Paul Mason

The Problem with V-Shaped Hulls

Some whitewater canoe designs appear to be timeless.  I remember the excitement when another canoe instructor, Curtis Berryman, and I pooled our resources to buy an old Mad River Explorer...

Why Open Boaters Need More Than One Paddle

The topic of the perfect paddle length is second only to the discussion of the perfect boat whenever more than two paddlers gather. From online forums to campfires, birthdays...

Whitewater Rescue Board Game

From illustrator and canoeing instructor Paul Mason, and adventure guide, educator, Alex Bayette, comes the first-ever collaborative river rescue board game. Six years in the making, this game tests...

Video: How to Roll Modern Open Boats

New canoes require a new roll, or at least modifying your roll technique that worked just fine in the old bigger solo canoes. Solo whitewater canoes such as the Ocoee,...

Backward Thinking

For long whitewater canoe trips, few maneuvers are as handy and versatile as the back ferry. The ability to slow down and move your canoe in a direction other...

Drag-and-Drop

I set up for shallow slides much the same as I set up for any creek line. I start opposite the side I want to end up...

If Noah Had Been a Playboater…

Forty days and forty nights without having to shuttle would have been swweeet. Instead, Noah pretty much set the design standard for displacement hull boats. Good or Bad? It...