North Saskatchewan River
The crews paddled the upper-most reaches of the North Saskatchewan River for a few days - all of it led by two seasoned paddlers: Merle Pedersen and Walter Wright. Their intimate knowledge of the river guided us through rushing and narrow channels and around gravel bars left behind from the huge freshet of 2017.
On one section of the river, Merle’s crew spotted a special point in the fast-moving river. He felt sure his crew could paddle into the special rapids and simply let the flow of the water hold them steady in one place - surfing. This scene shows Merle’s crew paddling back upriver to try and catch the wave. In the end, the river was flowing just too fast to make it the full way into the reversing wave, but it was an exciting prospect to watch as we waited for them on the riverbank.
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