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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The Watershot

02.21.2013 //

Ours is a wet sport, and because of that, we need gear that can keep both us and our valuables dry. Some products do that, and others go the other step. That product is the Watershot underwater camera housing for the iPhone. Canoe & Kayak staff wanted to test the case out, and the video below shows what they had to say.

National Paddling Film Festival

02.20.2013 //

On February 22-23, 2013, paddlers will gather from around the Southeast in Frankfort, Kentucky to watch and compete in the 30th National Paddling Film Festival. This grass-roots festival works to celebrate and showcase the best of whitewater paddling through film, and, in doing so, raise money that goes back to the community through river conservation efforts.

Shark! The Heaviest Kayak Catch Ever

02.19.2013 //

What constitutes an unassisted catch? For Howard McKim, man of the solo 183-pound Pacific halibut, the answer is cut and dried. Can you hook, fight and land a fish on your own, retrieving the hook without help? If the answer is yes, count it.

Brotherly Tandem Tackles Blue Marlin

02.19.2013 //

The second heaviest kayak-caught fish to make it to a scale was a tag-team effort by brothers Kevin and Gareth Uyeda, pioneers in Hawaii’s growing scene. They still fish together, these days on a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. In 2008, they were aboard a modest Ocean Kayak Zest tandem paddle kayak.

F.B.I. Gets His Marlin

02.19.2013 //

Andy Cho is the world’s most accomplished angler to fish from a kayak. Known to his friends at Hawaii’s Aquahunters.com as F.B.I. (From Big Island), he’s the only champion the annual eight-month marathon Makihiki Pro tournament has ever seen. This is the catch that cemented the Kona-based Cho’s legend.

Of Angry Fish and Chips

02.19.2013 //

It is 2003. Howard McKim has a chip on his shoulder. Newly arrived in Ketchikan from Southern California, he is tired of taking guff from the locals who tease him about his modest choice of fishing platform.

Walk on Water

02.19.2013 //

NRS and filmmaker Andy Maser released a new short film on Monday, February 18. “Walk on Water” tells the story of paraplegic class V kayaker Greg Mallory. Mallory, who lost the use of his legs in a skiing accident, uses kayaking as a way to escape his wheelchair and stay active outdoors.

From the Vault—Orca Whales

02.15.2013 //

In light of the upcoming whale-watching seasons on both coasts, we decided to pull this story from the vault and onto the website, a story on how “kayaking eye-to-eye with the whale called “killer” brings deeper understanding … and respect.”

What to do if a Great White Attacks the Boat

02.14.2013 //

An estimated 15- to 17-foot-long great white shark bit down on the front bulkhead of Strosaker’s homemade wood and fiberglass sea kayak, puncturing the hull in several places and “gently gumming” the boat for about 15 seconds. Shocked, Strosaker says he “screamed like a little girl,” but had the presence of mind not to hit the shark, splash wildly or otherwise act like the apex predator’s typical quarry. Finally the shark released and appeared to circle back. Strosaker braced himself for another strike, but the shark abruptly dove deep and disappeared.

Raising for the Right to Play

02.12.2013 //

With four Olympic medals, two World Championship titles, and a collection of World Cup wins, Canadian Adam van Koeverden is undoubtedly a great in the sport of sprint kayak, but there is more to Adam than two blades and a boat. Canoe & Kayak caught up with van Koeverden between flights to talk about giving back and finding balance in his fast-paced life.

Battle of the Old School Ads

02.12.2013 //

Vote for your favorite vintage ad and enter to win a Werner Kalliste Carbon paddle.

I See a Whale!

02.08.2013 //

It’s starting to be that time of year again when whales migrate from one extreme pole to the other. That means whale sightings and what better place than from the seat of a kayak? Canoe & Kayak has compiled a list of the best places to find whales while cruising along the ocean waves.

This Fish is so Big It Might Sink Me

02.07.2013 //

It’s late in a July day, almost time to head in. Hawaii-born Devin Hallingstad is alone a mile off the beach, Kona-side, fishing comfortably from his pedal-powered Hobie Mirage Revolution. As kayaks go it isn’t large, just 13 feet long and 28 inches wide. It’s rated to carry 350 pounds, but Hallingstad has added amas (outriggers) to bump up the capacity.

Heavy Mettle: The Greatest Kayak Catches

02.07.2013 //

Before we get to the good stuff, this note. With no worldwide organization to sanction record kayak fishing catches, the big-fish frontier is a wild west of rumor carried on the salt wind, celebrated by grassroots word of mouth and Internet dispatches. There are other kayak catches in this class, but lacking a trip to a certified scale, any objective ranking is forever out of reach.

The White House May Get a Little Woodsy

02.07.2013 //

There’s soon to be a river and mountain lover in the White House. In a move
that seems to make outdoor enthusiasts pretty happy, REI Chief Executive Officer
Sally Jewell has been nominated by President Obama to become the next
secretary of the interior.

If a Shark Swims By Your Boat

02.06.2013 //

Longtime great white shark researcher Ralph Collier, the founder of the Los Angeles-based Shark Research Committee, has documented nine shark attacks on kayaks in the past century, including four in the last 10 years. Only one has been fatal. Although the number of experiences like Strosaker’s is increasing, Collier notes that so is the number of paddlers. “I believe that sharks are learning over time that humans are nothing of any consequence and they simply ignore us,” he says. He makes the following recommendations for paddlers:

How to Self Rescue—in Class V

02.04.2013 //

Even the titans of whitewater sometimes fall—or, rather, swim. Last November, two-time Whitewater World Series champion Eric Deguil (FR) had his moment during Stage Two of the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile. His GoPro caught all the action of both his swim through a gnarly hole and his equally impressive self rescue. Set as the […]

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