Whitewater Express was chosen to oversee the watersports portion of the 1996 Summer Games. Even then the outfitters were veterans of the rapids—they began in 1980. Over the years, Whitewater Express guides have led more than a million people down the waterways of the Southeast.
The rapids here are some of the biggest and most thrilling on this side of the Mississippi, and since the weather is warm most of the time, Whitewater Express is able to stay in operation 365 days a year. Guides lead excursions along rivers including the Chattahoochee and the Ocoee; click here to see a video showing rafters in action.
When Tracey Pearson was growing up, she loved riding her skateboard and playing sports as much as she loved wearing pink dresses and ribbons, thus earning the nickname "Prissy Tomboy." Today, she empowers pre-teen and teenage girls to do the same as the founder and CEO of Prissy Tomboy Athletics, fostering a noncompetitive environment where girls can be themselves and have fun while developing a passion for fitness. She leads little ladies on all types of fitness excursions, ranging from rock climbing and mountain biking to yoga and Zumba in the park.
Headquartered amid a 6-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River, Urban Currents equips its guests with 46-inch inner tubes designed for leisurely drifts down the softly flowing stream, though that's not to say they have no sense of adventure. Throughout the week, Urban Currents offers SUP board river trips, rafting trips, and sit-on-top kayaking trips.
In 1975, four friends with hearts full of the great outdoors decided they needed a place to get gear indoors. This quest for adventuring equipment lead Bubba Sloan, Gerald Marshall, Denny Mays, and Ned Buxton to found High Country Outfitters as a gear shop for all manner of activities performed under the sun. These days, Bubba runs the retail side of things in Buckhead, while Gerald continues to captain daring cruises down the Ocoee River's relentless rapids. The store kits out customers for safe communing with nature with tools and togs from manufacturers including The North Face, Patagonia, and Big Green Egg, whose verdantly painted smoker grill creates hot meals in the midst of a long trip or particularly boring wait in the airport. Meanwhile, guides lead expeditionary parties along on waterborne trips down the Middle and Upper Ocoee’s burbling banks, recapturing the sun-dappled fun that inspired the store's creation in the first place.
The current of the Chattahoochee River becomes a natural playground with the help of Paddle Pusher, which rents out vessels for aquatic exploration. The company’s fleet of kayaks includes standard and inflatable single-person kayaks for those looking to traverse the river, as well as tandem kayaks ideal for couples trying to tame the rugged outdoors or sasquatch owners trying to reintroduce their pet into the wild. All kayak rentals include paddles, and for an additional $5, Paddle Pusher also rents out helmets, life vests, and waterproof bags for valuables.
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