In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.
3/27/2008 – Kate Stepan, Associate Editor.While Jeff, Robert, JB and the rest of the C&K crew were on the scene in Santa Cruz last weekend, I was out doing some surfing of a different, more unintentional kind on the Salt River in the Arizona desert. Read Jeff’s Blog on the Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival […]
If you live in New York City and care about the outdoors, you’ll do all sorts of crazy things. You’ll train for a marathon exclusively on the 4.25-mile dirt path in Central Park. You’ll sink the bulk of your disposable income into a summer rental near the dunes of Montauk. Or you’ll cram two pairs […]
World freestyle kayak champs Eric “EJ” Jackson and his daughter Emily both qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials as a result of their performance at the 2008 Bank of America Whitewater U.S. Open last weekend at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Tennessee. The event served as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifier. “The Olympic Qualifier […]
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine.
2400 kilomteres and 94 days later Babs (Barbro Lindman) returned to Picton, New Zealand after circumnavigating , by sea kayak, the South Island of New Zealand. Background on Babs trip Motivation for the expedition was to photograph the coastlines wildlife, landscape and people from a different angle. This makes her one of a few who […]
Last Descents and the Epicocity Crew completed the first stage of their Rivers in Demand Project in China by documenting the descent of a 200-mile stretch of the Mekong River within the burgeoning conflict region of Tibet. The crew looks forward to moving past the political unrest and returning to their focus of raising awareness […]
The last unexplored stretch of the Salween River, one of China’s “great rivers”, was successfully run by kayakers Jed Weingarten and Willie Kern over the course of six days this past week. From March 11th through 16th 2008, the small, light, and fast team successfully descended a one hundred mile gorge on the upper Salween […]
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 […]