Kayak­ing an­other west coast clas­sic

Adventure - - Contents - Text by Barny Young

Since the early 1990’s the de­vel­op­ment of plas­tic, shorter and more ma­neu­ver­able kayaks has al­lowed pad­dlers to ex­plore many rivers on the west coast that were pre­vi­ously deemed im­pos­si­ble. Due to pic­turesque ap­peal, the niche idea of he­li­copter ac­cess and their steep, re­mote na­ture, many of the runs on the West Coast have risen to in­ter­na­tional ac­claim. With rivers such as the Arahura, Whit­combe, Hok­i­tika rat­ing highly on any in­ter­na­tional kayak­ers hit list. It is the "old school" lo­cal leg­ends such as Bruce Barnes, how­ever, that can be at­trib­uted with find­ing many of these clas­sic West Coast runs we know and love to­day.

- Photo -Car­son Lind­say

Barny fir­ing up one of the many stacked and con­tin­u­ous drops that make up the Up­per Whataroa ex­pe­ri­ence

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