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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.

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.

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