Brad Ludden

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Brad Ludden filming for a sponsor on the Mekong river in Laos
Brad Ludden
Personal information
Born (1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 38)
Kalispell, Montana[1]
Years active1993–present
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)

Brad Ludden is a professional kayaker born in Kalispell, Montana on May 8, 1981. He started kayaking internationally at age 12 and has been to over 40 countries.

He is the founder of a charity called First Descents, an organization that benefits cancer patients.[2] At age 12, Brad learned his aunt was diagnosed with cancer, and shortly after his mother began volunteer work at a local pediatric oncology camp.[citation needed] He volunteered one day each summer, instructing campers on kayaking. This is when he realized he could serve his community while kayaking. In 1999 he began construction of First Descents and in 2001, construction was finished, with aid from The State of Colorado.[citation needed]

In 2008 he was named Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Hottest Bachelor in America."[3] Ludden’s has also started a blog known as Athletes Giving [1] where he highlights athletes involved in charitable work. He currently lives in Gypsum, Colorado. he has numerous sponsorship deals, including deals with - Nike, Smith Optics [2].[4] Dagger Kayaks[citation needed], Subaru[citation needed], AT Paddles[citation needed], Kokatat [3], and Training Day[citation needed]


First Descents[5] - Founder

Kayaking Career Competition Results[edit]

3rd Place Cadet Division at the JR Nationals 1994[citation needed]

JR National Freestyle Champion 1999[citation needed]

3rd Place JR World Freestyle Championships 1997[citation needed]

1st Place Japan Open 1998[citation needed]

3rd Place European Open 1998[citation needed]

2 x Freestyle Athlete of the year, Adventure Quest Kayak Academy 1998, 1999[citation needed]

2nd Place JR World Freestyle Championships 1999[citation needed]

1st Place Lofer Rodeo Austria 2000[citation needed]

13 Teva Mountain Games medals between 2001 and 2008[6]


  1. ^ "Brad Ludden""Huffington Post",February 2, 2009 | 04:39 PM (EST)
  2. ^ "USA Today"
  3. ^ "Cosmo Mag" Archived January 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Smith Athlete List"
  5. ^ "NY Times"
  6. ^ "Teva Mountain Games Results" Archived February 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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