Week in Review: November 21, 2014

Monkeys attack kayaker! **language** Somebody should have told him not to feed (and swear at) the animals. LP the Wolf and Benny Marr get a nice beatdown on Class V (very) big water. Proof that rapids always look less gnarly on the GoPro You never know when your canoe will fall 100 feet onto concrete. […]

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Where Is This River Basin?


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


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 […]

Orca Answer


Reader Brett wrote in with the story behind the video clip of a kayaker swamped by an Orca whale that then rolls up. He writes: Apparently, the orca roll video was created digitally for a Korean Powerade commercial. You can see the whole thing here. I found this on paddling.net’s discussion forum where the contributors […]

Kayaking Lake Superior? In November?


Matt Magolan’s bizarre and daring kayak exploits have been making his mom cry for years, and last November was no exception. Magolan and pal John Radel paddled 120 miles of Lake Superior from Duluth, Minnesota, to the Michigan-Wisconsin state line. They faced 12-degree cold, 35-knots-per-hour winds, and six-foot clapotis, not to mention the potential psych […]

Avalanche Kayaking


Yesterday I watched the cliff I had just paddled under minutes before give way, an avalanche that dammed the entire river with a pile of rocks, dirt, and broken trees. It turned the river off for 15 minutes. The last member of our party to go through there had come out two minutes before. See […]

Dr. Love Is In


Let’s face it, we boaters aren’t exactly known for our ability to find, or hold on to, significant others. Maybe it’s all those days we’re on the water instead of spending quality time with our mates. Or the time(s) we pushed our sweethearts to run a rapid that was just “a little bit harder,” and […]

Pelican Photo Contest


Did a Pelican case or a Pelican light ever save you from disaster? Do you have photos of extreme beauty or high adventure that show Pelican products in their best light? Pelican Products, the manufacturer of indestructible watertight cases and high-tech flashlights, is looking for photos and stories for their Pelican Tough contest, which runs […]

WW Call for Action


Whitewater kayaking as a sport is at a potential crossroads. While we have experienced growth among some market segments through the popularity of freestyle and the publicizing of extreme paddling, we have not paid enough attention to promoting whitewater paddling as an accessible lifetime outdoor activity. From October 23-25, 2004, the second annual Whitewater Symposium […]

Serious Fun at Whitewater Symposium


Lowering the barriers to participation in whitewater kayaking was the major theme of the second annual Whitewater Symposium, hosted by the Nantahala Outdoor Center in western North Carolina. The Symposium, kicked off Oct. 22, offers the opportunity for all in the field of kayaking to exchange ideas about trends in equipment, instruction, growth, river access […]

Subarctic Equinox


The Twin Otter seemed to barely clear the trees as it throttled north. Open stands of dark spruce and yellow birch rolled quickly past below. Jammed in back with three canoes and mounds of gear, our crew of three men, three women, and one dog stared out the windows in anticipation. Our two-week canoe trip […]

Prigord Paddling


So you’re an old pro at the sport. You can make your canoe skim through the rocks, safely run a waterfall, shoot the roughest rapids. But here’s one trick you’ve probably never tried. On a trip to southwest France, we morphed our canoes into time machines, and spanned 370 centuries in just 12 days, paddling […]

Balls vs. Brains


The southeast loses valuable tourism dollars during hurricane season, but maybe they should focus on luring hairboaters. Last month, when thousands fled coastal areas, whitewater paddler Dan Gavere jetted to Washington, D.C., to join a group of hairboating pals to paddle rain-swollen rivers and creeks. The fearless band was “warming up” on the Great Falls […]

Kids in Canyonlands


Looking for a perfect family canoe trip with desert landscapes rivaling the Grand Canyon, ancient Indian ruins to explore, and no crowds? Then pack up the kids, strap on your canoe, and head to Canyonlands National Park for a float on the Green River. Just don’t forget to calculate the “Sky Factor.” What is the […]

Powell River Forest Canoe Route


We picked our way through a ghost forest of drowned trees on Lois Lake, searching for some indicator of our portage route. There it was, a faded orange triangle posted on a stump. We paddled on, guided by one triangle after another, till we found the path that would lead us to Horseshoe Lake. It […]

Expedition Sea Kayaks


What paddler among us has not heard the stories told by well-traveled fellows at slide shows, in saloons, or around the campfire about their paddle trips wandering up the Inside Passage, retracing Steinbeck’s route through the Sea of Cortez, or meandering along the Intracoastal Waterway of the Southeast? Expeditions are these flights of dream come […]

New Products October 2004


Ocean Fun Enlightened Kayaks’ T16.0, designed by John Winters and made of DuraLight thermoformed material, combines stability and efficiency. It is 16 feet long, 24 inches wide, and weighs 52 pounds. $1,199. (859) 426-8380; www.enlightenedkayaks.com. Bright Light The Pelican MityLite 3N LED Flashlight is water resistant, has a brilliant LED beam, an unbreakable body, and […]

River-Tripping Canoes


Originally manufactured by the Chestnut Canoe Company beginning in 1910, the Prospector is the longest-lived canoe design still in production. It is also a design synonymous with the concept of a “river-tripping” canoe, especially in Canada. Today, several canoe companies have a Prospector model in their lineup. Though the design is subject to interpretation by […]

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