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 […]



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


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 […]



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 […]



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


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


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


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.

Whitewater ready


This story featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide issue. By Jeff Kinney Learning to kayak whitewater is a long process. You can’t simply master a few skills and tackle a Class V monster. But according to Jerry McAward, a veteran instructor at Northeast PA Kayak School, these five essential skills form the backbone of any […]



Canoeing is how this whole paddling business got started, and as they navigated their bark craft through the boreal forest, early paddlers faced the same challenge you did at summer camp: sharing the canoe with another paddler.

Though solo canoeing is always an option, nothing moves a canoe better than a well-matched tandem team. The trick is good communication and knowing your job. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Beginner’s Luck


A first-time sea kayaker needs just a handful of skills and about a half-day of practice to get a basic foundation in the sport. Veteran instructor Ray Boucher introduces countless people to sea kayaking each summer at Naturally Superior Adventures’ paddling center on Lake Superior’s Canadian shore. Here are his top five skills for starters.

Rescue for River Runners Recognized


A year ago, open-boat expert Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions started a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos called R3: Rescue for River Runners, which aired on the Canoe & Kayak website. Last week, the series won the National Association of Search & Rescue Special Commendation Award for contribution to search & rescue.

C&K staff got in touch with Coffey and McKay to talk about the series and what winning the award meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:

Rescue for River Runners


In Episode Ten of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on, Jim Coffey delves further into the topic of foot entrapment by going through the first, basic, and vital assessments any rescuer should consider and practice.

Pushing Past the Plateau


By: Thomas Hall I thought I would begin this series of tips by sharing my secrets for dealing with one of the fundamental, and insanely frustrating, features of skill development: the plateau. The plateau is something I wrestled with throughout my athletic career. In trying to master the vagaries of the sprint canoe stroke, I […]

Let’s Boof


After rolling, boofing may be the most sought-after skill for whitewater paddlers. Nailing the boof means getting some air, clearing the hole at the bottom and hitting that perfect landing without compromising the spine.

There are a lot of pieces to the boof and many nuances to keep in mind. We have compiled all the tips and tricks we know on how, when and where to the boof.

Rescue for River Runners


In Episode Nine of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on, Jim Coffey covers a topic as relevant as ever: how to mitigate the risks of a foot entrapment situation.

Mayday Mayday Mayday


For those who enjoy ocean paddling, safety may not always be the first thing on their minds when setting up for the day. However, things don’t always go as planned. In the event that a well-planned day of fun and adventure takes a turn for the worse, having an emergency signal kit and knowing how to use a marine-band radio can keep a bad situation from turning into a dangerous one.

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