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Rafting Skills: Coping with Flips

By William McGinnis Our 14-foot self-bailer accelerates down the smooth, bulging V-tongues, flashes past foam spewing wrap rocks, and slams into one sticky hole after another, slowing but punching through each time. Everything is fine, normal and right with the world. But suddenly … the entire universe around us starts to spin. Looking down I

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Dirt Bag Paddler Interview

THE GUIDE WHO GUIDED GENERATIONS OF DIRTBAG RUBBER PUSHERS ~ DBP INTERVIEWS WILLIAM McGINNIS, Author of "THE GUIDE'S GUIDE. William McGinnis & Mike Toughill See the original article Folks who aspire to greatness, no matter the forum, all look to those who came before them for inspiration, for lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid,

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White-Knuckle

A Book Review/Interview with William McGinnis by Douglas Hergert, Rossmoor News, 2/13/2013 The setting for William McGinnis’s breathtaking new mystery novel, “Whitewater, a Thriller,” is California’s Kern River Valley, where we meet two remarkable young characters: Adam is just home from three tours of duty as a Navy SEAL captain in Iran and Afghanistan, and

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How to Find the Courage to Raft

December 1, 2001 Sierra Escape - By William McGinnis For people new to rafting, the thought of floating down through the swirling currents and surging, cresting waves of an actual wild river in an inflatable rubber boat composed mainly of thin air no less can be a daunting prospect. Such fears are entirely normal. In

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Rapid Change

March 12, 2001 Fresno Bee, Business Section California's largest rafting company, Whitewater Voyages, has bought Spirit Kings River Whitewater for an undisclosed sum. The purchase enables El Sobrante-based Whitewater Voyages to guide one- and two-day rafting trips on the Kings River in the Sierra and Sequoia national forests east of Fresno. The Kings River is

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Whitewater Grows

March 7, 2001 San Francisco Chronicle - Business Digest Section California's biggest river-rafting company just got bigger. Whitewater Voyages of El Sobrante has purchased Spirit Kings River Whitewater, giving the company access to popular runs on the Kings River in the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests east of Fresno. Whitewater Voyages logs 16,000 to 20,000

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Work That Isn’t

Come downstream with whitewater wizard Bill McGinnis. October 1, 1999 MyPrimeTime.com - By Kyle Noone MyPrimeTime.com -- Bill McGinnis spent his college summers putting on far-flung river adventures with friends, his genuine love of the outdoors pushing his spirit to explore. One day he took out an ad in the paper: "River explorer/writer needs people

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A New Craft for the Rapids

'Paddlecat' is more versatile than the kayak May 15, 1997 San Francisco Chronicle - By Chronicle Staff Writer Paul McHugh Infrequently, some new toy or tool sends a sport into a giddy growth spurt. Alpine skiers saw just such an explosive development occur with the popular new "super side cut" skis. Now, a similar phenomenon

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Whitewater Investments

Rafting camp teaches kids the value of teamwork and a firm grip June 20, 1995 Bakersfield Californian - By Californian Correspondent Jill Hoffman "Look cool, have fun and stay in the boat!" These are the most important things to remember, says Matt Weiss, 12, as our raft drifts along the South Fork of the American

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A Raft of Relaxation

A new ride on the gentler side now available from rafting company June 20, 1995 Bakersfield Californian - By Californian Correspondent Jill Hoffman LAKE ISABELLA -- Long known for its wild white water, the quiet and more gentle aspects of the Kern River have found a champion in Whitewater Voyages. Whitewater Voyages, the largest whitewater

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