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Idaho’s Crown Jewel Blows Up

06.16.2010 //

In the last two weeks, record rain sent the North Fork of the Payette sky rocketing to unprecedented levels, tipping the USGS gauges between 8-9,000 CFS. Calling it historic isn’t a stretch. Jacob’s Ladder was dialed at never-before-paddled levels when James Byrd and Tristan McClaren fired up the gnar. Want to see what it looks […]

British Invasion – Sea Kayak Review

06.15.2010 //

Eventually you have to make the call: British or North American-style sea kayak? Choose wisely. The distinction between our continent’s roomier, ruddered battle wagons and the Brits’ high-strung steeds is a cornerstone tenet of sea kayak snobbery. Conflating the two, one English member of our boat-test team patiently explained, is like confusing a bowl of […]

Berman Backs Up Bet at Lyons

06.14.2010 //

Extreme racer Tao Berman flew home to Hood River, Oregon, Sunday $1,500 richer and stocked with a year’s supply of his favorite beer: Oskar Blues’ famous Dale’s Pale Ale. This, thanks to his dominating performance at the Lyons’ Outdoor Games’ extreme race and the $500 bet he placed on himself a week prior. “He f****** […]

Raft Guide Arrested in Colorado for Rescuing Client

06.14.2010 //

Raft Guide Arrested in Colorado for Rescuing Client Clear Creek sheriff’s deputies arrested a rafting guide for swimming to a stranded young rafter who had tumbled from his boat on Clear Creek. Ryan Daniel Snodgrass, a 28-year- old guide with Arkansas Valley Adventures rafting company, was charged after the Thursday incident with “obstructing government operations,” […]

Boat Book Advanced Elements Kayaks

06.11.2010 //

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe and Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Advanced Elements Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. Lagoon1™ $330 in Polyester/PVC L: 8’4″ W: 34″, 23 lbs. The Lagoon 1™ is so unique that you will have complete strangers […]

2010 Teva Games Wrap Up

06.10.2010 //

While high water spelled flushy conditions for competitors at the Teva Mountain Games’ Bud Light Lime freestyle event, it also meant big air for the riders and even bigger applause from the crowd surrounding the raucous venue in downtown Vail, Colo. “I haven’t seen it this high in all the years I’ve been here,” says […]

Boat Book Hobie Kayaks

06.09.2010 //

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe and Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Hobie Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our boat book. Mirage Outfitter $2,499 in super-linear roto-molded polyethylene L: 12’8″; W: 34″; 72 lbs. Built for two but also perfect for the solo kayaker. […]

The New Voyageurs

06.08.2010 //

As a blazing sunset ends a perfect spring day of canoeing on Lake Superior, Lincoln Cruz can’t help but thing that 200 years ago, on this very spit of sand, he would’ve been a French Canadian voyageur, paddling beaver pelts and trade goods across the continent at the height of the fur trade. Cruz, a […]

5 Minutes with Canoe Guru Eli Helbert

06.07.2010 //

Eli Helbert, two-time world champion freestyle canoeist, is a legend among iconoclasts who paddle big rapids and towering waterfalls in open boats. The 33-year-old travels the world teaching whitewater canoeing, wilderness medicine and swiftwater rescue. He recently returned to his home base in Asheville, N.C., from 10 days paddling in Veracruz, Mexico, where he and […]

Down Under Thunder

06.04.2010 //

It was an Australasia sweep at the 2010 Teva Mountain Games Bud Light Lime Steep Creek Championships on Homestake Creek Thursday as Tanya Faux (AUS) and Sam Sutton (NZ) took the top female and male spots this year in this Class V paddling speed comp. Faux placed second in the Steep Creek Championship in ’09, […]

Whitewater Roots

06.03.2010 //

The Teva Mountain Games have become one of the largest outdoor adventure sports festivals in the world by sticking to its roots. In 1990, Vail, Colo.’s first-ever Memorial Day Whitewater Festival featured slalom races on Eagle River. Fast-forward 20 years and the 2010 incarnation still has more kayaking, rafting and standup paddleboard competitions than anything […]

Gauley River Listed as Endangered

06.02.2010 //

Mountaintop removal coal mining could spell the end to the clean water, fish and wildlife and world-famous recreation on the Gauley River, unless decision makers take immediate action. This threat landed the Gauley in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “Unless the EPA and Army Corps […]

Nick Troutman Wins Paddling Life Pro Invitational

06.02.2010 //

With Mother Nature finally relinquishing her winter wares, world freestyle kayak champion Nick Troutman retained his title at the fifth annual Paddling Life Invitational on Mon., May 31, by placing fourth in the creek race and first in freestyle to bring home the combined crown. Capping off the weekend-long 30th anniversary of the Yampa River […]

Berman: $500 Says No One Can Beat Me

06.01.2010 //

Tao Berman has a deal for you: If you can beat him in the Lyons Outdoors Games’ extreme race June 12 he’ll pay you $500, bringing the first-place payday to $1,000. But Berman also struck a deal for himself: If he wins by at least two seconds he gets the $1,000 cash purse, plus another […]

Middle Eastern Surf

05.27.2010 //

Maybe you hadn’t heard but Israel has waves? Good waves. And a group of hardcore surf kayakers to ride these Mediterranean peelers. Check out this clip of a recent surf session in the Holy Land.

Dirtbag Diaries: Augrabies Gorge, Orange River, South Africa

05.27.2010 //

I met Rob Wilson when I was 15. He was the trip leader on my first commercial river guide job on the Orange River in South Africa, a mighty drainage that tumbles down the slopes of the Lesotho in the Drakensberg Mountains 2,000 kilometers before emptying into the Atlantic. I next ran into Rob on […]

Boat Book Freedom Hawk Kayaks

05.25.2010 //

Freedom 14 $1299, polyethylene L: 13’10”; W: 30”; 79 lbs. Patented outrigger system allows the angler to stand and fish with angling advantages like no other kayak. For paddling efficiency simple push lever forward and boat retracts back to traditional kayak shape. Also Included: casting brace, storage compartment, anchor boom, scupper plugs, adjustable footbraces and […]

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