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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Let’s Boof

04.09.2013 //

After rolling, boofing may be the most sought-after skill for whitewater paddlers. Nailing the boof means getting some air, clearing the hole at the bottom and hitting that perfect landing without compromising the spine.

There are a lot of pieces to the boof and many nuances to keep in mind. We have compiled all the tips and tricks we know on how, when and where to the boof.

March 2013

04.08.2013 //

Prologue Some things never change: the power of a good paddling tale Between the Frames Tracing the degrees of influence and separation between expedition kayaking’s greatest films Put In In today’s energy-thirsty world, the role of the paddler-conservationist plays as an important a role now as ever. Destinations Six well-worthy expedition routes that made history

December 2012

04.08.2013 //

Florida Forgotten Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail leads to a different kind of Florida Mission Specific Paddlers who dared to dream big, and the specialized gear that got them safely home Put In Creek-racing’s new dance Destinations Get your boat at the source Skills Tandem eddy turns and live-bait rescues

August 2012

04.08.2013 //

Canoandes Slipping under the Iron Curtain and making whitewater history Boundaries Hendri Coetzee, Ariene Burns and an anonymous contributor share tales of fear, doubt and reflection from the rivers that lured them across physical and metaphorical boundaries. Put In The North Fork affect, kayaking blind and a case for polluted places Destinations 7 Pacific Northwest […]

End at Alseseca

04.08.2013 //

For the last decade, the Alseseca has been garnering attention from big-name kayakers around the world. Its seemingly endless miles of classic rapids, famous drops such as Silencia and the Tomatas and numerous sections make the Alseseca the river paddlers love to run and filmmakers love to shoot. This Monday, April 8, Five2Nine released its final episode of Currents, offering a different angle to Mexico’s jewel river.

The Prodigal Company

04.05.2013 //

In February 2013, Liquidlogic and Native Watercraft celebrated the opening of their new factory in Fletcher, N.C. For Liquidlogic founders Woody Callaway, Shane Benedict and Bryon Phillips the move was the culmination of a 12-year-old dream. The company that started small and worked to keep its family-style work structure finally came home.

2013 Santa Cruz Paddlefest

04.04.2013 //

Last month, some of the world’s best kayak surfers competed in the 27th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Their stunts and tricks on the legendary break awed spectators and made for some awesome photography. The C&K staff picked their favorite photos to showcase in a flipbook.

Plateau Creek Race Series—Big South Fork

04.03.2013 //

Last Saturday, a dozen local Tennessee paddlers gathered under blue skies and warm weather to compete in one of the Cumberland Plateau’s jewel rivers, the Big South Fork. The race concluded the Plateau Creek Race Series, which was started to introduce new paddlers to the sport of creek racing in the Southeast.

The Gem of the Maine Island Trail

04.03.2013 //

Following 325 miles of pristine Maine coast, the Maine Island Trail, created in 1993 and passing directly through Acadia National Park near Penobscot, was the first water trail created in the U.S. For good reason. It offers paddlers a chance to explore portions of the state’s 3,478 miles of coastline and islands, with pre-established launch points and campsites in protected bays. And the crowning feature of the trail, or lobster claw, if you will, is Acadia near the sea kayak Mecca of Bar Harbor.

Ultimate Canoe and Kayak Adventures

04.03.2013 //

Detailing 100 of the best places to paddle in the world, Ultimate Canoe and Kayak Adventures is a stunningly illustrated compilation of canoeing and kayaking hot spots around the globe that offers something for everyone from the whitewater adrenaline junkie to the extreme sea kayaker.

Richter Remembered

04.02.2013 //

There are a few people in the paddling industry so dedicated to their products that it dictates their life. Workplace and home become one, business partners become friends, and personal and paddling lives blend like two rivers converging into one.

Freeze to Death

04.02.2013 //

Always dress for the WATER temperature when venturing out paddling this spring and summer. Lack of visible ice doesn’t mean that the water is warm.

Chattahoochee Journal: Updates on Rivers and Courts

04.01.2013 //

The Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers have collided where Georgia, Florida, and Alabama meet. Michael and I have reunited, and a major legislative action was decided on in the state house.

April Fools’ Day Paddles

04.01.2013 //

Aaah, April Fool’s Day. Which of us haven’t fallen prey to some paddling prank thrust upon us by our peers? That rock in the back of your kayak, glue on your cockpit combing, un-latched drain plug or even report that a certain river is running when it’s in fact bone dry.
Aaah, April Fool’s Day. Which of us haven’t fallen prey to some paddling prank thrust upon us by our peers? That rock in the back of your kayak, glue on your cockpit combing, un-latched drain plug or even report that a certain river is running when it’s in fact bone dry.

Cross Strokin’ in Costa Rica’s Endangered Rivers

03.29.2013 //

Last February, a group of whitewater canoeists ventured down to Costa Rica to enjoy the rivers slated off for damming and under the threat. One of them, an up and coming filmmaker Chris Loomis captured the group’s moments through his lens and created a film portraying what they showed and what the world will soon lose. Canoe & Kayak got a chance to talk with him.

Boating in Costa Rica

03.29.2013 //

Last February, Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns traveled down to Costa Rica where she joined Jim Coffey from Esprit and canoed some of the country’s most pristine and endangered rivers.

“I got way more out of the trip than I ever thought possible,” Kerns said. “I thought I was just going down to paddle and report, but Coffey shed light on so much regarding the culture, environment and conflicts that make Costa Rica such a dynamic and fascinating country.”

Surf’s Up, Kayakers!

03.28.2013 //

The sun shone bright, the waves loomed large, and paddlers in bright colored fiberglass kayaks tumbled and cut across the big ocean surf in Santa Cruz, California. March 22-24 marked the 27th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest, the most renowned paddle surfing event in the world. This year included two site locations so everyone from the […]

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