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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.

Boomer, Turk Off to Ellesmere Island

05.12.2011 //

Erik Boomer and Jon Turk officially departed for their 100-something day attempt to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island on May 2, from Ottawa, Canada. As Boomer describes it, they will be linking together various puddle-jumping flights, including a stop-over on Baffin Island, until they reach the real “put-in.”

Shred Ready To Launch The Search Sponsorship Contest

05.12.2011 //

Shred Ready is pleased to announce the start of “The Search,” an online video and social media contest to discover up-and-coming talent in wakeboarding and kayaking. Contestants will submit videos of themselves wakeboarding or kayaking and compete against others for the opportunity to become a sponsored member of the Shred Ready team.

True Hair Boaters

05.12.2011 //

THERE’S A SELECT BREED OF PADDLER OUT THERE. The few, the very proud, who wear their helmets high for one simple reason: to protect their hair. Then there’s the rest, who eschew personal grooming on the water, letting their hair down (and out), and facial follicles slip well beyond five o’clock shadow, past 10:30 crustache and into the darkness of beard-dom. Fearing the razor ourselves, we salute those talented paddlers who red-line the shag-o-meter.

Whitewater Grand Prix: On a ‘Stakeout’

05.10.2011 //

Patrick Camblin, event director of the Whitewater Grand Prix, was this morning scrambling down an embankment in order to access a nice-looking wave on the Saguenay River, in Quebec. “Two freestyle contests will be happening in the next few days, so we’re rallying all over and trying to find what our best bet is going to be for a spot,” he says. “We’re just arriving at a wave right now, actually…

Young Gun, Uncertain Future

05.08.2011 //

Whitewater slalom followers knew it was only a matter of time before Michal Smolen became the top K1 paddler in the United States. What came as a surprise to many, however, was how quickly the 17-year-old Smolen has made the ascent. At the U.S. National team trials in Charlotte, N.C. April 15-17, Smolen defeated past Olympians and World Cup medalists to take first place…

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