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Devon Barker
Devon Barker



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About UK

Fill-in-the-Blank Bio:
I’m not a radical, I’m just a protector of rivers, or at least that’s what my father (said) says. I’ve paddled no less than nine months a year most of my adult life  in Idaho-  paddling wherever I can that is not flooded or frozen. While I mostly kayak I love rafting and inflatable kayaking too, I occasionally fly in or out of remote rivers with my IK, but that doesn’t mean I can’t boof  and surf my IK  too! My favorite wave to surf is Peace Wave, but I also love surfing the Salmon River at Rodeo Hole, Gold Hole, Couch Wave, Mill Wave, Cat’s Paw, & Race Creek.

McCall, Idaho

Years Paddling/Boating:
Boating since I was 3, and paddling with a roll since I turned 16. 20+ years in my kayak.

Favorite Waters:
Salmon and Owyhee rivers-multi-day trips are my favorite

My mom and anyone who takes a stand to help others

Off-the-Water Activities:
I love teaching in the classroom and on the water, skate skiing, ice hockey, telemark skiing, & traveling abroad.

Music Rotation:
NPR – Car Talk

NRS, Wavesport, Smith Optics, Werner Paddles, Murky Water Kayaks, Snap Dragon

Why do you Paddle?
Paddling is my guide, my friend, and my passion. Surfing or river running—I just love being on the water.