We’re starting a new feature on the Chronicle profiling staff members from our various stores and internet operations. Today we begin with Chris Brigman, our Chattanooga boating store manager.
Postion: Rock/Creek Down Under Manager
Home Town: Durham, NC
How Long have you worked at R/C: 4 years
Any Advice for people getting into this activity: “Take it slow, don’t get discouraged and remember that it’s supposed to be fun.” – Chris
What do you consider your favorite outdoor activities: As you can see I am an avid kayaker. I have been doing this for the past five years and love it. A buddy of mine told me to either buy a boat or a bike; I chose the boat. Not long after I bought the boat, I bought a bike as well. Even though I love the water I’m frequently seen hitting the trails on my mountain bike.
“I am active not only because I enjoy the challenge, but it also gives me somewhere to escape.”
If you can’t find me on the river or in the woods, check the local disco, because I sure do like to cut a rug!
Top three most memorable moments outside:
1. Running Bear Creek in Northern Georgia. This is a classic Chattanooga class V run.
2. Running Gorilla, a class V+ rapid on the Green Narrows in Saluda, NC.
3. A close call while trapped in my kayak 2 years ago.
Favorite place you have ever been? Why: It would have to be The Green River Narrows in NC. It’s a clean, low consequence Class V that drops almost 400 ft. in just under 3 miles.
Favorite product you use that Rock/Creek carries: Other than Dagger kayaks, I would have to say Werner Paddles because they are lightweight. I also like Shred Ready and FNA helmets because they protect the noggin. I go to NRS for my various other gear needs.