What happens when you throw a Nova Craft Tuff Stuff canoe off a 100-foot building?

The king of canoe materials is dead. Long live the king.

Conserving Fiji: The Good Tabu

The quest to protect 24 acres of prime island paddling through traditional means

Photography From Your Kayak: Capturing The Moment

Award-winning photographer and veteran sea kayaker Daniel Fox’s tips for the field

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches V: Canoe Cart Portaging Tips

The Freemans share canoe portage Dos and Don’ts from the expedition trail

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Zero Day: Time-Out On Florida’s Molasses Key


I awoke in the dark and lay in my sleeping bag, listening. Wind hissed through the trees and ruffled the rain fly. Small waves slapped the beach.

Big Al’s Canoe Seats Rant


Over a 35-year run, my old butt has made the acquaintance of damn near every style of canoe seat; from aluminum to roto-molded plastic, from foam pedestal to tractor seat, and from cane-laced to webbing. Some have been a pleasure to meet, others . . . notsomuch.

The Gear We Love


The following installments (with product photos by JP Van Swae) appeared originally in C&K’s December 2014 issue.We’ll be periodically adding our editors’ favorite gear essentials.

Mike Ranta finishes 4,750-mile adventure


Mike Ranta shares lessons learned during a seven-month, cross-Canada canoe voyage from B.C. to Nova Scotia: “We’ve got something really special (in Canada) and we need to keep it this way. We can’t let the mighty dollar change our attitudes on that. That kind of pride is not for sale.”

Canoeist Keith Lynch’s New (4,000-mile) American Dream


Keith Lynch was tired of his office job and wanted a challenge. He resigned and committed to a now five-month canoe trek from Montana back home to Dallas 4,000 miles down the Jefferson, Missouri, Mississippi, Red and Trinity Rivers.

Green Race 2014: By The Numbers


The Green Race 2014 is in the books. Every year there’s a new element that ups the ante. A few numbers in particular stood out at this year’s 19th annual gathering. 165: The record number of participants who left the starting line in one-minute intervals on Saturday afternoon, 20 more than 2013. 6: Maximum inches […]

Hanging Spear: Headwaters of the Hudson, ACT III


Steve Fisher and Pat Keller find exactly what they’re looking for in the un-run heart of New York’s 950-foot-per-mile lower gorge of the Opalescent in this ACT III flipbook finale to our three-part story of the duo’s 2014 descent of Hanging Spear Falls.

Proposed Zambezi River Dam Puts Prime Stretch of Whitewater at Risk


But if the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia succeed in building the proposed Batoka Gorge Dam, much of the section will be drowned, severely harming the area’s river-based tourism, partly flooding the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site, and burying crucial habitat for endangered bird species in the process.

The Gurkha Ellesmere Expedition


Now the British Army is low on cash and cutting regiments that are not well known to the public. Enter Jon Armstrong and his 29-year-old partner Corporal Arjun Limbu, both of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who plan to repeat our Ellesmere circumnavigation to publicize the history and current plight of their regiment. It’s like holding a bake sale to support a war.

Saving China’s Salween River, One Trip at a Time


This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. Photos and Story by Will Stauffer-Norris This is the fourth pig carcass that has washed up in Dead Pig Eddy. The bloated creature rocks gently up and down against the beach about 10 feet away from our brewing morning coffee. The pig […]



— The following originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of C&K. The most inspiring among us don’t seek accolades or recognition; they simply follow their passion for paddling. This is our salute to a handful of everyday paddlers, the brokers, the carpenters, the nurses, you might meet on the water who have earned other […]

Ultimate senior project: the custom kayak


“Having put in the work to make it a reality and having felt the effort that went into every fiber makes the boat that much more special for me.” — Quinn Connell, who recently paddled his way to an engineering degree at Dartmouth, using an independent study to learn the pitfalls and rewards of crafting a custom composite freestyle kayak.

Digital Feature: FUELS GOLD


Paddling through American’s hydro-fracking boom at the high-plains confluence of Big Oil and Big Muddy.

Unbroken: Daniel Fox’s Close Call at Sea


A couple of times, I had the visual of being behind glass. You’re screaming, but nobody can see you or hear you. You’re in a different dimension.

The Rio Grande’s Vanishing Water


No other major river in the United States is going to change more than the Rio Grande as weather patterns shift. The snowpack is going to be smaller and melt earlier, the droughts are going to be longer, the monsoon floods bigger. I wanted to follow the river to understand how these changes are already impacting the people and places that depend on the river.

The Inside Line: Amber Valenti’s All-Female Siberian Source to Sea


In 2013, four female paddlers set out to brave 2,500 miles of wild river in Mongolia and Russia. In the latest installment of the Inside Line series, we hear from the expedition’s leader, Amber Valenti, about running the Amur River — the third longest fully-connected river in the world. –Click here to read more about […]

Catching up with Sam Grafton


After a collision with a paddling partner fractured his jaw in two places and compromised his 2013 paddling season, Index, Wash.-based boater Sam Grafton knew he wanted to go big this season. The accident happened on one of Grafton’s favorite runs—Tumwater Canyon of Washington’s Wenatchee River, which was flowing at a whopping 15,000 cfs. Grafton […]

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