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Christie Eastman commented on Chris Gragtmans's blog post In memory of Shannon...
"This is such a great story Chris! Thank you for sharing. It definitely tugs at the heart strings. Shannon was an amazing example of all these things. I've been wishing I could wake up from the nightmare also, and I'm feeling far away…"
Jul 31, 2013
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In memory of Shannon...

Shannon,There are no words to describe what happened last week.  When I found out the news about you passing away, I closed my eyes, bent over, and I swear I could feel the Earth shaking and groaning around me.  Surely that amount of positive energy being snuffed out could be sensed by every person alive.  It felt to me like a celestial event- a supernova star with incomprehensible energy at the end of its life.  Its death sends a shock wave out through the galaxy, and changes everything around…See More
Jul 29, 2013
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Park and Hucks- Warm Up!

There are many fun rapids and waterfalls out there that are not located in the middle of a river run.  Sometimes, you just want to pull the vehicle over, run one drop, and get back in to move on to the next adventure.  While this is extremely fun to do, and is generally how the largest drops in the world are run, many people have trouble with getting themselves in the right mindset and zone for running a park and huck.  It feels strange committing to something challenging with cold muscles and…See More
Jan 3, 2013
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2012 Team D Highlights...

It has been a pleasure becoming more deeply involved with the Dagger brand as Pro Team Manager this year.  The Team is comprised of individuals who are as talented as they are diverse.  I knew most of them as friends before this transition, but my respect for them has only deepened since I started working with them on a professional level.  I wanted to share a few things that Team Dagger athletes have accomplished in 2012: Jason BeakesJason is doing incredible things in his home city of…See More
Dec 28, 2012
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Upper Gauley Jitsu! (with the ladies)

Gauley Fest 2012 was another one for the ages!  Great times were had by all, and it was a pleasure experiencing the event from my new role of Dagger Pro Team Manager.  I was amazed with the amount of interest in the raffle Green Boat to benefit AW.  People were stoked about the one-of-a-kind Storm color, and it was cool to pull the winning ticket and award Sir Matt Redmond with his new boat.  His buddies carried him off in the boat on their shoulders!That Sunday I got to paddle the Upper Gauley…See More
Sep 24, 2012
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New Freestyle Boat Testing...

It has been a pleasure to be involved in the testing of the new Dagger freestyle boat. This boat represents a true collective team effort, fearlessly led by the Dagger in-house designer, Mark (Snowy) Robertson.  Snowy started this project by interviewing the whole Dagger team to see what it is that that they want in their dream freestyle boat.  Somehow, he aggregated all of this information and began design on the boat around several core concepts: -Ease of paddling in all environments (wave,…See More
Jul 11, 2012
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North Fork Championship

The North Fork of the Payette hosted one of the sickest extreme races that the sport has ever seen this past weekend!  After a qualifying event on the Lower 5 section of the river, the Giant Slalom Race got underway on Jacob's Ladder and Golfcourse, a 1/2 mile section of Class V that is absolutely unrelenting in its fury.Paddlers took turns launching off of the Red Bull ramp, and remote control helicopters buzzed overhead with cameras on them.  It was an incredible experience, and I was so…See More
Jun 12, 2012
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Another 2012 Mamba Thumbs Up...

I have had the pleasure of paddling my new redesigned Mamba 8.6 over the past few days, and I have to say that this boat is blowing my mind!  I never thought that I would say this, but it may replace my Nomad 8.5 as the primary creekboat. Warming up for the Teva Mountain Games Homestake Creek Race!  Why is this boat so…See More
May 28, 2012
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Southeast Reunions...

What up all!I have had the pleasure to do some touring this spring on behalf of Dagger, and it's been awesome to catch up with old and new friends during the past few weeks!  I have been fortunate to attend the Watauga Race, Tallulah Fest, catch up with a bunch of awesome retailers across the Southeast, visit the NOC Demo Days and Shootout, Clemson University, and Jerry's Baddle.  I'm psyched about how the spring has gone so far, and I'm fired up for a full summer of touring Colorado, Idaho,…See More
May 2, 2012
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Mistassini Rapid... Whitewater Grand Prix

Greetings All!Well, as the paddling season wraps up, I've been looking back at some media from what was truly an epic year in the paddling world.  One event that I was honoured to be a part of this year was the Whitewater Grand Prix.  You've probably seen alot of the competition media from this event, but the paddling that we did in between the competitions was every bit as incredible.  One of the highlights for me was certainly running the…See More
Nov 16, 2011
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Mistassini Rapid

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Nov 16, 2011
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Tatlow Creek!

Tatlow Creek is 100% classic BC class V.  There's a brutal 4x4 road, heinous bushwacking, huge mandatory drops, and giant trees that you need to boof next to.  You will also find crystal clear water that you can drink right out of the river, two 20 footers, two 30 footers, a 40 footer, and an absolutely spectacular gorge that you would be hard-pressed to beat for scenery.  If you are up to the challenge, it will deliver and then some! The hike-in is up a mountain, and then a brutal left turn…See More
Sep 25, 2011
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Nomad + Fear Canyon of the Elaho Video

I put this blog post up few weeks back about an intense run in Southwestern BC, Fear Canyon of the Elaho.  Here is the video of my first run down the river...  I have to say that the Nomad 8.5 is definitely my happy place for large volume and small.  It is an incredibly versatile and stable boat, and there is nothing that I would rather paddle when things get intimidating.  Hope…See More
Sep 3, 2011
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Fear Canyon of the Elaho

Footage from an intense kayak run down Fear Canyon of the Elaho in BC's Lower Mainland.
Sep 3, 2011
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Fear Canyon of the Elaho

Greetings All! I wanted to check in from the Whistler, BC library about some recent adventures that I have been having out here.   Tommy Hilleke once said that "everything else is just training for kayaking in BC."  I've been thinking about that statement over the past few weeks of exploring this area of the world.  It is absolutely true.  The rivers here are remote, difficult to get into, sometimes impossible to get out of, and any scouting or portaging comes only with great effort.  With that…See More
Aug 20, 2011
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Black River Festival & Whitewater King of New York

Greetings Daggerians! I'm just checking in from Canada, where levels are sick and the weather is beautiful.   I went down to the Black River in Watertown, NY this past weekend for a super fun day of racing and hanging out!    The Black was the site for the first of the Whitewater King of New York race series, and I wanted to jump in and fire down some of those rapids with the local boys.   Matt Young from Lake…See More
Jul 20, 2011

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In memory of Shannon...

Shannon,

There are no words to describe what happened last week. 

 When I found out the news about you passing away, I closed my eyes, bent over, and I swear I could feel the Earth shaking and groaning around me.  Surely that amount of positive energy being snuffed out could be sensed by every person alive.  It felt to me like a celestial event- a supernova star with incomprehensible energy at the end of its life.  Its death sends a shock wave out through the galaxy,…

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Posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Park and Hucks- Warm Up!

There are many fun rapids and waterfalls out there that are not located in the middle of a river run.  Sometimes, you just want to pull the vehicle over, run one drop, and get back in to move on to the next adventure.  While this is extremely fun to do, and is generally how the largest drops in the world are run, many people have trouble with getting themselves in the right mindset and zone for running a park and huck.  It feels strange committing to something challenging with cold muscles…

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Posted on December 31, 2012 at 6:30pm

2012 Team D Highlights...

It has been a pleasure becoming more deeply involved with the Dagger brand as Pro Team Manager this year.  The Team is comprised of individuals who are as talented as they are diverse.  I knew most of them as friends before this transition, but my respect for them has only deepened since I started working with them on a professional level.  I wanted to share a few things that Team Dagger athletes have accomplished in 2012:

 

Jason Beakes

Jason is doing…

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Posted on December 28, 2012 at 1:30pm

Upper Gauley Jitsu! (with the ladies)

Gauley Fest 2012 was another one for the ages!  

Great times were had by all, and it was a pleasure experiencing the event from my new role of Dagger Pro Team Manager.  I was amazed with the amount of interest in the raffle Green Boat to benefit AW.  People were stoked about the one-of-a-kind Storm color, and it was cool to pull the winning ticket and award Sir Matt Redmond with his new boat.  His buddies carried him off in the boat on their shoulders!

That Sunday I got to…

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:45am

New Freestyle Boat Testing...

It has been a pleasure to be involved in the testing of the new Dagger freestyle boat.

 

This boat represents a true collective team effort, fearlessly led by the Dagger in-house designer, Mark (Snowy) Robertson.  Snowy started this project by interviewing the whole Dagger team to see what it is that that they want in their dream freestyle boat.  Somehow, he aggregated all of this information and began design on the boat around several core…

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Posted on July 11, 2012 at 9:30am

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