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Kayakers Wanted

05.13.2003

Fresh from the wilds of Mozambique, another Scientific Exploration Society team of explorers is planning to take their research, kayaking, and diving skills to Madagascar Masoala Peninsula in November 2003, to continue their role at the forefront of scientific exploration. The team will venture up to the northeastern corner of the island, much of which […]

Whale Worth It

05.10.2003

As we launch our loaded sea kayaks from the Tadoussac town beach, we can already see whales feeding far out in the bay. The skies are clear as we paddle along the shore skirting the big, blue waters of the St. Lawrence River. As we round the point and enter the narrow Saguenay River, we’re […]

Poll Results Archive

05.07.2003

How did you learn to paddle? Total Votes: 374 From my parents: 9% From friends: 11% From a paddling school: 5% At summer camp: 8% From a club: 5% At school: 2% Paid private instruction: 1% On my own: 55% How old were you when you started paddling? Total votes:356 0-5: 4% 6-10: 12% 11-15: […]

The Silence is Deafening

05.06.2003

We glide beneath a wall of rock layered in white, rust, brown, so many shades for which I have no names. The silence is palpable–our paddles idle, our voices still–as we drink in the evidence of eons of time and the erosive power of water. It is moments like this that I will remember when […]

Inflation is a Good Thing

05.01.2003

I wasn’t always a cheerleader for inflatable paddlecraft. Like many “serious” paddlers, I was suspicious about the ruggedness and usefulness of these blow-up rubber boats; I certainly wasn’t going to entrust my life in the wilderness to any “pool-toy” ducky. But things have changed. Starting with a trip down Oregon’s wild Rogue River 10 years […]

Epic Endurance

05.01.2003

The Epic Touring Endurance is a high-performance kayak with hatches and bulkheads for extended trips.Designed by Greg Barton and Oscar Chalupsky, it’s 18 feet long and 21.5 inches wide and weighs 47 pounds. $2,495 with the SmartTrack rudder, $2,345 without. (866) GET-EPIC; www.EpicKayaks.com.

Orca Weekender

05.01.2003

The Orca Weekender is Pyranha’s new touring kayak. It’s 15 feet 4 inches long and 23 inches wide, and weighs 55 pounds. With its hard-chined hull it can be leaned on edge for tight turns. $1,350 with rudder, $1,150 without. (828) 254-1101; www.pyranha.com.

Eddy Turns and Peel-Outs

05.01.2003

Doing an eddy turn or peel-out can be likened to driving a car around a curve in the road. Roads are engineered with the most user-friendly tilt throughout the turn. This slope is called a bank. The tighter the turn, the more banked it must be. When driving at prescribed speeds, the car tracks throughout […]

Eddy Turns and Peel-Outs

05.01.2003

Doing an eddy turn or peel-out can be likened to driving a car around a curve in the road. Roads are engineered with the most user-friendly tilt throughout the turn. This slope is called a bank. The tighter the turn, the more banked it must be. When driving at prescribed speeds, the car tracks throughout […]

Safety Signals

05.01.2003

In June 1967, my friend John Orr and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota. Along a portage, we met a group of teenagers who were carrying a 15-year-old girl who had a “stomachache” on an improvised stretcher. When John–a football coach–gently touched her abdomen, she shrieked in pain. […]

Pathfinder

04.30.2003

Old Town Canoe is offering a new Royalex recreational canoe, the pathfinder. It’s 14 feet 10 inches long, with a classic recurved bow and stern. $999. (800) 343-1555; www.oldtowncanoe.com.

Sevylor

04.30.2003

Sevylor has an entry into the touring inflatable kayak realm with the Eskimo ST5 100. It’s 12 feet 10 inches long and 46 inches wide, with a zip-on skirt to protect the paddler. (323) 727-6013; www.sevylor.com.

Seneca

04.30.2003

the Seneca is a performance-oriented day touring kayak from Liquidlogic with a Swedeform design and a faceted hull. It’s 15 feet 6 inches long and 23.5 inches wide, and weighs 52 pounds. $1,025. (828) 698-5778; www.liquidlogickayaks.com.

Heritage

04.30.2003

The Heritage Featherlite Angler is designed for fishing comfort and ease of use. It’s 9 feet 5 inches long and 30 inches wide, and weighs 37 pounds. $479. (401) 253-3408; www.heritagekayaks.com.

Express

04.30.2003

Mad River’s Express Borealis was designed for extended wilderness paddling. It’s shown here with the new Mad River IQ gunwale system that allows unlimited placement of accessories. The boat is 17 feet 7 inches long and 32 inches wide. $1,999 to $2,399. (336) 434-7470; www.madrivercanoe.com.

Prodigy

04.30.2003

Bell Canoe Works has a new whitewater canoe designed by David Yost and Bob Foote. The Prodigy is 11 feet 17 inches long and weighs 42 pounds. $1,000 bare boat, $1,320 with Mike Yee Outfitting. (763) 856-2231; www.bellcanoe.com.

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