Author Archives: "Jeff Moag"

Tricky What?

08.29.2013 //

Next week, the ICF World Freestyle Kayak Championships will be contested on a newly created play hole at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. Here’s what to expect.

Mr. Canoe Paddles On

12.10.2012 //

Canoeing icon Ralph Frese died December 10 in a hospice overlooking the Chicago River’s East Branch. He was 86 years old. The proprietor of Chicagoland Canoe Base began paddling in a canvas-covered kayak on the Illinois River when he was a teenager. By the time he was 24, Frese was mass-producing canoes for his local Boy Scout troop, and in 1967 he paddled voyageur canoe replicas from Chicago to the World’s Fair in Montreal. In 1973 he retraced Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette’s 3,000-mile 1673 expedition.

After the Dam, a new Northwest Classic

11.05.2012 //

What lies beneath?

It’s a question that’s been on paddlers’ and naturalist’s minds alike since the 98-year-old Condit Dam was removed from Washington’s White Salmon River in October 2011. With the dam gone, the still waters of Northwestern Lake drained away, revealing nearly two miles of riverbed coated in a nearly100-year accumulation of silt and downed timber from the surrounding forests. Access to this new run officially opened this weekend, November 3, and C&K has a preview from the first paddlers to document the stretch.

Nile Fest Special

10.16.2012 //

Day 3 of the Nile River Festival went HUGE. It was a slow morning after a big night in camp. It rained nearly 3 inches Saturday night, which created a massive mud pit in the middle of the party. Mud dancing and wrestling lasted throughout the night! The hang-over cure was a 15 kilometer mass-start race from Itanda to Nile Special Sunday morning. Local paddler Jackson 1 (that is his real name; he has two brothers named Jackson 2 and Jackson 3) got the beatdown of the weekend in the Bad Place at the bottom of Itanda, starting the day off with a big swim!

Moosefest State of Mind

10.16.2012 //

Photo gallery and story from Scott Martin of this weekend’s Fall Moosefest, 2012. The finale of the 4-part King of New York race series.

Give it up for David Moor

10.14.2012 //

Ugandan David Moor wins the Itanda Falls Race, the first of three stages in the Nile River Festival.

Ready to Rumble: The 2012 Nile River Festival

10.12.2012 //

Words and Photos by Seth Warren We made the pre-event journey to Itanda Falls today. This is going to be one of the best river festivals of all time here in Uganda. There is still plenty of whitewater to be had, despite the tragic damming of Bujagali, which has drastically impacted the whitewater tourism. In […]

Kayaking Ukraine: The Shortcut

09.10.2012 //

Entering a small inlet at the southern tip of Hortitsa we find peaceful and clear water. This place seems to be made for baidarkas, and we soon meet three families paddling Neris 3 baidarkas in the calm canals and flowery marshes.

Kayaking Ukraine: The Yacht Club

09.06.2012 //

Alexander was a trainer of champion triathletes during the Soviet era but is now retired and sticks to sailing and regattas. He is very humorous and manages to fit swear words into sentences in ways that Pushkin or Ukraine’s revered national poet Taras Shevchenko would be jealous of. His cursing is an art form; poetry in emotion. Alexander tells us to set up our tent in the club’s yard and come join everyone for dinner posthaste. In the meantime another club member pulls up in his giant Landcruiser and invites us on a light-speed tour of the city, using the curbs as a mere navigational suggestions.

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 7

09.04.2012 //

In our final installment, the crew load their nearly finished kayaks for the trip home, and John extolls the virtues of wood-composite construction. In a series of short videos over seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. A typical workshop […]

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 6

09.03.2012 //

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, veteran builder Michael explains why he’s still making kayaks. “It’s kind of the Pinocchio effect, where you’re taking something that’s inanimate and assembling it and it has it’s own life after that,” he says. “It has its own personality.”

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 5

09.02.2012 //

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, Tammy explains why she and her husband Matt decided to attend the Woodenboat Workshop. “We should probably take the class if we’re going […]

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 4

09.01.2012 //

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, Paul tells about his two kayak projects–the unfinished one in the garage, and the one he’s building at the workshop. “The workshop was […]

C&K Heroes: Martin Litton

08.31.2012 //

In the annals of wilderness conservation, Martin Litton is a singular force of nature—a Category 5 hurricane of eloquence, passion, and pig-headed obduracy quite unlike anything that has ever blown across the American landscape.

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 3

08.31.2012 //

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. On day three, the students assemble and attach their kayaks’ decks, and Marty talks about the love of woodworking she inherited from her father.

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 2

08.30.2012 //

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, Matt tells us why he chose to build his own kayak. A typical workshop week: Check back for a new video installment every […]

Woodenboat Workshop, Day 1

08.29.2012 //

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak will follow six first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, the students begin to stitch their first panels together, as Pygmy Kayak owner John Lockwood explains that anyone can build their […]

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