skills

What to do if a Great White Attacks the Boat

02.14.2013

An estimated 15- to 17-foot-long great white shark bit down on the front bulkhead of Strosaker’s homemade wood and fiberglass sea kayak, puncturing the hull in several places and “gently gumming” the boat for about 15 seconds. Shocked, Strosaker says he “screamed like a little girl,” but had the presence of mind not to hit the shark, splash wildly or otherwise act like the apex predator’s typical quarry. Finally the shark released and appeared to circle back. Strosaker braced himself for another strike, but the shark abruptly dove deep and disappeared.

2012′s Top 10 Stories

12.21.2012

Once again, The Google has spoken. We crunched the analytics from the all-knowing search engine to find out which CanoeKayak.com stories were the most read. Here’s our top 10 original stories for 2012 plus our top video and photo gallery of the year as well as the top gear review, top skills piece, and top multimedia story from the magazine, as chosen by reader pageviews.

Storm Riders

11.07.2012

A C&K exclusive video looking inside the gear that British Columbia’s hard-charging Hurricane Riders crew has tailored for their specific paddling needs pushing the edge of sea kayak performance.

The live-bait rescue

11.02.2012

In Episode Seven of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey covers the downstream live-bait rescue.

Club Mend: Build Your Own Kayak

08.09.2012

Turning a box of wood into a kayak.

Learning the ropes, with Jim Coffey

08.01.2012

In Episode 4 of the R3: Rescue for River Runners whitewater safety video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey provides throw-rope tips and principles, as well as a two-swimmer, one-rope exercise to put to use.

Dogs are Paddlers too

07.11.2012

Tips to river-ready your dog, from Lorraine Wakely, who’s taught her German shepherd and Lab-Doberman cross to run the shore on command as she paddles the Class IV creeks that flow into Lake Superior.

Rescue for River Runners

07.09.2012

Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat badass Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com. Here in Episode Three, Coffey covers safe swimming principles.

Rescue for River Runners

06.04.2012

Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat badass Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com. Here in Episode Two, Coffey covers group dynamics.

Virtual Coach: Your First Rodeo

05.04.2012

Five years ago, Adam Chappell had only dabbled in flatwater when he saw YouTube clips of kayakers at Buseater and taught himself to loop in his backyard pool. Now a rising talent in freestyle kayaking’s competitive ranks, Chappell walks you through his first go-to trick sequence in this Virtual Coach installment that can help you build a routine for your summer festival contest of choice.

Rescue for River Runners

05.03.2012

Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat badass Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com. Here in Episode One, Coffey covers the gear essentials you need to get started.

How To…Avoid Getting Run Over By a Boat

04.19.2012

As tempting as strapping road flares to your bow may be, there are a few more practical (and subtle) tips to remember when sharing the water with motorboats.

Virtual Coach: Busting the MITH

03.27.2012

The eddy turn is a gateway maneuver for aspiring river paddlers. It’s the move that allows you to quickly exit the current when you don’t like what you see downstream and re-enter the flow after taking a breather. The trouble is, for years it was one of the hardest skills for novice paddlers to grasp.

VIRTUAL COACH: How To Self-Support

01.23.2012

In this episode of Virtual Coach, Erik Boomer demonstrates how to pack your multi-day kayak

2011′s Top 10 Stories

12.22.2011

Google has spoken (or at least its analytics widget has). We tracked the data, looking back at the year that was, and we found the best stories on CanoeKayak.com decided by you, the reader. So here’s our Top 10 Stories of 2011, determined by number of page-views, with a few noted honorable mentions that cracked the Top 25, also listed by number of views.

‘Sea Kayak Rescues’ DVD Coming Soon

08.23.2011

World-class sea kayak instructors Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme team up with award-winning filmmaker Bryan Smith—Kokatat athletes, all three—in Sea Kayak Rescues, a comprehensive modern guide to rescues for all paddlers.

Virtual Coach: Lift and Carry

08.17.2011

The late Bill Mason famously said, “Anyone who tells you portaging is fun is either a liar or crazy.” But in the same breath, the iconic canoeist and filmmaker would note that a little suffering goes a long way in escaping crowds of people, making the portage a gateway to wilderness paddling. It’s this element of portability that makes the canoe so perfectly suited to traveling lake-to-lake or descending wild rivers—or for going from the roof rack to the beach.

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