skills

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.

VIRTUAL COACH: How to Pack a Raft

07.29.2011

Todd Collins demonstrates how to pack for a multi-day packing trip.

Virtual Coach: Power Paddling

07.18.2011

Sean Morley knows a few things about going fast. He honed his forward stroke technique as a flatwater sprint racer on the British junior national team, but has made his biggest mark traveling far and fast in challenging conditions. He’s held speed records for crossing the Irish Sea, circumnavigating Vancouver Island, and paddling 4,500 miles around Great Britain and Ireland, solo.

VIRTUAL COACH: Packing a Canoe for an Overnight Trip

07.06.2011

C&K’s canoe technique gurus, Paul and Willa Mason, demonstrate some of the finer points to packing for an overnight canoe trip in this latest episode of VIRTUAL COACH.

Virtual Coach: How to Pack a Fishing Kayak

06.20.2011

Outfitting for overnighting on a fishing rig – a video primer

Virtual Coach: Tandem Basics

05.31.2011

FOR C&K’S CANOE TECHNIQUE GURU PAUL MASON, getting on the water to film a series of skills videos with his daughter, Willa, has made for a fond trip down memory lane. Canoeists around the world still remember Paul as the plaid shirt-wearing 14-year-old paddling with his father, the late filmmaker and canoeing icon Bill Mason, in the acclaimed “Path of the Paddle” instructional series, which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada in the 1970s.

Virtual Coach: Hand of God Sea Kayak Rescue

05.18.2011

Paul Kuthe is the Program Manager at Portland, Ore.’s Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, and a new-school leader in sea and whitewater kayak instruction. In this episode of C&K’s Virtual Coach, Kuthe covers an important sea kayak rescue technique to add to your bag of tricks when paddling with a partner, or teaching one to roll.

VIRTUAL COACH: Blunt to McNasty

05.10.2011

ERIC JACKSON CAN THROW DOWN. The Jackson Kayak founder claims four Freestyle World Championship titles, thanks in part to his ability to break complicated play moves into their constituent parts, and repeat them on demand. So if you want to learn an advanced playboating maneuver like the blunt to McNasty, you want to talk to E.J.

VIRTUAL COACH: The Bow Draw To Boof

05.05.2011

RUSH STURGES LIKES TO GO BIG WITH STYLE. That’s why the producer and star of Dynasty, Dream Result and Frontier makes the bow draw to boof stroke his go-to creekboating move. This technique (displayed at right by Rafa Ortiz) makes it simple and efficient to line your boat up before taking that big, game-breaking forward stroke-whether you’re trying to clear a boat-eating hydraulic or land a waterfall with precision.

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