Women Outdoors

Slalom Is So Hard

  by Carli Beisel From Green Truss to the Nantahala I was supposed to be paddling the Green Truss in White Salmon, WA, but instead I have found myself back in the Nantahala Gorge. Life has come full circle: the Nantahala is where I first learned to kayak, and it is...

Rowan Stuart: ERA Junior Instructor

We would like to introduce you to Rowan Stuart: junior member of the ERA team! In reality, Rowan is a junior junior team member as we already have several juniors on our team. We look to the junior junior position as a way to help encourage a young paddler who fits...

Sweet Briar Kayakers Place Third!

Hats off to the women of Sweet Briar College! From Laura, director of the outdoor program (SWEBOP) at Sweet Briar: Yes We did it!!!!!  We have lots of good stories and tales to tell about  the  American Canoe Association Collegiate Canoe and Kayak  championships for...

The River Maidens: five fabulous women kayakers

WNC Magazine's article on women boaters in western North Carolina. Here is a look at five fabulous women of the river who’ve made that progression from novice to expert—and in many cases, serve as role models and mentors to new boaters. Anna Levesque, Bunny Johns,...

Parallels Between a Good Hair Cut and Kayak Instruction

I have come to appreciate that parallels can be drawn between an amazing hair cut and a great day of kayak instruction. Follow me here in replacing “getting my haircut” with “taking a day of instruction” and see if it sounds familiar to you…. First there is just the...

Great Advice from River Maiden Adriene Levknecht

by Juliet I always struggle with the generalization that women struggle with fear/men don't when it comes to whitewater kayaking. I know some guys who have to deal with some pretty heady head games when it comes to kayaking. I am not so sure that there is a way to...

Women of Wildwater

One of the aspects of kayak competition that is fascinating is that age is not specifically a handicap (the Hearn/Lugbill line up of winners in the ’96 Olympics were just about the magic age of 40, while this year Hailey Thompson, the women’s C1 slalom racer that...

Mariann Saether: The Ability to Let Go

When we ran into Mariann Saether's article: The Ability to Let Go, we had to share it.  Mariann Saether is a kick ass paddler and she has a great perspective on "letting go" of issues. The Ability to Let Go When you take away the obvious differences in strength...

Women’s C-1 to be an Olympic Event

Women's C-1 will be a future event in the Olympics. As many times as we've said that women were "too smart" to paddle on their knees, a chance to compete in the Olympics might just make it happen.  I sat one afternoon at the takeout on the Nantahala watching a C-1...

Going for the Gold in C-1

I sat one afternoon at the takeout on the Nantahala watching a C-1 boater attain upstream. It broke two of my rules: #1 Going Upstream and #2 Paddling on your knees with just half a paddle! But hey-women are smarter and don't paddle C-1s. But as the C-1 boater headed...

Managing the Kayaker’s spring head case

One of the challenges in spring is managing that head case.  With spring in the air and the rivers flowing…it is definitely time to brush all the cobwebs and leaves out of your boat and get on the river! Don’t be surprised if your first trip to the river you have some...