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Kayakers at the Great Falls of the Potomac

Pennsylvania photographer Regina Nicolardi captures two kayakers post Great Falls of the Potomac race as they make a final lap on the Class V+ run.

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Water as Glass

08.04.2006

By Rob Lyon first appeared in July 2006 Canoe and Kayak In hindsight, I had to laugh. I was going through my slides from a fly-fishing expedition on Oregon’s Deschutes River when I pulled out one that was just water. That wasn’t like me, I thought. I must have accidentally tripped the shutter. After half […]

Paddlesports Trade Associations Talk Merger

08.03.2006

From the Trade Association of Paddlesports: Aug. 3, 2006 – At the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, an industry work group will be rolling out a draft plan for combining the Trade Association of Paddlesports and the Professional Paddlesports Association into one new group. While we support much of what is in the Draft Action […]

Surf Ski Attacked by Shark

08.01.2006

From www.surfski.info: Friday, 28 July 2006 – Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa It was supposed to be a normal Friday winding-down paddle from Fish Hoek to Roman Rock lighthouse and back. Five paddlers were bunched together about 30m from the catwalk near Sunny Cove when a Great White shark attacked the ski closest to […]

Update – Logjam blasted

07.26.2006

The Forest Service blasted a major logjam Wednesday that has plugged up the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for several days, stranding hundreds of rafters in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The U.S. Forest Service and outfitters familiar with the Middle Fork of the Salmon say they’ve never seen a logjam […]

Boreal Experience

07.25.2006

> Why to go: Remote, uncrowded, and with mile after mile of Class I to III rapids, the Mistassibi Nord-Est is the perfect river for strong intermediate whitewater trippers. Situated in north-central Quebec, the Mistassibi runs through the heart of the expansive boreal forest, coursing its way downhill to its terminus in Lac Saint Jean. […]

Wounded vets take on “Extremity Games”

07.21.2006

The Army Times is reporting that 15 soldiers and Marines who have lost limbs will compete in flat-water kayaking race and play-boating demonstration at the O&P Extremity Games on July 29. An extreme sport competition for amateurs, the Extremity Games is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old and “living with a […]

Right Tackle

07.21.2006

Marty Grabijas (Marty G. to his friends) was introduced to the outdoors at an early age through fishing. Living in Buffalo, New York, a simple line cast from some of the best canoe water in the world, Grabijas soon turned his sights toward Ontario as his base of adventure. “There were summers when I was […]

Lake Powell’s Disappearing Act

07.21.2006

Lake Powell in Bullfrog, Utah is barely half-full and taking in less run-off than expected this year. The lake, used as a reservoir for keeping water for dry years in the Colorado River basin, is sparking debate over whether the shrinking water level is a positive. Some prefer the new beaches for camping revealed by […]

Kooten-eh?

07.20.2006

A strong current zips us past a lush British Columbian forest and the chalky walls of a low canyon. Our Canadian Rockies Whitewater guidebook says that easy paddling will be interrupted by rapids up to Class III.

Luring Locales

07.20.2006

Everglades National Park, Florida Chokoloskee Island is smack-dab in the middle of a kayak fisherman’s nirvana-the western edge of Everglades National Park. Look on a map and you will see literally 10,000 islands surrounded by mangroves, mudflats, oyster bars, sandy beaches, and a rich marine nursery that is home to an amazingly diverse fishery-trout, redfish, […]

Three Spring-Fed Texas Hill Country Rivers

07.20.2006

The Central Texas Hills and Rivers region lies in the dead center of the Lone Star state, abounding with quaint small towns, friendly people, and spring-fed rivers that flow through a semi-arid desert land of mesquite, prickly pear cactus, live oaks, limestone bluffs and wide open blue skies.

Mildwater PFD Recalled

07.19.2006

VENTURA, Calif. (July 19, 2006) – Lotus Designs, Inc., the paddling apparel manufacturer and an affiliate of Patagonia, Inc., announced today that it is voluntarily recalling its Mildwater PFD. This style is also sold as the Fishing PFD and Patagonia Fishing Vest. Although there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the […]

Craft that Catch

07.16.2006

I blame it on my parents. They took me fishing at an early age and I was hooked. Nothing fascinated me more than peering into the depths that my bait had descended into and wondering what creatures lurked down there. I soon discovered that as I retreated farther into the backcountry, the fish became bigger […]

Lord of the Loop

07.13.2006

If you knew who freestyle kayaker Stephen Wright was before 2005, you were either a friend or family member. But after entering the Reno River Festival that year as an amateur– and taking third place among the pros – Wright has become on of the best-known athletes on the freestyle scene. Since then, Wright, 28, […]

Canoe Records Smashed in Yukon Quest

07.10.2006

Course records were crushed at the 2006 Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to Dawson City, held June 28-July 2. The overall winners, Brandon Nelson and David Kelly, smoked the 460-mile course in 40 hours, 37 minutes, and 5 seconds in a tandem kayak, lopping two and a half hours off the […]

Pumped Up: Cataraft Fishing Craft

07.07.2006

Catarafts may be the SUVs of human-powered fishing boats. They give you access to a huge variety of water from protected bays to whitewater rivers. They are among the few paddlecraft that allow the caster to stand and truly cast, using pressure off one’s foot and hip rotation to launch a lure or fly line. […]

Sit-and-Switch Canoe Paddling

07.07.2006

If you’re planning a long flatwater trip, it’s time to consider the most efficient way to move a canoe-using bent-shaft (elbow) paddles. I hear arguments for not using bent-shaft paddles, but once you’ve used them a time or two, you’ll fall in line. Some time ago, a friend asked how to train his new partner […]

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