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SPRING 2012


EASY GREEN


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COVER: DAN CALDWELL, GREEN RIVER, UT. PHOTO BY SCOTT MACGREGOR // THIS PAGE: GREEN RIVER, UT. PHOTO BY SCOTT MACGREGOR FEATURES 29 WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN


AT THE WORLDS The new crop of Freestyle World Champions has set higher standards than ever before. Can rogue, free-form boaters keep up with today’s precise, finely tuned athletes?


35 GETTING OVER THE HUMP


There’s no bigger leap in a pad- dler’s progression than stepping up from class III to class IV. Rapid asks the pros their secrets for tak- ing your boating to the next level.


40 GREENER PASTURES


Rapid editor-in-chief Scott MacGregor makes a pilgrimage to the land of sandstone, rubber and Mormons and returns converted. Watch an exclusive Rapid Media TV digital extra.


Departments


RIVER SIGNALS 6


8 9


POUR OVER


COMMUNITY: Boats you’ve loved, too much of a good thing, higher learning, and spring events.


OFF THE TONGUE: Paying the premium.


CONTRIBUTORS: The talented writers, shooters and paddlers behind this issue.


WATERCOLORS


10 Round the bend in Johnston Canyon, wet ending on Tatlow Creek, on foot in Cherry Bomb Gorge and cool drop on Dipper.


STANDING WAVES


15 Farewell Condit Dam; don’t be a SPORT, learn the lingo of rafting; and is Moose Fest America’s most dangerous whitewater festival?


16 RIVER ALCHEMY: A bloody summer demands we think twice before


stepping up, cautions Jeff Jackson.


19 PADDLER PROFILE: Brothers in blood and water, Todd and Brendan


Wells are the next generation of extreme creeking.


FLUSHED


54 Deep thoughts with Doug Ammons.


20 KAYAK TECHNIQUE: Cartwheels aren’t just for schoolgirls and playboaters. Learn to downriver freestyle with this entry-level super move.


21 OPEN CANOE TECHNIQUE: Harness the power of liquid oxygen


and hydrogen with this fast-as- an-X-15 jet ferry.


22 BOAT INSIDER: Maximizing your OC creek time with a Mohawk


classic. Restyling a river running classic: the Dagger Mamba.


23 GEAR BAG: Get stoked for the 2012 paddling season with this


hot new knife, skirt, throw bag and footwear.


25 CLASS THREE: Three wickedly fun, class III whitewater parks


near you.


26 RESCUE 411: The 60-second Z drag.


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