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Old 12-15-2009   #1
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What is your favorite moment in Whitewater History?

What is your favorite moment in Whitewater History? The invention of squirt boating? Plastic boats? Canoe tricks? The first waterfalls? Kayaks arriving from Europe?

Best answer by Monday Dec 21st wins a copy of "The Call of the River DVD" in time for Christmas. I am the final judge, unless someone wants to run a more formal poll!

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Old 12-15-2009   #2
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1st D of the grand has got to be up there.
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I'd say it's in tandem kayaking.

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I hate to be overly uncreative, but...

I second that motion.
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The birth of joe keck
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Powell's expedition down the Green/Colorado.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
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Old 12-15-2009   #7
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No contest. The greatest moment in whitewater history is the first day I ever got to paddle a kayak. It was on the Casselman River in PA at the age of 9 way back in June of 1971. Back when the point was to miss the rocks entirely. Picture this: Jeans, t-shirt, canvas sneakers, horsecollar lifejacket (they called them lifejackets back then), Cooper hockey helmet, cotton and rubber sprayskirt, old school wood paddle, homemade 13 foot fiberglass boat (with painters), and one very psyched kid. Hooked for life.
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Walt Blackadar's solo first descent of Turnback Canyon on the Alsek.
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Tyler Bradt and Palouse Falls. Greatest kayaking moment in history.
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American Sportsman episodes

I think it really got going with Perception's Mirage and Dancer designs (the Hollowform was the first plastic, but Perception had superior designs). Nonetheless, it all began earlier in glass boats. The real moment may have been the televised episodes on The American Sportsman of Blackadar in AK, Cully Erdman in Cross Mtn (14,000 cfs?), Kevin Padden and Matt Gaines running Barrel Springs at 19,000, Paris, Lesser, Wasson and ? running the North Fork of the Payette at 5000. The rest of us were doing radical stuff too, but they were going huge and set the bar high. Those accomplishments are arguably still some of the greatest highlights in the history of kayaking.
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