Behind the Lens: Kirk Mastin


Pacific Northwest photographer Kirk Mastin speaks to his love of film photography and how he went beyond a normal portrait assignment to capture this dynamic kayaking photograph.

Sea Kayak in British Columbia


A paddling photo essay from British Columbia’s Hornby Island, which offered a fitting finale to C&K’s Vancouver Island-based sea kayak review featured in the June 2013 issue, on a fleet of day-tripping boats built for everyday touring.

Behind the Lens: Peter Holcombe


This month on “Behind the Lens,” Colorado kayaker and photographer Peter Holcombe explains how some carlight maneuvering and good models produced a composition balancing focus between water and paddler.

Sticking the Fork


Photos, results, and racer analysis from the North Fork Championship II, where Louis Geltman claimed a victory over a stacked international field on a slalom course barreling down Jacob’s Ladder on Idaho’s North Fork Payette.

Gallery — The Other Portage


In this Gallery—The Other Portage, you can see the Congo Whitewater Kayaking Expedition Team. Photo: Greg Von Doersten



“Park and play” wasn’t in the lexicon of the voyageurs or Lewis and Clark. When the water ran out or the river became too steep, they portaged.



The times have changed and so have the cameras, but not what photographers ask of their boating models.

Where the Wild Things Are


Canoe & Kayak’s top paddling destinations to shoot wildlife photography

Behind the Lens: Aaron Peterson


Michigan photographer nails storm kayaking image for the May 2013 cover.

Sea of Cortez


Erik Boomer made this photograph of expedition partner Sarah McNair Landry during a rainsquall in the middle of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

The Inga Rapids


Tyler Bradt with Steve Fisher, Ben Marr and Rush Sturges in a relative calm moment during the first descent of the Congo River’s Inga Rapids, Oct. 26, 2011.



Colorado-based nonprofit Ríos to Rivers uses kayaking and exchange to educate young boaters about the impact of dams on rivers and build a cross-cultural dialogue about the value of free-flowing rivers and the need to balance development with conservation.



The Olympic spectacle is a lot like the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in suburban London. For five days this summer the world’s attention will be focused on this pump-driven facsimile of a Class IV creek, where the planet’s best slalom boaters will compete for the sports biggest prize. Some will triumph, others will falter, and […]

Gallery—Kodak Courage


That’s what they called it back when Kodachrome was king. Photography has changed a great deal since then, but not human nature. Which explains why Paul Kuthe was so close to the rocks at Oregon’s Cascade Head when the North Pacific threw a heavy set straight at him. “Most of it was my fault, shouting ‘Get in there a big more!’” admits photographer Steve Rogers. Kuthe took four set wavevs on the head, but it was the first one, pictured here, that nearly ended his day. “He pretty much just clung on. It was like, ‘Holy shit, Paul, you really nearly overcooked that one.” – JM

Ledges Legends


Spring in the Northeast has arrived, and with it, the start of creek racing season. The smell of maple syrup and sight of red flannel overwhelmed the senses at the New Haven Ledges Race this past weekend. With a late spring melt, the conditions could not have been better. Boaters from all over New England headed to the New Haven River, a few miles outside of Bristol, Vt., to take part in the annual event.

China Walls, Eastern Oahu, Hawaii


Outrigger canoers Jimmy Austin and Keizo Gates paddling at sunset near China Walls on Eastern Oahu near Honolulu, Hawaii.

Salal Creek, British Columbia


This photo featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide. Todd Wells kayaks down Salal Creek in British Columbia.

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