Dave Costello

Dave Costello

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Recreation Boating’s Best Kayaks

03.14.2012 //

We gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best beginner-friendly kayaks you can buy on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career.

Best In Show: Canoecopia 2012

03.13.2012 //

Here are C&K’s picks for the top five new pieces of trend-setting paddling gear at this year’s Canoecopia trade show.

USA Canoe/Kayak Going to Olympics

03.12.2012 //

After taking home Gold at the Pan American Championships, Team USA will have Olympians in both the C-1 and C-2 categories at the London 2012 Summer Games.

Do or Die for U.S. Olympic Canoes

03.08.2012 //

This weekend’s Pan American Championships in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, will be the last chance for the six men’s U.S. C-1 and C-2 paddlers to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The How of Why

03.01.2012 //

After being asked by Nikon to make the movie “Why” using their new D4 DSLR camera (which is now at the top of the C&K wish-list, along with the remote control helicopter they used to film Dane Jackson hucking waterfalls in Veracruz, Mexico), adventure filmmaker Corey Rich also decided to capture what went on behind the scenes of the project.

Heli Footage from the Little White

02.29.2012 //

Remember those awesome helicopter shots of Rush Sturges and Steve Fisher on the Little White Salmon from Sturges’s 2011 Frontier DVD? Well, even if not, here’s some more that didn’t make the final cut (but probably could have).

The Craziest Idea Wins

02.29.2012 //

On October 26, 2011, a hole was blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, located on Washington’s White Salmon River. The explosion marked the beginning of a national river restoration effort that was documented by Portland, Ore., paddler/filmmaker Andy Maser in the short film The Craziest Idea, which was recently named Best Professional Documentary at the NPFF.

Nepalese Paddlers get the Nod

02.28.2012 //

Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar have been voted the 2012 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.

In Their Own Words

02.28.2012 //

Here, Jon Turk and Erik Boomer talk candidly about their 1,495-mile, 104-day Ellesmere expedition and walk you through the amazing imagery they captured.

One Man’s Epic

01.17.2012 //

Last September Australian Tom Smitheringale, 41, set off to cross the Sahara Desert, east to west, roughly 4,660 miles, from its boundaries on The Nile in Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco; all to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which helps sick children recover from devastating illnesses.

How It’s Made

01.12.2012 //

Have you ever wondered how a Royalex boat gets built? It’s okay if you haven’t, but you probably should. It’s pretty cool: The process involves big machinery, high temperatures, melting plastic and hydrolic molds. Some serious don’t-try-this-at-home stuff.

A Salute To Carnage

12.19.2011 //

Stay safe out there, and remember: We’re all just in between swims.

Paddle For Life

12.13.2011 //

Last year, Florida State Park Ranger and lifelong paddler Rick Storsberg, 63, was planning his retirement. “I was going to travel around the U.S. and visit all the National Parks and do a little volunteer work,” he says, smiling. Then he pointed to his chest. “But when I went in for my physical they found a big black spot on my lung.”

Down The Mississippi

12.08.2011 //

This past summer, California-based paddlers, Peter, Dan and Paul Bragiel, along with their filmmaker friend Tony Corella, canoed the length of the Mississippi River. It took them 61 days, and involved a lot of trial and error.


12.01.2011 //

Five2Nine Productions’ Mike McKay, creator of the Currents online video series, has just unleashed his newest film project; an 18-minute whitewater roller coaster that infuses the best of this year’s Current’s TV along with some new, never before seen white-knuckle content.

Children of Nature

11.11.2011 //

The Freemans roam the Canadian arctic, the Amazon and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by canoe, foot and dogsled to inspire students to get outside.

In The Middle

11.08.2011 //

With the Idaho drainage’s 2011 snowpack at 261 percent of average this past June, driving the only access road to the Boundary Creek put-in of the classic, 100-mile Class IV Middle Fork of the Salmon was simply out of the question.

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