Hailing from Kalispell, Montana, Brad Ludden has conquered more than 100 first-descents on rivers all over the world. Brad received his first kayak at age 9; by age 12 he was competing at an international level. After becoming one of the most prominent athletes in the freestyle kayaking scene, Brad (at just 18 years old) founded First Descent, a non-profit dedicated to hosting kayaking camps for young adults with cancer. That was in 2001; since then, the organization has grown to host 45 programs across 12 states as well as Patagonia and Bali. SeasonFive has been proud to partner with and support First Descents over the years.