Have you seen any good outdoors films lately? Here’s a little something: “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” explores spirituality and life balance through water sports. The documentary reveals a woman breaking paddling boundaries yet grounding herself in the commonplace and everyday. “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” delves into the shifting paradigms in the …

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Once I finally could afford my own kayak after years of mooching, I learned the hard way about boat storage. At first, I stored my 15 ft sea kayak in the stairwell of my apartment where we accessed the trash cans (typical urban dirtbag move). That presented a problem because then we couldn’t take the …

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The leathery-skinned man with a southern Missouri accent had dropped us off at the gravel boat ramp. His rusty pickup truck had barely survived the fifteen miles from our campground to the river. But there we stood: paddles in hand, hats on our heads and a tangled blue stretch of river before us. I was …

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“Wait!” I shout as my head smacks below the surface of the pool. I flail around for a few minutes, trying to remember where to have my hands on the paddle and when to snap my hips. I eventually forget and the lady teaching me uses her body weight and arms to roll the kayak …

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“You’re doing what?” Most people asked this question during the fall as I explained my winter plans: Costa Rica, Ecuador, and paddling at the Grand Canyon. The idea of being on a raft for sixteen days in January in the Grand Canyon floored people. “Don’t you know it’s going to be cold down there?” “Yes, …

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Just to name a handful of Robyn Benincasa’s many accomplishments: she holds the record for farthest distance traveled by kayak on moving and on flat water in 24 hours, is 2 x Adventure Racing World Champion, and fights fires in San Diego. I’m half-surprised she wasn’t scaling a mountain while we conducted this phone interview.

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