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Whether canoeing a flatwater stretch of river such as the Flathead (pictured above), kayaking steep, inaccessible canyons and creeks, or using oar-rigs for big multi-day float trips, paddling is all about access to places you couldn’t any other way than being on the water.

As with other adventure sports such as skiing and snowboarding, new innovations in technique and equipment has led to dynamic progressions in paddling over the last 10 years. Enormous rapids, 50 or even 100 + foot waterfalls: what was once considered “unrunnable” by previous generations is now paddled under control by the latest generation of expert boaters.

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