My Insecurities

Self-conciousness is an emotion that we have all experienced. Even the most beautiful and seemingly flawless men and women have experienced self-conciousness in one form or another. So, why is it something that we talk so little about? Body image is a huge topic amongst women these days and while more companies are stepping outside of the stereotypical “model” body type this doesn’t alleviate the negative feelings I have towards my own body. It’s going to take more than a beautiful busty and bodacious woman to reverse a lifetime of conditioning.

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'Spirited Away: Chasing Whitewater and Culture in the Land of the Rising Sun'

My article about my time in Japan has now been made available online on SUP the Mag's website. I'm very proud of this piece.. Here's an excerpt from the article..click the Read More button below to read the whole article and to see more of Zach Mahone's stunning photography.

Photographer: Zach Mahone

Photographer: Zach Mahone

 

"SPIRITED AWAY

CHASING WHITEWATER AND CULTURE IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

Words by Brittany Parker
Photos by Zach Mahone

Paddling the Mitake River on the main island of Japan brought the crew all back to zero. The tension built up in our bodies from missing our connecting flight and having to stay the night in Beijing dropped from our shoulders, moved through our hands and into the water. We had arrived, we were present.

Our first teacher was Masayuki “Yacu” Takahata, an adventure racer, turned raft racer, turned standup paddle competitor. The waters of the Mitake are his training grounds and he knows every eddy, rock and drop. We paused above a technical rapid I was trying to run clean. The currents met each other rather abruptly, making entry angle and paddle placement crucial for setting up the rest of the rapid.

“Every stroke is like I’m shaking hands with the river,” he said to me."

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Living in a Van in the City Sucks

Take me back to the Mountains!! 

Take me back to the Mountains!! 

Living in a van in the city sucks. I've been living in the Sprinter for the past two weeks in the heart of Calgary and it's really starting to bum me out. Usually, I don't have bad things to say about #vanlife and that's because I really do love it. I love the freedom, the simplicity, the mobility, and the adventure that comes with it. But in the city those things are more of a pain in the ass than an exciting adventure. Let me count the ways in which it sucks...

1. Going to the bathroom outside is not easy, frowned upon, and a crime. My morning consists of me getting dressed as quickly as possible whilst doing the pee dance. Jumping on my skateboard and racing to the coffee shop to do my business. Skating while having to pee is REALLY hard. 

2. Mornings are often my favorite. Usually I park my house somewhere with plenty of trees and possibly by a babbling brook. I'll start my jet boil, fill my french press with fresh ground coffee beans, and set up my camp chair and journal for an hour. Doing this in the city could mean the neighborhood watch getting called on my ass. Setting up my lawn chair in someone's front yard probably wouldn't go over well either. 

3. I spend every morning in a coffee shop, which is fine, but also expensive. 

4. Seeing everyone with their homes, cars, and 9-5 jobs makes me feel like a bum. The city has always had this sort of effect on me. It makes me feel like I'm a fuck-up with no direction and living in the van in the city amplifies this. Mountain towns are full of fellow van dwellers, people who get it. 

5. Being worried all the time about being busted for parking overnight. 

It's only five reasons but they are five very big reasons. This is more motivation for me to make the van more livable (i.e: kicthen, work desk, compostable toliet). But honestly, if you can avoid living in a van in the city for long periods of time I would recommend driving the extra thirty or forty minutes outside of it. Ready for the weekend of camping up in the rockies for the Slam Festival!!