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Crystal Gustin

Creator/Admin

I am the creator of this website in part of a great paddling friend of mine that was lost to this crazy sport of whitewater kayaking. She taught me many things about kayaking and how to live life. She was most often seen and known for her pink helmet but she was often seen in a pink boat, a pink shorty and/or a variation of pink as the main theme of her gear. She said it was so no one would borrow her gear but I think we all knew, she just wanted everyone to know she was a badass out there styling the feminine side of the sport. Kayaking is often times scary and one that is dominated by men. Anyone who knows me, knows I believe a woman is capable of doing anything that a man is capable of doing. This is another kayaking blog but this time, through the eyes of females.

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Crystal Gustin

Crystal Gustin

Creator/Admin

Erin Smith

Contributor

I started paddling the summer of 2015 when I moved to Columbia, South Carolina, and I haven't stopped since. I immediately fell in love with whitewater kayaking and the Southeast paddling community. I grew up playing different sports like volleyball, basketball, and track and field. However, I have connected with kayaking on a much deeper and more spiritual level. It has taught me so much about who I am as an athlete, a person, and a woman. I've also enjoyed boating internationally, and I hope to continue increasing my worldview by experiencing different countries and their rivers. I'm so excited to be a part of the Paddle in Pink community and pay it forward to other ladies in our sport.

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith

Contributor

Nikki Malatin

Contributor/Kayaker

I started as a raft guide River in Pennsylvania a few days after I finished high school in 1984. I stayed on Class III water with a shaky roll for many years. I finally started to push myself about the time I met my husband.  We kayaked as much as we could for many years while still holding down day jobs and moving all around the world. Even though my husband now only boats occasionally, kayaking is still a big part of my life.  I hope to continue to boat for many years to come.

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Nikki Malatin

Nikki Malatin

Contributor/Kayaker

 

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