Legend of Demshitz
So people ask all the time what is demshitz? who is demshitz? And the answer to that question is difficult to answer quickly and/or accurately…So Demshitz wrote it down after much thought.
The name Demshitz gets passed around between groups and generations because “Demshitz” defines a certain type of person. The story of “Dem Shitz”, which literally means “those people” has evolved through what Demshitz does, because what Demshitz does is what makes Demshitz who they are.
So, when people ask who is Demshitz? Demshitz says, “Demshitz is everyone who wants to be Demshitz!”
“Demshitz is Demshitz”.
The group may be 1000 deep now and in order to truly understand Demshitz one must know the story of Demshitz…
The story of Demshitz started on a kayaking trip in Montana and Idaho. David George, the “godfather of Demshitz”, made up the WORD when describing some random guy driving back and forth down the street while he sat around on a porch all day chilling with friends in Missoula, Montana. “Demshitz loves us!” , he announced, and everyone cried laughing…
Honestly, it’s a pretty weak story… but its the truth! Simply, saying the word “Demshitz” is hilarious and has since grown in popularity to ridiculous proportions. From what I mentioned before “what Demshitz does, makes Demshitz who they are”. Demshitz is “living the dream”!
Demshitz Dave Fusilli and the Demshitz Seiler Brothers Jared and Graham, equally shared the passion for whitewater and exploring the outdoors. They had a dream to Kayak everyday. When they approached Jim Hager of Pyranha Kayaks USA, Jim told the boys that he wanted them to go on a kayaking tour all summer in the Team Pyranha van! The boys were awestruck, their dream had come true! They had an amazing summer, exploring new rivers and places, “running the brown”, and meeting tons of new friends.
Demshitz on their maiden voyage. Cheat Fest 2007.
Dave put a Demshitz sticker on the van that he got from Dave George, and at the time the Seiler’s didn’t even know what it meant. Jared said,
“We were getting gas somewhere in the south east and some hillbillies came up ignoring the big orange Pyranha fish sticker, and the word ‘Pyranha” stamped across the van in big orange letters, and all the kayaks, and they asked, “what’s Demshitz???” They wanted to know what this little sticker meant that I didn’t even know was on the van, or what it even meant. When I asked Dave, he didn’t really know either, and since then we’ve been trying to explain it, but in the mean time we just told people its whatever they want it to be. Then we told them about our kayaking tour.”
The boys were soon dubbed Demshitz after word got around about their epic adventures on the road, with the initial epic adventure being one of the most defining…
During their first week on tour, after a wild party at West Virginia’s Cheat River Festival the boys drove straight across the country, paddled one day in Durango Colorado, and flew over the Animas River Valley in an airplane with local bad ass Jed Selby.
Afterwards, they drove to Reno Nevada for a fun weekend of competitions at the Reno River Festival. Dave won the boater X and Graham won the downriver race, beating out legends Tao Berman and Eric Jackson!
They celebrated big and discussed kayaking options in California before returning to Colorado the following weekend for Buena Vista’s Paddle Festival. The boys had their eyes set on the infamous N. Fork of the American “Royal Gorge”. A Classic California overnighter that contains “the highest concentration of the tallest runnable waterfalls in the world”! The three Demshitz, all from Pennsylvania, had no idea what they were getting into while packing their kayaks for the 3 day mission at legendary Pyranha paddler Shannon Carroll‘s house, who they had just met that weekend. The next day Shannon offered to drive their shuttle and dropped them off at the put in road. Shannon figured, ” It’s only a 30 minute hike to the river” from where she dropped them off at the snowed-in put in road… 3 hours later…the boys finally got to the river and put on around noon on Monday and paddled fast because they had to be in Buena Vista Colorado on Thursday night. After a few hours of scouting and paddling and fixing Dave’s boat from him dragging it down the put in road they came up on two of the biggest runnable waterfalls they had ever seen, Heath Springs Gorge, deep in the California wilderness.
Dave and Jared scouting Heath Springs Gorge.
All three fired it up around 6 o clock in the afternoon. Graham’s skirt blew at Heath 2 and Jared and Dave saw Graham’s boat come off the last 15 foot drop with no sign of Graham for a few frantic minutes.
Graham running Heath 2.
Graham reunited with Jared and Dave at the bottom after an unassisted climb out of the gorge. The 3 shared a moment with tears and a group hug and a, “wow that was dumb”and proceeded to camp. They finished off the run the next two days taking out at 7 pm Wednesday and drove all through the night arriving at Paddle Fest on time.
This story describes the way things went for the boys and what they were in store for for the next 5 years. After celebrating hard…again… at Paddle Fest, they went to Yule Creek in Marble Colorado at high water with Shannon and Andrew Holcombe and instant Demshit Conor Finney. They made a youtube video of Yule Creek that got 35,000 hits!
Jared on Yule Creek.
The epic summer continued combining forces with other Pyranha Team members at the OBJ like with Brent Toepper, Lake Creek laps with Billy Jones then up in Montana,the Pacific Northwest, BC and Idaho on the White Salmon and Little White Salmon with the Beaver Lodge Boys, surfing Skookumchuck in BC with Josh Bechtel and young guns Evan Garcia and Ian McClaren, running the NF Payette Top to Bottom with Fred Corriel and Mike McKee and finished the trip back east on the Upper Yough and Big Sandy at high flows!
The energy following the boys was thick as they mixed it up with the world’s best kayakers and ran some of the hardest whitewater around. Demshitz started growing like miracle grow!
…and the adventures didn’t end there…
In October Pyranha flew the boys to Austria for the Whitewater World Championship Sickline Race, which unfortunately was cancelled, but while they were there they met a lot of new friends. And of course in an Austrian accent, “Demshitz” sounds even more hilarious!
Traveling, meeting new friends, “running the brown”, promoting kayaks, and trying to explain Demshitz they were high on life and decided to keep pushing to the next epic destination….
They found that place in South America. Starting the trip in Ecuador. Jared had been there before and wanted to go back to show Dave and Graham the goods, and get a warm up for the ultimate stop on the trip in Chile. They had two solid weeks of kayak vacation in Ecuador, filming a bunch in hopes to make a movie of the trip. They arrived in Chile and were welcomed in open arms by Kurt Casey, a legend in the sport and long time friend of Dave’s dad. He opened up his house in Pucon to them, actually his shed. They stayed there many nights. They also met local paddler Rodrigo Tuschner, who showed the boys how to run the real shit! It seemed like everywhere they went they had friends of friends who knew people, as the kayak community often does. Everything started clicking like they were living in a movie!
Rodrigo Tuschner running the Demshitz drop
Their first day in Pucon they watched the “young gun” boys Ian and Evan Garcia, Chris Korbulic and Epicocity’s LJ Groth fire up the 70 footer on the Middle Palguin. They were blown away and thought, “those guys are crazy, we shouldn’t do that.” But after hanging out and paddling with them, they soon realized they were all very similar paddlers and that going big in a kayak is more of a mental game than physical. After much discussion of the probability of running the falls, which fueled nightmares. “Hell f*#^ing Korbulic landed on his head, it must be fine!”. Young Chris Korbulic pushing himself at the time, now a world renown paddler/explorer. All the “bitches” , as Rodrigo dubbed the boys, were flourishing, and they had all come to the same place. What ensued was a huckfest and the legend of Demshitz.
Back home, family and friends lived vicariously through the internet postings and videos. Friends spread Demshitz to their friends who spread Demshitz to their friends. Demshitz even started an international whitewater hand sign, called the Brown Claw, which can be read about in whole ‘nother story…
They worked hard on the movie with footage from 3 years of traveling but always knew that it wasn’t portraying the true story of Demshitz, just the porn, but the name was gaining popularity and they figured might as well use it and maybe it will help sell some! The movie came out and was a big hit. Demshitz toured again in the Pyranha Van premiering the movie and soon they were gaining celebrity status on the rivers and people who knew Demshitz from the beginning were in awe of their accomplishments.
However, with all this new found “fame”, Demshitz stayed mostly level headed. In the Kayaking world and in most extreme sports, there is nobody more powerful than the elements. Kayaking is a sport that demands that respect. Demshitz have been kayaking for many years and were taught by their fathers, fellow kayakers, and from other influences they’ve encountered along the way. If you watch their movies, you really only see the wild fun side of Demshitz, often partying and running huge rapids and waterfalls. What you don’t see is the stuff they don’t film, which is the interactions with locals, their vast respect and knowledge about safety and kayaking, and simply giving back to the community what was given to them.
The goal of Demshitz is to teach the respect and knowledge of Demshitz to future generations and create one big happy Demshitz family.
Long live Demshitz.