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Old 02-28-2013   #1
 
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Most influential Paddlers of All time?

Looking for input for an upcoming Rapid Mag article and wanted to hear who you think the most influential WW paddlers of all time are and why?

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Old 02-28-2013   #2
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I know this is going to be chock full of people like Ammons and Lesser.....so I will throw out two new-school picks: Ben Stookesberry and Steve Fisher. I didn't grow up in a time when Lesser and Co were the top dogs; instead I grew up getting fired up watching the No Big Names movies and Into the Tsangpo gorge. Definitely two dudes pushing it like no one else, except maybe each other.....
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If Stokesberry is in there I would put Jesse Coombs righ next to him.
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I think that a better article would be influential paddling crews. There are a number of regions of the world that have produced incredible individuals, but in every case they had partners in crime helping to push their limits. Idaho, Cali, South East, CO,Pac NW, Europe, Africa... Give credit to the regions that gave rise to the progression...To focus on the individual only fuels the old/new school rivalry which has been written about quite a bit.
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Walt Blackadar
Tao Berman
Eric Jackson

and you have to give respect to some of the current paddlers...

Evan Garcia
Rush Sturgeon
Tyler Bradt
Ben Marr
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Jim Snyder
Jeff Snyder
Corran Addison
Cully Erdman
Kern Bros
Lars Holbeck
Ben Stookesberry
Steve Fisher
EJ
Tao
Lesser -Ammons
Warren -Bradt
Lindgren. & crew

Abbot -Elard
Coetzee -Meredith
Lucero

Marianne Saether
no order
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Rocky Contos and Greg Schwendinger have pretty damn impressive resumes as explorers.


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Influential or simply badass?


I would think that Charlie Walbridge and William Nealy are as influential as any.
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