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Canoe & Kayak Magazine Newsletter – December 18, 2014

12.18.2014 //

Holiday Gifts, Extended Expeditions, South Pacific Adventures and Bizarre Designs

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

12.16.2014 //

We’re well inside the two-weeks-till Christmas mark. If you need a little last-minute gift-giving inspiration for that paddler on your list, look no further than a few of C&K’s favorite gear goodies in our annual Holiday Gift Guide.

From the Kiwi Police Blotter: An ‘Unrepentant’ Kayaking Tourist

12.16.2014 //

When faced with the choice between potential damage to his car’s roof and veering down New Zealand’s mountain roads with a full-sized sea kayak sticking into the other lane, this tourist decided to protect his paint job. The rig looked so unwieldy (and dangerous) that it stopped Kiwi police officer Freda Grace–who was responding to […]

Racing the Tide at Deception Pass Dash 2014

12.16.2014 //

Story by Bill Walker Jason Park grinned in the dawn as he greeted a friend. “Awesome day, nothing like the swells and wind when I came out last week!” Park was preparing his OC-1 for his first attempt at the Deception Pass Dash 2014, the classic six-mile Northwest winter paddling event that challenges paddlers to […]

‘The Super Bowl of Tahiti’: Hawaiki Nui Va’a Race 2014

12.15.2014 //

Photos and words by Shawn Parkin The small and normally quiet village of Fare on the island of Huahine in French Polynesia is abuzz with activity. Children play in the ocean, climbing the mooring line of a research ship, and jump into the water below. Local vendors of island crafts and food sell their wares […]

Bay Area Storm: Kayaking in the Streets

12.11.2014 //

An enormous storm has hit Northern California, turning roads to rivers and inspiring a few folks to break out their kayaks and take them to the streets. These images and video clips of storm paddlers are nuts. (And the Safeway parking lot was clearly the place to be.) –To read amazing paddling stories and see […]

Border Paddling: Big Bend and the Rio Grande’s Wilderness Canyons

12.06.2014 //

By Colin McDonald Like many Western waterways, the Rio Grande sometimes seems closer to a complicated, engineered plumbing system than a river. Its sporadic (and often nonexistent) flows are the result of growing demand, changing climate and the ideals of the 21st century running head on with a river managed by 19th century laws and […]

Canoe & Kayak Magazine Newsletter – December 4, 2014

12.04.2014 //

Coverage from the Rey del Rio waterfall world championships, our river shoe rundown, a canoe ‘tuff test,’ plus paddling photo tips

Ask Eddy: Let ‘er Ride?

12.01.2014 //

This piece originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of C&K magazine. Any chance the wind will peel the rack off my car? That’s a good question, and it’s on Eddy’s mind every time he loads Mother’s Taurus for another trip North. But, not to worry. The worst-case scenario, says Yakima’s Chris Sautter, is passing […]

Behind the Lens: Darin McQuoid

12.01.2014 //

Both of these images are from the Alseseca River in Veracruz, Mexico. We had a lot of rain and as a result, lots of water. Tension was high both days, hiking in we didn’t even know if it was possible to run the section, and the Silencio waterfall caused unpleasant swims 1/3 of the time.

Paddle Assisted: The 2014 Davenport Paddle Surf Classic

11.20.2014 //

Photos and text by Bryon Dorr Another Davenport Paddle Surf Classic is in the books. The event, hosted each fall in Davenport Landing, Calif., has been growing for over 12 years, and 2014 saw the largest competitor turnout yet with 55 paddle surfers. Many competitors surfed in multiple categories, making for a packed schedule consisting […]


11.20.2014 //

Seasoned expedition kayaker Darin McQuoid tests six of 2015′s top river shoe options in extreme High Sierra, slick-rock conditions.

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

11.19.2014 //

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.

From the Gallery: Wind River, Yukon

11.18.2014 //

This photo first ran in the December 2014 issue of C&K magazine, now on newsstands and available for download. Photo by Peter Mather Aplenglow lights the clouds above Royal Mountain on the Wind River in Northern Yukon. The Wind is one of six tributaries that combine to form the greater Peel Watershed, which local First […]

Photography From Your Kayak: Capturing The Moment

11.17.2014 //

Text and Photos by Daniel Fox Making photographs from a kayak can be a bit complicated, so before spending thousands of dollars on equipment only to find it flooded with seawater, it’s worth taking a moment to figure out what your goals are. Do you simply want souvenirs from your trip or the ability to […]

Video: Paddle to D.C. – The Floating Petition

11.13.2014 //

Video by Nate Ptacek National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman, are in the midst of Paddle to DC, a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining. The couple has been sending C&K a series of dispatches highlighting […]

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