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Dan Gavere literally got his feet wet by piloting the front of his father's canoe, down whitewater classics in Utah and Colorado as a young boy. It wasn't long before he took to whitewater kayaking and became a self-made whitewater pioneer through his competition results and cult-like films including Paddle Quest, Kavu Day, during the sports hay day.  

During his first year of college in Montana, Dan and a friend he met on the ski lift opened up Montana's first snowboard shop, Board of Missoula, which celebrates 30 years today. 

During the summer months, he honed his skills for kayaking on the nearby rivers of the Lochsa and Alberton Gorge and in 1992 he made the US National Freestyle kayaking team.  He attended his first World Championship in 1993 on the Ocoee River in Tennessee, placing 2nd in the hole riding competition, this began the start of his kayaking career. 

After attending the Gorge Games in 2001 and placing second in the extreme race Dan discovered and fell in love with kiteboarding. 

In 2002, Dan moved to Hood River, Oregon, and bought his first home in the Gorge.  

The wind filled his kite and lead him on adventures across the US and eventually to a special trip to Egypt and Israel while doing photos for a special magazine article.  

In 2007 Dan would discover Stand Up Paddling and after just a few strokes on that chilly spring day on the Columbia River, he knew he was in love with a new watersport, but also wondered what it would be like to it in whitewater?  Over the next 2 years, Dan would become obsessed with paddling his SUP and became proficient if not extremely talented at anything SUP from racing to wave riding to whitewater Dan couldn't get enough.  In 2010 Dan would produce one of the industry's first How-To videos called "The Ultimate Guide to Stand Up Paddling". 

2018 is excited to be doing Sales for Fanatic SUP in North America,  Aerial Photography, and teaching paddling. 

Where ever Dan travels, there's always water waiting for him to get on it.




Dan Gavere whitewater Legend
Dan Gavere Kayaker
Dan Gavere Pro Kayaker

      SUP Race Results 

  • 1st Outdoor Mix Whitewater, France 2017

  • 3rd Overall 2017 Colorado SUP Championships

  • 1st Place Chaophraya SUP Station Challenge, Thailand 2017

  • 2nd Round the Rock, Seattle, Washington 2016

  • 2nd Pacific Paddle Games (Mens Open course) 2016

  • 1st MTL Whitewater SUP Festival, Canada 2016

  • 1st Outdoor Mix Whitewater, France 2016

  • 3rd overall Pacific Paddle Games (Mens open course race) 2015

  • 1st Place SUP Whitewater Championships, Germany 2014

  • 1st SUP Sprint GoPro Mtn Games 2011/2013

  • 1st SUP Cross Fibark Paddlefest 2013

  • 1st Overall Battle of the Paddle 2013 (Mens open course race)

  • Most Inspirational Paddler Award Battle of the Paddle 2013 

  • 1st National Whitewater SUP Championships 2009-2012

         EVENT Experience

  • 2008-Present  Whitewater Specialist, Race Director, Announcer GoPro Mountain Games, Colorado

  • 2013-Present MC for Carolina CUP, Wrightsville Beach North Carolina 

  • 2019  Race Director- North West Paddlefest Race, WA

  • 2016-Webcast Announcer- ISA Fiji

  • 2016 Announcer-Redbull Heavy Water, California

  • 2015-2016 Announcer- Pacific Paddle Games, California 

  • 2015 Race Director, Payette River Games, Idaho

  • 2014-2015 Race Director, The Ultimate SUP Challenge, Ottawa River

  • 2014-2015 Paddle For Plummer-Announcer

  • 2014 Webcast Announcer ISA Nicaragua

  • 2013 Webcast Announcer ISA Peru

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