The Freeflow Podcast
The Activist: Brooke Hess
As a professional kayaker, Brooke Hess’s life revolves around wild rivers. But in recent years she’s become increasingly concerned about threats to river ecosystems – like the dams on the lower Snake River. She knew she had to do something to encourage more people to advocate for the removal of those dams. That’s why, in April 2022, she and three other women set out on the trip of a lifetime: kayaking all 1000 miles of Idaho’s Salmon River from its headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.
River Radius Podcast
The Grand Salmon Source to Sea crew is paddling just shy of 1000 miles following the Snake River Basin Spring Summer Chinook Salmon from the mountains of Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. These 4 women launched in April of this spring and are now nearing the west coast. Youth Salmon Protectors is a dedicated group of 2000 young people of the Pacific Northwest. Both of these groups are working to bring attention and action to the Chinook Salmon as they near extinction. This episode is interviews with 6 members of these 2 groups.
In 2017, Brooke Hess had her best year of kayaking. In January, she spent a month training in Uganda. And then from Stakeout to Unleashed to Montréal Eau Vive, she stood on the podium beside her friends and idols. But when she returned to Uganda to train for the next Unleashed competition, her kayaking came to a halt. Behind her Pit Vipers, Brooke hides an ongoing battle that few people know about. Between the still undiagnosed illness she contracted in Uganda and Post-Concussive Syndrome, depression constantly challenges Brooke’s fun-loving spirit. To celebrate Mental Health Awareness month, she’s ready to share her story with the world. A film by NRS and Matt Devlin.
Brittany Interviews Brooke Hess for the Eddy Out Podcast-- Full-time master's student, part-time kayaker, part-time rock climber, and full-time dirtbag.
Brooke Hess is a full-time master's student, part-time professional kayaker, part-time rock climber, and full-time dirtbag. We talk about the impacts of our injuries on our life goals and our perspectives on what is important to us. Keeping waves a secret. Going from being in our prime physically in our sport to going back to school. FOMO. Concussions and brain injury recovery processes. Losing some of our competitive drive and healthy transitions. Confidence building. Inclusivity. Harry Potter. We even talk a little bit about river surfing and safety.