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Sep 02, 2016

The Outdoor Journal Joins Samantha Gash in her Run India Project

Samantha Gash, running across India for World Vision, will be joined by The Outdoor Journal Brand Ambassador Jonty Rhodes and EagleRider India for a section of her run in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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With the intent to highlight the great Indian outdoors and salute the spirit of sportsmanship, the Outdoor Journal joins ultrarunner Samantha Gash in her Run India Project.

The Australian endurance athlete is running 3800km across the country from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan to Mawsynram in Meghalaya to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children in India.

She is ten days into the 76-day run and has already clocked in over 550km.

TOJ Brand Ambassador Jonty Rhodes will accompany Samantha during her two-day stay in Jaipur on 4th and 5th September – visiting World Vision communities and riding a stretch with her crew on an EagleRider India bike.

Speaking of the association, he said, “It’s great to be a part of Samantha’s epic run! She is doing this for an important cause, she has the will and the tenacity to overcome challenges, plus this is such a unique way to see India! I’m happy to play a part.”

Samar Sodhi, CEO of EagleRider India said of the association, “Samantha’s endeavour to raise funds for underprivileged children is no mean feat and we want to support in whatever way we can. EagleRider India is synonymous to realising one’s passion. Our team of riders stand in solidarity with those who have the courage to follow theirs. Having Jonty Rhodes choosing to ride our bike with us as part of the team is also an added amazing experience.”

Samantha Gash spoke of the association, “I am pretty stoked to have The Outdoor Journal, Jonty Rhodes and EagleRider India join us on this journey! The Outdoor Journal represents an authentic voice of the outdoors, so they are a perfect partner for us. EagleRider India represents a sense of adventure. And having Jonty with us is amazing!”

This section of the journey will be documented on The Outdoor Journal’s new Facebook Live and Instagram Stories. You will be able to catch all the action as it happens, unedited, unscripted and as authentic as it gets. Stay tuned!

Feature Image : Samantha Gash running in Rajasthan, India. Photo © Lyndon Marceau/ marceauphotography

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Events

Jul 10, 2018

The 2018 Whitewater Awards: Nouria Newman and Benny Marr take the spoils.

The Whitewater Awards is a gathering of the world’s best kayakers to show off the biggest and best things that have happened in the sport over the past year.

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Brooke Hess

 To be considered for an award, athletes, photographers, and filmmakers submit media taken over the past year that they believe showcases the best progression in the sport.  

There are sixteen different categories for submission, including separate male and female categories within the “Best of” kayaking categories. Categories include Photographer of the Year, Film of the Year, Expedition of the Year, Best Trick, Best Line, River Stewardship, Grom of the Year, Rider of the Year, along with several others.  Awards are decided upon by a voting process done by the Association of Whitewater Professionals.

This year’s Whitewater Awards was held in the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise, Idaho. It was hosted on June 14th, the same weekend as the North Fork Championships, which takes place on the North Fork of the Payette River just outside of Boise.  The North Fork Championship is regarded as one of the hardest kayaking races in the world.

The race takes place on Jacob’s Ladder rapid, which is a rapid so difficult and consequential that most kayakers feel accomplished simply by surviving the rapid, much less racing the rapid. Nouria Newman, a 3-time NFC racer and winner of this year’s Whitewater Awards Female Rider of the Year describes it well,

“The NFC is the hardest race in whitewater kayaking. [Jacob’s Ladder] is a scary, consequential rapid. Running it is challenging, and it only gets harder to race it and make the gates.”

In order to minimize the risk involved in the race, event organizers have developed a strict qualification process for racers. 30 racers will qualify to race Jacob’s Ladder. Ten of them are pre-qualified from placing top ten at the event the year before. Those ten then read numerous athlete applications and vote on the next ten racers who will join them.  The last ten racers are decided through a qualification race on S-Turn rapid, another one of the North Fork’s infamous class V rapids.

Every year on this same weekend in June, kayakers, photographers, and filmmakers from around the world flock to Idaho to celebrate quality whitewater, progression of the sport, and the community that surrounds it. Both the North Fork Championship and the Whitewater Awards had great turnouts of athletes and spectators this year.

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The finalists of each category in the Whitewater Awards were presented in film format at the Egyptian Theater for the entire audience to view, with the winner being announced live. Winners were presented with an award and expected to give a short speech at the event. The big winners of the night were Nouria Newman and Benny Marr, who were awarded with Line of the Year and Rider of the Year in the female and male categories. Nouria says that voting for the “best” in each category is a challenging process, “…voting is always tricky, (look at both French and U.S. presidents, not too sure if they are really the best available option). And it is also very hard to compare lines and rapids. What’s bigger? What’s harder? I got voted Best Line of the Year with a good line down Parque Jurassic, a long technical rapid, but Rata’s line down Graceland, which is a huge slide, was equally as good, if not better.”

No matter how tricky the voting process can be, Nouria agrees that the Whitewater Awards plays a large role in the progression of the sport, “I think it’s super cool to see what people can do in their kayak, how they push the limit of the sport and how they open new possibilities.”

For more information about the Whitewater Awards, you can visit whitewaterawards.com, you can also follow them on Facebook and on Instagram.

You can follow Nouria on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can follow Benny on Facebook and Instagram.

Cover photo courtesy of Ari Walker

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