Gallery: It’s in the Can


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.

Lac La Croix, Ontario


Modern canoeists encounter pictographs left on the shores of Lac la Croix by Ojibwe artists who also traveled by canoe.

2013 Santa Cruz Paddlefest


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.

Gallery—Benjamin Hjort


Gallery – Upper Valldal River, Norway

40 Years of Shooting Whitewater


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.

Best of the Rest


A photo-essay flipbook featuring our favorite picks from the past 40 years of paddling photos that didn’t fit into our special March anniversary issue.

Honey Badger … and Cobra?


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. 

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