Paddling the Mississippi River Alone

Armed with little more than an aluminum canoe, plastic paddle and budget PFD, Kev Brady of Gloucester, England, traveled to the source of the Mississippi River last year to undertake the trip of a lifetime. The 30-year-old Brit launched with little river running experience, braving snow storms, dodging shipping barges and perfecting his J-stroke over […]

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide


We’re well inside the two-weeks-till Christmas mark. If you need a little last-minute gift-giving inspiration for that paddler on your list, look no further than a few of C&K’s favorite gear goodies in our annual Holiday Gift Guide.

From the Kiwi Police Blotter: An ‘Unrepentant’ Kayaking Tourist


When faced with the choice between potential damage to his car’s roof and veering down New Zealand’s mountain roads with a full-sized sea kayak sticking into the other lane, this tourist decided to protect his paint job. The rig looked so unwieldy (and dangerous) that it stopped Kiwi police officer Freda Grace–who was responding to […]

Racing the Tide at Deception Pass Dash 2014


Story by Bill Walker Jason Park grinned in the dawn as he greeted a friend. “Awesome day, nothing like the swells and wind when I came out last week!” Park was preparing his OC-1 for his first attempt at the Deception Pass Dash 2014, the classic six-mile Northwest winter paddling event that challenges paddlers to […]

‘The Super Bowl of Tahiti’: Hawaiki Nui Va’a Race 2014


Photos and words by Shawn Parkin The small and normally quiet village of Fare on the island of Huahine in French Polynesia is abuzz with activity. Children play in the ocean, climbing the mooring line of a research ship, and jump into the water below. Local vendors of island crafts and food sell their wares […]

Rides: John Stookey’s Souris River Quetico


I enjoy the solitude of solo canoeing. Solitude is a precious commodity in today’s world. I also enjoy running a long stretch of Class I rapids; you have the rushing water without all the work. However, my favorite moment might be starting off first thing in the morning. I love that time of day. It’s so tranquil.

Artist Proves Everything Looks Like a Kayak, Lands in Jail


By Eugene Buchanan Boat builders find design inspiration everywhere, from pumpkins to cattle troughs and even plastic bottles. Some, believe it or not, even find it from their own bodies. No where can this be better seen than in a recent story from Japan representing a first for the paddlesports industry: the only kayak ever […]

Week in Review: December 12, 2014


The world’s fastest swimmer? This wet exit is so quick, it’s almost a dry exit…almost SBP’s Rey Del Rio Teaser: One minute and 38 seconds of sweet, sweet gnar Well worth the watch Baja bound: Sea kayaking the rock gardens of Mexico’s Pacific coast The Hurricane Riders strike again Message in a (plastic) bottle Kayak […]

Bay Area Storm: Kayaking in the Streets


An enormous storm has hit Northern California, turning roads to rivers and inspiring a few folks to break out their kayaks and take them to the streets. These images and video clips of storm paddlers are nuts. (And the Safeway parking lot was clearly the place to be.) –To read amazing paddling stories and see […]

The Colorado River to See a New Whitewater Park Next Spring


By Eugene Buchanan While kayaking play parks have sprouted up across the West in recent decades, the region’s biggest waterway, the Colorado River, only has one engineered kayaking park, the remarkably popular ‘wave’ in Glenwood Springs, Colo. That’s slated to change next spring, however, with construction of the Colorado’s second park near the Class V […]

Field Tested: GravityWorks Water Filter by Platypus


By Alan Kesselheim Every so often a piece of gear comes along that feels like a breakthrough. The gravity-feed microfiltration system by Platypus has that feeling. It is truly simple, truly convenient, and truly efficient. No more teetering on a streamside rock, keeping the straw in deep water, and laboring over a pump. Gravity does […]

Video: Mike Kemp Paddling Class IV-V Whitewater in a Sea Kayak


The Hammer is P&H’s contribution to the new line of kayaks that are slowly blurring the lines between maneuverable whitewater boats and fast, long-hulled sea kayaks. The Hammer (along with the Jackson Karma RG) has piqued the interest of both river paddlers looking for more speed and storage than creek boats offer and sea kayakers […]

The Final Paddle to D.C. Dispatch: Urban Paddling Advice


By Amy Freeman Dave and I unlocked the gate of the North Brooklyn Canoe Club as the sun was rising over a rough, industrial part of New York City. Located on top of another Superfund site, this was our access to the water. Donning our drysuits, winter hats and paddle mitts, we launched our canoe […]

Rush Sturges: The Athlete and the Artist


Rush Sturges is determined to reinvent his sport, and himself This story first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. River Roots Studios occupies an upstairs flat in the quiet town of White Salmon, Washington. The snowy cone of Mount Hood looms across the Columbia River, which crawls past far below. On […]

Laos Whitewater: Catching up with Chris Baer


We thought we were going in for a 120 miles of paddling that would average out to 30 feet per mile (fpm)…. WRONG.

Border Paddling: Big Bend and the Rio Grande’s Wilderness Canyons


By Colin McDonald Like many Western waterways, the Rio Grande sometimes seems closer to a complicated, engineered plumbing system than a river. Its sporadic (and often nonexistent) flows are the result of growing demand, changing climate and the ideals of the 21st century running head on with a river managed by 19th century laws and […]

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