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TO THE CASUAL ONLINE OBSERVER, it would appear that expedition sea kayaking has entered a golden age. It’s been barely a year since Freya Hoffmeister set the bar with her brazen 9,400-mile Race Around Australia. Since then, New York City’s Marcus Demuth traced the perimeter of Great Britain in a record-fast 80 days, a Norwegian team notched the first unsupported circumnavigation of Antarctica’s South Georgia Island (pictured above), and Aleksander Doba made the first continent-to-continent crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a kayak.
ERIC JACKSON CAN THROW DOWN. The Jackson Kayak founder claims four Freestyle World Championship titles, thanks in part to his ability to break complicated play moves into their constituent parts, and repeat them on demand. So if you want to learn an advanced playboating maneuver like the blunt to McNasty, you want to talk to E.J.
JESSE COOMBS IS TELLING ME WHAT HE DID LAST SUMMER. “Imagine a 14-hour jungle portage with 90 pounds of gear and multiple rappels over un-runable 100-foot, 300-foot and 600-foot falls,” the expedition paddler says, describing just one of the four days he spent last August in Mexico’s Barranca de Piaxtla, potentially the deepest river canyon in North America.
The run started calmly enough with some class III and class IV rapids. Then it transitioned to class V with some runnable whitewater, but lots of portages. We encountered some great rapids, amazing scenery and a gorgeous un-runnable falls. We only had a half-day of paddling, due to the morning’s preparations, but found a great spot for camping at 6:00pm and we were all in good spirits for the beginning of our adventure.
The run started calmly enough with some Class III and Class IV rapids. Then it transitioned to Class V with some runnable whitewater, but lots of portages. We encountered some great rapids, amazing scenery and a gorgeous un-runnable falls. We only had a half-day of paddling, due to the morning’s preparations, but found a great spot for camping at 6 p.m. and we were all in good spirits for the beginning of our adventure.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will bring its 5th Annual Northern Forest Paddlers Film Festival to Lake Placid on Thursday, April 28 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and screenings begin at 7:00 p.m.
What To Do If… … you’re attacked by a shark? Caught in a forest fire? Trapped in a tide flood? Storm Warning Paddling can make or break a relationship. One couple finds clarity in the Apostle Islands. Gear Canoe camping bliss, and six ocean-worthy fishing kayaks reviewed. 2011 Paddle Guide As far as sticks go, […]
4.17.11, ~2:30 p.m. Toketee Falls, on the North Umpqua River in southern Oregon, has only had more than ~75 cfs five times in the last year, because of an antiquated hydro-power diversion. I was planning on paddling somewhere else when I woke up in the morning, but looked at flows after a night of rain and saw the gauge above Toketee at ~250 and going up slowly.
Being the publisher of the world’s biggest paddling magazine does have its perks. Last winter, for example, Larry Vermeeren of Small World Adventures (SWA) invited me down to Ecuador, where he has been running paddling trips since 1993. It was the best week of paddling I’ve ever had.
It’s time to join efforts to once again bringing an important boating safety issue – life jacket wear – to the forefront and setting a world record along the way. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) invites boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to participate in the “Ready, Set, Inflate!” event on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
The Port Angeles Kayak Symposium, from April 15th through the 17th on Hollywood Beach, features a new event that organizers hope catches on at gatherings around the paddling community.
The ESKA is excited to announce Waboba as a sponsor of the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking. We won’t beat around the bush – Waboba makes balls.