Author Archives: Chris Hipgrave

February 22

2020 Jess Cup | Start Chaos

Watch the first two minutes of carnage at the 2020 Jess Cup on Elkhorn Creek KY, not part of the National Paddling Film Festival. From last to first in two minutes! The Jess Cup was a new race for me and heaps of fun. Already looking forward to going back.

January 09

2019 & SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR 2020

With many posting their 2019 training data, I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at my data in a little more detail and then examine what you could do to have a successful 2020. My 2019 goals were two fold. 1) Have my best Gorge Downwind Championships yet and 2) Refocus […]

May 08

LAUREL HIGHLANDS DOUBLE-HEADER

Finding new challenges keeps the pursuit of achievement refreshing. Once such challenge just came together with the possibility of competing in a double-header by combining the whitewater focused Cheat Canyon race on a Friday evening with the Youghness Monster 25 mile race the very next day, all in or close to the Laurel Highlands region […]

April 04

East Coast Paddlesports Symposium

The East Coast Paddlesports Symposium was the first sea kayak symposium of 2019 and a great chance to blow off the cobwebs and the winter blues. Centered at the James Island County Park on the edge of Charleston, SC, this symposium aimed to build technical and leadership skills for sea kayakers of all abilities. The […]

January 27

DADDYS CREEK “GO FAST” DAY

Nestled on central Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, there’s an iconic little whitewater run called Daddys Creek and every year a group of dedicated volunteers runs a race thru its spectacular gorge to draw awareness to the runs splendor, do a trash pick up and have a great time. And with lifes distractions pushed to the side […]

January 20

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA – 2019

Kayaking in Antarctica continues to fascinate me. This continent is full of surprises around every corner. Enjoy a few photos from some of my personal high lights that came from this past trip, where I worked as a kayak guide for Aurora Expeditions.      

December 21

VIDEO: MILLERS RUN, SOUTH AFRICA

                       

December 16

Downwind Camp: Fish Hoek, South Africa

We’d been on the beach for just 2 minutes before the Mocke brothers started dropping nuggets of surfski knowledge on our international group of paddlers, underlining just how little I knew about the finer points of the downwind surfski padding. Over the next 2 weeks we’d be participating in their Downwind Camp at the famous […]

November 28

Race Recap: Big South Fork Dash

Kentucky hadn’t been on my race radar until recently when the Explore Kentucky Initiative started a race series across the state in some beautiful areas. That’s how I found myself at the series finale, competing in a 14 mile loop course in the Big South Fork Wilderness where Lake Cumberland backs up the Big South […]

August 06

Race Recap: Gorge Downwind Champs

The Gorge Downwind Championships has been an annual pilgrimage from its inception. It’s predecessor, the Wildside Relay, first introduced me to this downwind paradise, and I have enjoyed screaming upstream on the Columbia River in the shadow of snow capped volcanoes ever since. For 2017, the Gorge Downwind Championships would be my first “A” race […]