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Early Returns: Whitewater Grand Prix

05.07.2011 //

The first Whitewater Grand Prix, an invitational-only kayaking series with 20-something of the world’s best paddlers, is underway in up Canada with two stages—best trick on “Gladiator” of the Ottawa River, and big water boatercross on the Rouge River in Quebec—in the books. Some video and results from Stages 1 & 2:

VIRTUAL COACH: The Bow Draw To Boof

05.05.2011 //

RUSH STURGES LIKES TO GO BIG WITH STYLE. That’s why the producer and star of Dynasty, Dream Result and Frontier makes the bow draw to boof stroke his go-to creekboating move. This technique (displayed at right by Rafa Ortiz) makes it simple and efficient to line your boat up before taking that big, game-breaking forward stroke-whether you’re trying to clear a boat-eating hydraulic or land a waterfall with precision.

To the Bay

05.05.2011 //

After graduation, two women will attempt to retrace a historic canoe route to Hudson Bay

Seven Days of Demshitz

05.04.2011 //

The hardest-playing posse in kayaking will do anything to keep the party train on its tracks—even if they must utterly transform kayaking media to do it.

It’s On: Whitewater Grand Prix

05.03.2011 //

We like to call it a revival. After seven years where the number of freestyle competitions remained mostly stagnant (and low, at that), as many as 60 new events have sprung up across North America in the last two years. Freestyle boaters now have their pick of nearly 200 competitions in 25 states. The trend begs the question: Can freestyle return to the top of the kayaking hierarchy, a position it held for much of the late 1990s and early 2000s?

We’re Giving Away an AIRIS Kayak

04.29.2011 //

New kayak going to only the finest of ‘friends’—’like’ us on Facebook to enter

Young duo plans 2,000-mile canoe trip to benefit African orphans

04.27.2011 //

On August 14, Ben Swartz, 21, and Jon Detweiler, 22, will be putting in at Sugar Creek in Eastern Ohio with the intention of canoeing nearly 2,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico to raise money for orphans and pastors in Mozambique, Africa.

Slippery When Wet, No. 4: Ben Stookesberry

04.27.2011 //

Well, here it is. The highly anticipated release of the 4th of 7 Slippery When Wet trailers featuring the man, the myth, the legend, Ben Stookesberry. This man has proven himself a world-class filmmaker, kayak icon, and easily one of the top expedition kayakers on the planet.

Cranking: Northwest Creeking Competition

04.26.2011 //

Name a steep creek competition after the “Northwest,” a region known for capricious weather and copious precipitation, and it should be no surprise when river levels skyrocket overnight. Still, waking up to three times as much water flowing through the narrow gorges on the East Fork of the Lewis River elicited surprise—and trepidation—from most competitors.

Canoe Across America

04.26.2011 //

Earlier this month, Darrin Kimbler launched his canoe at the mouth of the Columbia River, near Astoria, Ore., with his dog, Mike, and a full load of gear. If all goes according to plan—and according to Kimbler’s blog, CanoeAcrossAmerica.com, not all has gone according to plan already—Kimbler and Mike will paddle into Key West, Fla., in eight months time.

¡Due Espresso!

04.25.2011 //

The Wells Brothers, Todd and Brendan, certainly seem to be getting after it in Oregon this month. Two weeks ago they brought you Outlet Falls 2011, and now this… Sam Freihofer and Todd Wells paddling 82-foot Metlako Falls on Eagle Creek, in Oregon—in a two-man kayak.

Video: Waveski Surfing off Maui

04.19.2011 //

Dig this sweet new video featuring Fletcher Burton and Tyler Lausten riding waveskis off Maui recently, then standing up and surfing… well, you’ve gotta see it to appreciate it.

Jason Craig Injured in Calif. Waterfall Drop

04.15.2011 //

Accomplished kayaker Jason Craig sustained severe injuries—pelvis and sacrum fractures, and torn dural sac, at the base of his spine—after impacting a rock while running an unnamed 30-foot waterfall on Dry Creek near Auburn, Calif., on March 20. Craig, 17, a world champion freestyle kayaker from Reno, Nev., was the third of his group of seven experienced paddlers to run the drop…

Pluck of the Irish

04.15.2011 //

Among the many challenges awaiting sea kayakers Jeff Allen and Harry Whelan in their attempt to set a new speed record for circumnavigating Ireland, two stand out: The fickle weather and unforgiving cliffs of the Emerald Isle’s west coast, and the temptation of pints of Guinness in countless coastal pubs. Next week, Allen, a Brit, and Ireland-native Whelan will set off to try to break the 33-day circumnavigation record set in 1990 by Mick O’Meara, Dermot Blount, Brian Fanning and Karl Heery.

Video: ‘The River,’ featuring heli-assisted filming

04.14.2011 //

We’re not certain where this film comes from, but based on a bit of Internet sleuthing we believe it originates from Norway and this company — Panorama Hardanger. Either way, it’s pretty sick. Question: What does it look like to follow kayakers down Class IV/V whitewater and waterfalls in a helicopter? Answer: Play the video. […]

Kayak Fishing Tales: Twice Bitten

04.13.2011 //

The latest from Kayak Fishing Tales: “While fishing for yellowtail (kingfish) in New Zealand, Jim Sammons has a 40-pound yellowtail ripped from his hands by a hungry and aggressive shark:”

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