Winter Brings Thrills — and Chills — to Kayaking

Posted: January 7, 2014  |  By: Zach Urness [The Bellingham Herald]

DETROIT, ORE. — Amid the chaos, Stephen Duff made sure not to panic.

The 53-year-old professor of architecture at the University of Oregon just had been knocked upside down in his kayak, flipped underwater by the churning, boiling waves of a Class III+ rapid called Bodacious on the upper North Santiam River.

His helmet smacked against a rock as the river pulled his capsized boat (and upside-down body) downstream, past boulders and swirling water during one of the most disorienting moments in all of outdoor sports. 

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