No one had ever run the Northwest’s quintessential Class V+ test piece at such high water. Here is how it looked from the seat of Todd Wells’ kayak.
Tom Derrer began building whitewater kayaks for himself and friends in the late sixties, and opened Eddyline in 1971 in Boulder, Colorado. In 1973 he moved the tiny company to Seattle and began building kayaks designed by Werner Furrer Sr., during which time he became involved with Sea Kayaking, then in its very infancy. This video is the story of one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading innovative kayak manufacturers – Eddyline Kayaks. Note: this is a 7 minute video clip of large file size.
3/19/2008 – Jeff Moag,Managing Editor We knew right away we were in for a special weekend. The C&K crew had arranged a rendezvous at the 22nd Annual Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival, and as we rolled into town the boomers were stacking up at Steamers like a multi-layered birthday cake for kayak surfers from around […]
ON THE COVER:Andrew Holcombe at the start of the 2007 Dagger Steep Creek Championship on Homestake Creek near Vail, Colorado. photo by Tom Bear FEATURES GALLERY – The world’s best paddling photographers spread out across the globe to fill our oh-so-sick album. SPEED KINGS- John Grace and Tommy Hilleke on going fast, taking chances, and […]
The US Freestyle Committee has announced that the FIBArk Boat Races will host the 2008 National Freestyle Kayaking Championships, in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Blue Paddle FIBArk Whitewater Festival, June 12-15, 2008. “We are thrilled to once again host the US National Freestyle Championships at FIBArk,” states Rive Race Organizer & Past […]
Jay Kincaid, the 2003 World Kayak Champion and five-time US kayak team member, announced today he is retiring from competitive kayaking. The 30 year old Reno resident has won kayak competitions in seven countries and was the major force in organizing the first annual Reno River Festival. “I have accomplished every competitive goal that I […]
Paddlers came from as far away as Barcelona and from every corner of the Midwest, braving the cold Wisconsin winter. Despite temperatures in the low teens, spring fever was in the air for Rutabaga’s annual Canoecopia. Since 1981 visitors have been flocking to Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend of boating fun. “Canoecopia is a mixture […]
The Yukon River Quest has reached the 100 team milestone for the first time in its short 10-year history. Last year a record 85 teams registered, and the team limit was bumped up to 100 this year. “This is a huge accomplishment for a race that started in 1999 with just 16 teams and is […]
The first descent of the last unrun section of the Salween River is being attempted. This descent completes 22 years of exploration of the main stems of the three Parallel Rivers pouring off the Tibetan Plateau. It is a 150 mile section flanked by 22,000 foot peaks and class V white water. Background: In March […]
Starting March 14, movie-goers in select U.S. cities can don 3D glasses and get a small taste of what it’s like to float between the Grand Canyon’s towering red walls, row a dory through its silty waters, and punch the wave at Lava Falls. MacGillivray Freeman Films’ Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D chronicles […]
On March 4th 2008, Kokatat ambassador Tanya Faux, Australia’s world champion whitewater kayaker, will lead a team into the Kimberley to explore the uncharted water of the Moran and Mitchell Rivers. History shows that no river flowing from the Kimberley into the Indian Ocean has ever been paddled. Tanya and her team will spend 24 […]
For years the Costa Rican town of Turrialba was a whitewater destination for boaters from around the world. Inside local restaurants, pictures of slalom legends and kayakers line the walls, reminders of the pull the surrounding rivers once had. Although Turrialba’s exotic reputation remains alive in the photos at local establishments, many in the kayaking […]
I’ve put more miles on Old Town tripper canoes than I can recall. Curious about the history of this grand old expedition boat, I did some research and came up with this fascinating story. It was Dean Gray, former owner of Old Town Canoe Company, who thought up the Tripper idea. He and jack-of-all-trades employee […]
Adventure photographer Taylor Robertson knows a thing or two about boofing. While he’s down to kayaking a paltry 250 days a year, the former U.S. Freestyle Kayak team member has more first descents than you have cam straps, and he’s stuck strokes carrying him over and out of harm’s way in more than 22 countries. […]
“It is easy to make plans in this world; even a cat can do it; and when one is out in those remote oceans it is noticeable that a cat’s plans and a man’s are worth about the same.” Mark Twain As I lay in my sleeping bag somewhere on the shores of Johnstone Strait, […]