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Vertical Reality EddyFlower and First Descents team up to make the most of time on the water According to professional whitewater kayaker Brad Ludden, the rationale behind the fourth annual EddyFlower Vertical Challenge is simple. “It’s just another reason to paddle,” he says, “as if boaters need another reason to get out on the water.” [...]
In some ways, day-trips have the potential of being more dangerous, and far more uncomfortable, than multi-day outings. Since we only plan to be out for a few hours, we often carry very little with us on day-trips. Some paddlers take little else than what they’re wearing–a potentially serious problem should conditions deteriorate. If your [...]
Wanna’ get into kayak fishing? There’s are a lot of fishing kayaks to choose from. In this episode of Kayak Fishing Tales, Ken Whiting explains how to select the right fishing kayak for your unique needs. Watch How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak video.
I go fishing about once a year, and actually catch fish less often than that. But when I see those bumper stickers—“The worst day fishing is better than the best day at work”—I can relate. My own mantra goes like this: I have never once regretted the decision to go boating. Not once, in almost [...]
The latest event in the growing trend of downriver whitewater racing is seeking more than just the usual mix of speed, thrills and carnage in serious whitewater. This Saturday, Ontario boaters will flood the Petawawa River, a tributary of the well-known Ottawa River, to participate in the second annual Hell or High Water Festival. While [...]
Cedar-strip canoes don’t normally take starring roles in hit primetime comedies, but Nick Offerman is no ordinary Hollywood celeb. Offerman, who plays the self-absorbed boss Ron Swanson to perfection on the hit NBC series Parks and Recreation, lent his hand-built cedar stripper to the show for a canoe-themed episode that aired March 11. It all [...]
BY COLLEEN KALEDA My dog lifts a hind leg over the old canoe’s aluminum skin and even as I listen to the metallic spattering, I know that I won’t scold him. I can’t blame a dog for marking what he thinks is a large piece of garden art. The canoe belonged to my late father. [...]
The Surf Zone Mastering rough water launches and landings When it comes to surfing breaking waves in an 18-foot sea kayak, Sean Morley would rather not. “To be honest, most sea kayaks pretty much suck in the surf,” says Morley, who launched and landed his Valley Nordkapp through beach breaks regularly on his record-shattering, 17-day [...]
Going it Alone Solo sea kayaking ups the ante In the July issue, Canoe and Kayak magazine will delve into one of sea kayaking’s most intimate aspects: solo paddling. Solo kayaking is at once scorned and admired: scorned for its lack of self-perseverance; admired for the skill and confidence it takes to successfully pull off. [...]
Rolling a canoe is tough, even more so when the paddler forgets to use the fainting goat. The thecanoemovie.com delves into this practice. Look for Will Lyons’ Canoe Movie to debut this August at Canoe and Kayak’s annual Outdoor retailer shindig. CanoeTech: The Fainting Goat from Lunch Video Magazine on Vimeo.
The Vail Valley Foundation and C4 Waterman announced this year’s standup paddling (SUP) events at the 9th annual Teva Mountain Games in Vail, CO, taking place June 3 – 6, 2010. Along with the two brand new SUP events presented by C4 Waterman added to the sport roster this year, C4 Waterman and TMG will [...]
Nine Lives Don Starkell is a Survivor He’s been kidnapped by pirates, faced arrest in Central American slums, been shot at countless times, nearly starved to death, survived towering Gulf of Mexico seas in an open canoe, capsized and swam in the icy waters of Hudson Bay, been chased by polar bears, entombed in the [...]
Rest in Peace Good River Boaters and Environmentalists remember the Ashlu Boaters and environmentalists in British Columbia are mourning the loss of one of the province’s best whitewater rivers and a productive ecosystem of salmon and grizzly bears. In December, Innergex Renewable Power’s 49.9-megawatt Ashlu River hydroelectric facility, located about 50 miles northwest of Vancouver, [...]
By Bryan Smith We should be suiting up to paddle, but the windows are chattering in their panes, threatening to succumb at any moment to the onslaught of freezing rain driven before a 30-knot gale. So instead of paddling, I push back from the dining room table and waddle to the overstuffed chair with a [...]