February 20, 2018
WILD AND BROKEN: A FIRST SUP DESCENT IN UTAH
By SUP Magazine
PADDLING A RELIC OF THE MIGHTY ESCALANTE RIVER
By Morgan Tilton
Photos by Dylan Brown
The river's milk chocolate surface, marbled with whirlpools of whitewater, draped like an infinity pool over the drops ahead. I gaped at my buddy, Dylan Brown, as he bumbled down the first cascade and rocketed backwards off his standup paddleboard--which took a 180-spin and smacked the surface, gear faced down. After clambering with the SUP (which was now lodged against a boulder), he finally leveraged it flat, jumped back on and raced down concurrent drops after his paddle. I looked back at our crew of paddlers--Jordan Curet, Morgan Smith and Aaron Kloer--whose lips moved, but the thundering turbulence that bounced off the walls of the canyon quelled any chance of hearing them.
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