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A year ago, open-boat expert Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions started a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos called R3: Rescue for River Runners, which aired on the Canoe & Kayak website. Last week, the series won the National Association of Search & Rescue Special Commendation Award for contribution to search & rescue.
C&K staff got in touch with Coffey and McKay to talk about the series and what winning the award meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:
An ice floe the size of a football field drifted slowly toward the cliff, rotated, and buckled. The air filled with a human-like groan, followed by a sharp crack that echoed off the nearby mountain. Ice crystals exploded and threw rainbows in the sunshine, while 10-foot thick chunks of ice rose 30 feet out of the sea and smeared against solid rock.
Boomer and I were trapped.
One of Mother’s boyfriends used to bring eggs, “hen fruit” he called them, along on family canoe trips. He drank them raw, like Rocky. Despite young Eddy’s fervent prayers, old Frank never died from the disgusting practice. Turns out, according to the CDC, odds of getting salmonella from a raw egg are just 1 in 10,000. Spoilage is another matter, says Krista Eberle of United Egg Producers.
Chip Cochrane is the Maine woods come to life—a gnarled tree trunk of a man with enough muscle to power his canoe against rushing whitewater. The third-generation Maine Guide’s raw strength and competitive nature have made him the American Canoe Association’s canoe poling national champion, year after year.
Several hundred paddlers—many in traditional Voyageur costumes—celebrated the life of Ralph Frese with a 6-mile paddle down the Chicago River North Branch on Sunday, April 14. Frese passed away in December. For 28 straight New Year’s mornings, Frese led hard-core paddlers on a “Happy Ca-noe Year Paddle.” The 2013 event was cancelled due to weather, so his friends gathered to remember his indomitable spirit, featuring a tribute by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, a Proclamation by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declaring it “Ralph Frese Day” and a moving “empty canoe” memorial.
Not too many sports put you in as direct of contact with Mother Earth as paddling. Whatever your discipline, be it whitewater, lake canoeing, sea kayaking and even surf kayaking, the sport’s medium is water, the most important ingredient for life on Mother Earth. What better way to help celebrate and protect it than by heading out for a paddle on Earth Day, April 22?
If you want to join a group supporting the cause, we’ve made it easier by compiling a list of a few spots around the country where you can link up with like-minded paddlers for an Earth Day paddle celebration.