Factory Team


River stories echoed off the walls of the house. My parents met as raft guides on one of the more challenging rivers around, the Chattooga. On summer weekends we went to the river as a family, or just my dad and I. There, we would meet up with local legends and I would hear more river stories. My dad took me down my first river at 3 years old, and I hooted and hollered the whole way. At 6 my parents bought me an inflatable “ducky” to learn the strokes. The year I turned 7, I felt the “thump” that a kayak hull makes as it hits the water and breaks through a wave. I was hooked. My parents sent me to instructional camps, got me into slalom racing, helped me get to the freestyle events on tour and trusted those who were going to let me ride along…learn from them. Growing up in the river community you get to meet some amazing people and see some incredible places. Thats what brought me into creeking and the downstream persuit. The mountains of Asheville North Carolina seem fine tuned to be a creek boater’s paradise, making the choice easy. I’ve gotten the chance to travel the world in the quest to hone my competition mind and perfect my river skills, but I’ve also spent much time at home, just playing in the local creeks and streams with carved wooden boats. These taught me much regarding the patterns of water, and how I can place my kayak to have a smooth line. Practicing in small scale and constant focus, then soon I was surrounded with the biggest names of the area, the biggest names in kayaking. I tried to be the sponge. Paying attention to the tiniest motions they would make, asking them about it later. Analyzing every ricochet, every current, and every stroke they would use. All the sudden I’m sitting here typing this bio, still so pumped on every day I get out on the water. Still asking questions and trying to find new moves, and now I’m finding myself in the position of facilitator for people getting into the sport, or up and coming young bucks. Pushing and helping. I feel real good about that.

Height / Weight

5’9″ / 165 lbs.

Boat Quote

Stinger – one word to describe the Stinger: Fast. When
I picked up my new race rocket I immediately took it to my local flatwater
training spot where I took some time to feel out the edges and turning. I
was immediately blown away by how quickly the Stinger gets up to top speed,
yet it also can turn ridiculously fast for how long the boat is. This
flatwater drill translated to the rapids very well and I was able to take
the first win that I raced in the stinger with (Great Falls Race 2014).
Stoked on perusing more speed faster times and more race wins piloting this
race rocket. Oh. Also get yourself an ENDER in this thing and you won’t
ever forget it!

Grande: As soon as I pushed off in the Grande I felt right at home. It’s
round hull design and soft edges allows me to smoothly transfer from one
edge to another in even the rockiest of moves, therefore translating to
supreme confidence in being able to make moves in even the most chaotic of
places, and also being able to smoothly ride over waterfalls to a soft
landing below. Stoked to see how far I can push with this boat.

Flying Squirrel: This thing has some serious ‘fun factor’ to it. The way
the bow rocker is shaped, I immediately felt as if I was riding a downhill
bike through berms and over jumps. Hitting a hole, the bow climbs up and over the feature with a sensation like that I get from riding a mtn bike fast into an uphill berm. Looking forward to getting this boat out on larger volume adventures and racing!

Favorite Rivers

Toxaway, Royal Gorge North Fork
American, Linville, Green River, Raven Fork, West Prong, Fantasy Falls,
Valser Rhein, Little White Salmon, Ashlu, Rogers Creek

Pat Keller News

The Delta V! “It’s a game changer.”

By Shane Benedict

Exciting times here at Liquidlogic! The Delta V is now shipping out all over the US, and around the world!  Much more information about the boat on the product page

Posted in Company News on June 5th, 2017 Read More

My First Test Paddle of the Liquidlogic Delta V

By Shane Benedict

The first time out in a new prototype is always exciting.  I am usually a little nervous about how the boat will perform when putting on the water. As I paddle downstream

Posted in Company News on May 23rd, 2017 Read More

The Pat Keller Designed DELTA V creek boat has arrived!

By Tyler Brown

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Posted in Automatic For The People, Company News, R & D on May 9th, 2017 Read More

The Development of the Liquidlogic Manta Ray Propel

By Shane Benedict

We are very excited to introduce Liquidlogic’s first pedal-driven kayak design, the Manta Ray Propel.  We have been making pedal-driven kayaks through our fishing brand, Native Watercraft, for the better

Posted in Company News, R & D, Shaneslogic, first with reverse, liquid logic, liquidlogic, pedal drive, propel on December 14th, 2016 Read More

Liquidlogic Boats for the Ladies

By Shane Benedict

It’s true that whitewater kayaking is a male-dominated sport, and due to this, kayaks are often built for, marketed to, and sold to men. Case in point: when we built

Posted in Company News, creekboat, kayaks, liquid logic, liquidlogic, river running, women on June 1st, 2016 Read More

The Development of the Liquidlogic Kayaks Mullet

By Shane Benedict

  The design of the Mullet grew out of our desire to bring back some old skool moves missing from the mainstream scene for a long time and  package it

Posted in Company News, R & D, Shaneslogic, liquid logic, liquidlogic, mullet, river runner, river running on March 3rd, 2016 Read More

Cossatot Race the Falls – Perfect Race Season Jumpstart

By Pat Keller

All river chasers know the “catch the water” game. Where the rain falls, where the snow melts…thats where we go. To catch the best runs, we try to keep our

Posted in Automatic For The People, Company News, Instruction / Tech Tips on January 13th, 2016 Read More

Multi-Sport Racing – Not Just For The “Extreme”

By Erin Savage

I can’t remember exactly why I entered my first multi-sport race – I suspect my, then new, boyfriend Toby was doing it, so in order to have an excuse to

Posted in Company News, Green River, Racing, Stinger on January 7th, 2016 Read More

Waterfalls from a Cave!

By Shane Benedict

Our friend Stephane Pion took us on a quick tour of one of the most epic runs in France, The Loue River. You start the whole thing off in a

Posted in Company News, Flying Squirrel, kayaks, liquid logic, liquidlogic, whitewater on December 10th, 2015 Read More
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