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Proposed Zambezi River Dam Puts Prime Stretch of Whitewater at Risk

But if the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia succeed in building the proposed Batoka Gorge Dam, much of the section will be drowned, severely harming the area’s river-based tourism, partly flooding the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site, and burying crucial habitat for endangered bird species in the process.

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Canoeing the Soper River Valley

04.16.2005

“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

04.15.2005

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

04.12.2005

Photos from the River Cleanup Project

Kayaking Death Valley’s Badwater

04.09.2005

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

04.09.2005

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

04.09.2005

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

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 […]

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Buyer's Guide