Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
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.
On Saturday afternoon, April 19, Polish adventurer Aleksander “Olek” Doba officially completed his second successful trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak. We go behind the scenes of the 67-year-old’s eventful waterfront landfall in New Smyrna Beach Fla., to hear from Doba and his closest team of closest supporters to get some questions answered about the 167-day, 6,000-plus-mile crossing.
Camera-mounted drones promise to be the next big thing in paddlesports videography. Go behind the scenes as aerial videographers Shifted Cinema joins forces with Substantial Media House to document some of the world’s best whitewater paddlers tackle the White Salmon River.
Photos and coverage from this weekend’s U.S. Slalom Team Trials at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C., which determined the U.S. slots for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships this September at the ASCI center in western Maryland.
First, however, they have to make the team.
“Cuando en Colombia,” the first in a series of Mountain Mind Collective feature episodes debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com, follows a team of international paddlers’ exploration of the remote waterways, dense jungles, and turbulent whitewater of Colombia’s Suarez, Samana and Caldera rivers.
How a paddling exchange taking students from Chile’s threatened Rio Baker to the Grand Canyon helped one writer realize that tackling conservation’s biggest challenges can start by helping the next generation of advocates focus on the small changes of simply understanding a river’s ecological role.