Hyperlite 2-Person Ultamid: Fast Shelter

My experience . . . I don’t always have much time to get shelter over my head. No time to unpack and pitch a tent. No time to find trees and string a tarp. Or no trees. Most of those moments are driven by the undercurrent of desperation as violent squall or windstorm is approaching. […]

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Reno River Festival 2005 – Final Report


VIEW MORE RENO RIVER FESTIVAL PHOTOS The Second Annual Reno River Festival solidified its reputation as a premier boating event, bringing some of the world’s top boaters together for some intense paddling on the Truckee River’s multimillion dollar whitewater playpark. Over 20,000 people watched from the shore and millions more tuned in to the Fox […]

Fastest Kayak Crossing of English Channel


Tordoff, a resident of Huntingdon in Chester, managed to shave an incredible 11 minutes from the old record of 3 hours and 33 minutes for crossing from Fokestone Beach to Wisant Beach in France, which had stood since 1976. A delighted Tordoff was thrilled with his marathon feat. “To beat the old record has been […]

DAY 3: Jacksons Still Celebrating


We woke up this morning and saw gray skies covering the city. After two nights of partying and gambling, some of the boaters weren’t exactly feeling sunny, either. One exception, however, was the Jackson family. EJ outduled local hero “All Day” Jay Kincaid in the final round of last night’s professional rodeo competition. The defending […]

Day Two Rocks Reno


DAY 2 EVENTS After another night paying ‘the Man’ for the bright lights and lethal fluids of Reno another gorgeous sunny day dawns here in whitewater utopia. The Reno Fiver Festival is not just fun on the river…there is much more to see on do on the shore. There are the hourly clinics (all day […]

Confluence Buys WaterMark


Two of the paddlesports industry’s largest companies are coming together, as Confluence Holdings announced today (May 12, 2005) that it has signed an agreement to acquire the water sports division assets of WaterMark. The agreement does not include WaterMark’s land sports division, which includes Yakima roof racks and accessories. Industry veteran Richard Feehan has been […]

Reno Whitewater Festival 2005


DAY ONE: I’m impressed. That’s easy to do–after all, I think it’s special when you get a napkin at dinner. But Reno’s Truckee River Whitewater Park is truly remarkable. Forget the fact that I staggereed down to see the park for the first time at about 6:30 this morning–after wandering past all the casinos, of […]

International Whitewater Hall of Fame


Canoe & Kayak Magazine is one of several organizations who have been asked to make nominations to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame, and we’d like your help! Who do you think deserves recognition for their contributions to the sport of whitewater paddling? Why? Here are the categories for which we can make nominations: Pioneer […]

Wilderness-Tripping Canoes


When choosing a tripping canoe, it’s easy to get so caught up in the design of the boats that consideration of the best construction material for the intended use can be somewhat shortchanged. Canoes can be built from a surprisingly wide variety of materials, including some you may not even be aware of without doing […]

Canoeing the Soper River Valley


“Any landing is a good landing!” our bush pilot hollers above the clamor as his heavily loaded twin-engine Otter hits the 150-yard scrap of tundra runway hard, bouncing repeatedly before screeching to a halt. Just moments ago, the rest of us-five tense, hushed passengers-snugged up our seatbelts and braced for one of those moments that […]

Molokai Surf Ski Race


Heading into the final leg of a 34-mile relay race in the waters of Kauai, Australian Rod Taylor overtook the third-place boat and handed me a lead. “Bring it home, mate!” he shouted as I raced off. The wind was howling; the swell, frighteningly big-at least for a flatwater paddler just off the plane from […]

River Cleanup Project


Photos from the River Cleanup Project

Kayaking Death Valley’s Badwater


For the first time in perhaps 10,000 years, there was a lake in Death Valley, and I had to go paddle it. Death Valley once had a wetter past. For hundreds of thousands of years it contained large lakes fed by abundant rainfall and meltwater from receding ice age glaciers in the Sierra Nevada. Ten […]

Pueblo Whitewater Park Opens


After eight years of planning, prodding and praying, on May 7, paddlers in Pueblo, Colorado, will formally open their new downtown kayak park. The Pueblo whitewater park, which has not yet been formally named, is part of a larger renovation along the city’s riverfront. It consists of eight drops separated by large pools over hafl […]

10 Best Adventure Paddling Books


What paddler doesn’t enjoy a well-told tale of high adventure – of raging rapids conquered, of seas crossed, of storms endured? Good writers have met a rigorous standard: Adventure occurs when you – and no one else – are forced to solve a problem for which the wrong move can have disastrous consequences. Determining the […]

Pro Kayakers Face Off In Reno


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.”


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


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 […]

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