skills

Backcountry Gourmet

07.26.2013

Good backcountry food makes the difference between roughing it on short trips and living well on longer ones. Healthy, tasty, camp-cooked food can become a mainstay for canoeing trips with help from the new book The New Trailside Cookbook.

Help the Coast Guard Help You

06.26.2013

June’s installment of Staying Safe with the Coast Guard. Canoe & Kayak magazine teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide monthly service stories on how to stay safe while paddling on the ocean.

Rack and Roll

06.20.2013

No matter what you hear about raging rapids, the most dangerous part of paddling is getting to the put-in. You can’t do anything about others on the road, but you can make sure your boat stays safe and secure on your roof rack. Here’s how.

Water Safety with the U.S. Coast Guard

06.12.2013

Everyone wants to have fun on the water. The important thing to remember is staying safe while having fun. Canoe & Kayak teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to develop a series of water safety skills and tips to times fun and danger free.

What’s the Hitch?

05.21.2013

You got questions, Eddy’s got answers

Where the Wild Things Are

05.17.2013

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

How to Set Some Goals

05.13.2013

Goal setting is relevant in everything from personal finance to lifestyle changes. The concept is relatively simple: make a goal and plan how you’re going to get there. Sometimes, though putting into practice isn’t so simple. What follows is my story about goal setting and my take on how to make it work for you.

How to Photograph Wildlife

05.08.2013

One of paddling’s great joys are wild animal encounters. Better is capturing them—on camera. Here’s how photograph wildlife.

New York Paddle Sport Safety

05.06.2013

The weather is getting warmer, and spring is just beginning to emerge, which means paddle sport enthusiasts are knocking the dust and cobwebs off their boats and are ready to hit the water. But before heading out, remember a few very important notes to ensure a safe time on the water.

STORM RIDERS

04.30.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide. The Team: Marty Perry, Rowan Gloag and the Hurricane Riders The Mission: Push the limits of sea-kayak performance By Mike McKay They call themselves the Hurricane Riders, and they delight in chasing the rough waters at the edge of sea kayak performance. They charge into frigid overhead […]

WILDERNESS CLASSROOM

04.30.2013

UPDATE: The Freemans are up for National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award. Click here to learn more and vote for them.  This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide issue. Team: Dave and Amy Freeman Mission: Paddle and trek 11,700 miles; send daily updates to students around the world By Conor Mihell Illinois-based outdoor […]

Deepwater Hunter

04.30.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide issue. Man: Andy Cho Mission: Land the biggest fish ever caught from a kayak, and feed his family By Paul Lebowitz Andy Cho is the four-time defending champion of the grueling Aquahunters Makahiki Pro kayak fishing tournament. The goal of this eight-month-long Hawaiian marathon is to beat […]

THE GREAT LOOP

04.30.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide issue. The Man: Josh Tart The Mission: Paddle a 5,000-mile circuit around the eastern United States and fish all the way. By Conor Mihell Josh Tart wasn’t quite ready to join the rat race when he graduated from college in 2011, so he decided to take on […]

CANOE TO SKI

04.30.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide issue. The Team: Brian Mohr, Emily Johnson and Justin Beckwith The Mission: Use canoes to access virgin New England ski runs By Eugene Buchanan There’s almost no end to the things you can do in a canoe. New Englanders Brian Mohr, Emily Johnson, and Justin Beckwith have […]

Stepping up

04.29.2013

Getting started in paddling can seem daunting, but beneath the pile of ‘required’ gear and the many skills, the hidden beauty of paddling is in its simple accessibility: Anyone can do it. And it can be done at any level, from crossing the Arctic to poking around the local millpond. Here, we’ll sketch a simple progression from your first time on the water to a multi-day adventure.

How to Stand Up Paddle

04.26.2013

It’s been said that even your grandma can learn to standup paddle (SUP) in calm conditions. First-timers going out on flat, calm water need just a handful of skills and a half-day of practice to grasp the sport’s basics. Todd Bradley, founder of board manufacturer C4 Waterman, and instructors John Denney of East Coast Paddle Surfing in Jupiter, Fla., and Izzy Tihanyi of Surf Diva’s What’SUP Surf School in La Jolla, Calif., help shed light on establishing the right skill foundation.

Essential Fish Kayaking Know-How

04.25.2013

Kayaks and fishing. A natural match, right? Still, a boat, a paddle and a rod can be a lot to juggle—and that’s before some pinstriped torpedo otherwise known as a fish starts tearing line off the reel. That heart-pounding moment will be easier to handle with these five essential kayak-fishing skills.

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