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Before you disregard Royal Robbins clothing as preppy street garb, remember the man who made the brand. Robbins completed more than 30 first descents from Chili to California, including Devil’s Postpile of the San Joaquin, an overnighter that is tough by today’s Class V standards.
Karl Moser is what we like to call a super-stud. He’s one of the baddest freestyle kayakers on the West Coast, an award-winning film producer (Epicocity Project) and most recently, the organizer of Gear for Good, a campaign donating kayaking equipment to paddlers in Uganda. Paddling Life caught up with the 25-year-old Eugene, Ore. resident to learn more.
Pole dancing, karoke and mosh pits, oh my! Aside from the world-class paddling and on-river carnage, that sums up Gauley Fest, which went off without a hitch Sept 21-23 as a fun-raiser and fundraiser for American Whitewater. Click here for the lowdown (including risque pole-dancing results)...
Our guide-in-training, the illustrious Shea Stephens, writes about learning the rafting ropes... "The first raft I carried to the bus fell on my head three times. We weren’t even on the river yet and I was already being laughed at. The guys snickered and mumbled, probably taking bets on how long I would last and who I would end up hooking up with..."
Whoo-boy. We’re back from OR Summer Market tradeshow and our heads are reeling from product, partying and overall schmoozing. What was the buzz there this year (besides Paddling Life and BoaterTalk joining forces)? Read on for a blow-by-blow narrative of PL’s time at the show (including Pennsylvania's Jared Seiler nailing a record 22 rolls in 30 seconds)... …