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Virtual Coach: Lift and Carry

08.17.2011 //

The late Bill Mason famously said, “Anyone who tells you portaging is fun is either a liar or crazy.” But in the same breath, the iconic canoeist and filmmaker would note that a little suffering goes a long way in escaping crowds of people, making the portage a gateway to wilderness paddling. It’s this element of portability that makes the canoe so perfectly suited to traveling lake-to-lake or descending wild rivers—or for going from the roof rack to the beach.

Forward Strokes, Ischemic Strokes and No Backstrokes

08.17.2011 //

Once again I find myself at Gloucester (Mass.) High School, home of the Fighting Fishermen, bearing up beneath dark storm clouds and a gale of calendar pages. I’m staring down the barrel of my 56th birthday and Father Time’s itchy finger grows heavy on the trigger.

Taming the Kawnivore 100

08.15.2011 //

n July, the Midwest kayak race calendar is dominated by the Missouri River 340 (aka the MR340), the longest river event in the U.S. that runs from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo. But with the Missouri breaking its banks at numerous points and the high tide obscuring dikes, buoys and other obstacles, founder and organizer Scott Mansker was forced to postpone the contest until September.

A Taste of Yurp

08.11.2011 //

Two videos originating out of France and the Old Country

Currents TV: California

08.10.2011 //

Season 2, Episode 3: A whitewater webisode produced entirely with solar (and human) power

Photo Book: AuSable River Canoe Marathon

08.02.2011 //

Northern Michigan’s 64th annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon, a 120-mile race from Grayling to Oscoda, went down Saturday and Sunday. Photographer Kevin Johnson, of Eagle Feature & Image, was on scene to capture the race from bow to stern.

13 Year-old Kayaks The Grand Canyon

07.29.2011 //

On July 12th Ted Watts, 13, of Phoenix, Ariz. (Pictured in the green boat), became—most likely—the youngest person to have ever kayaked the entire 225-mile length of The Grand Canyon.

VIRTUAL COACH: How to Pack a Raft

07.29.2011 //

Todd Collins demonstrates how to pack for a multi-day packing trip.

25 Days on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

07.29.2011 //

Last Thursday, July 21, Skip Ciccarelli set a new standard for the fastest through-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Ciccarelli, a high school shop teacher from central Massachusetts, completed the 740-mile route across parts of four northeastern states and one Canadian province in 25 days—besting the previous record by a full seven days.

Bomb Flow TV: Episode 1, Part 2

07.26.2011 //

More whitewater (and hijinx) from Chile and Argentina with the Demshitz crew

Out of Africa: Berg Canoe Marathon

07.25.2011 //

The Berg is a mighty race, with no-where to hide, paddling 240km from the vineyards of Paarl to the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast at Velddrift, South Africa. For my Zulus, this trip went beyond just racing down a river, but was more of a life-enriching experience where they got to travel across South Africa.

Pelican Sets New Comfort and Performance Standard in Sit-On-Top Kayaks

07.25.2011 //

Consistently at the forefront of innovation and craftsmanship in non-motorized watercraft, Pelican International, the leading manufacturer of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and other watercraft, has once again set a new industry standard in sit-on-top kayaks with the launch of its Elie brand Gulf 120XE and Gulf 120XE Angler.

The Century Club

07.21.2011 //

Call it Canada’s best idea. One hundred years ago, in 1911, Canada established the Dominion Parks Branch—the world’s first national parks service. Back then, the Canadian government managed six parks—including iconic mountain retreats like Banff and Jasper…

Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Rural Youth Get Out On the River

07.21.2011 //

his summer an innovative program has been gaining attention in the small towns and cities of northern New York and New England. One hundred fifty youth, ranging in age from 10–14, are getting out on the rivers of the region as part of a program that is tailored specifically to providing rural youth experiences in nature.

Six Fast and Fit Touring Kayaks

07.21.2011 //

Running a kayak touring business in Manhattan is like driving a yellow cab in Boothbay, Maine. You get fares, but making a living is not easy. For the past 16 years, Eric Stiller, the founder of Manhattan Kayak Company has sold kayaking in the city that never sleeps and rarely paddles.

Innova Introduces the Swing I & II Green Kayaks

07.20.2011 //

Burlington, Washington – July 20, 2011 Innova Kayak is pleased to announce two new decked kayaks, the Swing I and II. Designed to meet the PVC-free standards increasingly being demanded by progressive retailers and consumers, the Swings offer amazing performance at weights not achieved with decked boats before in the industry.

Current Designs Freedom – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011 //

Here’s a boat that increases both your heart rate and fun rate. Long, fast, and exceedingly light, the smooth-lined Freedom is also surprisingly stable for those craving a specialty fitness boat, making it a great fit for any traditional sea kayaker looking to move faster while sacrificing only a wee bit of stability.

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