Name: Ryan Knight
SBP Alias: “The Big Hitter”
Hometown: Mount Shasta, California
Website : http://ryanknight.smugmug.com/
Why do you huck?
There are many reasons. For one getting to be outside with my bros breathing fresh air and being reminded what life is all about is a huge factor. I love the shared experience that brings kayakers together. Some of my closest friendships have developed as a result of time on the river. Kayaking can put a fresh perspective on my day and a big smile on my face whenever I am out there. I am a sucker for the river-life as well chilling in shorts, tees, and 80-degree weather (least in California!) with sandals strapped to my feet there’s not to many other places I’d rather be. As for bigger drops and rapids, it’s just a natural progression of wanting to go bigger than before and knowing that your skills can take you there. It seems like a universal factor for kayakers that push their skills is that you achieve a level of focus and concentration that is unparallel to any other sport I have tried.
I loved growing up learning in a Eskimo Diablo thinking that it was cutting edge. I did my first true class five runs in that boat (Ben and Jerry’s canyon on the West Branch Feather and South Fork of the Sacramento). I also was really stoked on the ultra-light Riot Dominatrix, and Dagger G-Force back when I was into play boating. Right now for the steep creeks and overnighters I really love the Jackson Super Hero. It just seems to do everything right and is perfect for the steep stuff and packs gear well for Cali summers.
Choice boating locations:
For practically a backyard run in the Sierra’s its almost impossible to beat the combo of Big Kimshew creek and South Branch of the Feather river. This can even be for just a quick weekend session if the flows align right. Even closer to our local stomping grounds though is Slate Creek, Middle and Upper McCloud falls, and Box Canyon of the Sac an easy class IV, but a quick 10 minutes to takeout from my bro’s doorstep and a fun and beautiful canyon at that. Growing up in the Mount Shasta area you can’t forget the Salmon river as well, an amazing place that is always a super fun spot to be, especially on Memorial Day weekend almost always a big party.
Spent a few months in Chile and Argentina a few years back. We had one good first decent that we found in Chile the Rio Florin, it highlights are a sweet 50 footer and a tough double drop.
Summary of your huckings:
Up and down the Sierra Nevada’s in Cali for the past 10 years. Recently some Columbia river gorge runs, some central Washington stuff, up and down Chile, we scoured that place, and some great stuff in Argentina as well. Favorites hucks include Middle McCloud Falls with juicy flows, the big first drop of the Manso, and Salto Del Indio with pumping flows. Definitely wouldn’t mind getting back to South America sometime here in the future, some fun waterfall stuff down there.
Photos By: Chris Korbulic and Devin Knight