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Riot Demo in the Deep South

This January, members of the Team Riot (Spencer Cooke, Daniel Windham, Chris Gallaway) took a bunch of our wonderful whitewater boats down to Athens, Georgia to try them out on some bulldogs–that would be the vibrant and whitewater-starved students of the U of Ga. It was a frozen night outside, but thankfully we had a pool to ourselves within the gargantuan Ramsey Athletic Center:

A game of red rover?

A game of Red Rover?

We Riot kayakers arrived prepared to get in the water and do some synchronized ‘yaking, but actually, the avid folks who came out from the UGA community ran away with the evening, jumping in the boats and putting them to good use. Let it be known that there is a healthy contingent of whitewater enthusiasts keeping it real in the heart of Georgia.

same great boat, just more of it.

Spencer explains the 80: same great boat, just more of it.

Them Georgians got skills. (spoken with a southern drawl)

Them Georgians got skills. (spoken with a southern drawl)

By the end of the session, we Rioters got to get in the water and play around, too. Spencer developed a radical new flatwater trick (a pool-edge rockspin thingy appropriately named the “Spencer Spin”), I got whacked in the nose while teaching a roll, and overall, it was an excellent evening. Big thanks to the bomber UGA Whitewater Club and to Sir Windham who put this all together, and then had a birthday!

The following day we celebrated Daniel’s birth at the Windham farm and then went to Cine Theater in Athens for the premiere of the first Rapid Transit DVD: The Eddy Feeling. For more on that story, click here: Rapid Transit Blog.

The Rapid Transit producers, just hanging out.

The Rapid Transit producers, just hanging out.

And here are a few more photos of those crazy Bulldogs doing what they do best, having fun in the water:

Peace from the Southeast,

Chris Gallaway

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