With rainfall doubling the flow of New York’s Moose River, the MooseFest race finale to the Whitewater King of New York point series lived up to its wild reputation as the last big paddling event the year for Northeast paddlers.
This article first appeared in Canoe & Kayak Magazine June 2006
It’s embarrassing, but I fall in the water more often launching or landing, with everyone watching, than when I’m farther from shore. You too? These tips may help minimize your shoreline antics.
This time of year nearly 30 years ago, an excited novice canoe paddler discovered the pleasure of floating a river. I remember the river and the trip. A sunny, warm day enhanced the magnificent mountain and meadow scenery. Each river bend added ner-vous energy, and loud riffling noise generated by shallow water raised images of […]
My Brother’s Keeper When Simon Osborne says he didn’t really know what he was getting into when he decided to circumnavigate the United Kingdom, he means it. That the 26-year-old had never actually sea kayaked before only accentuated the urgent need for instruction from renowned kayaker Nigel Dennis. “Fortunately, he didn’t tell me to just […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]