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Ellesmere Island Update: Eureka!

05.31.2011 //

We have been traveling really well so far. We have skied about 380 miles in 23 days—we could not have asked for better ice conditions thus far. Lots of adverse and dramatic weather: Really hot, then really cold, etc. We really have to be ready to throw on different layers all day long depending on what the polar environment gives us.

Virtual Coach: Tandem Basics

05.31.2011 //

FOR C&K’S CANOE TECHNIQUE GURU PAUL MASON, getting on the water to film a series of skills videos with his daughter, Willa, has made for a fond trip down memory lane. Canoeists around the world still remember Paul as the plaid shirt-wearing 14-year-old paddling with his father, the late filmmaker and canoeing icon Bill Mason, in the acclaimed “Path of the Paddle” instructional series, which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada in the 1970s.

Video: ‘Into the Wind,’ featuring the ‘Round Ireland expedition

05.27.2011 //

Last week, C&K’s Conor Mihell interviewed Jeff Allen following Allen and partner Harry Whelan’s 25-day sea kayak circumnavigation of Ireland to establish a new speed record. Now comes a video trailer for the forthcoming film, “Into the Wind,” filmed and produced by Vaughan Roberts of Romany Productions, chronicling Allen and Whelan’s epic odyssey ’round Ireland.

Teaser: ‘Kadoma,’ a film chronicling Hendri’s final adventure

05.27.2011 //

In C&K’s latest issue, the 2011 Whitewater edition on newsstands now, we rolled out a number of remembrances and tributes to the late Hendri Coetzee. This post is one that does not appear in the magazine—as it’s a video teaser for the forthcoming film, “Kadoma,” chronicling Coetzee’s final adventure before he was pulled under by a crocodile on Africa’s Lukuga River, in December.

Hendri’s Way by Gustav Nel

05.26.2011 //

The river, according to the locals, was flooded. It was higher than it had ever been, and we reached the first rapids in about three hours. You could only scout from the top, so Hendri got on Joe Henry’s shoulders to try and pick a line.

Alone Around Ireland

05.25.2011 //

Just as Brit Jeff Allen and Irish paddler Harry Whelan were completing a rocket-fast 25-day circumnavigation of Ireland in early May, a solo sea kayaker from Northern Ireland was getting started on her own attempt to paddle around the Emerald Isle’s 1,000-mile perimeter. Elaine “Shooter” Alexander, a British Canoe Union instructor and former world-class surf kayaker…

Meeting Hendri by Joe Henry

05.24.2011 //

I can’t even roll a kayak, but that’s how we met. In 2006, I was on a truck tour through Africa and Hendri was working as a raft guide on the Nile in Jinja. I signed up for a kayak tour.

Calusa Blueway Photo Contest Launched

05.23.2011 //

Lee County Parks & Recreation has launched its fourth annual Calusa Blueway Photo Contest for boaters, kayakers and nature enthusiasts. Entries can be submitted from now until October, with prizes awarded at the annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival presented by Canoe & Kayak magazine in November.

The Best Day Ever by Seth Warren

05.19.2011 //

The fall of 2004 at the Nile Rivers Explorers bar had a Never Never Land feel, and Hendri definitely had that Peter Pan demeanor. I don’t recall the moment we met, but I’ll never forget the first time we paddled together—straight off the ski jump from the bar, and through the center of the ‘Hump,’ a giant Class V rapid right in front of Speke Camp.

Virtual Coach: Hand of God Sea Kayak Rescue

05.18.2011 //

Paul Kuthe is the Program Manager at Portland, Ore.’s Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, and a new-school leader in sea and whitewater kayak instruction. In this episode of C&K’s Virtual Coach, Kuthe covers an important sea kayak rescue technique to add to your bag of tricks when paddling with a partner, or teaching one to roll.

Record Breaker: 25 Days ‘Round Ireland

05.17.2011 //

Just when they thought they couldn’t push it any harder, Britain’s Jeff Allen and Irish paddler Harry Whelan dug deep, emptied the tanks and crushed the 20-year-old speed record for sea kayaking around Ireland. They completed the circumnavigation in 25 days; the previous record was 33 days.

Summer Grumman

05.17.2011 //

Two summers ago when he was 15, Sam Levar and his older brother Caleb, then 21, grabbed their dad’s 1972 Grumman aluminum canoe to paddle the 270-mile La Verendrye fur-trading route. The brothers from Duluth, Minn., finished the historic trail along the Canadian border to Grand Portage, on Lake Superiror, in just nine days, paddling and portaging the 75-pound canoe through the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness at a pace of nearly 35 miles a day.

He Didn’t Like Baggage by Pete Meredith

05.16.2011 //

Hendri had never been rafting or kayaking before I hired him. The Zambezi is pretty full-on, especially in the beginning of the season when the water is high. We threw him right into the deep end. Within a month he was taking some poor unsuspecting customers down the river, and long before that he kept telling me, ‘I’m ready, I’m ready.’

Whitewater Grand Prix: Grand Finale

05.16.2011 //

The first Whitewater Grand Prix wrapped up Saturday with a giant slalom race (see video, above) on a Class V section of gnarl on the Bras Louis River, in Quebec. As the sixth and final stage of the two-week long event, in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, the giant slalom also sorted out the final overall standings…

Pelican International Wins Prestigious “Gear of the Year” Award

05.16.2011 //

LAVAL, QUEBEC, May 16, 2011- Pelican is proud to announce that its Elie Strait 140 XE kayak has won Outside magazine’s prestigious Summer 2011 Gear of the Year award for best boat. For the past 16 years, the magazine has been selecting its favourite products, spotlighting “only the best-performing gear available” and the “best values […]

Canoe & Kayak Festival Selected as Top 20 Event

05.16.2011 //

Fort Myers, FL, May 16, 2011 – The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for 2011. The annual canoe and kayak festival will happen Nov. 3-6 with a hub at the Sanibel Causeway. New this year is a national presenting sponsor, Canoe & Kayak […]

Remembering Hendri

05.16.2011 //

In death, Hendri Coetzee reminded us how to live. You don’t judge a man like Hendri Coetzee, and you certainly don’t change him. You can only remember the good times you shared—as seven of his friends do in these pages—and carry on.

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