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Melissa demarie

Expedition: Work, Life, Paddling Balance

I’m a sprinter. Not in the literal runner’s sense of the word but in life. I have been really good at going hard for short periods of time which is why, I suppose, the 9-5 thing never suited me. Back in my mid-twenties, I went through what I affectionately call, my “period of misguided ambition”…

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January 6, 2022

CWC Acquires CCK Whitewater School to Become Premier School on The American River

DeMarie and Miller toast the deal as California Watersport Collective acquires California Canoe & Kayak whitewater school in Coloma, CA. Today the owners of California Watersport Collective and California Canoe & Kayak are jointly announcing a passing of the baton as Cali Collective acquires the CCK whitewater school to become the central paddling school on…

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February 10, 2021

The Bewilderness Podcast: Interview with Melissa DeMarie

    3/31/2020 In this episode, host Kyle Murphy sat down with Chief Instigator Melissa DeMarie of California Watersport Collective. Join us as we discuss women’s issues in whitewater, and the epic community she has built in the Sierra Foothills, soon to be the world… Listen

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April 4, 2020