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Video

Five Years of Rapid Transit – Chris Gallaway Begins The Appalachian Trail Movie

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At the beginning of 2008 Chris Gallaway released the very first video on the Rapid Transit website; a documentary of Chris Gragtmans’ kayak descent of Desoto Falls in Alabama, which was later re-released on The Eddy Feeling (DVD).  Chris is also known for his film The Green Race Movie (DVD). Kayaking Desoto Falls: the Five […]

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French Broad Flood Stage Surf Kayaking

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Recently when the French Broad reached flood stage with water levels of 15,000 cubic feet per second I broke my never-paddle-alone rule.  It was a work day after all, which can sometimes present challenges in finding paddling partners.  I did have local paddlers, Keith Sprinkle and Adam Masters drop in and check on me, which […]

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Nolichucky Flood Stage Kayaking

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At typical water levels the Nolichucky River Gorge is a stretch of class III-IV whitewater, running from Poplar NC to Erwin TN, a river that I have enjoyed running for years.  The latest big rain event created a river level near 20,000 cubic feet per second, soaring far above the average flow of 1340 cubic […]

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Swank 20-Year Reunion

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Swank.  They sound a bit like Fugazi but they have the addition of a horn section.  That’s a description I’ve heard on more than one occasion, which is a pretty bold statement considering the prowess of Fugazi.  I can understand the comparison and recognize that they may have been influenced by Fugazi, but Swank definitely […]

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Murder Ballad

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Two years ago on a small, family farm in Costa Rica, I witnessed the slaughter of a pig – food for the reception of a wedding I was attending there. I documented the process for two reasons.  One, to share with the bride and groom who both helped with the slaughter, along with several guests […]

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Longboard Asheville – Global Warming is Back

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Several months back I put out a Longboard Asheville video called “Global Warming.”  The title referred to the fact that we had way too many unseasonably warm, sunny days last winter.  The bright side was that we had clean, dry pavement more often than not.  This winter seems to be starting off the same way.  […]

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FEST 11 Trip Report, Photos & Videos

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Thanks to our good friend Tony Weinbender and all the FEST workers who made this incredible event happen for the 11th time. – Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc.

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DONKEY – a zombie kayak film released in 2008

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In a world full of unintentionally horrific, bro-bra kayak films, this had to be done, so we did it.  Released on DVD in 2008 by Spencer Cooke and Joey Hall, now here for you to watch entirely for free.  And just so you know, it has been banned on YouTube in certain countries.  Not sure […]

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Two Days in September (a Rapid Transit short)

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Here’s a short video for you. It comes a little bit late, but hopefully it was worth the wait for the rescue footage at the end of the video. This was shot on two days in late September: the Sunday release on the Nantahala Cascades at GAF festival and a beautiful fall day linking up […]

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The Band Geeks of Paddlesports

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To say that anything is fringe about paddling is sort of an understatement.  Most paddlers are rather unique individuals.  That’s one way to say it.  The other way is to say most paddlers are the nerds who got picked on in high school.  These same people were skaters, punk rockers, hippies and band geeks.  If […]

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