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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New Surf Spot in Southeast

05.14.2013 //

Georgia and Alabama’s Chattahoochee River is now on the must-visit paddling list alongside such other Southeast boating hotbeds as the Ocoee, Nantahala and Chattooga rivers.

Sea of Cortez

05.14.2013 //

Erik Boomer made this photograph of expedition partner Sarah McNair Landry during a rainsquall in the middle of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

11 Urban Waterways Get a Second Chance

05.13.2013 //

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Urban Waters Federal Partnership is adding 11 new locations. In addition, two more federal partner agencies will join the partnership in its collaborative efforts to restore waterways and their environments.

Nutcase Helmets

05.13.2013 //

Being a long-time surfer and ocean sports enthusiast I’ve never been a big fan of wearing helmets. When one is needed, I’ll find an old skateboard or bike helmet to do the job and be glad when it’s over.

How to Set Some Goals

05.13.2013 //

Goal setting is relevant in everything from personal finance to lifestyle changes. The concept is relatively simple: make a goal and plan how you’re going to get there. Sometimes, though putting into practice isn’t so simple. What follows is my story about goal setting and my take on how to make it work for you.

A Kayak Surfer’s Angst

05.10.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 June issue. By Sean Morley I don’t need an alarm to wake before first light. I’ve checked my watch three times in the last hour. I slide out of bed and creep downstairs, avoiding the squeaky steps, dreading the normally wonderful, “Daddy, is it time to get up?” Grabbing […]

Sharing Whitewater with My Mother

05.09.2013 //

When I tell people I go kayaking with my mom, they never picture us practicing our boof strokes at “Bayless’ Boof” on the Upper Green River or crashing through holes on the Rio Pacuare in Costa Rica. Yes, my mom and I paddle whitewater together.

Boating with a Baby Bump

05.09.2013 //

I began whitewater kayaking in 2006, and it quickly paddling became a passion. I spent every chance I could out on the river, learning, practicing and getting better. I progressed in the sport, enjoying long days on the river in the company of my paddling friends and adding personal first descents to my growing list of rivers. I took a swiftwater rescue course and completed my ACA Level 4 Instructor certification. Then last year, I learned that I was pregnant, and through the following months, I learned the limits and surprises that came with being pregnant during the winter boating season.

Competing in Freestyle Kayaking While Pregnant

05.09.2013 //

As a professional kayaker I have always exceled in the arena of freestyle competitions. Just this past weekend I got to compete at the US Freestyle Team Trials. I have been a member of the U.S. team for 10 years, and I was excited at the prospect of competing to be a part of the team once again. This time was a touch different, and if you had asked me about it several months ago I wouldn’t have thought it would even be possible. The reasoning is that by the time I would be actually competing, I was seven months, one week pregnant.

Mother’s Day Paddles

05.09.2013 //

There isn’t a better way to spend time with your mother.” So dust off your old canoe, tandem sea kayak, inflatable or what have you and hit your local waterway with matriarch in tow. If you don’t have the skills to pull it off alone, you can also check with your local shop or paddling club; chances are they, too, have a special outing lined up to celebrate Mom. Following is a sampling of organized Mother’s Day tours you’ll find across the country, er Motherland…

Mother’s Day on the Water

05.09.2013 //

Mothers all have in common the love they bare their children, the sweat and tears of raising them and the laughs and memories that develop along the way. Canoe & Kayak wanted to recognize the water mommas. Below are a few stories of mothers and children celebrating family on the water.

Being a Boating Mother

05.09.2013 //

The main thing that has changed is the risk/reward factor. It’s no longer about me getting injured or, worse, something going wrong. My son needs a momma, and I want to be around to watch him grow up. It has made me more thoughtful when considering what to boat and whom I boat with.

Birch-Bark Odyssey

05.08.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Dan Blessing Marc and I were leading 22-day Outward Bound expeditions when we started talking about an outlandishly longer expedition—from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. Two years later, Marc built the birch-bark canoe to carry us the 4,000 miles across North America. Marc forged hand tools […]

Fishing Kayak Evolution

05.08.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Paul Lebowitz Fishing kayaks have come a long way since the Ocean Kayak Scupper first hit a West Coast beach in 1971. It was a new sort of boat—one designed to get watermen through the waves and the chop to dive and fish. Self-draining, open-topped, and […]

How to Photograph Wildlife

05.08.2013 //

One of paddling’s great joys are wild animal encounters. Better is capturing them—on camera. Here’s how photograph wildlife.

Feel Good, Do Good

05.08.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Kate Stepan and Eugene Buchanan Find the Real Fiji While guiding rafts in Bali and other far-flung corners of the globe, Nate and Kelly Bricker saw plenty of what the U.S. river permit system was designed to prevent: overcrowding, overuse, and misuse by companies out to […]

Canoeing in Kerouac Country

05.07.2013 //

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Rob Lyon “Desolation’s way up there, Ray, six thousand feet or so looking into Canada … thousands of miles of mountains, deer, bear, conies, hawks, trout, chipmunks. It’ll be great for you Ray.” Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. I had a call from an old friend […]

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