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Return to the Rio Roosevelt

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

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The Pummel at La Push, Washington

02.24.2014

By Rob Casey Twenty-five years ago, Sprague Ackley founded the La Push Pummel as a casual gathering for Pacific Northwest paddlers looking to surf large winter waves. Photos from those first years show kayakers perched atop windswept 20-foot storm waves at La Push, a tiny fishing town squeezed between the Olympic National Park and the […]

Olek Greets Well-Wishers at Sea, Offers Them Chocolates

02.21.2014

When supporters of transatlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba greeted him at sea yesterday, the the 67-year-old Polish adventurer did not ask for assistance.

Trio Wraps Amazon Descent from New Source

02.19.2014

The first woman to paddle all of the Amazon River, South America’s greatest river gives, us the full story of what went down.

Too Cold to Paddle? Ski So Kids Can

02.19.2014

Get Outside And Learn Something nonprofit kicks off 2014 with its largest fundraiser yet, a Vertical Challenge Ski-a-thon helping kids get on the water.

What’s in Your Kayak?

02.18.2014

Walter White and Los Pollos Hermanos have nothing on the Chinese kayak industry. Officials in Sydney, Australia reported on Wednesday that police had intercepted 183 kilos of methamphetamine in a shipment of sit-on-top kayaks from China. They arrested five people. The customs officials were inspecting a shipment of 27 kayaks when they discovered bundles of […]

Rob Lesser and the Legend of the Stikine

02.18.2014

August of 1977. The Grand Canyon of the Stikine’s flow: 36,000 CFS. The sight of it so high humbled Rob Lesser; at a lower flow it might just be runnable.

Olek Loses Rudder, Tries for Bermuda

02.14.2014

Kayaker Aleksander “Olek” Doba has lost his rudder, and will attempt to land in Bermuda for repairs before continuing his 5,200-mile crossing from Portugal to Florida. The 67-year-old Polish adventurer tweeted the news yesterday via satellite phone. My rudder has just fallen off! It has to be fixed in harbour. My life and health are […]

Rants and Raves

02.12.2014

Rants and Raves: Highlights from the Letters to the Editor featured in our March 2014 issue. Please send us your feedback to LETTERS@CANOEKAYAK.COM. The most thought-provoking letter wins a new NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket.

Learn How to Canoe

02.12.2014

Canoeing down North America’s rivers is as much a part of the land’s history as hiking through its mountains. Learn how to canoe and carry on the tradition.

Mastering pivot and sideslip strokes

02.12.2014

In this segment of canoeing 101, Paul Mason instructs on tandem canoe technique, specifically pivot turns and sideslip strokes.

Custom Tailored High-End Suits

02.11.2014

The Kokatat Gizmo online tool lets people to customize their drysuits right at home. Our online editor tried it. Here’s what she had to say about it.

Ben Marr’s Epic Surf on the Ottawa

02.11.2014

About the Photo John Rathwell took the photo on May 16, 2013, one day before the Ottawa XL started. The athlete Ben Marr is surfing Ruins Wave, Ottawa River in Ottawa Ontario Canada. Rathwell always shoots a few motion blurs of big wave surfing. He loves how the slow shutter gives the viewer a better […]

Women’s Canoe Out of 2016 Summer Olympics

02.10.2014

The 2016 Olympics in Rio draws near, and C-1 women athletes have to sit out again. The ICF promises to try for the 2020 Olympics, but will they?

Yakima Keelover Canoe Rack Brackets

02.10.2014

The Keelover canoe rack bracket set from Yakima is a throwback to simpler, more hassle-free times. It’s satisfying, especially if you pine for the old days.

Racing the Little White Salmon

02.10.2014

Episode 5 of the TiTs DEEP webisode series brings the excitement and positive nature of these rad women at the 2013 Little White Salmon Race.

Coffee Camping: Snow Peak French Press and Milk Foamer

02.10.2014

Snow Peak’s line of outdoor cookware includes several pieces for coffee lovers to make coffee camping one of the best experiences outdoors.

Canoe Rigging 101

02.09.2014

The following is an exclusive excerpt from the new book NOLS Canoeing, by NOLS senior faculty member and program supervisor Zand Martin. The book is billed as “The perfect guide for those getting started and those who want to build on their skills.” It covers “basic strokes and maneuvers, lines, drills, rigging, loading and unloading, […]

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