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Slalom Worlds Day 2: Lefevre Into Finals as Hradilek Falters

By Joe Potoczak Another world champion has been dethroned. Vavrinec Hradilek, the 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist from the Czech Republic, finished his semifinal run in 22nd place, leaving him out of the final and guaranteeing that we will have a new champion in K-1 this year. There’s still a chance that […]

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Pro Kayakers Face Off In Reno

04.07.2005

The world’s top kayak competitors, including 2005 world freestyle champion Eric Jackson and 2004 world freestyle champion Jay Kincaid, will hit the water in downtown Reno May 12 – 15 for the second annual Reno River Festival. The three-day festival, celebrated at Reno’s new $1.5 million Truckee River Whitewater Park, will feature a series of […]

“I zigged when I should have zagged.”

03.29.2005

The cool thing about Patrick Forster is that even though it was early season, despite having to adjust to the load of gear making his kayak feel lop-sided, and although it was his first time on this particular Class V+ river run, the cool thing is that Forster went for it. “Probably showed a little […]

Whitewater Kayak Review

03.25.2005

If a creekboat is like your spouse—loyal, bulbous, and willing to take the hits with you—then a playboat is your mistress. So curvy and fun, but interchangeable when something better comes along. And something usually comes along every year. Christian Knight Level: Fading expert Age: 28 Weight: 178 Days Playboating/Yr: 30 to 150 Favorite Freestyle […]

Whitewater Helmet Review

03.24.2005

Up until that day, my top priorities for a helmet were that it look fly and be so comfortable that I didn’t even know it was there. After all, the rivers I paddled were all deep and high volume. I thought the chances of hitting my head were about as likely as monkeys flying out […]

Booby-Trapped Rivers

03.18.2005

Nails or spikes several inches long have been drilled or pounded into rocks in Oregon’s Sandy River. In recent weeks, the nails have ripped open two rafts, including Josh Linn’s 16-foot pontoon raft. Linn was floating through a dangerous rapid near popular Dodge Park when the nail tore up his boat. But he was lucky […]

Courts Give Kayakers More Water

03.18.2005

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled today that state officials exceeded their authority when they recommended less water for a kayak course than the backers requested, marking a victory for the surging water recreation industry. The ruling said the Colorado Water Conservation Board ignored state law and its own rules in its recommendation for a whitewater […]

Vietnam – Bay of Dragons

03.15.2005

Additional Photos from the March 2005 Article on Vietnams’ Bay of Dragons, Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Photos by Paul Bride

600 Miles solo Paddle

03.15.2005

Innova Kayak is pleased to announce a major honor for Kira Salak from the National Geographic Society. Ms. Salak is the first documented person to kayak solo 600 miles to Timbuktu down Mali’s Niger River. She chose to make the journey in an Innova Safari. Each year the National Geographic Society selects a new class […]

Vietnam’s Bay of Dragons

03.11.2005

Limestone towers reach toward an eerie morning sky. Black water is all around, and mist hangs low in the infinite silence. Our tent is pitched on a makeshift platform between two kayaks floating in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, on the edge of the South China Sea. This place seems to epitomize the strangeness of existence. […]

New Boats March 2005

03.09.2005

Solo Time It’s strong, lightweight, fun to paddle, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg—Grumman has introduced the only solo aluminum canoe on the market. The 129S is 12 feet 9 inches long, 29.5 inches wide, and weighs 44 pounds. $749. (800) 477-2628; www.marathonboat.com. Anniversary For 30 years, the Mad River Explorer has […]

Our Latest Subject, David Grove

03.03.2005

What does it take for a kayaker to plunge 101 feet off a waterfall? Serious cajones. And you know it’s bad when even your peers don’t want any part of it. So it was for extreme creeker David Grove last July, when he made plans to run the 101-foot Metlako Falls on the Oregon side […]

Plastic Sea Kayak Review

03.03.2005

Polyethylene kayaks, with their uniformly colored hulls and decks, always make me think of oversized crayons that have escaped from their box. The six poly kayaks in this review were all high volume, meaning they generally suited a bigger individual better than someone petite. Some of the boats are more appropriate for open-water paddling, others […]

Rogue Squad

03.01.2005

“There is no shower down there? Are you serious?” exclaimed Alize Beal, a 15-year-old Boys and Girls Harbor Upward Bound student. “How are we supposed to stay clean?” “You are going to spend so much time playing in the river, you won’t want to take a shower,” answered Steve Albrechtson, Sundance River Center guide and […]

Reader Photo Contest

02.25.2005

The entry deadline for the 2005 Canoe & Kayak Magazine Reader Photo Contest is April 1. Send entries to: Photo Contest, PO Box 3146, Kirkland, WA 98083-3146. Send original slides, high-quality prints, or raw digital files on CD. (Prints and CDs will not be returned.) Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. All entries […]

Grand Canyon Plan

01.28.2005

Commercial river outfitters and private boaters have set aside decades of fighting over Grand Canyon river trips to present a joint recommendation on river use and allocations of private and commercial trips. They’re hoping to help mend a broken system in which thousands of people are on a waiting list for permits for private trips […]

Where Is This River Basin?

01.21.2005

Dark channels cut across a high, broad plain, revealing an entirely new river drainage system. See New Scientist for the answer.

Gearing Up for the World Championships

01.14.2005

Jan. 28 – Jay Kincaid and Eric Jackson are first and second in men’s K-1 going into the seminals at the World Canoe/Kayak Freestyle Championships in Penrith, Australia. Tanya Shuman from the U.S. is leading in Women’s K-1 and Fiona Jarvis of Great Britain is second. canoefreestyle.com/au bliss-stick.com Kayak Mind.com xackers.net waterfallsandwaves.blogspot.com www.ottawakayak.com www.ukfreestyle.com jacksonkayak.com […]

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