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C&K’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

11.23.2010 //

You won’t find many waterproof-breathable jackets as reasonably priced as Immersion Research’s Zephyr. One hundred bucks gets you a foul-weather friend for drizzly days on the water, with a unique anti-microbial mesh liner to prevent post-paddling funk ($110,     Cut off an extra slice this holiday season: Give your paddler more slice through […]

Video: Kate Wagner on the White Salmon

11.19.2010 //

Soulful look at paddler Kate Wagner on one of her local favorites, the White Salmon River, in fall, by filmmaker Skip Armstrong and Banks Mag. — C&K Staff Kayaking the White Salmon River, Autumn – Kate Wagner from The Banks Mag on Vimeo.

Justine Curgenven: ‘I love wild places’

11.19.2010 //

Justine Curgenven has targeted Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of South America, for her latest expedition kayaking project. Photo: Our ancestors had stories and theories of what lay at the ends of the earth, but Justine Curgenven would rather find out for herself. As the creator of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed This […]

Instructor Profiles: David Johnston

11.18.2010 //

Photo by Jovan Matic David Johnston’s motivation as a sea kayak instructor changed when he no longer had to make a living at it. “Now I tell the students, ‘This better be fun because I’m on vacation,’” says the Toronto-based civil servant and Web designer. It’s not that Johnston didn’t know how to have a […]

One Paddler, One Ocean

11.18.2010 //

Aleksander Doba’s custom trans-Atlantic kayak measures 23 feet long and 39 inches wide, weighs 1,200 pounds fully laden, and features an enclosed cabin and a self-righting design. Photo: Lamin Sanyan, Arsoba Travel Polish sea kayaker Aleksander Doba began an epic solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in late October beneath the radar of the paddling […]

Fish-Seeking Missiles

11.16.2010 //

Fishing and other sporting kayaks continue their exhilarating evolution. Where once they might have all popped from the same mold, these days manufacturers are busy filling every conceivable design niche. Many new fishing kayaks are stable enough to stand in, providing anglers an elevated view. Also in the past year, kayaks equipped with small electric motors hit the market in a big way. If that rankles your paddling-purist sensibilities, take heart. The traditional fishing kayak is still going strong, and why not? It was practically perfected over the past few years.

Aron Ralston: Runner of Meat

11.16.2010 //

There is a sneak-line option at Warm Springs rapid, a Class IV drop on the Yampa River in northwest Colorado. But Aron Ralston, the subject of the just-released film starring James Franco, 127 Hours, is not the sort of dude who runs the sneak. While a vegetarian, mostly, off the river, on river Ralston is […]

Sheboygan Surf ‘Stache

11.15.2010 //

Jake Ament and John McConville paddle out on Lake Michigan during squall conditions—60 mph gusts, 10-foot waves, small playboats. There’s even a rainbow (single), a few linked freestyle moves, loud talking directly at the camera and creative facial hair, the sum of which amounts to a genuinely extreme morning… in Sheboygan, Wisconsin anyway. Cue the […]

VirtualCoach: The Stern Rudder, Low Brace Turn, That On-Edge Feeling

11.12.2010 //

Mastering sea paddling’s do everything stroke

Instructor Profiles: Peter Sturges

11.11.2010 //

Photo by Darin McQuoid After 29 years coaching hip snaps at Otter Bar, a Northern California-based kayaking ranch, owner Peter Sturges is now spread out with management duties. But his number one focus—to make learning to kayak a world-class vacation—is as sharp as ever. “When I started kayaking the Klamath in the mid-1970s, I paddled […]

Mission: Tierra del Fuego

11.09.2010 //

Justine Curgenven and Barry Shaw recently announced plans for a January 2011 sea-kayaking expedition to circumnavigate Tierra del Fuego (Isla Grande De Tierra del Fuego) at the southern tip of South America. The duo, who jointly have a long list of expeditions behind them, will be paddling clockwise around the tip of South America from […]

Get On It: Deception Pass Dash

11.09.2010 //

Nearly 200 paddlers start the 4th annual Deception Pass Dash off NW Washington last December. Photo: Bill Walker The 5th annual Deception Pass Dash — a curious boat race involving sea kayaks, SUPs, outriggers, rowers, surfskis and even (once) a pedal boat in (typically) spicy open-water conditions — returns on Dec. 4, 2010 off shore […]

‘The Safest Most Dangerous Race in the World’

11.09.2010 //

Photo: Matt Fields-Johnson (Ed’s note: This story was first published in the July 2010 edition of Canoe & Kayak Magazine.) Eyes focused dead ahead, her trademark red hair streaming from her helmet, Shannon Carroll drives her 11-foot race boat powerfully toward Gorilla, the defining drop of the Class V Green River Narrows. Then, about a […]

Greasing the Green

11.08.2010 //

Photo: Matt Fields-Johnson Asheville, N.C.-based whitewater boater Andrew Holcombe found himself on unfamiliar ground at the 2010 Green Race, held Saturday, Nov. 6, on the infamous Class V Narrows of the Green River in western North Carolina. Holcombe, unable to defend his 2009 long K1 title and course record time due to a back injury, […]

Burn Fest

11.05.2010 //

In its sixth annual incarnation, the Oregon Rafting Team site for more details on the series, and Matt Thomas, who was paralyzed from the chest down in 2009 mountain bike accident and is recovering with Project Walk. — Dave Shively RESULTS: Men’s Long Boat – Dan Menten (Overall) Men’s Short Boat – Justin Patt Women’s […]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Pioneer Donnie Mullen

11.04.2010 //

If you think you’re tough, try paddling and carrying a canoe some 740 miles over 56 days. That’s what Donnie Mullen did in 2000 when he became the first person to through-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which follows ancient Native American canoe routes across New England. The trail starts in Old Forge, New York, […]

Instructor Profiles: Jimmy Blakeney

11.04.2010 //

As far as 2003 U.S. National Freestyle Kayak Champion Jimmy Blakeney is concerned, you can take his instruction tips standing or sitting. A longtime ACA-certified kayak instructor, Blakeney, 38, has fully embraced the standup paddleboard world, developing an SUP curriculum based on his kayaking and surfing experience. This past summer he launched his new SUP […]

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