Author Archives: "Canoe & Kayak"

Cold Comforts

01.06.2012 //

It’s always been my policy to paddle every month of the year by sea kayak, canoe or whitewater kayak, despite the vagaries of cold, ice and snow. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years.

Jackson Kayak Promotes James McBeath to Director of Marketing

01.05.2012 //

ROCK ISLAND, Tenn. — Jackson Kayak, a rapidly growing kayak manufacturer, has announced James McBeath as their new director of marketing.

2011′s Top 10 Stories

12.22.2011 //

Google has spoken (or at least its analytics widget has). We tracked the data, looking back at the year that was, and we found the best stories on decided by you, the reader. So here’s our Top 10 Stories of 2011, determined by number of page-views, with a few noted honorable mentions that cracked the Top 25, also listed by number of views.

USACK shifts headquarters to Oklahoma City

12.13.2011 //

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, USA Canoe/Kayak, the governing body for competitive paddling in the U.S. announced that it is moving its long-time headquarters from Charlotte, N.C., to a new state-of-the-art training and competitive facility on the banks of the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma, City, Okla. C&K caught up with CEO and Olympic gold medalist Joe Jacobi for his take on the move and what it spells for USACK.

Deception Pass Dash

12.09.2011 //

The Deception Pass Dash is fast becoming a Northwest paddling tradition, and like holiday season gatherings everywhere, it attracts something of an odd crowd. Some 200 members of the extended paddling family showed up at the sixth-annual Dash near Anacortes, Wash. Dec. 4, bringing sea kayaks, surf skis, standup paddleboards, outrigger canoes, rowing shells and more.

Made in Mexico

12.07.2011 //

I’ve been in Mexico 13 days and haven’t been tired, hungover, sore, or nervous on the way to the river. Today I am all of those things as our driver, Israel, nonchalantly guides our rented SUV through the clogged main artery of the bustling Veracruz capital of Jalapa. Finally, it feels like a kayaking trip. I find the words in Spanish to ask Israel to stop for a lechero at the edge of the big city, a last-chance caffeine break before we enter the sparsely populated countryside where the Rio Alseseca and its narrow bedrock slides await.

C&K’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

12.03.2011 //

Presenting a paddling gift under the tree is never easy. There’s no good box or bag to conceal a boat or a paddle—and picking the right size, fit, and outfitting is often is best left to the discerning user anyway. Let’s make this easy. Here’s our picks for the easily stuff-able, box-able and shippable paddling items that work for any single- or double-bladed paddler on your list.

Escape Destinations From Your Escape

11.29.2011 //

Need to Escape From Your Escape? Here are 7 places to get away from your getaway including locations in Belize, Oahu, Florida, Louisiana, and Mexico.

Channel Islands web extra

11.18.2011 //

Kayak guide Chuck Graham looks back on two decades spent exploring the rugged and surprisingly remote Channel Islands wilderness, just off the crowded Southern California coast in ‘Home Waters,’ featured in the new, December issue of Canoe & Kayak, available on newsstands now. Here the author outlines the challenges and rewards of exploring the island chain by kayak, talking from Scorpion Ranch on Santa Cruz Island, and then taking the C&K crew on a tour of his favorite sea caves nearby.

Home Waters

11.18.2011 //

We hunkered in the lee of an eroding bluff, our faces covered in kelp flies and raw from the stinging blast of wind-driven sand.

Astral Buoyancy Hires Spencer Cooke as Sales Rep in Home Territory

11.17.2011 //

11/17/11 Asheville, NC – Astral Buoyancy Company is proud to announce a new plan for servicing its dealers in NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, KY, and AR. Starting on November 10th 2011, veteran paddlesports sales representative Spencer Cooke will service Astral dealers in our home territory.

Lifetime Products Acquires Emotion Kayaks

11.17.2011 //

Lifetime Products has acquired the assets of Pennsylvania-based Emotion Kayaks, adding the company’s kayaks to Lifetime’s extensive line of water sports products.

“one of nature’s greatest and most fleeting phenomena”

11.14.2011 //

Do you know what a murmuration is, and have you ever witnessed such a dazzling display of avian behavior? The accompanying video shows an enormous flock of European starlings — a murmuration — swirling through the sky in a magnificent ballet that almost seems choreographed.

The Ultimate Source to Sea

11.14.2011 //

It’s not easy to set a record on the roof of the world—especially one that involves paddling. Everest has been climbed more than 3,000 times since the first ascent 58 years ago, so you’re going to have to do something very, very different if you want a record on the world’s tallest peak. It’s been skied down, climbed by a blind man, an amputee, a 13-year-old and a 76-year-old.

Deception Pass Paddle Race to Attract Over 200

11.11.2011 //

OAK HARBOR, WA – NOVEMBER 9, 2011 – Nearly 200 racers in kayaks, outrigger canoes and paddleboards, along with dozens of safety crew and volunteers, will congregate at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park on December 3rd & 4th for the 6th Annual Deception Pass Dash.

Scene: Paddle Oregon

11.10.2011 //

Arriving to a sunset feast amidst riverside hop fields, I feel right at home. Some 130 paddlers are celebrating at the Chatoe Rogue Micro Hopyard, this night’s camp for Paddle Oregon, a five-day, 100-mile floating festival on the Willamette River.

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