Last Sunday Kyle Stidham from Alabama died in a log entrapment in the Awesome Gorge section of the Kaituna. I had the pleasure of paddling with Kyle a couple of times on the Okere Falls top section of the kaituna - once a few weeks back and on Thursday last week. Although I did not know Kyle well apart from paddling with him on these two occasions, it was apparent that he was a great guy and a fine paddler. My heart goes out to his family, and those who knew him and had paddled with him regularly here in NZ or anywhere else.
If anyone who knew Kyle knows how I might be able to send condolences to his family feel free to reply to this posting.
Cheers and be safe.