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Brad Ludden, Founder of First Descents

Brad Ludden will be speaking at our New York event this Friday. Founder of First Descents, Brad became Nike’s first sponsored whitewater kayaker, was on the cover of Outside Magazine, traveling the globe in search of first descents on remote rivers, and filming with the largest production companies in the outdoor industry—all by the age of eighteen.

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Despite all of his success, Brad felt that something was missing. Wanting to share the positive effects whitewater kayaking that were so powerful in his own life, Brad wanted to share the experience of outdoor adventure with others who needed it more.

He settled on young adults with cancer after watching his Aunt fight the disease a few years earlier and First Descents was born. Thirteen years later, First Descents has helped over 2,000 young adults live beyond their disease by providing them free multi-day adventure experiences.

Find more about the event here and stay tuned for the talk to be posted online. →

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