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Lefevre Gold at 2014 Slalom Worlds

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 roar […]

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Slalom Worlds Day 2: Lefevre Into Finals as Hradilek Falters

09.19.2014

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 […]

Slalom Worlds Make Dramatic Return to U.S.

09.18.2014

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 […]

Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

09.17.2014

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.

The Derek Jeter Kayak: An Epic 18X Sport

09.17.2014

MLB teams haven’t hesitated to shower Derek Jeter with retirement gifts this year. The legendary shortstop has already received his portrait in LEGOs from the Indians, a picture signed by George W. Bush from the Rangers, and two seats from the Tiger Stadium. But the Tampa Bay Rays may have been the first team to […]

The Party that Saved the Gauley

09.16.2014

Even without the bear wrestling, Gauley fans had begun to arrive in unexpectedly high numbers.

One Square Mile of Hope Event Sets New World Record

09.16.2014

Above: World record by Hashtag. Check out the event’s Instagram photos tagged to #OneSquareMileofHope By Mike Lynch The One Square Mile of Hope breast cancer fundraiser looks like it has regained the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guide boats. Despite rain and 50-degree temperatures, more than 2,700 boats came […]

Derek Jeter Receives Touring Boat From Tampa Bay Rays

09.16.2014

At one of Derek Jeter’s final games in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, the Rays honored the all-star shortstop with a pinstriped sea kayak. The Rays management spared no expense on the Jeter kayak, purchasing an Epic 18x, a high-performance touring boat that retails for nearly $4,000. The boat was custom painted with the Yankees pinstripes, […]

The New Americans: Michal Smolen and Fabien Lefevre

09.16.2014

The slalom racing veteran, Lefevre, could help mentor Smolen to the top of the world and Olympic podiums–if the elder racer doesn’t claim gold for himself.

Going Source to Sea on the Missouri-Mississippi

09.15.2014

Catching up with Paul Gamache, the second American to paddle the entire length the country’s longest watershed, after 3,900 miles down the the Missouri-Mississippi river system from Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. Gamache’s source-to-sea epic took 78 days to complete.

Rides: Jerry Nowak’s Necky Manitou 14

09.15.2014

The Necky Manitou 14 might be a bit slower and get bounced around more than the longer boats, but it always feels stable and chugs steadily along.

Inside Jon Lugbill’s 1989 World Championships-winning C-1 Run

09.15.2014

In 1989, all eyes were on 28-year-old C-1 phenom Jon Lugbill, who won his unprecedented fifth individual World Championships gold medal with “one of the greatest slalom runs of all time.”

From the Gallery: Southbound

09.14.2014

From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery: Photo by Darin McQuoid. Rok Sribar exits the last of the Rio Baker’s three canyons. This Class V classic is world-renowned for its huge rapids, waves and blue-green Andean meltwater. It has also been a coveted target of dam builders and the center of an international debate in […]

From the Gallery: Into Indo

09.12.2014

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 […]

Texas Tanker Surfing

09.12.2014

I was in search of the holy grail of tanker surfing: that big five-foot wave primed for a magic half-mile ride of the year.

Will the Colorado River Delta’s Green Lagoons Ever Return?

09.12.2014

By Kevin Fedarko “A wilderness … is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” – The Wilderness Act of 1964 If the Wilderness Act is the body of law that is designed to protect a […]

Helen Wilson’s Guide to Painless Travel

09.11.2014

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a destination sea kayaking trip is just getting to the water. How will I navigate airports, taxis, and buses if I’m weighed down by my full suite of paddling gear?

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