Sink or Swim Japan 2018

Sink or Swim Japan 2018

Our trip to the Squirtogether mystery move competition in Japan this year was hallmarked by some dramatic moments- some welcome- others not. First- a typhoon hit Japan about a week before our flights. Japanese mystery spots often change with floods from typhoons. And there was a significant earthquake near the home of one of our hosts and friend- Taiki Sugawara. He only had to deal with no electricity for a few days. But still- a typhoon and an earthquake make for a pretty dramatic beginning.

Seams Like a Dream—Adventures in a Japanese Underland

Seams Like a Dream—Adventures in a Japanese Underland

A mystery move is a convergence of currents and intent- and in our case- cultures. At the core of it, it all comes together.  Our trip to Japan this year was an example of everything coming together beautifully. I had enjoyed the previous meetings I have had with this...
Stalking the Red Bull

Stalking the Red Bull

Japan has SO much to offer the casual tourist- perfect Tonkatsu (deep fried pork filets), Udon and Ramen soups, even earthquakes, volcanoes, and typhoons! What would we sample this year?? Just past the island is where is all comes together. “Casual” does not really...
Sled Shed

Sled Shed

The original sled was built from ethafoam in 1980 and was my first squirt design- named the “Slake”. I used it to do the first eddyline mystery move at Lost Paddle rapid on the Upper Gauley of Sept. of 1981. I called it an “Under” because I was actually going for an...
My wood selection process

My wood selection process

Rivr Styx Ash Selection Process Stalker, Pennsylvania~ Keith Backlund’s home place~ late 90’s Crunch crunch CRUNCH! The collapse of the ice crusted snow punctuates our every step in the otherwise-silent forested hillside on a bright January day. Keith is hunting for...