EDITOR’S DESK: November is a month for giving thanks here in America, where DBP was founded back in 2013. We celebrate Thanksgiving in this month, a tradition of celebrating our families and the bounty of the year that predates our nationhood, our oldest national holiday. It’s ingrained in our collective DNA here, perhaps the best gift that our land has given to others around the world. It’s certainly our favorite celebration here at Dirt Bag Paddlers.
It also happens that two years ago, over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, we launched this Magazine as a cerebral offspring from our popular Facebook page. We are so very thankful for the support we have received in that time. We take our mission very seriously, delivering stories to you our valued readers from around the globe on a wide variety of whitewater subjects. We’ve had over 200,000 reads in these 24 months of operation, and every one has been delivered for free, a fact we are very proud of. It’s not for the money or glory that we strive to produce this magazine, rather it’s for the love of our community. Thank YOU for making us relevant!
So for this month, we thought we’d put a twist on our signature end-of-month photo spread and invite our readers and followers from Facebook and Instagram to join members of our staff and DBP Admins in giving thanks and celebrating our local paddling crews! Enjoy! And feel free to submit your own messages of thanks by commenting on this article below.
DBP Admin Greg Babikoff (Oregon): When the build up, anticipation, nerves, and everything else silently slips away because you know there is nothing else you can do but believe and trust in yourself and your decisions… Those are the moments I’m thankful for. Never let your fears limit you, recognize them, but don’t let them paralyze you.
DBP Admin Beth MacKenney (Maine): I’m thankful for this fine group of folks at Moxie Outdoor Adventures Rafting in Maine. After one of the most painful and soul crushing years in my life, running rivers with this group brought about much heart and soul healing…one love!!
Hunter Valley Adventures from Instagram: So thankful for these people and the rest of my crew out at Hunter Valley Adventures. Here they are having some fun playing in the high water on the Red Deer River, AB, Canada. They love the chance to get out and flip boats … all in the name of safety drills, of course!
Leslie Lanthrop: I’m thankful that I got to work with these crazy women. I don’t have a pic with everyone, but I’m thankful for our whole river family Tara Nicole Brianna Munzke Brian Morstad Tyler Kalkofen Gavin Halverson Hailey Hodur Jason Denzine Danny Wendt Timothy Joseph York. Piers Gorge Bitches!
DBP MAGAZINE ONLINE. Since Day 1, two years ago…
Our Vision: We exist to share stories of paddlers of all disciplines from all over the world; to interview icons and play makers in the paddling community and whitewater industry; to preserve the stories of our collective history; to raise awareness of and to protect our rivers and resources; to promote whitewater festivals and events; to report on competitions and competitors in the race community; to give a home to the artistic side of paddling in poetry, artwork, music, comics, and humor; to be inclusive not exclusive, to preach unity and support, safety and camaraderie; to break down the barriers that separate society; to have a global outlook with a local feel; and to celebrate the Dirtbag Lifestyle and #OneLoveOneRiver Philosophy!
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
All Forward Thinking.
That’s what it’s all about! Flow Together, Grow Together… Expanding our sport’s horizons is something we are actively doing… Reminding each other that our community is the same no matter where the River is, the color of skin or language spoken. On The River it’s all one language, the language of Flow.
Give thanks, and be DBP4LIFE!