Apr 24 | Push your Limits, not your Luck

by Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Whether this is the year to master that one drop, or to move on to the next level, Kyle “Smitty “ Smith has some solid advice: push your limits, not your luck.


Before leaving the house to spend time in the mountains, if one can call the hills near my hometown mountains, my mom would always yell out the door “Make smart choices, Kyle!” in a demanding, yet loving, way that only a mother can master. Did I always heed her words? Too many scars to count and a few fractured bones are evidence for an emphatic no. However, leaving loved ones at home, who I value returning to, and losing a number of friends—travel buddies and close members of the whitewater family—along the way has left me contemplating the decisions I make on the water more often than in the past.

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Apr 17 | Uganda: Road to the 2015 Worlds

by Alec Voorhees

headshot smTeam NRS Member, Alec Voorhees, recounts the stoke and hard work of a month-long training trip in Uganda. A repeat trip, Alec discusses his strengths, goals, and what he needs to accomplish to secure a spot for the 2015 World Championships.

Uganda Training Agenda: wake up, eat breakfast, paddle; play volleyball, or ultimate frisbee, or disc golf, eat lunch, paddle; eat dinner, go to bed.

Repeat (times 30 days).

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Apr 10 | Big Challenge on Dinkey Creek

by Darin McQuoid


Waterfalls, trophy drops, and stellar scenery make California’s Dinkey Creek a kayaking paradise, but can it be run in a raft? When a crew decided to try, Darin McQuoid brought his camera to capture the action.


In 1989, after the first descent of Dinkey Creek, Paul Martzen said, “A high performance inflatable might be good for this run.” Little did he know, it would take twenty-five years for this to happen.

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Apr 9 | Idaho River Rendezvous

by NRS Staff

Attention all Idaho river guides, and anyone else who loves Idaho rivers and the river community. The 3rd Annual Idaho River Rendezvous (IRR), presented by The Redside Foundation, is happening Friday-Saturday, May 8–10, in Salmon, Idaho.

Group photo from the 2014 Rendezvous.

Group photo from the 2014 Rendezvous.

The Rendezvous is an annual event dedicated to the health and strength of Idaho River Communities—guides, outfitters, managers, and enthusiasts alike. This year it’s held in conjunction with a local Salmon community event—the Salmon River Fest, adding some great entertainment and social events to the schedule.  Continue reading

Apr 3 | SUPing Mexico: Overnight on the Santa Maria

by Aaron Koch

AaronNRS Ambassador, Aaron Koch, flees the brutal temperatures of the States and seeks winter refuge in Mexico. With girlfriend in tow, Aaron sets out on his SUP to paddle the scenic Santa Maria River.

In my relentless search for places to escape the cold, I found Mexico. A refuge from the polar vortexes of the U.S. and a paddler’s paradise. The whitewater is so diverse that you need multiple river craft to enjoy it all! But we only had our SUPs.

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Mar 27 | Whitewater and Witch Doctors: Exploring Uganda’s Rivers and Culture

by Kira Tenney

IMG_2303 (1)-001While exploring Uganda’s whitewater, Kira Tenney and crew eddy out on the banks of Bujagali Falls, where curiosity leads them to a village witch doctor and tales of corporate bribes, unfulfilled promises and more hydropower projects to come.


Don’t believe everything you read.

The dim light shining through the doorway of the mud hut was the only illumination outlining the dreadlocked figure shrouded in smoke. Perched upon a rug, he  was surrounded by a pile of empty plastic bottles, discarded papers and food scraps; the steady sounds of rats rustling in and out of the mounds broke the loud silence. We waited, and after what could have been seconds, hours, or years, the Bujagali witch doctor opened his eyes and acknowledged our presence with the slight elevation of one dark hand.


Photo: Tyler Allyn

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Mar 20 | Kids on the River, Kids on the Mind

by Susan Hollingsworth

Susan_Hollingsworth-e1325179695688-100x100Susan Elliott, NRS Ambassador, newlywed, and traveling kayaker with a serious case of wanderlust, surprises herself with thoughts of adding kids to the mix. Seeing the San Juan river from a child’s perspective leads her to a new perspective on children.

I’m thinking about kids. Again. I never used to think about kids. I thought about river trips and camping and traveling. Not children. But, suddenly, I catch kids sneaking into my mind, onto my raft, and alongside the usual thoughts of river trips and camping and traveling.

And no, we are not pregnant.


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