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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