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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Tips for Sea Kayaking in Baja

04.30.2013 //

Ways to make the most of your next paddling adventure in Mexico

Rock Island Open

04.30.2013 //

April 27—The World Kayak Rock Island Open kicked off last weekend with the first two of four events for the series. The event was started to showcase the natural beauty and amazing whitewater that Tennessee’s Rock Island State Park has to offer.

BIKE2PADDLE

04.29.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 Buyer’s Guide issue. Mission: Bag Norway’s best whitewater from the seat of a bike Team: Olaf Obsommer, Jens Klatt, and Philip Baues By Joe Jackson German paddlers Olaf Obsommer, Jens Klatt, and Philip Baues have racked up an impressive list of whitewater expeditions in exotic locations from Chile to […]

Florida Forgotten

04.29.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 Buyer’s Guide issue. By Conor Mihell Four days out of her government office, suntanned, and chattering happily, Liz Sparks is in her element, sautéing a massive pan of fresh shrimp over an open fire. She tells us about the people who lived for millennia on this sandy north Florida […]

Women of the Surf

04.29.2013 //

No less impressive were the women surfers, who came from along the western United States and Canada to compete. They surfed for two claims: to be the west coast kayak surf champion of the Pacific Paddle Surf Series and to represent the U.S. West in the Australian world championships in July of this year.

Stepping up

04.29.2013 //

Getting started in paddling can seem daunting, but beneath the pile of ‘required’ gear and the many skills, the hidden beauty of paddling is in its simple accessibility: Anyone can do it. And it can be done at any level, from crossing the Arctic to poking around the local millpond. Here, we’ll sketch a simple progression from your first time on the water to a multi-day adventure.

How to Stand Up Paddle

04.26.2013 //

It’s been said that even your grandma can learn to standup paddle (SUP) in calm conditions. First-timers going out on flat, calm water need just a handful of skills and a half-day of practice to grasp the sport’s basics. Todd Bradley, founder of board manufacturer C4 Waterman, and instructors John Denney of East Coast Paddle Surfing in Jupiter, Fla., and Izzy Tihanyi of Surf Diva’s What’SUP Surf School in La Jolla, Calif., help shed light on establishing the right skill foundation.

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

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