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Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Mile High Sea Kayaking Paddling Yellowstone Lake

03.25.2008

The snow fell during the night, piling around the tents and covering the boats in a white shroud. I stuck my head out the door and recoiled from the cold. The thermometer read just 20 degrees. No wonder my feet were chilled.

Epicocity Crew Completes First Stage of the ‘Rivers in Demand Project’

03.24.2008

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 of the “Great Rivers” – Asia’s Salween has been run

03.24.2008

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 […]

The History of Eddyline

03.22.2008

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.

Canoe & Kayak Staff BlogsSanta Cruz Kayak Surfing Festival 2008

03.20.2008

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 […]

Whitewater 2008 Table of Contents

03.19.2008

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 […]

Whitewater Guide Tested Water Sandals

03.19.2008

Every boater needs a pair of water-worthy bombproof sandals to keep their feet safe.

US Freestyle Whitewater Kayaking Nationals Return to FIBArk

03.19.2008

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 Retires from Competitive Kayaking

03.19.2008

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 […]

Canoecopia 2008 ” World’s Largest Paddling Event” Just Keeps Getting Better

03.13.2008

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 […]

Yukon River Quest “full” with 100 Teams

03.11.2008

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 […]

Epicocity Project Starts Upper Salween Expedition

03.11.2008

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 […]

Imax 3D Film – Grand Canyon Adventure – Opens Friday

03.11.2008

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 […]

Kayak Fishing from a Mother Ship

03.07.2008

Southern California’s best kayak fishing destinations lie far beyond paddling reach. Those places are the thick kelp beds and rocky shallows of the windswept Channel Islands, spots the most audacious power boaters avoid.

Kayakers Attempt Exploratory Expedition to the Kimberley

03.04.2008

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 […]

Paddling Costa Rica’s Rio Patria

03.01.2008

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 […]

Birth of a Legend The story of the Old Town Clipper

02.29.2008

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 […]

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