But if the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia succeed in building the proposed Batoka Gorge Dam, much of the section will be drowned, severely harming the area’s river-based tourism, partly flooding the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site, and burying crucial habitat for endangered bird species in the process.
by Libby BlissPhotography by John Bolivarfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 Just when you think another sea kayak couldn’t possibly fit into the market—voila!—some newcomers (Atlantis, Delta, Point 65 North) are angling for the name recognition enjoyed by companies that have been part of the kayaking lexicon (Eddyline, Prijon, Wilderness Systems) for years. While many […]
by Michael Pardyfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 It started simply enough. Andrew and I were paddling with a group of eight inexperienced paddlers around a small headland, about 300 yards wide, into the shelter of a large bay. The wind was near 20 knots, and it was with us. The waves were one to […]
The U.S. West Surf Kayaking Association announced the dates and location of the 2007 Team Trial Event. The trial event will be held on Feb. 10 and 11, 2007 at Pico Creek State Beach in San Simeon, CA. The event will be open to qualified men, and any women or juniors that wish to enter. […]
Kayakers in the Galapagos Islands experience their own epiphanies on the same mystical waters that inspired Charles Darwin. The Galapagos Islands have long been recognized as a sanctuary for rare and extraordinary wildlife. Now, they are becoming more accessible to nature-loving sea kayakers as well.
by Nigel Fosterfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 A Surf Launch First check the beach for rips. Rips are currents running out through the surf from the beach. Water pushed to the beach as “soup” on the faces of broken waves forms these rips as it escapes from shore. From a high viewpoint you can […]
Story and Photos by Tom Bolfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 “Shark! Shark! Right below you!” my wife, Cree, shouts through her snorkel. Suddenly the Jimmy Buffet song that has been playing in my head screeches to a halt, replaced by the sound of my pounding heart. Looking below my snorkel fins, I see it, […]
It is a cold and rainy day, the kind of cold that just penetrates to the bone and tricks you into lying in bed, eating pizza, and watching reruns of 24. However, once you climb into the cockpit of your boat and secure your sprayskirt, you have created your own little microclimate where all is […]
November 25 Perth, Australia By Joe Glickman Standing next to his ski waist deep in the water, Oscar Chalupsky eyed the flat sea as he waited for the gun on the second day of the two-day World Cup in Perth. Having won the first day, his challenge was simple: win again and the overall title […]
On the cover – Innovative Craft Old Town Koru, Warren Light Craft Little Wing, Mad River Synergy photo by: John Bolivar and Courtesy of Warren Light Craft GEAR This is our 2007 BUYER’S GUIDE Your resource for over 1000 Canoes, 1400 Kayaks, 350 Inflatables, 850 Paddles and 175 PFD’s. The definitive listing for gear in […]
by Ric Gelman and Dan Heldenreich first appeared in Canoe and Kayak Oct. 2006 There was no mistaking what we heard. The sound of so much air being expelled by enormous lungs was startling. How could a living, breathing creature be so huge? We were only 50 feet away from a massive finback whale in […]
by Libby Bliss first appeared in Ocotober 2006 Canoe and Kayak. The answer is viable kayak option, and here’s why. First, inflatable kayaks are incredibly versatile traveling companions. Generally weighing from 25 to 48 pounds, most inflatables fold into duffel bags the size of a large suitcase, making them easy to carry onto a plane, […]
On the cover – An Outward Bound kayaker paddles through a tide-sculpted sea arch in Kenai Fjords national Park. photo by: Doug Demarest FEATURES DAY 26 One of the most memorable days of an extraordinary canoe journey down Arctic Canada’s Back River is dominated by a never-ending protage that tests the mettle of six young, […]
QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUY A DIGITAL CAMERA So many cameras…so much to learn. There are hundreds of cameras out there in all sizes, shapes, capabilities and prices. It is a juggling act to balance your needs, wants and money with the camera that speaks to you and helps you capture your memories in […]
Like many Bostonians on weekends, the Contoocook River flows north, fleeing city life for farmlands and woods and finding special solace in the golden hue of fall foliage season, when the oak, maple, and birch trees begin to turn. And like some Commonwealth dwellers, the ‘Took can also be pushy and volatile, thanks to the […]
Why to go: As more and more humans crowd the globe, it has become harder to be at one with nature. Dog Island, however, offers paddlers a place to experience adventure and inspiration in the shrinking wilds of coastal Florida. This diamond in the gulf rises up just south of Carrabelle, in the eastern panhandle. […]