Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

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The Flip Side – Kayak Duck Hunting


As opposed to our last post, where a duck attacks a kayak fisherman, sending him sprawling into the drink, two hunters turn their kayak into a camouflaged mallard hunting machine.

Rec Boat Beatdown


Think you’re having a bad day? Check out this kayak fisherman who gets the beat down of his life.

The Greatest Show on Earth


After over two decades of organizing the Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival, Dennis Judson still speaks with unbridled enthusiasm of what he considers the world’s greatest get-together of big wave paddlers. “Surf kayakers are such a neat group of people,” says Judson, whose Adventure Sports Unlimited is hosting the 24th annual festival March 26-28, at […]

C&K On Assignment: Whatever Floats your Boat


C&K On Assignment: Whatever Floats your Boat By: Conor Mihell At the start, I wondered if I’d assembled the right crew of paddlers to test a quiver of touring kayaks for Canoe & Kayak magazine at Port Townsend, Wash.’s West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. British Columbia’s Hurricane Riders (www.thehurricaneriders.com) are among the freshest faces of […]

A Taste of the Middle Kings


A Taste of the Middle Kings Thankfully, while most of the whitewater boating community waits winter out in full-blown withdrawal, Philly-raised paddler Tim Kelton was cleaning his hard drive and found this gem of a video documenting one of Earth’s greatest multi-day Class V runs – California’s Middle Kings. Here’s something for all you jonsers. […]

Econo Slump


Paddlers are a resilient bunch. We boat in the dead of winter covered head-to-toe in fleece, and duct-tape our dry tops to get through one more season. We subsist for days on oatmeal and happily blow the savings at the first bay-side bar we come to. So to us, this little hiccup known as the […]

C&K ON ASSIGNMENT-Keys to the Raincoast


C&K ON ASSIGNMENT This August, C&K Art Director Robert Zaleski and Associate Editor Dave Shively headed into British Columbia’s lush central ‘Raincoast,’ hoping to find the fabled white ‘spirit bear,’ and to explore the diverse array of everything from near-vertical fjords to rocky, windswept islets. Fortunately, they had the assistance of the Campbell family’s 68-foot […]

Self-supporting the Grand


Twelve days living out of a kayak. Sound fun? Some would argue there’s no better way to see the Big Ditch (Grand Canyon). C&K publisher, Jim Marsh, tags along with the Liquidlogic crew, paddling the minimalists road to nirvana.

5 Minutes with Channel Islands Guide Tony Chapman


5 Minutes with Channel Islands Guide Tony Chapman By Chuck Graham Tony Chapman arguably knows the volcanic innards of the Channel Islands National Park better than any kayaker alive, spending 120 days a year guiding tours through the honeycombed cliffs, primarily on the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island. You would think Chapman would get […]

Officials say Crocs only “Minimal” Threat at South African Paddling Race


Officials say Crocs only “Minimal” Threat at South African Paddling Race How does racing with crocodiles sound? Officials of South Africa’s Dusi Canoe Marathon have reassured competitors that crocodiles aren’t an issue until the final two to three kilometers of the race on the Umgeni River. More than 1700 paddlers started the grueling three-day, 125 […]

Kayak Fishing Tales – Kayak Technique – The RIGHT Way to Use a Rudder


World Champion kayaker Ken Whiting explains that the rudder isn’t just there to help you turn your kayak. It’s principal purpose is actually very different and relates to a key boat handling characteristic that all paddlers should understand.

Hot Spot – Quebec remains fertile ground for canoe talent


Lately, some open boaters have been lamenting the slow death of whitewater canoeing, and at first glance they have a point. Relative to kayaks, canoes are an increasingly rare sight, even in open-boat strongholds like the American Southeast. Look a little further though—anywhere in Canada but especially in Quebec—and it becomes clear that whitewater canoeing […]

Joey Hall’s much awaited flick, Interference, coming in February


Joey Hall’s much awaited flick, Interference, coming in February Interference: a Kayak Surf Film – Trailer #2 from joseph hall on Vimeo. It’s been a crazy three years for Joey Hall. He’s been frantically working on his surf film, Interference, in between life. He’s scheduled to have his much anticipated flick out in February, a […]

Dirtbag Diaries Morocco


Spencer: My Welsh buddies Nathan and Marc bought a Sprinter van and started driving south from the U.K. to hit surf breaks in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Joey Hall from North Carolina was in on it from the start and I flew over to join them in Morocco. The rig was tall and skinny with […]

Canoe Trippers be Dammed


Canoe Trippers be Dammed By: Conor Mihell A series of hydroelectric dams are threatening to silence the waterfalls and rapids of a historic waterway and an important link for contemporary canoe trippers in the Boundary Waters region. Ontario’s Lac La Croix First Nation and a Toronto-based developer have completed a draft environmental assessment (EA) for […]

C&K’s Best in Paddling issue


Two years ago, James Castrission and Justin Jones arrived at New Plymouth on New Zealand’s North Island, 62 days after setting off from mid-New South Wales, Australia, becoming the first team to paddle the Tasman Sea.

What do you do on a 5,000-mile solo paddle? Talk to yourself.


Jacob Stachovak is in the middle of his 5,000-mile Portage to Portage Paddling Project, a solo kayak expedition around the eastern United States. His adventure links the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes via the Gulf Coast, East Coast, and New York Canal Systems starting and ending in the small town of Portage, Wisconsin (see […]

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