Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
Competition survival tips from the Payette River Games in Cascade, Idaho, traditionally a freestyle kayak competition that private financiers have turned into a multi-discipline, all-inclusive, spectator- and athlete-friendly “marathon weekend of brutal competition” featuring the biggest payouts in its marquee kayak and SUP events.
What to watch for as the NFC’s main event, a giant slalom through Jacob’s Ladder–generally considered to be the most challenging kayak race on the planet–starts tomorrow, with analysis of the marquee competition’s first female competitor, boat design, water levels, and a deeper international talent pool.
BY CONOR MIHELL Canadian sea kayaker Russell Henry is on the home stretch of his bid to set a new speed record for circumnavigating British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. A forecast of strong northwesterly winds convinced Henry to start the 750-mile, counterclockwise journey in Winter Harbor, a remote community on the island’s west coast, on May […]
A look into R.W. Hand’s second attempt to replicate Ed Gillet’s historic 1987 crossing from California to Maui in a stock tandem sea kayak. Hand, a 57-year-old retired Federal Air Marshal, aborted expedition after 12 days trying to paddle off the California coast.
C&K sits down with James Roberts and James Manke, two Canadian sea kayak instructors hoping to keep kayak traditions alive by challenging their skills and learning more about traditional kayak culture at this summer’s Greenland National Kayaking Championships, with their short video edit, ‘Greenland Bound.’
Book review of “Flying Off Everest,” author Dave Costello’s account of the 400-mile journey by two Nepali men, Sanu Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, who in 2011 jumped off Mount Everest, paraglided to the Sun Kosi River, and paddled the Ganges River to the Bay of Bengal. linking the highest point on Earth to the ocean in one continuous, non-motorized trip.
With Polyone’s decision to cease production of Royalex, the ubiquitous, longtime and game-changing material of choice for canoe design, Quebec manufacturer Esquif has answered with T-Formex, a moldable sheet material made of foam-core ABS plastic with a propriety outer-layer twist to make it lighter and more impact resistant than Royalex.
Chris Gragtmans takes a competitor’s inside look at what to watch for at the third installment of the Whitewater Grand Prix, as the unique two-week, multi-stage invitational kicks off on the frigid high-volume rivers of Ontario, with predictions, updates on the weather, and insight on the roster of the world’s most talented whitewater paddlers.
A video update from the Brazil 9000 Expedition. Gareth Jones and Aaron Chervenak, who are attempting a paddling and pedaling human-powered expedition across Brazil, detail the completion of their 2000-mile pack-canoe transit of the Amazon basin from north to south.