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.
The tomol(wood planked canoe) is considered one of the oldest existing examples of ocean-faring watercraft in North America. For the fifth time since 2001 Elye’wun paddled under the cover of darkness, its redwood hull slicing through an ink-black Pacific Ocean. It was the start of an open water crossing from Ventura, California to the Channel […]
On September 24 injured veterans crowded around the south side of Pismo Beach Pier anxiously waiting to feel the ‘stoke’ of surfing their first wave with Amputee Surfing Champion and Founder of Amputee Surfers Alliance, Rodney Roller. The surf was ideal for beginners. Wave sets came in around 3-5 foot and clean. It was some […]
Penstock Productions and alaskaschools.com present Kayak Journal 5. Alaska’s Prince William Sound is a paddlers paradise full of million year old glaciers and incredible Alaskan scenery. Look for the complete segment in Kayak Journal 5 – October 2007. Scan the details at www.kayakjournal.com.
Patagonia Rio Frio and Rio Serrano PFDs $125, Many manufacturers design PFDs to pass Coast Guard standards the day they’re sold with only a pound or so of surplus flotation, but that flotation begins to degrade almost immediately. Patagonia’s new Rio Frio and Rio Serrano vests are beefy and a bit heavy. The added […]
INTRO Boaters in the nation’s capital know that the best action in D.C. will never play out on an episode of “The West Wing.” Whether you’re a tourist snapping cherry blossom photos or regularly nine-to-five it on Capitol Hill, here’s how to ditch the power suits and discover some monumental paddling. KAYAK TOURING: Strolling the […]
Hydro-Qubec’s primary purpose for damming and diverting the Rupert River – the last undammed major river in Northern Quebec – and creating a massive reservoir equivalent in size to flooding two-thirds of Montreal, or half of New York or New Orleans, is to generate new power capacity to sell to the northeastern United States. U.S. […]
United States slalom paddler Scott Parsons (Sylvania, Ohio) was errorless in his first two qualifying runs of the men’s single kayak to lead a field 91 on Wednesday and advance to the semifinals of the 2007 ICF Slalom World Championships in Foz do Iguau, Brazil. Parsons joined Brett Heyl (Charlotte, N.C.) also in the men’s […]
Ever been traveling and hear a story? Maybe it was true, or maybe not. This travel mystery involves a stretch of rapids in the Maligne River, a Hollywood film, and a canoe hanging from the rafters of the Maligne Lake Lodge in Canada. It took 50 years to solve – at least part of the […]
Penstock Productions announced the location and winner for the 2nd annual IR Vacation to Hell on September 15th, 2007 at the West Coast Sea Kayaking Symposium. The winning team of the 2007 IR Vacation to Hell is Sweetwater, which consists of Mark Prator, Tim Keen, Russell Farrow, and Alain Cormier. The winning team was selected […]
Kelly swiveled in the bow, looking through the widening gap to the other half of the family, waving goodbye from the bank of the Flathead River. “Dad, let’s go back,” she pleaded. “Please.” I heard her homesickness, and felt my own tinge of panic. How many times had I been warned about the fierce winds […]
Canoeists generally tend toward the traditional. We enjoy constants like the simple beauty of the cedar strip, the delicate functionality of ash brightwork, the reliability of a Royalex hull. But this year has brought change to the canoe business. Old Town offers its first composite canoe in a decade, Wenonah enters the polyethylene field, and […]
We are an international team of five, including myself, British whitewater kayaker and videographer Alex Nicks, American photographer Keith Fialcowitz, and a pair of NOLS instructors, Canadian Travis Holmes and French/Tasmanian Lelia Meffre. Together we made our way north by kayak, small plane, lobster boat, rusty VW van, and Zodiac. RECHERCHE BAY TO SOUTH BRUNY […]
Inflatable kayak design has come a long way since the first generation of blunt-nosed, one-man raft style designs hit the market more than a decade ago. Sporting sleeker, pared-down shapes, today’s IKs come loaded with features serious kayakers can appreciate—like comfortable, adjustable seat systems and ample storage capacity. But the undisputable advantage to these blow-up […]
Billed as the largest and oldest kayak symposium in North America, the 24th Annual West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium gets under way Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. and runs through the weekend. This years theme is ‘Women and Families’ but there are plenty of classes, demos and lectures to appeal to every paddler in […]