Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

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.

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2011 Boat Book – Feelfree Kayaks


Asheville, NC www.feelfreekayak.com (828)254-1101 Juntos $729 in rotomolded polyethylene L: 11’2”; W: 29.5”; TBA lbs. The new 2011 Feelfree Juntos is one of the most versatile sit-on-tops on the market. The Juntos’ innovative deck features a roomy adult seat for mom or dad plus two child seats so you can bring the family along. And […]

2011 Boat Book – Fluid Kayaks


Parys, South Africa www.fluidkayaks.com (205) 910-0407 Big Bang $1,199 in rotomolded polyethylene Expedition – L: 8’1”; W: 25.5”; 82 gals.; 49 lbs. The Big Bang is our evolutionary creekboat / expedition kayak capable of handling class 5 creeks yet at the same time having ample speed for long hauls and enough packing space for extended […]

2011 Boat Book – Hobie Kayaks


The following pages from Canoe and Kayak’s 2011 Boat Book highlight the best boats in paddlesports today from the best companies in the industry, such as these featured products from Hobie Kayaks. Enjoy.

2011 Boat Book – Hurricane Kayaks


Marietta, S.C. www.hurricaneaquasports.com 910-293-2941 Tampico 140S $ 1,399 in thermo-formed Trylon L: 14′; W: 23.5″; 44 lbs. You’ll ask yourself if you’re actually touching the water. Seriously, that’s how sweet the glide is on the 44-pound Tampico 140S. It’s big-time composite performance-at half the price. The subtle yet sheer line on this boat slices through […]

2011 Boat Book – Hyside Whitewater Inflatables


Kernville, CA www.hyside.com (800) 868-5987 Outfitter 10.5 (Mini-Max) $2,845 Hypalon, Urethane Coated Bottom, Commercial Duty Construction L: 10’6”; W 5’0”; 52 lbs. Designed as a slightly larger version of the ever-so-popular Mini-Me, the Outfitter 10.5 (Mini-Max) is one of the most versatile and fun whitewater rafts in the Hyside line. Slightly larger than the Mini-Me […]

2011 Boat Book – Innova Kayaks


Burlington WA www.innovakayak.com (360) 707-2855 Twist i/ii $499/$599 in LitePack single-coated rubber L: 8’6”/11’9”; W: 30”/36”; 16/23 lbs. In it’s bag, the Twist is about the size of a sleeping bag stuff sack. The Twist is the perfect pack-in kayak for fishing and hunting. The LitePack fabric is comfortable, surprisingly durable, and PVC-free. Twists are […]

2011 Boat Book – Jackson Kayak


Sparta, TN www.jacksonkayak.com (931) 738-2628 Rogue 9/10 $899 in superlinear rotomolded polyethylene L: 9’4”/10’; W: 27.75”/ 27.5”; 44/49 lbs The quiver of one for the paddler that wants to do it all – meandering rivers, light touring, Class II-III whitewater – this hybrid whitewater/touring design goes downriver with confidence and crosses lakes with precision glide. […]

Unsalted Surf


Ray Boucher’s idea of kayak surfing isn’t tinged with salty spray or flattened by high tide. The Wawa, Ontario-based sea kayak instructor is among a growing contingent of whitewater and sea kayakers surfing the freshwater waves of Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes. And now, come autumn, after the relatively calm days […]

Unfiltered: Don Starkell, Expedition Paddler


Photograph by Ian McCausland In the spring of 1980, Don Starkell and sons Dana and Jeff portaged their 21-foot canoe down the street from their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to the banks of the Red River and set off for South America. They were arrested, shot at, kidnapped by pirates and nearly starved. But two […]

2011 Boat Book – KayakPro Kayaks


New Rochelle, NY www.kayakpro.com (914) 740-5055 Zazzzu K2 L: 21’3” W: 21” Zazzzu K2 is based on the award winning features of the Nem but in a double Kayak. It is a fast, Ocean and flat racing K2. Stable and able to contend with all conditions. Its pronounced buoyant bow allows “with ease Surfing” without […]

2011 Boat Book – Klepper America


Santa Ana, Ca www.klepperamerica.com (866) 566-6342 Single Expedition Series $4,258 Expedition I 450, L: 15’; W: 28” $4,323 Expedition I SL 490, L: 16’; W: 28” $4,529 Quattro AE I SL 490, L: 16’; W: 28” The Expedition models come with TPU (polyurethane) hull material, a selection of breathable Egyptian cotton deck material, paddle pockets […]

2011 Boat Book – Lakeshore Paddleboard Company


Reno, NV www.lpc-sup.com (775) 852-9100 The River Rover $1,275 in EPS/Epoxy construction L: 14’; W: 32”; 37 lbs. The ultimate expedition SUP. This board is designed to carry a lot of weight and has numerous tie downs for all your gear. Effortless glide, excellent tracking, and extreme stabiity. Whether it be fishing, camping, snorkeling, diving, […]

2011 Boat Book – Liquidlogic


Greensboro, N.C. www.liquidlogickayaks.com (828) 698-5778 Coupe $799 L: 10’; W: 30”; 46 lbs. The Coupe’s hull is whitewater ready with soft edges for easy control and the upswept bow to ride up and over waves and rapids. On quiet waters it transforms to a touring SOT by deploying its unique spring loaded skeg. Now shipping […]

2011 Boat Book – Mad River Canoe


Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2011 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2011 designs of Mad River Canoe. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. MALECITE UL $2749/$2969 (aluminum/wood gunwales), Kevlar composite L: 16’5.25” ; W: 34.5” ; 43lbs Based on the timeless, versatile design of the […]

2011 Boat Book – Native Watercraft


Greensboro, NC www.nativewatercraft.com www.liquidlogickayaks.com INUIT 14.5 $1,199 L: 14’6”; W: 24.5”; 61 lbs. The Inuit series is stable enough for beginners but has comfort and maneuverability that the most seasoned paddling veteran will appreciate. The shorter hull makes turning easier but the Tru Track Hull provides the smooth tracking of much longer boats while the […]

2011 Boat Book – Necky Kayaks


Old Town, Maine www.neckykayaks.com 800-8-Kayaks LOOKSHA ELITE $3,100 in fiberglass composite L: 17′; W: 22″, 52 lbs. An outstanding sea touring, expedition kayak with exceptional tracking, performance, glide, and storage capacity, this kayak will take you there. Combined bow and stern storage capacity of more than 200 liters and SmartTrack rudder foot controls makes this […]

2011 Boat Book – North Shore Sea Kayaks


Bainbridge Island, WA www.NorthShoreSeaKayaks.com (206) 661-3745 POLAR Polar—$3,299 in fiberglass, L: 16’9”; W: 21.5”; 53 lbs. Polar HV—$3,299 in fiberglass, L: 17’5”; W: 22”; 55 lbs. The expedition-capable Polar is loosely based on southwest Greenland form, with hard chine and noticeable rocker, the hull is quick yet very responsive to edging for maneuverability and course […]

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