Author Archives: "Dave Shively"
World freestyle kayak champ Claire O’Hara looks ahead to defending her title(s) at this fall’s worlds, and discusses the rapid developments in training that have taken women’s freestyle kayaking to new competitive heights outlined in a new film from Brit paddler-filmmaker Polly Green.
This August, outdoor education nonprofit Voyages of Rediscovery heads 1,200 miles up the Columbia River with a new dugout canoe-building expedition-project to create stewards, and save salmon near the river systems headwaters. Check out episode 1 from the project here.
Canadian canoeist Dominique Liboiron takes us inside his eight-month, 3,270-mile journey, where, inspired by the memory of his late uncle, he became the first person to paddle from Saskatchewan to New Orleans via the Frenchman, Milk, Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
The North Fork Championship returns to Idaho this weekend, where an invited list of some of the world’s top paddlers (plus a top group of qualifiers) race a gated course through the crux of the roadside Class V classic. Chris Gragtmans lays out his first impressions of the course and field of competitors.
A deeper look inside the ‘Unfiltered’ profile from our current, June issue of Canoe & Kayak available on newsstands now, of South African Jerome Truran, one of the lead kayakers on the historic 1985 first expedition to paddle the Amazon from source to sea.
An update on the Monterey-to-Hawaii kayak expedition previewed in our May issue. Originally scheduled to launch this April, two retired military friends, John Craig and RW Hand, rescheduled the departure for next Saturday, June 8, seeking to recreate Ed Gillet’s historic 63-day crossing from 1987 in a pair of modified tandem Necky kayaks.
Zander Martin checks in from Central Asia to give us a preview of his 90-day summer canoe expedition from Mongolia to the Sea of Okhotsk, hoping to complete his ambitious, three-year paddle- (and peddle-)powered journey across the globe, figuring out funding and route out along the way.
The fifth and final installment of the Powell to Powell film series follows the group of college friends finish its Colorado River journey from the source by crossing Lake Powell in a solar-powered raft. The series points to the need for water-use awareness and progressive solutions, as the population of the Southwest will continue to grow, “the river will not.”