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V O LUME 16 • IS S UE 3 DEPARTMENTS


11 Off The Tongue 12 Community 14 Watercolors 20 Alchemy 22 Profile 23 Playground 24 Slide 26 Keeper 42 Gear Bag 43 Boat Insider 45 River Booty 54 Flushed


FEATURES 28 DREAM MACHINES


They line the banks of bulging rivers, drive till they find sun and surf, and occasionally hang their gear to dry in public places. They’re the nomads of whitewater and they’re turning the American dream on its head.


35 WHITEWATER A–Z


Why do we love whitewater? Adventure, bootie beers, hacks, nomads, sex and year-rounders— from A to Z, here are the 26 things we can’t live without (well, we could do without the letter Q).


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