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.
Last month, some of the world’s best kayak surfers competed in the 27th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Their stunts and tricks on the legendary break awed spectators and made for some awesome photography. The C&K staff picked their favorite photos to showcase in a flipbook.
Over the last 40 years, filming kayak and canoe adventures has been on a roller coaster ride. Cameras have shrunk and become waterproof, while the rivers have gotten only harder and more harrowing. This gallery showcases where filmers shot and with what.
While the Southeast has not traditionally been known for its large waterfalls, a crew of young “hucksters” have been chasing rain and redefining the paradigm. At the forefront is Pat Keller, who has more Southeast waterfall first descents than anyone else. We caught up with him and fellow paddler Hunt Jennings after their side-by-side second and third descents of 80-foot Cane Creek Falls in Tennessee.
Six miles of paddling through tidal rapids in 40-degree December temps with horizontal angled rain and driving wind isn’t what most people would consider to be much fun. But for the past seven years, 100-plus paddlers of various human powered water craft plus volunteers, sponsors and spectators show up to race in the Deception Pass Dash in Washington State.