SUPs are the new whitewater fad on the upper Rogue River.
Anyone can move a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard over the water, but precious few have savored the joy of paddling efficiently.
When you see paddlers zigzagging up the Thorofare to Spokane's Upper Priest Lake, bumping into logs and frittering away calories, they probably don't have a clue that there's a better way.
Most of us figure we learned everything about paddling at summer camp when we were 9.
Even Brook Swanson had that mindset, to some degree.
As a young kayaker taking part in first descents on North America's roughest whitewater rivers, Charlie Munsey would occasionally pause amid the fear of paddling into the unknown and sit in awe of the majesty around him.
You've watched kayakers on the Rogue, flitting across the river like water striders, laughing and having a good time. One hot summer day, you say to yourself, "I want to do that, too."