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Voices of Wilderness

Canoe & Kayak’s July 2014 “Wilderness Issue” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In our Voices of Wilderness series, accomplished paddlers and wilderness advocates speak about their connection to wild waterways, what the future holds for the places they love, and how best to protect them for future generations.

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Santa Cruz PaddleFest 2014: The Local Torch Bearer

04.07.2014

In this segment of Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2014, reporter Bryon Dorr talks with young gun Matthew Hoff of what competing in the championships was like.

Santa Cruz PaddleFest 2014: The Local Female Phenom

04.07.2014

In this segment of Santa Cruz PaddleFest 2014, reporter Bryon Dorr talks with local female phenom Kate Duncan about paddling at the iconic surf spot.

Going big at Santa Cruz PaddleFest

04.07.2014

Santa Cruz PaddleFest 2014 will go down in the history books as yet another year of Steamers Lane providing: classic big waves and quality beatings.

3D Kayak Engineering

04.04.2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based engineer Jim Smith’s off-season creation is unique. Smith, the 26-year-old force behind Grass Roots Engineering, claims to have crafted the world’s first 3D printed sea kayak.

The Odyssey Continues

04.04.2014

Chuck Graham pays tribute to the late ocean-sports pioneer Hobie Alter by reliving a chance journey turned epic, where a borrowed Hobie Odyssey is all that brought him back from a solo paddle in the Channel Islands National Park (around Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa) during a small-craft advisory.

Thank-you Notes to the River

04.04.2014

On the last night of every GOALS river trip, students experience a brief “solo,” on which they reflect on their experiences. During their solo, kids compose a letter to the canyon offering thanks for the lessons they’ve learned.

Aleksander Doba: Florida or Bust

04.03.2014

Piotr Chmielinski reports from the three-masted sloop “The Spirit of Bermuda,” helping launch 67-year-old Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba on the final leg of his solo transatlantic kayak expedition from Portugal to Florida, which had been interrupted due to rudder failure on Feb. 13 and sidelined in Bermuda, Feb. 24, after 142 days at sea.

Exploring Caribou Country

04.01.2014

Exclusive photo essay “Long Time Gone” illustrates two friends’ summer journey through the wilds of Northwestern Ontario’s Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.

Fast Times, High Stakes

04.01.2014

Photos and coverage from this weekend’s U.S. Slalom Team Trials at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C., which determined the U.S. slots for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships this September at the ASCI center in western Maryland.

First, however, they have to make the team.

Lowepro Dryzone 200

04.01.2014

The Lowepro Dryzone 200 is the go-to camera backpack for expert photographers for a reason: it keeps the moneymaker safer than any other product around.

Pelican 1500 Case

04.01.2014

When water and impact protection are your top priority it’s hard to go wrong with Pelican’s durable hard-shell plastic cases—especially when space and weight are not the biggest concerns.

Watershed Chattooga Duffel

04.01.2014

The Watershed Chattooga duffel is one of the most versatile drybags on the market. This setup is ideal for almost any kayak—or canoe—based photo missions.

Dave and Amy Freeman Petition by Paddle

03.31.2014

The Freemans launched an environmental advocacy expedition from their Minnesota home to the White House to deliver a message opposing metals mines proposals,

Top Drybags for Precious Cargo

03.31.2014

C&K photo editor’s reviewed drybags he knew would keep his expensive cameras and lenses safe from the elements so he could get the shots you love most.

Rides: Lynn O’Kane’s Wenonah Minnesota II

03.31.2014

In this episode of My Ride: Lynn O’Kane goes over why she and her husband love paddling the Wenonah Minnesota II in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

First Descent: Michoacán Episode 2

03.27.2014

In this second episode of First Descent: Michoacán the group is faced with a dangerous river obstacle and decide the risk is too great to endanger the members’ lives.

First Descent: Michoacán Episode 3

03.27.2014

In the third episode of ‘First Descent: Michoacán’ the whitewater team is eager to get back to paddling after a couple of days without good water flows.

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