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Old 08-12-2007   #1
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Idaho's Conrad Fourney Dies on NF Payette

Absolutely horrible news:

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Old 08-13-2007   #2
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God rest him, he set an example for all of us.

"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label
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Old 08-13-2007   #3
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This is really tough to hear. Conrad had probably run the North Fork a few hundred times.

Not a lot of people have heard of Conrad, but he was truly one of the world's best paddlers. Among his many accomplishments is the first descent of V-drive rapid on the Stikine.

The only day I ever paddled with him I kept wondering why he was always getting stuck in all the big holes on the North Fork. I watched him throw down some HUGE cartwheels in the giant hole in screaming left (the really scary hole river right in the lead-in). Just as I was about to get on shore and race up with my throw-bag he washed out of the hole, caught an eddy and got BACK IN the hole. My friends explained that Conrad liked to "playboat" the North Fork in his Phat so he'd be ready for rapids like V-drive in the fall.

Condolences to his friends and family.
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Old 08-13-2007   #4
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Yesterday the Boise community and the paddling community as a whole lost one of the best. Conrad Fourney drowned in Nutcracker on the NF of the payette. I know some of you paddlers in CO have paddled with him and most saw his rescue of the woman in the main payette last year.

He was an amazing and quiet guy that loved to kayak and was one of the first to run V-Drive on the stikine. He was a big water legend and was unreal to watch on the NF of the payette. He was soooo smooth. I remember being honored to meet and paddle with him on his home run. We had a bunch of great days on the NF last year, including some 5g + runs.

I remember all his buddies asking for his autographs jokingly and not, after he was invited to be on goodmorning america after he saved the womans life (he declined as it was just something that kayakers do). It was all over the news. He was up there to cut a x mas tree with his son and girlfriend when the rescue crew realized they couldn't get to her. He was having breakfast in Banks and grabed a wetsuit, helmet and inflatable kayak next door and went and got it done. She was trapped for over an hour before he got to her in minutes.

My condolences to his Family and all his paddling buddies.

It is so sad the NF has lost another that loved her so much. Last year Damon and yesterday another great.

RIP my brotha
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Old 08-13-2007   #5
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A sad day indeed, rest in peace brother.

A couple of years ago I hooked up with a big local crew including Conrad on the north fork and they showed me the lines on my first top to bottom run. I remember numerous rapids where the person in front of me would turn around and yell something like left, left right, center, boof hard, it, don't get off line. One of my best days kayaking ever. Keep it safe out there fellas.
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Old 08-13-2007   #6
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Terrible news...RIP...condolences to family, friends and boating buddies.
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Old 08-13-2007   #7
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I heard that there was video of the rescue he performed on the pinned person while he was in a ducky, does anyone have a link to that by any chance?


My condolences to all he touched.
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Old 08-13-2007   #8
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Rescue Video

Check the link in that news release we wrote on paddling life for the video of Conrad saving that lady.

Thanks for all the big water North Fork runs Conrad. You were da man.
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Old 08-14-2007   #9
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so crazy getting my latest issue of kayak session yesterday with the big article about the stikine and the few who have completed it. conrad was all over the article. cool seeing the chalkboard with Damo's and Conrad's name on it.
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Old 08-14-2007   #10
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Fuck that, not a Third Legend of the Payette. Don't have to wonder what Russell, Damon and Conrad doing right now. If there does happen to be another shot at existence after this first crazy ride is over, those three are killing it up there. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I'm missing out on something. Damon plotting, Conrad smoothing it and Russell hootin' and hollerin' the whole way.

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