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DIRT BAG BOOKCLUB ~ Tristan Gooley’s “How to Read Water, Clues and Patterns from Puddles To the Sea”. by Tim Gallaway

We’ve all caught ourselves staring at the water. My local beach is always covered with people going for a stroll out on the breakwater to the lighthouse and taking selfies in the sunsets. It is even worse when the autumn winds whip up the Big Lake (Lake Michigan) into a frenzy. The same thing occurs […]

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PUT IN : MARCH 2017 ~ Featuring Team GB U23 World Champs!

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Dirt Bag Paddlers is an international community. Wherever rivers flow and whitewater roars, you will find us. No matter the local language, there we communicate. No matter where you call home, you will be at home. That is our firm belief, as stated in our mission statement. OUR MISSION STATEMENT: All […]

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Titan Kayaks ~ Kayaks made by paddlers

Titan Kayaks is a kayak company run by paddlers, for paddlers. As they are not part of a larger organisation they are free to push their designs to match their dreams with innovations. The spirit of the company is a welcome relief in a world where outdoor gear seems to get ever more “corporate” and […]

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PUT IN: JANUARY 2017

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Happy New Year! With the beginning of January comes a new cover, reflecting a new theme, one we hope will inspire everyone in their pursuit of whitewater in 2017 and beyond. Family has always been major to Dirt Bag Paddlers, and the hashtag #DBFamily has appeared on many of our posts […]

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MORE THAN A PAYCHECK ~ MADCAP Helmets’ Doug Watters & Why He Makes Beautiful Helmets. by F.Wes Breitenbach

It’s obvious we all love to paddle. It’s something you think about not only on the water but on the way home from the water, and at work when you’re waiting for the next day off to coincide with the rainfall or dam releases. You think about paddling on a weekday when the river is […]

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CARRYING THE CORRECT PERSONAL RESCUE EQUIPMENT? A simple way to remember 4,3,2,1. by Mark Hirst 

Whilst on my travels this summer running IRF & Rescue 3 courses around the globe for raft guides and safety kayakers, I find myself running into the same problem when it comes to guides carrying the correct personal rescue equipment (PRE). “Nobody has ever told us how much to carry.” During this post I want […]

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THE DIRTBAGS OF teamscum ~In a Crowded Marketplace, These Shirts are Unique. by Joe Mayer

As paddlers, we spend a lot of our leisure time WET. After we have exhausted ourselves on the river and we’re all blissed out, our wardrobe choices vary but usually aren’t very fancy. At any given whitewater fest or takeout the vast majority of shirt choices is the beloved “T” shirt. Everyone has their favorite, […]

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KIT OR GEAR ~ What’s in Your Bag? by Chris Macdonald and Chicago Mike Toughill

We teamed up Staff Writer and kayaker Chris Macdonald of the UK with Editor/raft guide Mike Toughill of the USA to bring you a kit, or is it gear? guide from both sides of the ocean, age groups (Chris is 20, Mike is 40), and spectrum of whitewater paddling. Enjoy! Chris BOATS CM: I have […]