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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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Go-to Gear: Keen Water Shoes

03.06.2014

I’ve rarely found footwear that covers large swaths of river trip terrain over the long haul. Keen comes close with its Newport H2 and Gorge Boot. Often as not, I take a pair of each.

Behind the Lens: John Rathwell

03.06.2014

Behind the Lens: Whitewater photographer John Rathwell captures the fleeting magic of a Dane Jackson huck in Mexico.

American Rivers: 51 Dams Removed in 2013

03.05.2014

Last year communities in 18 different states removed 51 outdated or unsafe dams throughout the country, restoring waterways for everyone from fish to floaters.

The Hard Line

03.05.2014

The latest of the Frank Wolf canoe expeditions was to complete the new—and crazy hard—400-mile route across the wilderness of Labrador and northern Quebec.

Kayaking Mexico’s Final Frontier

03.04.2014

When Canadian pro paddler Joel Kowalski and photographer John Rathwell told us about this exploratory mission to the western Mexican state of Michoacan late last year, they added a warning: Don’t tell a soul until we get back.

Is Whitewater Going Big-Time?

03.03.2014

“If I was doing this for the money I would have chosen probably golf or something.” Those words of wisdom from whitewater superstar Rush Sturges, in . . . Toyota’s “Keep It Wild” advertising campaign? Today, it passed 1 million views on YouTube. Toyota plans to air the spot on national television. Spoiler alert: Sturges […]

Northwest Boaters Ride Flood Nirvana

03.03.2014

Crews from all over the Pacific Northwest took advantage of the recent flooding to explore new or rarely run creeks and test the classics’ highest flows.

Behind the Lens: Krystle Wright

03.02.2014

Behind the Lens: Australian photographer Krystle Wright pulls off a balancing act to capture this striking portrait of a paddler in action.

Dam Threatens The Nile River

02.27.2014

The Isimba Dam Hydro Power Project planned dam threatens Nile River.

Symposium Sessions: Rock Garden Fun

02.26.2014

We spent the second day of the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium in the rock gardens with two of the big boys of sea paddling Sean Morley and Roger Schumann.

Brothers finish Brazil-to-Florida Kayak Trip

02.25.2014

By Conor Mihell After Russell and Graham Henry finished a 90-mile crossing from the Bahamas and Florida in sea kayaks, Russell, 21, called the feat “just another day at the office.” And for him and his brother Graham, 22, it was. The pair had already traced the wild coastline of South America and completed five […]

Symposium Sessions: Tide Racing

02.24.2014

As the C&K team rolled north to the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium, we weren’t sure quite what to expect when we arrived.

5 Shoulder Tips to Hone Your Paddle Stroke

02.24.2014

Paddlers are pre-disposed to shoulder injuries, but paddlers can avoid them. Athlete Kim Becker offers five savvy shoulder tips hone paddle stroke.

Landfall: Kayaker in Bermuda after Nearly Five Months at Sea

02.24.2014

By Jeff Moag Sixty-seven-year-old kayaker Aleksander “Olek” Doba landed at Ely’s Harbour, Bermuda early this morning, 142 days after leaving Portugal in a 23-foot kayak. Despite storm winds that pushed him in circles for six weeks, and finally a broken rudder that forced him to divert to Bermuda for repairs, Doba reached the Atlantic island […]

The Pummel at La Push, Washington

02.24.2014

By Rob Casey Twenty-five years ago, Sprague Ackley founded the La Push Pummel as a casual gathering for Pacific Northwest paddlers looking to surf large winter waves. Photos from those first years show kayakers perched atop windswept 20-foot storm waves at La Push, a tiny fishing town squeezed between the Olympic National Park and the […]

Olek Greets Well-Wishers at Sea, Offers Them Chocolates

02.21.2014

When supporters of transatlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba greeted him at sea yesterday, the the 67-year-old Polish adventurer did not ask for assistance.

Trio Wraps Amazon Descent from New Source

02.19.2014

The first woman to paddle all of the Amazon River, South America’s greatest river gives, us the full story of what went down.

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