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The Olek Doba Kayak Mission Nears Completion

Under threatening twilight skies, sea kayaker Aleksander Doba arrived in Port Canaveral, Fla., yesterday at 7:20 p.m., after a 5,400-mile crossing of the Atlantic Ocean that began Oct. 5, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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For the Love of Paddling

09.15.2003

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

09.13.2003

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

09.12.2003

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 […]

A Touch of Style

09.04.2003

After a recent class on how to control a canoe, someone asked, “What do you do to show off, to have a little fun?” Since I enjoy attention, it wasn’t hard to think of a move I like to use. I learned it as the “jam-pry” from Steve Scarborough at a Northwest paddling clinic many […]

A Toast to CMT

09.03.2003

I am paddling one of the most beautiful and challenging passages of Washington State’s Cascadia Marine Trail–the crossing from Fort Ebey, on Whidbey Island, to Fort Worden, on the Olympic Peninsula. Over my left shoulder rise the high sand-and-clay cliffs of Whidbey. Ahead to my right are Port Townsend and the 7,000- and 8,000-foot peaks […]

August 2003 Gallery

08.12.2003

Photos from August 2003

All-Around River-Runners

07.28.2003

I want a whitewater kayak on my car that’ll prevent me from having to exchange boats every time I want to surf a wave or paddle a creek. Rob McKibbin wants a single boat that he can paddle down Washington State’s Class V+ Top Tye and use to throw flatwater cartwheels on the Main Skykomish […]

Kayak Camp Discoveries

07.24.2003

Every summer, 20 lucky teenagers descend on the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont, for an experience that inevitably changes their lives: the Champlain Discovery Program. They start out as average scrawny 13- to 16-year-olds from a variety of backgrounds who aren’t totally sure how they feel about being away from their families for […]

holidays

07.22.2003

Does your canoe or kayak club, local paddling shop, or outfitter have any events that celebrate the holidays while paddling? For example, in Seattle the Northwest Outdoor Center leads caroling excursions by paddle around the houseboats on Lake Union, and Paddle Trails Canoe Club runs an annual “parade of lighted canoes” on the city’s smaller […]

holidays

07.22.2003

Does your canoe or kayak club, local paddling shop, or outfitter have any events that celebrate the holidays while paddling? For example, in Seattle the Northwest Outdoor Center leads caroling excursions by paddle around the houseboats on Lake Union, and Paddle Trails Canoe Club runs an annual “parade of lighted canoes” on the city’s smaller […]

John Heath

07.18.2003

“Johnny Appleseed” of Greenland-style kayaking has died The Greenland kayaking movement in North America lost its Johnny Appleseed with the passing away in July of John Heath at the age of 80. For the last several decades John drew an ever-widening circle of converts to this style of kayaking through his writing and talks that […]

Back Support

07.17.2003

The Sonic Backband from Surf to Summit is made from soft conforming foam and is thermally molded for good support and a great fit. $35. (800) 930-8782; www.SurfToSummit.com.

First Aid

07.17.2003

Take care of common first-aid needs without leaving your boat, with the Paddler Medic from Adventure Medical Kits. $8. (800) 324-3517; www.AdventureMedicalKits.com.

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