By Jeff Moag About a decade ago thermoformed kayaks turned the paddling industry on its ear. These kayaks fill the middle ground between rotomolded plastic kayaks, and lighter, more expensive composite boats. They’re the Mama Bear of sea kayaks—not too heavy, not too expensive. For most everyday paddlers, they’re just right. I’ve paddled thermoformed boats […]
Four Seattle rowers won the Shepherd Ocean Fours Rowing Race this morning, pulling themselves across the Atlantic from New York to the coast of the United Kingdom, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Friday, Aug. 18, 2006. At around 7:45 a.m. Pacific time, Jordan Hanssen, Dylan LeValley, Greg Spooner and Brad Vickers crossed the finish line in […]
Kord spent three days at Tao Berman’s home in White Salmon, Washington, mountain biking, trail running and, much to Kord’s unease, cliff jumping. Kord returned with a new perspective on the Michael Jordan of extreme kayaking and a profile that digs deep into the controversy, success and most importantly, mind of Tao Berman. Take a […]
Tranquility, Excitement, Humor, and Hope: Our 2006 Reader Photo Contest demonstrates that a lot of different emotions can be experienced while paddling.
For as long as I have lived in North Carolina, I have harbored a dream: somewhere in the wooded folds of the Appalachians, a river lies undiscovered. It’s a small river, hissing over beveled ledges, hidden from view by hemlock and rhododendron. The locals know about it, the cane pole fishermen and the farmers. But […]
During National River Cleanup Week this year, school children were invited to participate in cleanups all across the country and then write an essay on the subject “Where does all the trash come from?” Find out more about the National River Cleanup Week at at the America Outdoors website. Here are the contest winners: Fourth-Fifth […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
> 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. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
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.