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Brad Ludden

Jan 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
Brad Ludden

Brad Ludden

Professional freestyler/extreme kayaker Brad Ludden's long list of titles and accomplishments would be a noteworthy achievement for any seasoned pro. To think that Ludden is just 24 and has ample reserves of ambition still waiting to be tapped makes his resume all the more impressive. The two-time freestyle world medalist has notched over 100 first river descents in more than 40 different countries and been a featured athlete in films by Teton Gravity Research and the iconic Warren Miller. Ludden however is not content to merely effect change on the record books: he is the founder and president of First Descents, a kayak camp for young adults with cancer.

1. To have a family and teach my kids what I have learned.
2. Do my part to find a cure for cancer.
3. Teach at least 1,000 young adults with cancer per year an extreme sport such as kayaking.
4. Own a jet.
5. Host my own TV show.
6. Find happiness in each day of my life.
7. Never stop playing.
8. Never have a "real" job.
9. Have my own building on the Nike Campus.
10. Die happy and proud of the life I lead.

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