A local kayaker is making a name for himself on the professional stage of white water kayaking.
23-year-old Evan Moore, a native of Kernville who learned to kayak on the Kern River, now spends his time traveling the world as one of the best in the sport.
"Kayaking is really special to me," Moore said. "It definitely has a place in my heart forever."
He spent the summer white water kayaking in Iceland, Norway and Canada, and competed in the North Fork Championship in Idaho.
"Which is the biggest white water kayaking event in the world, it's kind of our Super Bowl," Moore said. He's placed in the top ten in the event the last three years, including a second place finish last year.
Despite traveling the world, he says the Kern River is still his favorite spot on the planet.
"I've been all over the world now and the Kern River is as good of white water as you can find anywhere on the planet," he said.
Moore will now head to Chile. If you want to follow along with his journey, you can follow him on Instagram: @evannmoore