Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
A look at the merger of two globetrotting, accredited preparatory schools for kayakers: World Class Academy and the New River Academy. As the two outdoor educators come together under the World Class banner, we catch up with the progressive programs getting back to school.
Congrats to Rafal Bogowolski for winning the etnies Planet is Your Playground Photo Contest! His winning photo “Brazilian Bikini” credits Lake Tahoe as one of the world’s few destinations where you can go, “rock climbing, mt. biking, kayaking, wakeboarding, and in the same day go skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, or even pondskimming between Brazilian bikinis.” Touche. [...]
Green Race season is officially upon us. Asheville-based racer/writer Chris Gragtmans provides an insider’s look at the preparation happening two weeks out from 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, taking place at high noon on Nov. 3, as international racers descend on the North Carolina race course.
Dispatch from the ninth annual Whitewater Symposium, Oct. 12-14, in Husum, Wash., which attracted over 60 whitewater enthusiasts, guides, instructors, clubs, outfitters, manufacturers and retailers to develop ideas to grow and support the sport of whitewater paddling.
C&K’s exclusive post-trip interview with expedition kayaker and explorer Mark Kalch, who just completed a 117-day, 3,780-mile, source-to-sea descent of the Missouri-Mississippi River system, becoming the first paddler to do so from the system’s utmost source to the ocean.
The first annual Pacific Paddle Surf Series kept rolling this weekend with a healthy showing at Washington state’s popular Hobuck Hoedown. Competitor/correspondent Bryon Dorr covers the multi-discipline surf-off in his dispatch from the second of five West Coast contests.
A tribute to the life of Jeff West, who passed away during an early September solo attempt of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, including information on his upcoming memorial and the fund to continue his unmatched legacy of paddling instruction in the Southeast.
The first annual Pacific Paddle Surf Series kicked off this past weekend with Oregon’s Pacific City Surf Off. Competitor/correspondent Bryon Dorr brings the 10-foot waves of the multi-discipline event to life in this dispatch from the first of five West Coast contests.
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.