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Paddle Georgia Appreciates and Protects

By Katie McKy Imagine paddling with 400 of your nearest and dearest friends in a Skittles-colored fleet. This is the tenth year of Paddle Georgia, a 7-day, 115-mile journey on Georgia’s longest river, the Chattahoochee. It’s a river that’s as fun to paddle as it to pronounce, with waterfalls, 100-foot granite cliffs, caves that once […]

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Cozy Toes

07.17.2003

The Splash from Five Ten features an Aquastealth sole for remarkable traction and a 3-mm neoprene upper for warmth. $49. (909) 798-4222; www.fiveten.com.

Ocean Protection

07.17.2003

Imagine a network of fully protected marine reserves along the Pacific Coast of the United States, where creatures such as the Lion’s Mane jelly fish, shown here, and other marine animals can thrive forever. Under current laws, less than 1 percent of the ocean is protected. As a result, overfishing, pollution and increased human use […]

Virgin Islands

07.15.2003

KAYAK SAFARIS 787-792-5794 Web: www.kayaksafaris.com 5 or 7 day yacht escorted sea kayak adventures to the secret treasures of St. Thomas & St. Johns, USVI; Cliffside boulder grottos, spectacular beaches, and snorkel live coral forests. After hard days on safari, hot showers, refreshments, hearty meals, and sleeping under tropical stars in your own cabin.

Chile

07.15.2003

ALTUE SEA KAYAKING – PATAGONIA Call 562-232-1103 E-mail: altue@seakayakchile.com Web: www.seakayakchile.com Sea kayak spectacular Andean fjords of Pumalin Park in northern Patagonia where snowcapped mountains plunge into the sea. Primeval temperate rain forest, hot springs, 50′ support vessel, ocean front lodge with Chile’s oldest outfitter for great adventure spiced with local culture.

Get a Little Closer

07.10.2003

Problem: Have you ever gone to a play spot and shot roll after roll of film of your friend doing cool tricks, only to be disappointed with the film when you get it back? It seems that you just didn’t quite capture the energy of your friend’s moves. Instead, what you got was the play […]

Patience, Grasshopper

07.10.2003

Going straight isn’t simply about paddling forward. The novice knows that when he paddles forward, the boat does just about everything but go straight. There are several variables that cause the bow to veer into an unwanted turn, including wind, current, and boat design. Zigzagging is inevitable. The key to traveling in a straight path […]

Beyond the PavementWells Grey Provincial Park

07.10.2003

I dipped my paddle quietly into the turquoise water, and the canoe glided forward. The lake here was very much like a fjord, with vertical rock walls forming the shore. Hundreds of feet above, snowmelt created a stream that finished its descent by forming a magnificent waterfall into the lake. In the bow, my seven-year-old […]

Paddles, Pizazz, and Jazz

06.26.2003

Located an hour north of the New York or Vermont border, Montreal is an island metropolis designed for the paddler who wears a dry jacket by day and a suit jacket by night. It is one of Canada’s largest cities and most significant cultural centers. Jacques Cartier laid claim to New France in 1535, and […]

Paddling Schools – Midwest

06.24.2003

WOLF RIVER GUIDES LLC W747 Peot Road White Lake, WI 54491 715-882-3002 E-mail: wolf3002@newnorth.net Web: www.wolfriverguides.com Located on the Wolf River, our experienced ACA certified instructors will teach you more in two days than you could learn in years on your own. Low student to instructor ratios allow more room in the rapids to play. […]

Jim Rada

06.24.2003

Jim Rada, 52, was one of the upper Midwest’s most important whitewater paddlers, a man described by other paddlers as spiritual and modest. Rada, a 30-year paddling veteran, pioneered many of the region’s whitewater runs, and through an unpublished but widely distributed guidebook, introduced other paddlers to the whitewater of three states. On May 17, […]

Blind Paddler

06.20.2003

On June 21, accomplished blind athlete Peter Crowley made a successful solo kayak crossing of the English Channel. Although he paddled solo, he was traveling alongside a sighted guide who gave him verbal directions, and a cameraman. He and his guide used lightweight Klepper kayaks, specially designed to fold up for transport. Crowely almost didn’t […]

Fishin’ Possible

06.16.2003

From the popular lineage of roto-molded recreation kayaks the fishing kayak was born. What exactly is a fishing kayak, you ask? Put simply, a fishing kayak is one designed specifically for fishing. Of course, fishing is not a neatly pigeonholed activity, like tennis or golf. Seven-eighths of the earth’s surface is water, most of it […]

Open Ocean

06.16.2003

Mikey and I untied our kelp anchors and backed our boats into open water. A stiff current picked us up. We drifted with it a moment, then dug hard with our paddles, sweeping our kayaks around head-on into a strong four-knot ebb. “Gonna be nice to get out on the open water and away from […]

Ontario

06.04.2003

Kilarney Outfitters 800-461-1117 Web: www.killarneyoutfitters.com Discover the brilliant blue lakes and white quartzite ridges of Killarney Park, and the red granite shoreline of Georgian Bay, the sixth Great Lake. We rent canoes and sea kayaks, pack outfitting packages, offer shuttle service and guide day trips in one of Ontario’s most spectacular wilderness locations. Multi-day guided […]

Frankie Hubbard, 1961-2003

05.28.2003

The whitewater community worldwide, especially open canoeists, lost a beloved and influential friend this spring. Frankie Hubbard, paddler, competitor, and boat designer, died May 4, 2003, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from lung cancer. He was 41. Hubbard pioneered many revolutionary high-performance whitewater canoe designs, including the Mohawk Edge, Mohawk Viper series, Dagger Ocoee, Savage Superfly, and […]

The Baby Grand

05.16.2003

When most paddlers think of the Colorado River within Arizona, visions of Grand Canyon-type rapids and mile-deep chasms come to mind. But downstream of the Grand is another remarkable canyon. This one has no whitewater thrills, just placid, highly canoeable waters coursing through a spectacular gorge, mountain desert scenery, and at either end of the […]

Paddle Oregon

05.13.2003

Some 150 paddlers will head down a 120-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River in September as part of Willametter Riverkeeper’s Paddle Oregon event. In its third year, Paddle Oregon provides canoeists and kayakers an educational river experience that incorporates information about the Willamette River’s history and ecology. The event is designed for paddlers of all […]

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