Northwest kayaker Paul Kuthe is raising his son Canyon, 7, and his friend’s daughter, Anne, 7, to becoming true kayaking kids, earning the nickname the Washougal Rebels from their exploits on their hometown waters. Homework? Schmomwork, we’ll go paddling. Barney on TV? We’d rather go boating.
“They have both been boating whitewater for a couple seasons,” says Kuthe, adding they both started kayaking in Dad’s lap. “They love it SO much!”
Washington’s Washougal River is their home romping grounds, where Kuthe has safely taught them the ins and outs of river running in their Pyranha Rebel kayaks.
“Canyon has had his fair share of swims already,” he says. “We’re working on combat rolling. Anne has also taken her first swim unintentionally but only on flat water.
“We did have one close call with Canyon when he was transitioning from his toddler PFD to his youth size where he had some downtime on a swirly eddyline that freaked him out. But he’s worked hard over the past year to move past it and is going strong on Class II again.”