Ken Whiting

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<!-- Missing image removed: right|frame -->Ken Whiting (born December 12, 1975 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), was the 1997/98 World Freestyle Kayaking Champion, the 1998 Japan Open Champion, and a five-time Canadian National Champion in freestyle or whitewater kayaking.

Since 1998, Ken has started an industry-leading kayak school, founded the Canadian Freestyle Kayaking Association, coached the Junior Freestyle Kayaking Team, produced both the US and Canadian Freestyle Team Trials events, written and produced a best-selling and award-winning series of whitewater kayaking instructional books and videos, and was nominated in 2006 for an Everest Outdoor Achievement Award.

Early days

Ken was 14 years old when he picked up a kayak paddle for the first time while taking a five-day kayaking course on the Ottawa River in 1989. Little did he know this would ignite a passion for the sport and change the course of his life. By the time he was 18, he was so committed to paddling that he postponed his university plans to pursue excellence in whitewater kayaking instead.


In 1994, Ken began attending and winning freestyle competitions across the continent. Three years later, in 1997, he reached his ultimate goal by winning the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships. Winning the World’s was a major turning point in Ken’s life, and shortly afterwards he made the decision to develop a career that would keep him involved in the world of whitewater that he loved so...
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