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Turn on your phone. Power up the ol’ instagram. Start scrolling. What do you see?

You’ll probably see some sel es, maybe some cat pics. Keep going. Have you slid your nger past that Iceland waterfall yet? How about the ever so “original” feet dangling out of a helicopter? Let’s be honest, we all follow these people who travel the world for a living and in turn we end up contemplating what the hell we’re doing with our lives.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we feel the need to escape the present moment, in search of the latest day dream. The answer to that is uncertain. What is certain is the solution. It’s as simple as taking a moment to look around, become aware of the natural beauty right in your backyard. Drive down that sketchy dirt road and see where it leads you. Who knows, you might discover a trailhead or river launch that becomes your new favorite spot.

Ok so what are we getting at? We all need to take a step back, slow down and truly enjoy the moment. We know, its cheesy, but this moment right now is all we have. And the truth is, in this moment right here in your backyard, there are endless opportunites to get lost and experience the natural world. Your natural world.

Our goal with the Native Waters project is to kick up some dust and inspire change in the form of breaking personal bubbles in the pursuit of adventure. After all, it’s not an adventure until something goes wrong. So how about we see what kind of trouble we can get into... 

Beginning in 2018 0ur team will be hitting the road in a restored 1976 BJ40 Land Cruiser on a journey across the United States. Unlike most classic road trips, we’ll be avoiding popular destinations, aiming for lesser-known areas in an effort to uncover some of America’s hidden gems. More speci cally our target being the creeks, rivers, streams and lakes right in your backyard. With an arsenal of paddleboards and other toys, we’ll hit the water and never look back.

Here’s the catch. We’re going to head into each town blind, technology thrown in the backseat. We’ll head straight to the source, talking with locals to guide us to mother nature’s best. By doing this we will avoid having any prior expectations about the area. Let’s be real, with technology at our nger tips, the majority of people tend to over-re- search a destination prior to travelling. Where’s the fun in that? More speci cally, where’s the adventure in that... 


 
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Fight to SOAR (Save Our American Rivers) is an exploration of our Nations Rivers, lakes, and aquatic ecosystems as seen through the eyes of the outdoorsman.  Fight to SOAR has partnered with Boardworks Surf, Joshua Tree Skin Care, Mountain Khakis, Greens Plus, Watershed Drybags, Warbonnet Outdoors and various others to embark on this project combining stewardship, science, exploration, adventure, and sport all into one package to show the true outdoorsman lifestyle. Gabriel and Natalie will be leading the project while being joined by a unique cast from partnering organizations, spending the first year documenting the ACF Water Basin, Lake Superior, and other inland waterways.  Fight to SOAR encourages others to paddle along with them, including team riders from Boardworks Surf and various other athletes. Paddle Location and Dates*subject to change. 

Paddleboarder and Outdoorsman Gabriel Gray will explore many US Rivers, lakes and parks throughout the year. Along the way he will hike, camp, and paddle and hold meet and greets and cleanups where possible and leave the waterways and lands in better condition than when he arrived. Fight to SOAR will team up with local orgs. that serves as ambassadors for local waterways or lands to highlight the work they’re doing to protect their local area. Along the way we will attend festivals, events, and competitions that showcase the love and support for our nations waterways! Follow the Adventure: Fight to SOAR will use the power of Social Media to share this exploration.