Eddy Out--Episode 10 Diversify Whitewater Co-Founders, Barriers to Entering Paddlesports, and More


Welcome to RVR 2 RVR’s Eddy Out podcast on WhitewaterTV, sponsored by Badfish SUP. In episode 10, Natalie & Brittany interview the BIPOC co-founders of Diversify Whitewater. In this episode, they talk about how they met, the organization’s origin story, DEI, cultural baggage and limiting beliefs around BIPOC participating in adventure sports, the organization’s future, and more.

Meet Antoinette Lee Toscano and Lily Durkee. Co-founders of Diversify Whitewater, a non-profit organization based out of Colorado with a mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in whitewater kayaking, stand up paddling, rafting, and river surfing for Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).

You can catch the audio only version of Eddy Out wherever you get your podcasts.

In this episode they talk about how they met, the organization’s origin story, DEI, cultural baggage and limiting beliefs around BIPOC participating in adventure sports, the future of the organization, and more.

You can read more about why equitable representation of people of color in adventure sports is important in Paddling Magazine: https://paddlingmag.com/stories/news-events/kokatat-antoinette-lee-toscano-ambassador/ RVR 2 RVR will offer several instructional series on WhitewaterTV in 2021 including: - Intro to River Stand Up Paddling - River Surfing Videos

They will take you from never having paddled on a board to surfing a river wave and paddling up to Class 3 Whitewater. 

At Whitewater TV, we want to make basic paddlesports skills available to everyone worldwide and available at your own pace. Some of our programmings are at no cost, and others range from $1.95 per course or various subscription plans from $4.99 - $19.99 a month.

And 1% of all subscription fees are donated to Diversify Whitewater—a nonprofit organization that removes barriers for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) entering and excelling at whitewater paddlesports through community paddle events and paddling skills day. These events will be regional events throughout the country in 2021.

You can also donate to Diversify Whitewater with Venmo @Lily-Durkee

Welcome to the river family.

RVR2RVR: Natali Zollinger on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natalizollinger

Brittany Parker on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bp.surfs

Diversify Whitewater on Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/diversify_whitewater [https://www.facebook.com/groups/597396891159784/])https://www.facebook.com/groups/597396891159784/)

Antoinette Lee Toscano on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antoinetteleetoscano/

Lily Durkee on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chasing.bluebird

Brought to you by RVR 2 RVR https://www.rvr2rvr.com/

Producer/Creator: Antoinette Lee Toscano
About Antoinette Lee Toscano: https://antoinettetoscano.com/about-me/

Antoinette Lee Toscano on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antoinetteleetoscano/

Logo Design: Hailey Thompson —Watercolorwoods




Wow. That was a phenomenal discussion. It was such a treat to hear the full story of how Diversify Whitewater came to be from Lily and Antoinette directly. Your stories were both deeply inspiring and you are natural story tellers. You had me laughing along and hanging on your every word. Lily I want to meet your mom! And Antoinette I can’t wait for your articles to come out. Mirror marketing vs window market, limiting beliefs … my head was exploding. As you said, boating is indeed a super power and you two are super heroines.


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Thank you for your kind words. Antoinette Lee Toscano–Producer WhitewaterTV and Co-founder Diversify Whitewater.

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