2020 RESULTS

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DANE JACKSON ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

For many years Dane Jacksonโ€™s name has been in the conversation about being the Best Kayaker in the World. This year he left no room for anyone to doubt that.

Dane established himself as the 2020 Male Rider of the Year with a year of accomplishments that has never been done in the history of the sport. Dane compiled multiple World Champion titles in several disciplines, shattered racecourse records, had a near perfect race season, had a first decent on one of the gnarliest and biggest rapids ever run, and went on a stout tour ending in firing off the 2nd tallest waterfall ever kayaked.

To see what classic river Dane hasnโ€™t hit yet and full Q&Aย ๐Ÿ‘‰ go here.

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NOURIA NEWMAN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Nouria Newman. Remember that name (if you donโ€™t already know it!). Nouria was overwhelmingly voted the Female Rider of the Year for the unprecedented 4TH YEAR IN A ROW !!

Nouria is on absolute FIRE and at the top of the kayaking game. She is redefining what it means to be an athlete pushing the sport of kayaking and leaving gender biases at the door. With an incredible season she continues to inspire and push everyone to change what is believed to be possible.

Learn more about her favorite rivers from our interview with this paddling phenom ๐Ÿ‘‰ย  here.

RACHEL BUYSย  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 

Rachel takes her first Grom of the Year title! Those who paddle with Rachel say she is not only one of the most joyful kids you'll run into, but that she is a talent in her kayak and routinely having the most fun no matter what stretch of river she finds herself on.

Read more from an interview from this fun, well spoken kidย  ๐Ÿ‘‰ here.

JEREMY NASHย  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Jeremy is voted by his peers for his second Grom of the Year! Winning Grom of the Year last year just poured fuel on the FIRE as he excelled in river running and is tearing up the downriver freestyle scene! Crazy, this ripper just graduated High School !!

Learn more about this inspiring young paddler ๐Ÿ‘‰ right here.

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FIRST DESCENT of the NOEICK RIVER, CANADA

Team Members:
Chris Korbulic [USA]
Jules Domine [FRA]
Sandy MacEwan [NZL]
Ben Stookesberry [USA]

Each of these individuals are known to not shy away from the savagery of missions that most won't endure and consider impossible. These boys on a team together tackled a glaciated and impassable canyon in the Coastal Range of BC.

Each one of them claims the mission would not have happened without each of the others unique and specific energy along for the trip. This team of humble athletes shared some of what makes them tick and why they travel to these remote locations!

To read the full interviews ๐Ÿ‘‰ click here.

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SAVE THE SOUTH FORK SALMON COALITION

Save the South Fork Salmon (SSFS) has been helping spread information and give updates to the river community about a mining project that is currently still moving forward on the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho, USA. These dedicated folks are using their precious time to look at the big picture and stand up to senseless greed. They are defending what is important to all of us and setting an example each of us should consider following.

As kayakers, "We have a unique perspective on natural forces, a deep knowledge that can provide important perspective on these kinds of issues." - SSFS

To learn about what SSFS has been working on, get some insight on the project, and about river stewardship as a wholeย  ๐Ÿ‘‰ click right here.

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

FIRST
Dane Jackson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Malupa, Indus River, Pakistan

Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Upper Passer, Passer River, Italy

RUNNER UP
Ben Marr ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Site Zed, Stikine River, Canada

Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Devil's Slide, Sorba River, Italy

THIRD PLACE
Aniol Serrasolses ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Triple Drop, Kern River, USA

Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Thilo's Rapid, Oh Soloing Chu River, Tibet

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

FIRST
Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Second Decent Pukima Falls, Indonesia

Dane Jackson USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
First Decent Salto Del Maule, Chile

RUNNER UP
Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Saut du Doubt, France

Hayden Voorhees ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Salto Del Puma, Chile

THIRD PLACE
Mariann Saether ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Money Drop, Norway

Galen Volckhausen ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
First Decent Pukima Falls, Indonesia

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

FIRST
Aniol Serrasolses ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
- NEW TRICK -
Orbit Flip

Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Kickflip to Surf to Spin

RUNNER UP
Dane Jackson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Pistol Flip

THIRD PLACE
Aniol Serrasolses ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Back Panam

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

FIRST
Natalie Anderson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Back Panam

Dane Jackson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Pistol Flip

RUNNER UP
Brooke Hess ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Helix

Tom Dolle ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Blunt to Pistol Flip

THIRD PLACE
Brooke Hess ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Airscrew

Kalob Grady ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Airscrew to Airscrew

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

FIRST
Evan Garcia ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Isaac Levinson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Ben Marr ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Record High Water Decent Little White Salmon River, USA

RUNNER UP
Trent McCrerey ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Sunset Falls, Skykomish River, USA

THIRD PLACE
Nouria Newman ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
First Decent Chute Cradoc, Canada

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

Remember:: ALWAYS paddle within your ability and have proper safety setup prior to any feature you are trying to run. Making this highlight reel is not the goal! ๐Ÿคช SHRED SAFELY FRIENDS!ย ๐Ÿ™

FIRST
Chris Loughran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
50/50 Ashlu River, Canada

RUNNER UP
Aniol Serrasolses ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Huka Falls, Waikato River, New Zealand

THIRD PLACE
Dane Jackson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ &ย Carson Lindsay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Stookesberry's Rapid, Indus River, Pakistan

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DANE JACKSON ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 

Dane was voted the GoPro Photo of the Year for this banger he took from his paddle blade during a Clean Blunt on Skookumchuck Narrows in Canada.

Find out more about the GoPro settings and the creative ways he uses this camera to get dope shots ๐Ÿ‘‰ right here.

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CHRIS KORBULICย  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Chris was inspired by the love of photography from his mother who was a photojournalist, but he has forged his own path with photography. He continues to do incredible work with his camera showing off all of the incredible places kayaking takes him and those he travels with.

He was voted for Photographer of the Year again (previously in 2018) and fortunately, because of quarantine, we were able to talk with Chris about how he has created a life pursuing his two biggest passions of whitewater and photography ๐Ÿ‘‰ read it here.

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JOHNNY CHASE ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Johnny's incredible photo puts in perspective the magnitude of Dane Jackson's first descent of Malupa rapid on the Indus River in Pakistan.

To see the top 5 photo finalists, and to read more about Johnny's image and the mission in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‘‰ click here.

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โ€ข WINNERS โ€ข

FIRST
Ben Marr ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Site Zed, Stikine River, Canada

RUNNER UP
Hayden Voorhees ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Salto Del Puma, Rio Fuy, Chile

THIRD PLACE
Galen Volckhausen ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
The Big Right, Mekong River, Laos

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GOLDEN ERA

by Liam Fournier


In Golden Era, it is speculated that we are in an era of insurmountable growth in the sport of kayaking. Water levels rise, and kayakers rise even higher. In this film, whitewater pioneer Scott Lindgren paddles with OG Aniol Serrasolses and local Evan Moore down the Kern River at record high flows.

In the age of short attention spans and short films, we were curious what inspires Liam to make long films and how he got where he is with film making, read about it ๐Ÿ‘‰ here.

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CATARACTS

by Casey Bryant Jones


Cataracts is a film following Aniol Serrasolses down the Kern River in Kernville, California.

Casey has been inspired by film and kayaking. We asked him some questions about the day he filmed this short film and why he is driven to tell stories from behind the lens. Check out the interview with Casey and the top 3 finalists ๐Ÿ‘‰ right here.

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