Follow the Flow Contest

We had a lot of awesome paddlers submit photos of their favorite local runs. After sorting through some great photos, and some careful consideration, we bring you our top three. These fortunate few are going to receive some new Immersion Research Gear!

Runner Up – Annelies Layton

“It was a cold after work spring run on the Top Yough in Oakland M.D. Swallow falls is the very first rapid and all I could tell myself was don’t stop paddling!!!”
Photograph by Jeff Macklin

Runner Up – Patrick Smith

“We were out on the Cheat River Narrows for the Morgantown Pathfinder Tuesday night paddle. While dropping into the hole I tried to focus on bow angle, paddle strokes, and trusted my gear. The hole was pretty sticky and attempted to swallow me. I came out the down-river side in my boat, and upright hearing loud cheers from the crowd that ran it before me. Stoke level was at an all time high. Being April, with air temps in the 60’s and water temps in the mid to upper 50’s, I was comfortable and dry in my IR 7 Figure dry top, warm in the boat wearing my IR guide shorts lined with neoprene, and secure with my IR Shockwave spray skirt on the cockpit of my boat. I truly believe that without the IR gear, my first paddling season could not have been this successful and fun.”

Photography by Andrew Gunnoe

Winner – Alex Pinaretta (photographer)

“This is a shot of Upper Balls Falls in Lincoln, ON. The waterfall is a clean 36ft plunge that typically only runs in spring flood. I’d say it’s the perfect height for a training waterfall & experimenting with downriver freestyle. It only takes 5 minutes to walk back up and do it all over again. There’s not much else in the area that compares in runnability or size. It’s sweet to have such a nice drop within half an hour from your house, just a shame it doesn’t run all year. This drop & the lower falls(88ft) are situated on twenty mile creek followed by a couple other rapids in the gorge downstream.”

Paddler – Jeremy Hiemstra

Caption – Max Mastalerz