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.

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Boat Book Emotion Kayaks


CHARGER $399 in rotomolded polyethylene L: 9’3”; W: 31 ”; 39 lbs. This boat is a blast in all conditions, and loves to play in the surf. For use in ponds, lakes, streams, back bays, or saltwater – young or old, try the Charger – pound for pound the best value / performance kayak on […]

Boat Book Freedom Hawk Kayaks


Freedom 14 $1299, polyethylene L: 13’10”; W: 30”; 79 lbs. Patented outrigger system allows the angler to stand and fish with angling advantages like no other kayak. For paddling efficiency simple push lever forward and boat retracts back to traditional kayak shape. Also Included: casting brace, storage compartment, anchor boom, scupper plugs, adjustable footbraces and […]

Crossing Over


When it comes to mastering a single blade, Hawaii’s Slater Trout is hoping he can excel sitting down and standing up. The 15-year-old standup star, a freshman at Maui Preparatory Academy, is going from reeling in standup paddleboarding awards to kneeling in Olympic-style C-1s. And he’s doing a bang-up job. “He’s shown more talent than […]

Colorado Season Opener


Colorado Season Opener Paddlefest kicks off another season of boating in the mecca of whitewater At the center of the whitewater mecca of Colorado is the town of Buena Vista. Once a sleepy, mining outpost southwest of Denver, Buena Vista is now the site of a funky downtown community designed by whitewater kayakers and siblings […]

Get yer Game On


Kayak Fishing: GAME ON 2 follows Jim Sammons and his crew all over North America and beyond. Jim battles a 120 lb tuna in Panama, hunts musky on a 6-day whitewater kayak fishing trip in Canada, and chases yellowtail in the exposed waters off Baja. Plus, Montana, Texas and more. It’s on sale now.

Boat Book Pygmy


COHO STD & HI $945 / $960, glass/wood/glass composite, stitch-n-glue kit L: 17.5’; W: 23”; D: 12-13.5”; 39 lbs. Our best-selling boat. The sweeping curves of her multi-chine hull and cambered deck make an efficient and attactive ride for a novice or an experienced paddler. Magazine review: “The Coho is my hands-down favorite, the combination […]

Boat Book Jackson Kayak


2010 Star Series $1,199 (Elite/Crosslink); $1,049 (Superlinear) Star: L: 5’6”; W: 24.25”; All-Star: L: 5’10”; W: 25.75; Super Star: L: 6’1.5”; W: 27”; Mon-Star: L: 6’4.5”; W: 28.25” The new Stars totally dominated the 2009 World Freestyle Kayak Championships, taking four of five possible gold medals and 11 of 15 total medals. With four sizes, […]

Finally: A Paddling Game for your iPhone


Josh Blazer is not a full-time developer, just someone who loves kayaking and does a little programming on the side for fun. His coding brainchild, “Extreme Sports Kayaking” was just approved and released for sale on Apple’s iTunes Store. Check it out at Or: The current assistant vice president and regional director of […]

Rock Recap


It’s hard to believe that before Saturday, Red Bull-sponsored whitewater kayaker Tao Berman had never launched in his kayak off a ramp and into a river, especially with all the seasons he spent at the Oregon Cup, where ramp-hucking was an annual event. But at the big air ramp event at Richmond, VA’s annual Dominion […]

When You Get Your Life Back


BY ALAN KESSELHEIM On Friday I learned that I had a malignant tumor in my left eye. The doctor was certain. The first thing, he said, is to find out if it has metastasized. If it has gone to your liver, it’s time to get your affairs in order. If it hasn’t, there are things […]

Rocking the River


If there’s one thing common to urban development in North America, it’s the critical role rivers have played in settling the landscape. Most major U.S. cities are built on a body of water of one form or another, but few have embraced the natural assets of their riverfront like Richmond, Virginia. According to former world […]

Mini Raft Mayhem


Last June, Canoe & Kayak Associate Editor Dave Shively set out to test the heck out of four slick, two-paddler rafts. Four rivers in five days across Colorado’s Rocky Mountain runoff yielded high water (7,500 cfs on the Colorado’s Shoshone stretch; 3,000 on the Royal Gorge), technical low water (450 on the Piedra), and stupid […]

Boat Book Feathercraft


Each Tuesday, we’ll highlight a company in Canoe and Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Feathercraft Folding Kayaks line. Stay tuned next week for more sacred crafts. KAHUNA / BIG KAHUNA $3,220, skin on frame L: 14′ 9″, W: 25″, 35 lbs. The Kahuna’s accelerate quickly and handle with […]

Hotel Charley 5


Enjoy creekin? Ben Stookesberry’s Hotel Charley 5 is due to be released this spring in celebration of the steeps . Here’s a sneak peak of the gnar, including their first descent of Mexico’s Rio Pixalta. Hotel_Charley_5_Teaser from Ben Stookesberry on Vimeo.

Nick Troutman Wins Reno River Festival


In his hometown coming out party in the men’s division, junior World Champion and Reno Native Jason Craig took second at the Reno River Festival, coming up short to current men’s World Champion Nick Troutman. It was a huge day for the Jackson clan as Troutman’s wife Emily took the women’s title……Read more

Love Your Mother


Kevin Callan never imagined that one woman’s love of canoeing in pristine Ontario wilderness areas would create a global movement to clean up and rediscover “lost” canoe routes. Callan, a well-known Canadian canoeist and author of 12 canoeing and camping guidebooks, is organizing the fifth annual Great Wilderness Clean-up this weekend. The grassroots event started […]

The Lighter Side of The Wave:


— A version of this story appears in 2010 issue of C&K’s Whitewater, available on newsstands everywhere now Advanced composites like Kevlar and carbon fiber have made their mark in everything from Tour de France race bikes to backcountry avalanche probes to tent poles. We’ve been using composite paddles for years, but only recently have […]

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide