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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Holiday Gifts for Paddlers


If you’re looking for gift ideas for the paddler(s) on your list, your holiday shopping chances have officially entered the last minute. Don’t hit the panic button yet – you’ve come to the right place for all things river, lake, and sea this giving season. Most of the items below can still be delivered before […]

108 Feet with Paul Gamache


Will the madness ever end? In the realm of waterfall world records, definitely not. Last weekend Seattle’s Paul Gamache upped the ante yet again, stomping Cascade Falls, a 108’2” waterfall in the British Columbia jungle. He and his crew even had the falls surveyed by an employee from a geo-tech engineering firm. Including the lead-in, […]

Lars Holbek Diagnosed With Cancer


California whitewater pioneer Lars Holbek ,51, is undergoing treatment for what a biopsy has determined is an incurable form of cancer. “Were my cancer a lymphoma or a germ cell cancer, it would be likely curable with chemo and bone marrow transplant. As a carcinoma it is not curable. We can knock it back for […]

AIRE’s Web Revamp


AIRE, Inc., the Idaho rafting manufacturer announced the debut of their new Web site. AIRE is working to create an online community with the the new site, allowing for both new and existing users to post pictures and videos of their boats in action. “Our best sales people are our existing customers. This new Web […]

Michael “Louie” Lewis


It’s fitting that Michael Lewis is a field engineer at a nuclear facility, because most of what he says is explosive. You may know him as “Louie,” his handle on the online paddling forum Boatertalk, where he is as famous for his raw, kayak-bashing posts—now numbering more than 15,000—as he is for running steep creeks. […]



Somewhere in between polishing off a second helping of turkey and hanging Christmas lights this holiday season, multi-day boaters must find time to apply for their western river permits in anticipation of warmer days on the water this spring or summer. The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management have developed permit systems for […]

Create a Blue Trail


Is there a great river near you that isn’t very accessible for paddling trips? Fortunately, a new guide can help you create a blue trail and designate launch sites and other areas for recreational use. American Rivers produced The Blue Trails Guide to give you all the resources you need to establish a thriving blue […]

A Big Dam Drop


A photographer captured the latest incident as one canoeist slid 300ft down the spillway at Llyn Brianne reservoir in Carmarthenshire, near the borders of Ceredigion and Powys. Welsh Water said the practice was dangerous and such activities were banned at the reservoir. An onlooker said: “I always stop and look anyway and I saw four […]

Gauley River Access Granted


The National Park Service is purchasing property from two West Virginia landowners to improve public access to the Gauley River. The sites, located at Woods Ferry and Mason Branch, are established put-in and take-out sites for boaters, kayakers, canoeists and rafters along the river between the public put-in at the Summersville Dam and the take-out […]

Kayaking to the Ends of the Earth


On November 25th, 2008, Daniel Belanger, a New York-based social entrepreneur, digital designer and accomplished outdoorsman, will set out on a solo expedition to photograph the Earth’s most remote wildlife. The two-year expedition will be primarily undertaken by kayak, including a challenging 350 mile open-ocean crossing from Argentina to the Falkland Islands. A second phase […]

Customized Kevlar Bob Special


Customized Kevlar Bob Special, $2,249 Plaid worked for Mel Gibson in Braveheart, and inspired Nova Craft to lay up one of their 15-foot Bob Specials in the Highland Tartan of the real Braveheart, William Wallace. But even if plaid wool and blue face paint isn’t your style, Nova Craft gives you the freedom to choose […]

A Kayak Expedition for the Everyman


I began planning a 35-mile single day circumnavigation of James Island in Charleston, South Carolina 9 months before the trip would occur. I had to find a day near the summer equinox with the most hours of daylight and the correct timing of the tides. The plan was to launch from Wappoo Cut Landing at […]

Skookum sea kayak smorgasbord


Somewhere in the fog between Gibsons and Egmont, Nick asks me, “Why, again are we doing this?” The wipers can’t keep up with the rain and the tires feel loose on the endless curves. Foreigner is all that blares on the local radio station. It takes me a second, focused on the scantly visible road […]

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Valley Avocet LV


BIG PERFORMANCE, SMALL PACKAGE Valley Avocet LV $3,799 (Ultra Kevlar lay-up) valleyseakayaks.com L: 15 ft 11 in W: 20.5 in D: 11.5 in 45 lbs Made in: Nottingham, England Smaller paddlers have long craved a real “LV” (low-volume) sea kayak. This boat was the clear favorite of Kate and Danielle, and not just because it […]

Adidas Sickline 2008


Click here for the Video The World’s best whitewater kayakers met in early October 08′ in Austria’s tztal for a special kind of challenge: Adidas Sickline – the extreme Kayak World Championship. – In a tight and thrilling final on the legendary Wellerbrcke course German kayaker Thilo Niklas Schmitt won gold in Austria’s beautiful tztal. […]

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