Team Dagger

Chris Gragtmans

Title: Dagger Pro Team Manager

Name: Chris Gragtmans

Nickname: Graggle-pants

DOB: 10/25/85

State/Hometown: NC/Asheville

Favorite river: RavenGreenUpperCherryToxApastureOttawaNileBigCreek… that question is impossible to answer ;)

About Me: I am a transplanted Canadian who came to Asheville to get my undergrad degree at UNCA. Kayaking played no small part in that decision, and after being here for nine years, I know that this is where I want to live forever. I love the paddling community in the Southeast and the world-class rivers that we have at our fingertips. I have worked with Dagger Kayaks for a while now, and it feels great to work with the absolute best in the industry. There are some exciting things in the pipeline and 2013 is shaping up to be an incredible year.

Playboat: Jitsu 5.9

Creekboat: Mamba 8.6

Favorite Move: A big old fashioned backstab!

Favorite Music: Rihanna fo’ life!

Must-Have Accessory: AT SuperDuty (200 cm, 15 degree offset)

Other Hobbies/Activities: Mountain biking, SUP, sailing, hockey, writing, martial arts, CrossFit.

Professional Accomplishments: 8x top 4 in Green Race, 2x Ironman Champion, 6th overall in 2011 Grand Prix, 1st Descent- Desoto Falls, 1st Descent Team (3rd descent)- Noccalula Falls, successful completion: Linville Gorge, 3 runs/day, small business owner- TerraVida LLC

Why you love kayaking: I love kayaking because of the people, the sensations, and the places that it allows us to visit. There is infinite potential for creativity within the sport, and interacting with the natural surroundings the way that we do and making split second decisions gives us a constant mental and physical challenge. I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the adrenaline and speed involved as well!


Green River Narrows with Chris Gragtmans: Locals Only

Noccolula Falls

Kayak Crashes- TerraVida 

Check out Chris' blog and YouTube channel or follow him on Twitter. Also, check out TerraVida Threads, Chris's apparel company.  

 Photo taken by Jacob Kafer Photo taken by Daniel Stewart