Charli Kerns

Charli Kerns

Charli is the online editor for Canoe & Kayak magazine. Her boating career started with kayaking in the Appalachian mountains of east Tennessee. She picked up canoeing in New England where she got her master's in science journalism. She has since switched mainly to whitewater canoeing and multi-day adventures though picks up the play boat and creeker from time to time.

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2013 U.S. Team Trials Are Here

04.26.2013 //

The U.S. Team Trials preliminaries kicks off today! More than 70 competitors have come to the Nantahala Gorge, just outside Bryson City, North Carolina to face off for a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team and the opportunity to compete in the 2013 International Canoe Federation Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Paddlers are taking their final practice sessions and competition will last through the weekend.

Ain’t Louie Fest 2013

04.26.2013 //

Last March, more than 300 canoeists from around the United States, Canada and Europe collected in a hole-in-the-wall Tennessee town to boat some of the Southeast’s finest rivers for the annual Ain’t Louie Fest. This year, ALF was dealt a blow few festivals have faced in the history of whitewater: a death on the river. […]

Essential Fish Kayaking Know-How

04.25.2013 //

Kayaks and fishing. A natural match, right? Still, a boat, a paddle and a rod can be a lot to juggle—and that’s before some pinstriped torpedo otherwise known as a fish starts tearing line off the reel. That heart-pounding moment will be easier to handle with these five essential kayak-fishing skills.

Whitewater ready

04.25.2013 //

This story featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide issue. By Jeff Kinney Learning to kayak whitewater is a long process. You can’t simply master a few skills and tackle a Class V monster. But according to Jerry McAward, a veteran instructor at Northeast PA Kayak School, these five essential skills form the backbone of any […]

CANOEING 101

04.25.2013 //

Canoeing is how this whole paddling business got started, and as they navigated their bark craft through the boreal forest, early paddlers faced the same challenge you did at summer camp: sharing the canoe with another paddler.

Though solo canoeing is always an option, nothing moves a canoe better than a well-matched tandem team. The trick is good communication and knowing your job. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Beginner’s Luck

04.25.2013 //

A first-time sea kayaker needs just a handful of skills and about a half-day of practice to get a basic foundation in the sport. Veteran instructor Ray Boucher introduces countless people to sea kayaking each summer at Naturally Superior Adventures’ paddling center on Lake Superior’s Canadian shore. Here are his top five skills for starters.

Chesapeake Light, Craft Petral and Shearwater

04.25.2013 //

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with John Harris from Chesapeake Light Craft at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, Petral and Shearwater.

Spanking the Monkey with a Riverboard

04.24.2013 //

Riverbarding just kicked up to a whole new level of intense. Last weekend, pro riveroboarder Josh Galt ran a first descent of the Green Narrows—including the iconic Gorilla rapid—with nothing but a riverboard, standard protective gear and a pair of fins.

Zem Gear Terra and H2O Shoes

04.24.2013 //

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Christina Bracken from Zem Gear at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, the Terra and H2O Shoes.

Nahanni Journal

04.24.2013 //

Three families tackle North America’s iconic canoe route

Northwest Creeking Competition 2013

04.24.2013 //

Nothing can prepare you for it. The tingling, jittery nerves, the breathlessness, and later the dead weight of your arms, utterly spent and barely able to hold up the paddle. This is what creek racing is all about, and this is what the Northwest Creeking Competition inspires.

Top 5 Reasons to Race in Next Year’s NWCC

04.24.2013 //

The Northwest Creeking Competition features a series of races on Southern Washington’s East Fork of the Lewis River and Canyon Creek. The two-day event draws rafters and kayakers alike from all over the Pacific Northwest, and as it came to a close last weekend, people are already looking to next year’s event. Here are some reasons why you should get yourself ready for next year’s Northwest Creeking Competition.

Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition

04.24.2013 //

Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition

Kayaking the Big Melt

04.23.2013 //

We are alone in a landscape of mythical scale. Waterfalls tumble 700 feet down a cliff face, the height so great that the water simply vaporizes before hitting the ground.

Lac La Croix, Ontario

04.23.2013 //

Modern canoeists encounter pictographs left on the shores of Lac la Croix by Ojibwe artists who also traveled by canoe.

57 Years Ago

04.23.2013 //

Arthur Moffatt lead five young men into the Canadian Barrens, where, on a bitter September day 200 miles from the nearest settlement, his canoe capsized in a rapid he hadn’t scouted. Moffat froze to death on the riverbank, leaving a wife, two daughters and a name that, in canoe-tripping circles, became synonymous with incompetence. Skip Pessl—then 22, now 79—can’t shake the memories of that day and can’t abide the one-sided caricature of his friend and mentor. This is the story of the Moffatt Expedition, revisited.

The Tallulah Fest

04.23.2013 //

April 12-14, 2013—Paddlers from all along the east coast gathered in north Georgia to enjoy Tallulah Fest. Celebrating the release of the Tallulah Gorge, this young festival has grown from the hundred paddlers at its first event four years ago to several hundred boaters and enthusiasts, demonstrating the love of the river and celebration of its release during the spring.

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