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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Astral YTV PFD and Brewer Shoe

04.23.2013 //

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Bryan Owen from Astral at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, the YTV PFD and Brewer Shoe.

Unfiltered: Maligiaq Johnsen Padilla

04.22.2013 //

Padilla has always straddled two worlds. His father was an American serviceman, his mother Greenland Inuit. He learned Greenlandic at age 3 when his parents split and his mother brought him back to Greenland from the States, re-learning English in high school. Two years ago he moved to Alaska and married Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, an Alaskan Inuit attorney. With the day off from his construction job (“It’s 20 below, not too cold for me but the air compressors don’t work”), Padilla held their 6-month-old daughter as we spoke. — Jeff Moag

Six North of 60

04.22.2013 //

C&K’s top picks for northern paddling adventure

Esquif Canoes Echo

04.22.2013 //

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Brian Heikenen from Esquif Canoes at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Echo canoe.

Aquabound Paddles Posi-Lok Ferrule

04.19.2013 //

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Andrew Stern with Aquabound Paddles at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about the Posi-Lok Ferrule.

Rescue for River Runners Recognized

04.19.2013 //

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:

The Eggistential Eddy

04.18.2013 //

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.

The few, the Proud, the Polers

04.18.2013 //

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.

Shred Ready Shaggy Fire Helmet

04.18.2013 //

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Tom Sherberne with Shred Ready at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Shaggy Fire Helmet.

Ralph Frese Remembered

04.18.2013 //

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.

Paddle on Earth Day!

04.18.2013 //

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.

Niobrara River

04.17.2013 //

Niobrara River was listed in the 2013 most endangered rivers list.

Black Warrior River

04.17.2013 //

The Black Warrior River is listed in the 2013 Most Endangered Rivers

Boundary Waters

04.17.2013 //

The Boundary Waters made it to the 2013 Top Endangered Rivers List

Kootenai River

04.17.2013 //

The Kootenai River was listed in the 2013 most endangered rivers list.

Colorado River

04.17.2013 //

Colorado River was listed as one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America for 2013.

Special Mention: Merced River

04.17.2013 //

The Merced River is a special mention to the 2013 Most Endangered Rivers List.

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