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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Nation’s Top National Parks for Paddling

02.26.2013 //

While it remains to be seen what sequestration will spells for paddling options in our national parks, following is an alphabetized list of the top national parks for dipping a blade, whether it’s from a canoe, kayak or raft.

What the Parks Will Lose

02.26.2013 //

On March 1, various federal government entities will be forced to enact major cuts to help balance the budget. Among the branches facing such sequestration are our national parks, whose cuts could well affect our ability to paddle them. Under cuts unearthed by CNPSR, the following national parks are among those that would be affected:

Plateau Creek Race Series—Clear Creek

02.25.2013 //

Last Satuday, local paddlers competed in the Boater X Creek Race on Clear Creek near Wartburg, Tenn.
This is the first event of the Plateau Creek Race Series, which works to showcase the beauty of the Cumberland Plateau and bring new paddlers to the sport of creek racing with World Kayak.

Mirror River

02.25.2013 //

Have you ever seen an entire river? “Mirror River” is a journey from source to sea down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 3 and a half minutes. We started in the Wind River Mountains (Wyoming) in October 2011 and finished at the Sea of Cortez (Mexico) in January 2012. The river begins as a trickle, carves ever deeper and more spectacular canyons, and is reduced to a trickle again by water diversions. This timelapse has 24 still images from almost every day of the trip.

Ad Contest Wrap-Up

02.22.2013 //

The Vintage Ad contest has finally come to a close, and a winner has been decided. Congratulations to Old Town Canoes and Kayaks for best vintage ad seen in the Canoe & Kayak Magazine over the last 40 years!

Camera Carnage on the Green River

02.22.2013 //

Earlier this week while going through the backlog of footage from various events, Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns stumbled upon the camera carnage clip. “I can’t believe I got it,” Kerns said. “I remember people going nuts, and someone told me what happened, but I was focused on the rapid so didn’t think I caught on camera.”

Mayday Mayday Mayday

02.22.2013 //

For those who enjoy ocean paddling, safety may not always be the first thing on their minds when setting up for the day. However, things don’t always go as planned. In the event that a well-planned day of fun and adventure takes a turn for the worse, having an emergency signal kit and knowing how to use a marine-band radio can keep a bad situation from turning into a dangerous one.

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.

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