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Team Dagger’s 2015 Roster is Stacked with World Renowned Paddlers, Top Competitors and Inspirational Instructors

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Talented newcomers include Adriene Levknecht, Ben Brown, Brad McMillan and Haley Mills

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Team Dagger’s 2015 roster includes 21 top-caliber paddlers who are progressing the sport of kayaking as they explore uncharted rivers, compete in elite kayaking events, and share their passion for rivers and adventure with the next generation. Buoyed by four talented newcomers, Adriene Levknecht, Ben Brown, Brad McMillan and Haley Mills, the team will be led by veteran team manager Chris Gragtmans.

“Team Dagger is an incredible collection of the best kayakers in every whitewater discipline, from world champions and inspirational instructors, to adventurers who seek out the most beautiful, remote rivers in the world,” said Team Dagger Manager, Chris Gragtmans. “It’s humbling to work with such talented, accomplished, passionate people who all bring something unique to the table.”

The four new additions to Team Dagger bring years of kayaking experience, world records and competition wins to the team.

Adriene Levknecht is recognized as one of the top female whitewater kayakers in the world, with six wins at the Green River Narrows Race and a World Freestyle Championship bronze medal under her belt. Levknecht will also increase her involvement in First Descents, the non-profit founded by veteran teammate Brad Ludden that runs kayaking and adventure camps for young adults fighting cancer.

Professional kayaker Ben Brown has dropped into unexplored whitewater all over the world and inspired a generation of boaters to go further and bigger than ever before. Dagger joins the ranks of GoPro and Red Bull to support Brown in his adventures.

Brad McMillan, longtime Ambassador for Dagger, has officially joined Team Dagger for 2015. Known for his open canoe waterfall record, this year McMillan has a packed schedule that includes the GoPro Games, US Team Trials, North Fork Championship, Payette River Games, Gauley Fest, Green Race and several local races. He will be vying for medals in both kayaking and C1 competitions.

Multi-sport phenom Haley Mills is a top-ranked female in both freestyle kayaking and whitewater SUP events and she will be competing at the US Freestyle Team Trials and other freestyle events this year.

Returning to Team Dagger are several veterans who will be competing in the freestyle and creek race circuits at events including the U.S. Freestyle Team Trials, GoPro Games, North Fork Championship, Payette River Games, Little White Race, Gauley Fest, and the Green Race.

Team Dagger plays an invaluable role in R&D, providing feedback that informs and inspires boat design, outfitting and safety features and helps Dagger make high performance kayaks ideal for the full spectrum of water conditions.

Team Dagger 2015:

Adriene Levknecht
Andrew Holcombe
Anna Levesque
Ben Brown
Brad Ludden
Brad McMillan
Brendan Wells
Chris Gragtmans
Galen Volckhausen
Gareth Tate
Haley Mills
Hannah Kertesz
Laura Farrell
Malcolm Smith
Martina Wegman
Max Karlsson
Ryan Mooney
Todd Wells
Tom Janney
Tomasz Czaplicki
Tyler Bradt

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About Dagger®

Dagger doesn’t believe in going half-way, or giving “just enough.” In the world of paddling, Dagger is all in, and has been since 1988. From recreational moving water kayaks to whitewater boats bound for class V creeking and all water in between, Dagger designs and manufactures premier kayaks for all paddling styles in Greenville, S.C. From the mountains to the sea, Dagger represents the relentless pursuit of adventure. If your soul is also one with the water, join the Dagger Community and check out the kayaks at

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