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Whale encounters: How close is too close?

This close encounter with a Southern Right Whale was either a transcendental example of interspecies communion, or an unconscionable crime. Take your pick.

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Don Starkell Injured in Fire

03.25.2010

The legendary canoeist suffered burns and smoke inhalation as he fought the blaze in his home near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Though later hospitalized in critical but stable condition, a neighbor and passerby had to restrain Starkell from going back into the burning house to fight the fire. Starkell, 77, is best known for his 12,000-mile canoe […]

Spreading the Big Canoe Bug

03.25.2010

In 1811, a British cartographer became the first to pioneer a long-coveted fur trade route from the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest. Traveling by birchbark canoe, David Thompson descended the Kootenay River from present-day British Columbia, crossed the northern fringes of Montana and Idaho and then portaged into the Columbia River along the […]

Photo Shop With C&K’s Rob Zaleski

03.25.2010

I’m a big fan of Think Tank Photo, a camera bag company started in 2005 by two photographers and two designers. I own quite a few of their bags and they all perform exceptionally well in the field. Aside from camera bags, they make a variety of other professional grade gear that makes shooting in […]

Don Starkell Injured in Fire

03.25.2010

The legendary canoeist suffered burns and smoke inhalation as he fought the blaze in his home near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Though later hospitalized in critical but stable condition, a neighbor and passerby had to restrain Starkell from going back into the burning house to fight the fire. Starkell, 77, is best known for his 12,000-mile canoe […]

Freya Hoffmeister

03.24.2010

C&K Goes Inside The Mind Of An Unstoppable Force Freya Hoffmeister recently completed one of the most audacious sea-kayaking expeditions in history, a 9,000-mile circumnavigation of the Australian continent, alone and mostly self-supported. But you already knew that. Canoe & Kayak’s May cover story delves deeply into how she accomplished this extraordinary feat. The answer, […]

Paddling the Galapagos

03.23.2010

It’s a gorgeous January day near Espanola Island, a 23-square-mile hunk of black volcanic rock in the south-east corner of the Galapagos Archipelago. No sooner have my wife Hilary and I dipped our paddles in the water than a smooth, whiskered brown head pops up five feet away and stares with liquid, fathomless eyes.

Ain’t Louie Fest 2010

03.23.2010

“As part of its new Canoe Movie, Lunch Video Magazine visited the Ain’t Louie Fest on the Tellico River in Tennessee-named for the incomparable Michael “Louis” Lewis http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/michael-louie-lewis/. Viva la open boat!”

Morning Buzz

03.22.2010

Notice anything different about morning television lately? We have. Since last fall, kayakers sporting unruly hair, button-down guide shirts and well-used river sandals have been popping up on morning talk shows like ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today. Ben Stookesberry and Pedro Oliva started the madness after Pedro’s folly over a 127-foot waterfall on […]

RACE OR MEANDER—IT’S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

03.20.2010

RACE OR MEANDER—IT’S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE BY Sarah Zobel 
 There’s nothing like a gorgeous day on the water in a kayak—except maybe a gorgeous day on the water in a kayak, paddling with others for a good cause. Fundraisers throughout the year around the United States and Canada are open to those […]

South Georgia’s School of Hard Knocks

03.18.2010

After a series of unlucky breaks, weather-induced delays and logistical hurdles, Canadian sea kayaker Hayley Shephard still considers her attempt to make the first solo circumnavigation of Antarctica’s South Georgia Island a success. On March 17, Shephard returned to her launch site at King Edward Point, a British research station. According to her blog, she […]

National Freestyle Points Series Announced

03.18.2010

USA Freestyle Kayaking (USAFK) is pleased to announce the creation of a National Point Series tour for 2010 in partnership with six event organizers across the US. The series will begin with five events in which participants are awarded points based on their finish position: Bryson City, NC – April 17, 18: Lyons, CO – […]

South Georgia’s School of Hard Knocks

03.18.2010

After a series of unlucky breaks, weather-induced delays and logistical hurdles, Canadian sea kayaker Hayley Shephard still considers her attempt to make the first solo circumnavigation of Antarctica’s South Georgia Island a success. On March 17, Shephard returned to her launch site at King Edward Point, a British research station. According to her blog, she […]

National Freestyle Points Series Announced

03.18.2010

Winner earns U.S. title USA Freestyle Kayaking (USAFK) is pleased to announce the creation of a National Point Series tour for 2010 in partnership with six event organizers across the US. The series will begin with five events in which participants are awarded points based on their finish position: Bryson City, NC – April 17, […]

Standing Tall

03.17.2010

By Kate Stephan Dan Gavere is out of his element. He’s standing in an airy, ultra-modern photo studio on a hill overlooking his hometown of Hood River, Oregon. Shirtless. Flashes pop, lights glare. It’s not the attention that bothers him—media glitz and a little self-promotion are part of the game when you make your living […]

Vertical Challenge is On

03.16.2010

The Fourth Annual EddyFlower Vertical Challenge kicks off today with the East window competition. Registration is now open to paddlers of all types and classes at the link below:http://www.eddyflower.com/protected/EditTeam.aspx The competition gives athletes 32 days to drop as much vertical as possible, while raising funds for non-profit organization First Descents. Founded by professional kayaker Brad […]

Chile’s Rio Palguin Extreme Race

03.16.2010

Check out a cut of this winter’s inaugural Rio Palguin Extreme Race. The Chileans put on a great show! Pucon River Fest 2009 ( Boater Cross ) from Buena Linea Producciones on Vimeo.

THE SHEPHERD OF RIVERS

03.15.2010

The late Verlen Kruger is arguably the world’s most accomplished canoeist, having paddled some 100,000 miles in a series of ambitious expeditions that took him up and down the west coast of North America and from the Arctic Ocean to Cape Horn. But beyond his credentials as a long-distance paddler, Kruger’s friend Dan Smith will […]

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