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Evan Moore is California, born and bred. The Kernville native has been charging “stouts” since he was a wee lad. And nothing’s changed.

This spring, with California’s snowpack doing good things for the state’s rivers, Moore linked up a series of waterfalls on the Royal Gorge, a three-day section on the North Fork of the American. This is Class V, self-support kayaking at the uppermost level of the sport.

Packing each of these waterfalls (two to three are usually portaged) on top of that run is incredibly tough. His line off Scott’s Drop (named for California legend Scott Lindgren) was the sketchiest, visually, but Moore mostly made these five difficult drops known as the Royal Flush look pretty.

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