impassioned and compelling categories in all outdoor sports.
John Grace: The Green Race Director, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and speed-descent pioneer has a well-documented and decorated career marked by over 50 first descents.
Louis Geltman: The Policy Director at Outdoor Alliance, North Fork Championship II King, and poker maverick brings an environmental perspective from the whitewater hotbed of the Columbia River Gorge.
John Weld: The outspoken whitewater legend, boat designer, industry stalwart, and co-owner of Immersion Research rounds out the weekly podcast crew with his signature rants and raves.
On the latest show, the HF team dives into the national monument reductions debate with the announcement of the Bears Ears decision, interviews Spain’s Quim Fontane Maso, the newly crowned men’s freestyle kayak world champion, and then looks back at the history of freestyle paddling with Shane Benedict, before closing out with a few signature rants and raves.