Paddling the Colorado River Pulse Flow

An extraordinary experiment is underway in a parched corner of northern Mexico where the Colorado River goes to die.

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Knowing and practicing your rescues is an integral part of safe and enjoyable sea kayaking. When you are confident in your (and your companions’) rescue ability, you can relax and have fun. When conditions deteriorate, you will appreciate the fact that the people you are with have the ability to rescue themselves and others. There […]

Taking the Kids Canoeing


Life on the water changes when children are added to the equation. Once we accept that hard truth, we can move into the practical phase of figuring out exactly how to meet the outfitting challenges posed by taking children canoeing.

Cartopping Your Kayak


While it’s nice to have a friend to help carry boats as well as to paddle with, you can solo lift your boat and carry it on your shoulder. When you lift your boat to your shoulder, be careful to protect yourself from a back injury. Start by bending your knees slightly and sliding the […]

What to Wear Paddling: Dress for Your Sport


What you wear paddling is important. What you should wear depends on the paddling environment and the likelihood of taking an unexpected swim.

How to Choose the Right Paddling School For You


The best advice any beginning paddler should take is to learn the skills before going for the thrills. This applies to all branches of the paddlesports tree. The best way to learn the basics is to attend a paddling school, but choosing the best school for you can seem like a daunting task. The first […]

Picking a Kayak Paddle


These days, the kayak world is broadly divided into whitewater and touring boats, outfitted with the appropriate paddles. Whitewater Paddles Most whitewater paddles have the blades offset, or feathered, between 30 and 90 degrees, and will have right-hand control, which means that when you rotate the shaft between dips of the offset blades, your right […]

Paddling PerfectionBritish Columbia’s Barkley Sound


What makes the perfect destination for the perfect sport ? Paddling, meaning sea kayaking and canoeing, is the perfect sport: a rare combination of exploration, local knowledge, intuition, skill, and muscle combined with the love of beautiful boats, good friends, elegant camping, and wilderness on water. And the perfect destination? Tops on everyone’s list is […]

No Place Better


It’s another perfect day in paradise: 73 degrees, a light onshore breeze, and mostly sunny–a terrific day for a paddle! I contemplate my options from buff-colored cliffs overlooking the deep-blue Pacific that stretches infinitely westward. Shall I join the surfers riding smooth-faced waves that sparkle in the sunshine, explore the rock gardens and kelp beds […]

Moisie River


The Moisie was my coming-of-age trip, some 25 years ago. It was my first major canoe expedition. It came early in my paddling learning curve, before I was aware of such things as spray decks. And in the first days, it included a near-death capsize of our companion boat during an open-water crossing. To say […]



One of the best things about canoeing is the opportunity it provides to explore a wide variety of waterways and wild landscapes. This notion was reinforced last October when I went on two separate canoe trips within a two-week period. The first outing was on the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River in central […]



The lake was glass-calm, the fog impenetrably thick. Just a minute earlier, my four companions-Cliff Jacobson, Tryon Lindabury, Jim Mandle, and Don Morris-were all paddling ahead of me in their sleek solo canoes, but when I stopped to take their photo, poof! they were gone, swallowed by the pearly mist swirling over the water. I […]

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U.S. Qualifies Two Sprint Boats for Olympics


Sept. 14 – GAINESVILLE, GA. – Hungary dominated the World Championships, winning nine gold medals and 13 overall, but Germany and Poland qualified more boats for the 2004 Olympics. The conclusion of the 33rd International Canoe Federation Flatwater Racing World Championships, which wrapped up in Georgia on Sunday, signals the bittersweet end of a long […]

For the Love of Paddling


Back in the early 1970s, in addition to the Age of Aquarius, a boom in outdoor recreation was dawning. At the time, most counterculture paddlers and backpackers didn’t recognize it as a trend. Any sign of conformity was anathema to the tie-dyed society. They were just grooving on nature, while flower power fueled the nascent […]

30 Years of Great Gear


When Canoe magazine debuted in 1973, the state of the art was the 17-foot-long aluminum canoe. In the May 1976 issue, Canoe published its first boat review, an examination of aluminum whitewater canoes, and the 17-foot Grumman was called “the closest canoe to meeting whitewater needs of open boat canoeists using aluminum crafts.” Over the […]

Lanier Championships


September 11 – GAINESVILLE, GA. – Competition at the 33rd International Canoe Federation Flatwater Racing World Championships began with strong performances from the expected favorites and set up the Championships for three more days of fierce, down-to-the-wire competition. Weekend tickets were still available as of Friday, Sept. 12. The first of four full days of […]

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