Week in Review: December 19, 2014

Bear Grylls on surfing the Ottawa River: “If he capsizes…he might not survive.” A little over-the-top? Maybe, but Devyn Scott sure is good at what he does Kayak launch fail. This shouldn’t be so difficult Sometimes the third time isn’t the charm La Garganta del Diablo, The Throat of the Devil Aptly named Kev Brady […]

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US Freestyle Whitewater Kayaking Nationals Return to FIBArk


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]



Tune Up Your Boof with Taylor Robertson


Adventure photographer Taylor Robertson knows a thing or two about boofing. While he’s down to kayaking a paltry 250 days a year, the former U.S. Freestyle Kayak team member has more first descents than you have cam straps, and he’s stuck strokes carrying him over and out of harm’s way in more than 22 countries. […]

A Winter Kayaker’s Tale A Midwinter Attempt to Circle Vancouver Island


“It is easy to make plans in this world; even a cat can do it; and when one is out in those remote oceans it is noticeable that a cat’s plans and a man’s are worth about the same.” Mark Twain As I lay in my sleeping bag somewhere on the shores of Johnstone Strait, […]

American Rivers Launches


Everywhere— Each and every year, an appalling amount of trash finds its way into our nation’s rivers and streams. It’s a fact that has communities and civic leaders all across the country teaming up with American Rivers to do something about it. As part of National River Cleanup 2008, more than 100,000 volunteers, in all […]

How To Build A Kayak – Part 2 of 3


Each day after work I head out to the garage to see my baby. So far she doesn’t look like much, just slender strips of African plywood and a stack of fiberglass sheets. Big jugs of resins sit on my workbench. It’s messy out there, what with five bikes, skis, paddling gear, and the flotsam […]

New Whitewater Park in Glenwood Springs on March 15


New park slated to open March 15 The park, which is expected to open on March 15, 2008, has been in development for the last seven years. “It was good to see the community of Glenwood come together to get the in-stream portion of the park built” said Nick Turner, employee of Denver’s McLaughlin Anderson […]

Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic Set for May


JaxKayakFishing.com, Northeast Florida’s online kayak fishing community, has announced plans for the world’s largest kayak fishing tournament to be held in Jacksonville, Florida on May 2-3. The 5th annual Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic promotes kayak fishing in Jacksonville with a fun conservation-oriented format and raises funds for children’s programs through Daniel Memorial and Dignity-U-Wear. The […]

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