Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat expert Jim Coffey and Five2Nine Productions’ Mike McKay for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com. Here, in Episode Six, Coffey covers the basics of rescue PFD use.
This October, the Illinois- and Michigan-based organizers of the Gales Storm Gathering hope the mighty Michipicoten is at its gnarliest best for their second-annual rough-water sea kayaking festival, which debuted last year on Lake Superior’s south shore in Marquette, Mich.
It may well be the largest whitewater gathering in the world. Filled with powerful rapids, late-night parties and more than a few walks of shame on Sunday morning, Gauley Fest is all it’s cracked up to be. While the rapids on West Virginia’s Gauley River are nothing short of classic, the real show is the festival: part county fair, part bacchanalia.
The top finishers at the Hiko Devils Extreme Race, Sept. 1 in the Czech Republic, weigh in on the AWP Whitewater World Series as it heads to Austria for the fifth of six stages.
As Dave and Amy Freeman’s three-year, 11,700-mile North American Odyssey enters the homestretch, the Illinois-based outdoor educators have issued themselves a challenge that could amount to the expedition’s crux: To visit 50 schools as they sea kayak the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Key West.
Catching up with Ohio’s Josh Tart, who set off on his fishing kayak 15 months ago to complete the 6,000-mile Great Loop around the eastern United States, nearing the end of journey.
Coverage from this weekend’s 30th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, a grueling three-day, 90-mile race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, N.Y., which includes over five miles of carries, following the first leg of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
Chris Gragtmans reports from the festive upstate New York weekend of races for the King of New York series, which included two events taking advantage of releases on the Taylorville, Mosier, and Eagle sections of the Beaver River, as well as the Black and the Raquette.
Coverage from the Czech Republic’s Hiko Devils Extreme Race, Stage 4 of the AWP Whitewater World Series, where Kiwi Mike Dawson walked away from the talented international field with a big win.
In Episode Five of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey covers effective access and mobility principles to safely contact rescue victims.
From the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, C-2 slalom silver medalist David Florence relives Great Britain’s Olympic paddling glory as part of team that took home gold and silver, the nation’s first medals in canoe doubles since the event was first contested at the 1972 Games.
Photos and results from this weekend’s 2012 U.S. Sprint National Championships in Seattle.
A look at this weekend’s fourth stage of the AWP Whitewater World Series–the Devils Extreme race in Lipno, Czech Republic–with organizer Jakub Nemec and photos and video from the 2011 race.
Davey du Plessis, a 24-year-old South African adventure traveler, is in critical, but stable condition recovering in a Lima hospital after a harrowing run-in with Peruvian villagers along on the Ucayali River on Saturday. Attempting a solo, human-powered, cycling-hiking-tubing-paddling descent of the Amazon, du Plessis hoped to become the youngest person to navigate the river system source-to-sea. Tragically, a pair of young men shot du Plessis multiple times this weekend.
Coverage from the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, where this weekend Vavřinec Hradilek received an overwhelming reception fresh off his Olympic silver medal showing and U.S. paddler Michal Smolen cracked the top 10.
On May 27, Burton Greer and Nathan Zumwalt made a little open-boat history with the first complete OC-2 run down the Green River Narrows, including the notorious crux at Gorilla. See the video and read about the run in the paddlers’ words.