Return to the Rio Roosevelt

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

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Slalom Competition


ATHENS, Greece – Olympic Canoe and Kayak events are getting started! Slalom paddler Chris Ennis will leave the start gate for his first event at 3:07am ET, Aug. 17. Rebecca Giddens paddles shortly thereafter at 4:00am ET. Check www.usacanoekayak.org for updates and results as soon as they are available. We’ll update this Web site as […]

August 2004 Issue Contents


This latest issue of Canoe & Kayak is on sale now. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or paddling shop, or subscribe today! FEATURES Reader Photos 2004 – It wasn’t easy, but we picked the winners for our annual reader photo contest, and they appear inside. Snake Bit – Summer turns to winter […]

Verlen Kruger Remembered


On August 2, 2004, the paddling world lost a legend. Verlen Kruger, arguably the greatest canoeist who ever lived, passed away after a long fight with prostate cancer. He was 82. Verlen’s canoeing accomplishments are widely known in the paddling community, but bear repeating since they are so remarkable. Over his 41-year canoeing career, this […]

Sit Up Straight


With your spine in align, you will become a more efficient paddler. When we study the act of paddling a kayak from a posture perspective, one thing is abundantly clear: everything just works better when you are sitting up straight. If the body had its way, we would always be sitting or standing with our […]

A Mighty Wind


Five canoes. Ten people. Twenty-two hours of sunlight. Hundreds of unnamed mountains, rivers, streams, ridges, creeks, meadows, and vistas. Two grizzlies running the other way. Billions of diabolical mosquitoes that, fortunately, stay in the dense shrubbery until evening. An infinite number of surprises. One vast and empty wilderness, devoid of humans. This is a crash […]

New Products July 2004


A new kayak, dry suit, PFD, and clothes to chase the bugs away are among the highlights of July’s New Products from Canoe & Kayak Magazine. See What’s Below New from RTM, the Tango Kayak Vision has a patented view port that allows the paddler to see into the water. The Kayak Vision is recessed […]

Three Kayakers Join Sprint Team


July 12 – USA Canoe/Kayak is proud to announce the final members of the Flatwater Sprint Team headed for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Andy Bussey, Benjie Lewis and Bartosz Wolski join a talented U.S. team. Bussey is a 25 year-old paddler from Kailua, Hawaii. He made the team by virtue of a camp […]

Canoeists Carry Olympic Torch


When the Olympic Torch arrives at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Athens, Greece, in August, two of USA Canoe/Kayak’s Olympic Team athletes will have already experienced an up close and personal connection to the flame. The U.S. Whitewater Slalom Canoe Team of Joe Jacobi and Matt Taylor have been selected to carry the torch when […]

IR Big Gun Show


Now that spring is in full swing, rivers all across the continent are running high, setting the stage for bad-ass boaters to take ballsiness to new heights. It’s also the perfect time for wannabe/amateur videographers and photographers to take their camera gear to the river and record the action, but the fun doesn’t have to […]

Kayak roll


In The Surf


Columbia-Snake Cruise


It took Lewis and Clark ‘a little longer’ than it took my family to cover 1000 miles of river during our 7 day multi-sport adventure cruise on the 87 passenger Wilderness Discoverer shown here anchored at the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers in Eastern Washington. Our small ship adventure cruise began in Portland, […]

Gene Jensen Remembered


Gene Jensen, the father of the modern canoe, died peacefully on May 15 at his home in Inverness, Florida. He’s survived by his wife Audrey and their four children, eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Jensen was a legend of the canoe world. A founding member of the Minnesota Canoe Association, he spent most of his […]

Reno Was Awesome


I’m just back from the very first Reno River Festival, and it was terrific! It was the grand opening for the brand new whitewater Park on the Truckee River – great weather, great turnout, and some awesome boating. The pro rodeo featured some of the finest talent in the world, with a breathtaking final throwdown […]

Wet House trailer


Wenonah Canoe


Wenonah Canoe has announced plans to move construction of its Current Designs brand of kayaks from Victoria, B.C., to Winona, MN, where it will build a new 40,000-square-foot factory. Wenonah Canoe, founded by Mike Cichanowski, bought Current Designs in 1999. The growth of the company’s kayak business has been robust for the last several years […]

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