Michael Mechan

The Tao Of Franken

Rick “Tao” Franken dedicated his life to creating better gear. Tragically, the Bomber Gear brand he worked so hard to create and preserve will have to continue without him....

(C)Raft Brew

I pulled up to the farm the day after a late season snowstorm. The Ottawa River’s Lorne rapids are only about 500 yards away. Upstream and downstream, the river...

Top Spring-Only Runs

Upper Miller River Royalston, MA Annual thaw causes the upper Millers to swell each April, creating a seven-mile high-volume spring run. Explosive standing waves provide paddlers with plenty of opportunity to practice ferries and...

How To Use The River

There’s a good reason why the best boaters make it look easy—they work with the water rather than against it. Develop your river reading skills and place your boat...

Changing Competition; the Whitewater Grand Prix

Not much had changed on the event circuit in 15 years. Freestyle comps were surfing along at predictable venues, soul boaters had events like FiBArk and Gauley, and slalom...

Master The Low Brace

Class IV and V water means technical water. Drops and slides that you don’t find on easier rivers require a rock-solid low brace to keep you upright. Ready at...

Dagger Re-Releases the RPM

  If you were born in 1997, you’re eligible to get your driver’s license this year. You also just missed the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the cloning of Dolly...

Lucare Outex Review

Mud, dirt, sand and
 water don’t stand a
 chance against this
 tough SLR protection system. Com
patible with dozens of cameras, the Outex uses professional grade optics, a cover that...

Core Kirri WW Bent Shaft Review

The new kid on the block, Core Paddles is poised to take the market by storm. With the introduction of one-piece Easton Elite alloy shafts combined with carbon composite...