Bryce Aaron’s first run on the Green River Narrows

snapdragon wrote 654 days ago:

 This past weekend I got the chance to run the Green River Narrows! It was most of the most technical runs I have every done and the funniest of them all! My favorite rapids were Zwicks, Scream Machine and Rapid Transit. I would like to give a huge thank you to Eric Bartl and Michael Ferraro IV for taking my down and putting up with my nonsense. It will go down as one of my favorite runs and I can’t wait until I can do the Big Three and and someday soon race in the famous Green Race

I made a quick video of the run. Check it out!

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Norway Worthy – Sam Grafton

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SUP Kentucky | Paddling all Year.

Aaron wrote 675 days ago:

This is a short video of our time in Mexico. We at SUP Kentucky believe that its necessary to paddle all year long. We strive to stay on top of the SUP world by competing and running hard rapids. All of this experience transfers to our student through Knowledge and FUN!


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Lets get out and paddle!


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SUP Kentucky

Aaron wrote 681 days ago:

The state of Kentucky has more navigable waterways than you can imagine.  What better way to explore this wonderful state than through its watery roads?   SUP Kentucky has been established to do just that.  We will get you out on the water.  With the help of NRS and the local paddling clubs!

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Lately I have found that SUP or Stand Up Paddling allows me to explore and enjoy these waters with minimal eqipment.  Your point of view is unique because you are literally walking on water.


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Paddle Boarding is a new sport that offers exercise, fun and outdoor activity.  Anyone can learn within just a few minutes.  Adults and children alike love the SUP boards!

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What better way to get the whole family out of the house this summer!  Come join us at WWW.SUPKENTUCKY.COM  or find us on facebook.

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ODE TO THE NILE – Quim Fontané

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Hayden Voorhees -Year in Review

snapdragon wrote 710 days ago:

Hayden Voorhees 2015 – What a Year


I can’t believe that 2015 is already over.  This last year I did more things that I would have ever thought I would do. 2015 was definitely the best and most fun year I have ever had.

In February I was able to go to Uganda for a month to surf the big waves on the Nile River. It was super good training for the 2015 World Championships on Garburator wave on the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada. This was the highlight of the trip because I might not ever be able to go to Uganda and paddle the Nile again. I learned so many new tricks like the Pan Am and Helix. I was also able to sharpen up some other tricks like the Airscrew and clean blunt. Now after being there Nile Special is my favorite wave I have ever surfed in I think it is going to take a lot to change that. Ever since I learned about kayaking in Uganda I have wanted to go and it is most kayakers dream to kayak the Nile River.


Later that spring I started training to make the US team in Glenwood, CO. My dad and I went up to Riggins, ID to surf Gold’s Hole after we heard the Reno River Festival was canceled due to no water. This was probably the best wave to train on for the US team trials and such a fun wave. It was a similar shape to the wave in Glenwood which made me train a lot harder and also allowed me to make the transition from surfing super-fast wave like Nile special and Club wave on the Nile to slower and smaller waves

In early May and June, the Colorado tour started which included the Buena Vista Paddle Fest, Go Pro Mountain Games, and USA Team Trials. In Buena Vista I had some of my best rides in competition ever. I made it into finals in the 2nd place right behind my brother, as he had really good rides. In finals I had my single best score in competition ever with a 740 points. Alec still bettered my score with a 1100-point ride and Brody Kellogg was right behind me. I was still pretty stoked to improve my personal best of 500 points though. Afterwards we went straight to Glenwood to try and get as much time on the wave as possible before the competition. When we got there the water level was pretty low and it was tough to do some wave tricks. As the week went on the water level started rising slowly but surely and was turning more into a smooth, glassy wave. Team Trials was only two weeks away and there was a competition in Lyons, CO that I had skipped because I was still trying to figure out the wave. I had learned that the higher the water got, the more tricks I was able to do and I was able to get a routine down. One week later we went to the Go Pro Mountain games right before the competition with basically no practice. I was pretty surprised to take 8th place in Men’s Pro after only a couple hours in the hole beforehand. I had a lot of fun just trying to do some different tricks. At the beginning of my ride I threw a massive entry McNasty, which was my first in competition, and a Phonix Monkey, which was also a first. The next day we went back to Glenwood to start training again as the water level continued to rise. I finally started to feel confident in my routine.

In prelims I was having ok rides and going into the finals in 5th place. All I could think about was that I needed to have at least one killer ride just to make it in the top three to make the team. I knew that every other junior was going to lay down some really good rides because of how much was on the line. I knew that they all wanted to be in the top 3 just as much I did and for some them it was their last chance to compete as a junior World Championships. I really wanted to get a good first ride to relieve some pressure, but I ended up flushing off of the wave before throwing a single trick and getting a zero-point ride.  On my 2nd ride I did exactly what I wanted to and I got a pretty decent score. I finished just behind my older brother in 2nd place. I was so excited to be able to make the US team on my first try as junior and both of us making it on the team.

This year I also had the opportunity to teach at the Kelly’ Academy in Cascade, ID for my third year. Kayaking has been such a big part of my life and I am grateful that I get the opportunity to share it by teaching others. I thought that this was probably my favorite year of teaching because I was able to teach in all of the different classes there. Some days I was helping out with the river surfing class, the SUP class and also the kayaking class. It is really fun to teach kids my own age because it takes away the idea that the adults or pros can do things but then they look and me and realize that I am their same age and it is just a matter of learning the skills. It was super cool to be able to kayak every day at one of my favorite place in the world. Middle wave there was really good due to the lower water. I had a blast teaching for a couple hours and then going out with a surf board, kayak, or a SUP. I was also super lucky to get some coaching by Clay Wright, Claire O’Hare and Alec Voorhees after classes as well to prepare for World Championships.

Right after the academy, my brother and I were asked by Jessie Stone to help out with a clinic in New York that she does every year. I was pretty excited to go to New York for my first time. The clinic was for kids that had a rough time at home and lived on their school campus to introduce them to the rivers and to the let them see what it was like outside of the city. We started out teaching them the basics in a pool and then we took them out to the river. They all had a blast on the river after they got over their fear of flipping over and just being in the river. I had a great time with them because they were the same age as me and some a little older. We all had a lot of fun together the entire week we were there. Because it was my first time in New York I went to the big city with Alec and Jessie and it was way different than anything I am used to. I thought it was the weirdest thing that people only had tiny dogs.


Immediately after the clinic in New York I went to the Ottawa river in Ontario, CA to train for the World Championships. My brother and I got there six weeks before the competition to train. I ended up hurting my back in the first two weeks and had to spend the next two weeks going to the chiropractor and not boating. I was finally able to paddle right before Worlds. For anyone that has not been able to go to World Championships and compete or just be a spectator, I can tell you that it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I felt very honored to be able to represent the United States. I really got a sense of what I had accomplished just to make it on the team and to be able to compete as I walked in the parade at the opening ceremonies. I was able to use all of the experiences that I had had over the year from going to Uganda to train and spending time competing and getting ready for team trials and battling back from 5th place to making the team. With all that I had done, I was ready to compete but you could feel the pressure from all of the athletes. Competing on a wave that is considered non-attainable raised the stakes and the pressure because with one bad surge you can be surfed out and your ride can be over in a flash. I was able to do well in prelims and went into semi-finals in 8th place. I knew that I had battled back in team trials from 5th to 2nd, but the pressure and atmosphere was definitely different. I knew that I had the ride to score what I needed to be able to move up into the top 5 and make it to finals but I would have to be perfect on my tricks for them to score. Unfortunately, my rides didn’t go as well as I would have liked in semi-finals, but I was pretty stoked to be able to take 10th place in the juniors after battling the injury and the pressure of Worlds.


2015 was definitely the best and most exciting year I have had yet. I would not have been able to do any of the things I did without my sponsors: Jackson kayak, NRS, Asana, Snapdragon Skirts, WRSI, Premier Athlete, and Kelly’s White Water Park. I am super excited to see what happens in 2016 and in the future.

2016 Goals:

-do well at USA Nationals

-do well in all of the Colorado competitions

-train really hard

-Go to Brazil and Argentina for the World cup

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more Jessie Stone

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Way to go Jessie!

Giving Patients a Chance in Rural Uganda

01/22/2016 10:51 am ET | Updated4 days ago

  • Andy BryantExecutive Director, Segal Family Foundation



Patients wait to be seen. Photo credit: Soft Power Health



This is a guest post by Dr. Jessie Stone, founder and director of Soft Power Health.

It’s ten minutes to five on a Friday afternoon. The clinic has seen over 100 patients today, normal for a weekday. We are winding things down to close when a woman and her daughter approach me outside, and the woman begins talking very quickly. Despite having spent 12 years in rural Uganda as the founder and director of Soft Power Health, I am still working on my fluency in Lusoga, the local language on our side of the Nile. I ask one of the nurses to translate for me.

2016-01-22-1453480894-388212-viewinsideout.JPGAs it turns out, this lady and her daughter have travelled all day to get to our clinic from a small village deep in the neighboring district of Kamuli, a notoriously underserved area. They began their journey early this morning by walking for three hours to public transport that would get them a shorter walking distance to us. Since the Ugandan government healthcare system has failed to help them, they are in search of other options. Though government healthcare is supposed to be free, it is not, and if you can’t pay up front, you don’t get treated. Many people spend a lot of money on healthcare and still don’t get the treatment they really need. This is painful to see, especially when people are in dire circumstances.

I look at the daughter, who appears about 10 years old, and see that she has a handkerchief tied around one leg, just below her knee. Initially, I think it’s probably not too serious since she walked here and does not appear to be in pain–however, every time I think that, I remind myself of the countless times I have been completely flabbergasted by what I have seen. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see something I’ve never seen in a medical pathology textbook: advanced tumors or widely-progressed infections or extreme cases of malaria. Part of the reason for this is that decent healthcare is not readily available for the vast majority of the population, so problems that start off as simply treatable can become quite complicated.



Patient counseling. Photo credit: Soft Power Health



Since the clock is ticking, we quickly get the girl into the treatment room. Once she is sitting calmly and quietly on the examination table, all of us gape at her leg. She has an open wound that is nearly the length of her shin, and her inner tibia is exposed. The smell of rotting flesh and decaying bone is intense. How this girl walked in to the clinic today is a mystery, but I am so glad she did because we can help her–even at this late hour. It is clear she has an infection of her bone known as chronic osteomyelitis, and, if untreated, she will definitely lose her leg. When we ask the mother what happened, we get an all-too-common story. The daughter was treated at a rural clinic near them for a small wound, but despite a variety of treatments, the infection progressed, getting worse with each visit instead of better. Along the way, the family spent a lot of money on treatment. In desperation, they sought out our help, hearing about Soft Power Health from a friend of a friend.



Chronic osteomyelitis. Photo credit: Soft Power Health



Luckily for this woman and her daughter, our clinic will charge them a very small fee and refer them into our community patient program reserved for the poorest patients who can’t pay for medical care they desperately need, such as surgery or chemotherapy. We partner with a hospital in Entebbe known as Corsu Rehabilitation Hospital that can surgically treat this girl, and we can send her right away. In the U.S., this would be considered a medical emergency, but in rural Uganda where there are limited healthcare resources, there is no such thing as a medical emergency. People just have to make the best of whatever situation they find themselves in–no dialing 911 for an ambulance.



Providing routine care. Photo credit: Soft Power Health



The good news in this girl’s case is that we will ensure that she gets good treatment. Once she has had surgery and is started on antibiotics, she has a good chance to recover well. She’ll be able to use her leg and live a normal life. The biggest challenge will be making sure the mom brings her daughter back for follow-up on a regular basis.

Today we focus on doing what we can to clean her wound, treat any other medical problems she might have (as it turns out, she has malaria too, the leading killer of children in Uganda), and get her ready to go to Corsu. All in all, I am so grateful that this lady made the journey with her daughter and came to talk to me because now the girl has a chance! Thanks to the ongoing support of organizations like the Segal Family Foundation, Soft Power Health can continue to provide quality inexpensive healthcare and health education to those–like this young girl–who need it most.

Postscript: Yesterday morning, I got a call from one of our drivers who said that this patient was waiting to see me at the clinic. We had been trying to track her down since before Christmas. In November, she had a scheduled follow up appointment at CORSU hospital, which she had missed. We made contact with her father who said he would bring her to clinic, and he never did. I was definitely concerned about how her post-operative healing process was going because we had gone a couple of months without seeing her. Remembering how bad the infection had been, I was not optimistic. Boy, was I surprised when I finally saw this girl: her leg was perfectly healed, and she had no pain in the leg and no signs of infection. She was walking and running around like a regular kid–now with a big smile on her face. I think that made my whole day, week and month!



Fully healed! Photo credit: Soft Power Health

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Jessie Stone

snapdragon wrote 718 days ago:

Canoe and Kayak ran a very nice article on Jessie Stone


Patients waiting to be seen at Soft Power Health on its 10 year anniversaryPatients waiting to be seen at Soft Power Health on its 10 year anniversary

When Jessie Stone first came to paddle Uganda’s famed White Nile in 2003, she had no intention of using her medical degree. But when her friend, Eric “E.J.” Jackson, contracted malaria, she couldn’t help herself. She began studying the disease, which in Uganda kills a staggering 30 percent of children under age 5. Simply sleeping under mosquito nets can reduce outbreaks by as much as 90 percent, and Stone made it her mission to distribute as many nets as she possibly could. The organization she founded, Soft Power Health, has since sold more than 75,000 mosquito nets at subsidized prices. In 2006, she opened a clinic in Kyabirwa, the small village on the banks of the Nile. We caught up with Stone to get an update on the clinic’s progress in the last 10 years. 


Early malaria education sessions.Early malaria education sessions.

The week of January 18th marks the 10-year anniversary of Soft Power Health’s Allan Stone Community Health Clinic operating in Kyabirwa village next to the former Bujagali Falls on the Nile River in Uganda.  A lot has changed since the doors opened in 2006 and some things remain the same. Two really positive developments since then are that the clinic is providing good quality primary and preventative healthcare for over 25,000 patients per year and world-class paddling can still be found nearby!

Here’s a little compare and contrast of then and now:

-The clinic treated 10 -15 patients per day in 2006. In 2016, they treated 100 patients per day.

-1 doctor and 2 nurses employed were employed in 2006. In 2016, 6 doctors and 10 nurses are employed.

-Days paddling per week in 2006 – 6. Today — 5.

-Most commonly diagnosed in 2006 – Malaria. In 2016 – Hypertension.

-Easy After Work Run used to be Silverback (now flooded by a dam). In 2016, it’s Super Hole.


Bujagali Falls before the dam. Photo by Leslie AlsheimerBujagali Falls before the dam. Photo by Leslie Alsheimer

-The best weekend river getaway is still Hairy Lemon.

-The only outreach programs in 2006 was on Malaria prevention. In 2016 — Malaria, Family Planning, Malnutrition.

-Mosquito Nets Sold in 2006 – 7,500. Mosquito Nets Sold through 2015 – 75,000

-Total People educated in outreach in 2006 — 10,000. Total People educated in outreach today – 130,000.

-Nile Festivals participated in 2006 – 0. Nile Festivals participated in the last 10 years – 9


Nurse Sumaya with women who have signed up for tubal ligations or long term implants at collaborative Marie Stopes Day.Nurse Sumaya with women who have signed up for tubal ligations or long term implants at collaborative Marie Stopes Day.

-US Freestyle Kayak Team members in 2006 – 0. Today – 3

-Family Planning participants in 2006 – 0. Today — 4,000 +

-Malnourished children treated in 2006 – 0. Today – 1,200

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Cooper Lambla. Explore.

snapdragon wrote 743 days ago:

I wanted to give a shout out, and let everyone know that the trailer for EXPLORE. Chapter Two was released today. The trailer, as well as event details for the film’s premiere in Charlotte can be found at the following link…

Big Thanks to the USNWC and Tyler Allyn/Altai Visuals for their support and help with this project.


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