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No, it didn't come with Twinkies. PHOTOS: STEPHEN WRIGHT


Home sweet home. PHOTOS: TOMMY PENICK


ORANGE B!TCH If you’ve been to any number of


kayaking festivals around North America, chances are you’ve seen Dave Fusilli. The Fayetteville, WV, native spends his year touring to festivals and running rivers. “It’s my eighth year traveling the good parts of the USA kayaking,” Fusilli says. Pyranha handed over the keys and a gas card as part of a sponsorship deal and Fusilli hasn’t looked back.


VEHICLE NAME Orange Bitch


BEAST


Stephen Wright is a three- time U.S. National Freestyle champion and Jackson Kayak athlete who spends a lot of time on the road, traveling to and from his hometown of Vienna, VA. When the engine on his first shuttle vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, overheated and exploded, Wright knew he needed something to keep up with the demand. “I was planning to quit my real job and just make my way traveling and kayak- ing,” says Wright, “I wanted something I could sleep in and carry most of my stuff.” When this Hostess delivery truck came up on eBay, he knew it was the one.


32 | RAPID


VEHICLE NAME Beast


VEHICLE/MAKE/MODEL Freightliner MT35


ORIGINAL VEHICLE COST $7,000


RENO COST $2,000


OCCUPANCY (PEOPLE) 2–3


OCCUPANCY (BOATS) Many!


ESSENTIAL FEATURES


“I soundproofed the engine compartment, added a passenger seat, radio, solar panel and LED interior lights. I added insulation,


wall paneling, laminate hardwood flooring, a futon bed and new back door, cut two windows, two vents, and will eventually add a table, cabinets, stove, roof racks and more—I'm basically building a small RV.”


MEMORABLE MOMENT


Wright’s first drive in Beast was almost 1,700 miles from the seller in Texas to Philadelphia, with the speedometer maxing out at 52 miles per hour. He’s since swapped the transmission.


VEHICLE/MAKE/MODEL Ford 350


ODOMETER READING


“I have put about 200,000 miles on it,” says Fusilli. “Almost entirely kayak trips.”


ESSENTIAL FEATURES


Fusilli added a box onto the back of the van for wet gear. “There are some crazy smells that come out of that damn box—we call it the Gnar Box.” “I find all kinds of gear that is not mine back there,” says Fusilli. “Usually I just sell it to someone in need.”


OCCUPANCY (PEOPLE)


“Three is the magic number and five is pretty stressful.”


OCCUPANCY (BOATS) 12–20


MEMORABLE MOMENT


“One time, the windshield fell off when it was dumping rain. We went kayaking and dealt with it later.”


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