When Americans think of prime canoe country, they think Boundary Waters. And they’re right. But why stop at the border? Crossing into Ontario, starting with Quetico, opens an unlimited wealth of canoe country. This is what the Boundary Waters are justly famous for, only less crowded, less regulated, and with more options. This is not […]
By Joe Potoczak Fabien Lefevre, the young French superstar turned American veteran, today won the 2014 C-1 world championship at home in his adopted country. It’s Lefevre’s seventh ICF world championship gold, but his first in C-1, and first as an American. “I had the crowd on my side, pushing me downstream,” Lefevre says. The […]
By Joe Potoczak Another world champion has been dethroned. Vavrinec Hradilek, the 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist from the Czech Republic, finished his semifinal run in 22nd place, leaving him out of the final and guaranteeing that we will have a new champion in K-1 this year. There’s still a chance that […]
By Joe Potoczak It’s been 25 years since the whitewater slalom world championships were last held in the United States, but it looked like business as usual for American racers in the opening heats of men’s kayak and solo canoe. All five American men competing Thursday advanced to the semifinal round in workmanlike fashion, including […]
In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.
From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery: Photo by Frits Meyst. Sea kayakers explore Hidden Bay on Groot Fam Island, one of more than 1,500 small coral islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago. The reefs and blue-water mangroves teem with marine life, which supports the traditional Papuan way of life. The Raja Ampat Research and […]
By Kate Stepan While guiding rafts in Bali and other far-flung corners of the globe, Nate and Kelly Bricker saw plenty of what the U.S. river permit system was designed to prevent: overcrowding, overuse, and misuse by companies out to make a buck. When the Salt Lake City-based couple discovered a relatively untouched part of […]
By Katie McKy There are times when the water flowing out of Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s headwaters in northern Minnesota, isn’t enough to float a 14.5’ Current Design Whistler. That was not Ellen McDonah’s problem. McDonah, a retired teacher and practicing artist from Galesville, Wisconsin, began her journey to the Gulf on May 25th, […]
Kayaker Ben Stookesberry leads an all-star team of paddlers on an exploratory longboat waterfall recon run through the Torngat Mountains, the Northeast’s largest contiguous roadless area in the remote reaches of the Labrador Peninsula, accessing tributary first descents via canoe routes and broadcasting the photos and progress in real-time across social networking platforms.
From C&K’s July 2014 issue: Ben Stookesberry and Surjan Tamang reopen the book on the “Relentless River of Everest” with an improbable first descent of the previously unrun inner gorges of the Nepal’s Dudh Kosi.
By Katie McKy Imagine paddling with 400 of your nearest and dearest friends in a Skittles-colored fleet. This is the tenth year of Paddle Georgia, a 7-day, 115-mile journey on Georgia’s longest river, the Chattahoochee. It’s a river that’s as fun to paddle as it to pronounce, with waterfalls, 100-foot granite cliffs, caves that once […]
Photos by Krystle Wright Words by Conor Mihell The summer monsoon brought days of heavy rain. The river rose steadily, cutting its banks, flooding the flat, shelter-less shoreline of grass and willow. When the gale-force winds hit, the Amur River, now four miles across, turned into a hostile giant. “We thought we could always get […]
In September, the world’s premier kayakers and canoeists meet in Deep Creek, Md., as the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships return to the U.S. for the first time in 25 years.