Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Versatile Canoes Reviewed


The lure of moving water seems to have moved the major canoe makers in 2006. All the models in this review focus on versatility, with three of the four advertising at least moderate whitewater capability. When hybrid bicycles came out years ago, they were neither pure road nor mountain, and with these boats there is […]



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Kayaking the Yangtze River


Every journey starts at the end. Only then do memories gradually emerge, slowly unfolding like a lotus blossom. Such was the case after our first commercial kayak descent on the Great Bend of the Yangtze River, in China’s Yunnan Province. For those of us on the trip, there was also the bittersweet realization that the […]

Jacksons Unstoppable in Rodeo Finals


VAIL, Colorado—We’ve seen it before in other sports. Michael Jordan in the NBA finals. Reggie Jackson in the World Series. And in freestyle kayaking, there’s no bigger gamer than Eric Jackson, no relation to the baseball star, but every bit as dominant-and talented. EJ, the 42-year-old world champion, had to mount something of a comeback […]

Canoe & Kayak, June 2006


On the cover – Tao Berman relishes life and everything about it. photo by: Jock Bradley FEATURES READER EXPOSURE Winners of the 2006 Canoe & Kayak Reader Photo Contest represent just a few of the emotions experienced by paddlers. Northern Actuary A would-be accountant weighs the assets and liabilities of a monthlong canoe trip on […]

Guadeloupe Kayaking


The small islands of Les Saintes form an archipelago about an hour-long ferry ride from Pointe–Pitre to Terre-de-Haut, one of the most beautiful bays on the planet. While tourists were rushing to rent scooters in the village, I eventually found a small kayak shop and escaped on waters a shade of blue I had never […]

Keller, Faux victorious in extreme creek race


VAIL, Colorado, June 1—It was a nearly flawless day in this stunning portion of the Rocky Mountains, but the low flow of Homestake Creek—site of the Teva Mountain Games creek race—was anything but perfect. But whitewater kayakers, being the hardy bunch they are, still managed to paddle the creek with a combination of skill and […]

Kayak Chorus Combines Chanting, Paddling


One hour before high tide in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, on Sunday, 20 singing kayakers will be at the heart of the premiere of Sandy Moore’s Kayak Chorus. Moore is a Nova Scotia composer who has had a summer home in Kingsport for 20 years and he’s a man who dreams big. His ultimate plan is […]

Mountain Madness


VAIL, Colorado, May 31—There’s nothing like having a home away from home, and Eric Jackson and Tanya Faux are finding a very comfortable abode at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail. EJ, who claimed victory in last year’s PaddleCross event, was victorious in this year’s iteration, winning both heats in which he competed and tallying […]

Nigel Dennis to Speak at Symposium


The Trade Association of Paddlesports and the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Committee announce Nigel Dennis will be the keynote speaker at the 23 Annual West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium on Saturday, September 16, 2006. Saturday evening festivities are sponsored by Canoe & Kayak Magazine a long time supporter of the event. Nigel Dennis began […]

Gloves and Pogies for Paddlers


There are many reasons to have your hands protected when you’re on the water. Hours of paddling can lead to blisters, and when the temperature is low, cold hands can make it difficult to hold on to your paddle, and you’re in danger of discomfort or worse. Many whitewater paddlers want protection against rocks, and […]

Journey to Haida Gwaii


A three-hour tour sparked a love affair with kayaking that led this couple to the expedition of a lifetime.

PFD Review – 06


Your PFD should hug your body and stay in place on land or in the water, and it should feel good enough that you’re happy wearing it for hours. Every body is different. Try a few PFDs and compare. Anticipate what you’ll need to carry, and make sure the model you’re considering can take it […]

Drawing Contest Winners


Here are the winning entrants in the Canoe & Kayak Kids Drawing Contest, as voted on by readers of the Web site. First Place – Kokatat Breeze Paddling Jacket Second Place – Bending Branches kid’s Twig Canoe Paddle Third place – Keen kid’s Newport Water Sandal

Rafting Accident Claims Two


Washington state’s whitewater rafting community mourned the loss of one of the state’s leading outfitters after learning that he was one of two men who drowned on the Klickitat River Saturday. Jeff Driver, 50, of BZ Corner, operated All Rivers Adventures with his wife, Karen, and was well-known for his devotion to safety, the Yakima […]

Virtual Kayak Racing


Want to know how your paddling speed stacks up? Join Virtual Racing by Kayak and Canoe. Marek Uliasz created this web site to enable kayakers and canoeists anywhere in the world to race against each other. The idea is to paddle the race distance, either 1,000 meters, 5 miles (8K) or 10 miles (16K), record […]

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