Sometimes you meet people in life that absolutely blow you away with their strength, determination and ambition--people that inspire you to live life at full speed. For me, Greg Mallory is one of those people.
I first met Greg at the put-in for the infamous Little White Salmon River in Washington. The Little White is non-stop class V kayaking from start to finish and is considered one of the most spectacular, and challenging, commonly paddled sections of river in the US. Greg, completely paralyzed from the waist down, got into his kayak next to his truck, had us drag him down to the river, and very confidently aced every rapid on the run (save for Spirit Falls, which we helped him portage).
Greg was paralyzed in a ski accident about 10 years ago, but that hasn't slowed him down at all. Since his accident he's competed in two winter Paralympic Games for nordic skiing and has taken up kayaking. And not just any kayaking, class V kayaking.
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Greg on a short film this year. Greg's spirit and the effect he has on the paddling community around him is nothing short of profound and I'm excited to share that through a film that will be released in early 2013 thanks to the support of Dagger Kayaks and NRS. Stay tuned for updates!