RIP Bill Studebaker - Whitewater Safety & Rescue Instructor

Sunday, 06 July 2008
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Bill Studebaker
Bill Studebaker
Reading through the news wire today, I found the sad news the William (Bill) Studebaker is believed to have drowned in a tragic accident Friday morning while kayaking the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

The specific details are very sketchy right now but he was last seen swimming for shore and then floating face down...
Bill Studebaker
Bill Studebaker
Reading through the news wire today, I found the sad news the William (Bill) Studebaker is believed to have drowned in a tragic accident Friday morning while kayaking the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

The specific details are very sketchy right now but he was last seen swimming for shore and then floating face down.

Friends on the road and in kayaks could not find him, though his kayak and other gear were recovered Friday.

"It's a huge blow," said Shelley Gardner, a friend and an owner of Idaho Guide Service, for which Studebaker worked. "He was the premier kayaker. His love for the river ... he was just so passionate. He was an amazing storyteller. He will be missed."

Studebaker was a well-known Idaho poet, essayist and outdoor photographer.

"He's a great spirit," said Paul Shaffer, executive director of The Cabin, a literary center in Boise. "He was a terrific writer, fabulous teacher, one of the most capable boaters. He was all Idaho. He really loved this state."

Bill also helped to run Idaho Whitewater Safety and Rescue Company (opens to a pdf).

I haven't been able to find out any news reports about what actually happened so if you know anything, drop me a line.

More info: Idaho poet, kayaker William Studebaker presumed drowned


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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