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Whitewater Grand Prix: Grand Finale

05.16.2011

The first Whitewater Grand Prix wrapped up Saturday with a giant slalom race (see video, above) on a Class V section of gnarl on the Bras Louis River, in Quebec. As the sixth and final stage of the two-week long event, in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, the giant slalom also sorted out the final overall standings…

Brush Creek High Water Run

05.11.2011

C&K Associate Editor, Dave Costello, drove to the Kern this past weekend with his creeking gear and the hope that he might find a shuttle. A recent transplant from Duluth, Minnesota, he’d never been to the valley before.

Whitewater Grand Prix: On a ‘Stakeout’

05.10.2011

Patrick Camblin, event director of the Whitewater Grand Prix, was this morning scrambling down an embankment in order to access a nice-looking wave on the Saguenay River, in Quebec. “Two freestyle contests will be happening in the next few days, so we’re rallying all over and trying to find what our best bet is going to be for a spot,” he says. “We’re just arriving at a wave right now, actually…

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.

Young Gun, Uncertain Future

05.08.2011

Whitewater slalom followers knew it was only a matter of time before Michal Smolen became the top K1 paddler in the United States. What came as a surprise to many, however, was how quickly the 17-year-old Smolen has made the ascent. At the U.S. National team trials in Charlotte, N.C. April 15-17, Smolen defeated past Olympians and World Cup medalists to take first place…

Early Returns: Whitewater Grand Prix

05.07.2011

The first Whitewater Grand Prix, an invitational-only kayaking series with 20-something of the world’s best paddlers, is underway in up Canada with two stages—best trick on “Gladiator” of the Ottawa River, and big water boatercross on the Rouge River in Quebec—in the books. Some video and results from Stages 1 & 2:

It’s On: Whitewater Grand Prix

05.03.2011

We like to call it a revival. After seven years where the number of freestyle competitions remained mostly stagnant (and low, at that), as many as 60 new events have sprung up across North America in the last two years. Freestyle boaters now have their pick of nearly 200 competitions in 25 states. The trend begs the question: Can freestyle return to the top of the kayaking hierarchy, a position it held for much of the late 1990s and early 2000s?

VIRTUAL COACH: OC Boof Stroke

05.02.2011

In this episode of Virtual Coach, veteran OC-1 shredder and C&K’s whitewater canoeing guru Mark Scriver demonstrates the OC boof on the water.

Slippery When Wet, No. 4: Ben Stookesberry

04.27.2011

Well, here it is. The highly anticipated release of the 4th of 7 Slippery When Wet trailers featuring the man, the myth, the legend, Ben Stookesberry. This man has proven himself a world-class filmmaker, kayak icon, and easily one of the top expedition kayakers on the planet.

¡Due Espresso!

04.25.2011

The Wells Brothers, Todd and Brendan, certainly seem to be getting after it in Oregon this month. Two weeks ago they brought you Outlet Falls 2011, and now this… Sam Freihofer and Todd Wells paddling 82-foot Metlako Falls on Eagle Creek, in Oregon—in a two-man kayak.

Virtual Coach: Transporting Your Canoe

04.20.2011

Paul and Willa Mason show you the right way to transport your canoe in the latest episode of Virtual Coach

Video: Waveski Surfing off Maui

04.19.2011

Dig this sweet new video featuring Fletcher Burton and Tyler Lausten riding waveskis off Maui recently, then standing up and surfing… well, you’ve gotta see it to appreciate it.

Video: ‘The River,’ featuring heli-assisted filming

04.14.2011

We’re not certain where this film comes from, but based on a bit of Internet sleuthing we believe it originates from Norway and this company — Panorama Hardanger. Either way, it’s pretty sick. Question: What does it look like to follow kayakers down Class IV/V whitewater and waterfalls in a helicopter? Answer: Play the video. […]

Kayak Fishing Tales: Twice Bitten

04.13.2011

The latest from Kayak Fishing Tales: “While fishing for yellowtail (kingfish) in New Zealand, Jim Sammons has a 40-pound yellowtail ripped from his hands by a hungry and aggressive shark:”

Outlet Falls 2011

04.12.2011

This new video was posted April 10 by Wells Brothers Productions: “Tyler Bradt, Eric Johnson, and Todd and Brendan Wells paddle Outlet Falls in Glenwood, Wash., at peak flows. After our first day on the drop we returned for a second round, in which we also ran the first descent of the lead-in rapids to the falls.”

Video: Rafting a South Sierra classic

04.11.2011

Cool rafting video from April 2 on Northern California’s Brush Creek, a tributary of the Kern River, with paddlers Austin Nickell, Dave Krog and Brandon Sweet.

Bashkaus Expedition Signs Book of Legends

04.10.2011

One of this video’s opening narrations says it all: “Day one, we found a dead body… It’s the second one we’ve found.” That sums up the intensity of Siberia’s Lower Bashkaus Gorge high in the Altai Mountains just north of Mongoia, tackled last summer by Sickline Adidas Team members…

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