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Timeline – Remembering Hendri

06.14.2011 //

Hendri Coetzee meets Pete Meredith, who immediately hires him to guide rafts on the Zambezi, the world’s premier commercially guided big-water Class V run. Coetzee has never been in a raft or a kayak. Within three weeks Hendri runs Number 9-considered a mandatory portage-in a borrowed kayak.

Temagami Canoe Country

06.14.2011 //

ear-mutiny comes on Day Three of an early-season canoe trip in the wilds of northeastern Ontario. We came to Temagami, a 6,000 square-mile canoe-tripping paradise, to visit a lake that was named after my great-grandfather over a century ago. Marooned on icebound Smoothwater Lake, it’s painfully clear we’re not going to make it to Mihell Lake.

Adventure Technology Amps Up Sponsorship for 2011

06.14.2011 //

06.14.2011–EASLEY, S.C. – Adventure Technology paddles have been a mainstay in whitewater culture since they first hit the market in 1993. The support from the community has been deeply appreciated as Adventure Technology (AT) refined the art of ergonomic paddle design. In 2011, the brand gives back with national sponsorships and a significant number of […]

Video: Ben Stookesberry talks ‘Kadoma’

06.14.2011 //

‘I would do anything in my power to change what happened… but I would never change that 7 weeks with Hendri’ –Ben Stookesberry

30 Years: Grand Canyon of the Stikine

06.10.2011 //

Thirty years ago, Idaho’s Rob Lesser led one of the more audacious whitewater feats of all time: the first descent of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine. This summer, at the ripe age of 65, he’s going back-not necessarily to run the tortuous rapids of the 45-mile-long canyon, but to pay his respects.

Laughing In The Rain by Chris Korbulic

06.09.2011 //

People kept telling me that Hendri is the hardest, toughest, bravest guy anybody’s ever met—and here I am going on an expedition that Hendri is saying is going to be the hardest expedition he’s ever done. I wondered how I would measure up.

Surf’s Up: Glenwood Springs

06.09.2011 //

There will be grass skirts, leis and luaus, Hawaiian beer—Primo, is the official beer sponsor—and of course a whole lot of surfing on some of the heaviest water ever seen in western Colorado. Flows at the Glenwood Springs, Colo., play park wave hit unprecedented levels this week—geese, apparently, can surf 25,000-plus cfs, no worries—but then again the park has only been around since March 2008.

Forest Alchemist

06.09.2011 //

TOM BYERS’ DARK, DUSTY CANOE WORKSHOP IS CLUTTERED WITH EVERYTHING EXCEPT POWER TOOLS. The accomplished backwoods builder shapes immaculate birchbark craft by axe, knife, awl, and bit brace. Hundreds of feet of peeled jack pine roots join the pieces, all products of the northern forest-birchbark skin, white cedar ribs and sheathing, spruce gum-steeped in the indigenous heritage of this centuries-old alchemy.

Kayak Fishing Tales: Trolling Motors

06.08.2011 //

Video: Jim Sammons discusses the advantages of an on-board power source

Teva Mountain Games: Kayak Freestyle

06.07.2011 //

The traveling carnival that is freestyle kayaking pulled into Vail, Colo., over the weekend for the 10th annual Teva Mountain Games. Emily Jackson—no surprise here—captured her seventh-straight TMG kayak freestyle title, while the other Jacksons—Emily’s dad, Eric, and brother, Dane—settled for second and third place in the men’s finals on Saturday behind Colorado paddler Dustin Urban…

Girls Gone Wildwater

06.07.2011 //

THE QUESTION BEGAN BURNING IN MY MIND at the 2009 Cheat River Race: “What is that strange, bulbous boat and why does it always finish first?” Eventually, that question led me into the obscure and perpetually challenging world of wildwater (aka downriver) kayak racing.

No Half Measures by Celliers Kruger

06.06.2011 //

Hendri walked into my office a couple of years ago, asking for sponsorship. By that time we knew about each other for a while already, but hadn’t met yet. My answer was an obvious yes—his reputation for running the hardest stuff was already growing. Since then a close relationship grew between two paddlers who discussed everything except paddling.

Teva Mountain Games: Catching up with Nick Troutman

06.04.2011 //

The Kayak Freestyle semifinals are on tap for later this morning on Gore Creek at the 10th annual Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colo. Yesterday saw Kayak Freestyle qualifying and Thursday was the Steep Creek Championship, on Homestake Creek, where two paddlers—Mike Dawson and Honza Lasko—tied down to one-hundredth of a second for first place…

Lost Tribe Found

06.04.2011 //

IN THE EYES OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD CANOEING IN WHITEWATER FOR THE FIRST TIME, the 3-foot drop of Oblique Falls on Tennessee’s Hiwassee River must look like Niagara Falls. Each year, the tiny ledge on the popular beginner’s stretch sparks dozens of new paddlers. It’s where Matt Thomas, 25, had his first open-boat taste of whitewater, bumping and grinding tandem “coal barges” down the Hiwassee’s Class II rapids with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)-sanctioned Hubert Bennett Jr. Canoe School.

What are The Chances?

06.03.2011 //

The best kayakers in the world battle Class V waters on Homestake Creek over two runs with wicked jumps and crushing rocks with a combined two-run distance of about a half-mile during the course of 31⁄2 minutes, and there’s a tie down to a hundredth of a second?

It’s On: Teva Mountain Games

06.01.2011 //

“Everythings’s flowing great right now and we’ve got this overcast layer, so things are on the high side of normal—but it’s reasonable, it’s not flooding. I anticipate things coming up over the weekend, but judging by what we’re seeing, I expect it to be a phenomenal weekend for the kayak events.” That was the comment this afternoon from Brad Ludden, a pro kayaker from Vail, Colo., who participated in the first Teva Mountain Games in Vail ten years ago, and every one since.

He Brought Perseverance by Ben Stookesberry

06.01.2011 //

Hendri was hard. It was tough to keep up with him. He would push for 12 hours of daylight, wake up first thing in the morning and keep going. He brought so much intelligence, maturity and strength. He brought perseverance.

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