Rush Sturges

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Rush Sturges (born February 14, 1985) is an American professional whitewater kayaker, film maker, and musician.

Early life

Rush Sturges grew up in Forks of Salmon, California, where his parents own and operate Otter Bar Lodge, a destination kayak school on the Salmon River. Sturges' upbringing at Otter Bar Lodge exposed him to kayaking and film making at a young age. As a young teen, Sturges filmed and edited videos of Otter Bar's week-long kayaking retreats, which he would then sell to that week's clients.[citation needed]

Kayaking and film making career

Sturges began competing in freestyle kayaking when he attended Adventure Quest, a traveling kayaking high school.[citation needed] Sturges co-founded Young Gun Productions to document the kayaking exploits of his peers and himself through film with two other Adventure Quest students: Brooks Baldwin and Marlow Long. Each member of the production company was under 18 years old when they released their debut film, The Next Generation.

In 2003, Sturges won the Junior World Championships of freestyle kayaking in Graz, Austria. After turning 18 he has returned to represent the U.S. at the freestyle kayaking world championships twice.

Sturges is credited with having invented several freestyle moves including the pistol flip and the hail mary. The hail mary involves doing a complete front flip over a waterfall, and is one of the most cutting edge moves in freeboating.[1]

With Young Gun Productions, Sturges produced three more successful kayaking films, then went on to create his own production company, River Roots. River Roots partnered with Tyler Bradt's production company, Revolutionary Innovations, to release Africa Revolutions Tour in 2009. The sister companies released their second joint project, Dream Result, early 2010. Sturges films, edits, produces, and stars in each of his films.

For his numerous accomplishments in whitewater kayaking Rush Sturges was named an Outdoor Idol by the Outdoor Industry Foundation [2] and was chosen with fellow Young Gun Productions film makers as one of the 20 greatest outdoor athletes by Outside Magazine.[3]


Year Film Production Company
2002 The Next Generation Young Gun Productions
2004 New Reign Young Gun Productions
2006 Dynasty Young Gun Productions
2008 Source Young Gun Productions
2009 Africa Revolutions Tour River Roots and Revolutionary Innovations
2010 Dream Result River Roots and Revolutionary Innovations
2011 Frontier River Roots

Musical career

Rush Sturges performs hip hop and freestyle rap under the stage name Adrenaline Rush. His first album was released February 16, 2010. The album title is "The Road is Gold". Songs have been featured in various kayaking movies, and he has opened for the hip hop groups Swollen Members and Subliminal Sabotage.


  1. "Rush Sturges Front-Flipped Over a Waterfall", Men's Journal, December 2005<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kayakers Chosen as Outdoor Idols
  3. Faces Magazine

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