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Race Preview: Adidas Sickline 2014

When the world’s top kayakers began arriving in Austria’s Oetztal this week, they were greeted with sunny days, low flows and the technical lines that make the annual Adidas Sickline Championships one of Europe’s most-anticipated whitewater events. Overnight rain brought water up significantly on Wednesday, however, and racers found themselves training on a much more […]

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Slalom Worlds Make Dramatic Return to U.S.

09.18.2014

By Joe Potoczak It’s been 25 years since the whitewater slalom world championships were last held in the United States, but it looked like business as usual for American racers in the opening heats of men’s kayak and solo canoe. All five American men competing Thursday advanced to the semifinal round in workmanlike fashion, including […]

Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

09.17.2014

In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.

The Derek Jeter Kayak: An Epic 18X Sport

09.17.2014

MLB teams haven’t hesitated to shower Derek Jeter with retirement gifts this year. The legendary shortstop has already received his portrait in LEGOs from the Indians, a picture signed by George W. Bush from the Rangers, and two seats from the Tiger Stadium. But the Tampa Bay Rays may have been the first team to […]

The Party that Saved the Gauley

09.16.2014

Even without the bear wrestling, Gauley fans had begun to arrive in unexpectedly high numbers.

One Square Mile of Hope Event Sets New World Record

09.16.2014

Above: World record by Hashtag. Check out the event’s Instagram photos tagged to #OneSquareMileofHope By Mike Lynch The One Square Mile of Hope breast cancer fundraiser looks like it has regained the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guide boats. Despite rain and 50-degree temperatures, more than 2,700 boats came […]

Derek Jeter Receives Touring Boat From Tampa Bay Rays

09.16.2014

At one of Derek Jeter’s final games in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, the Rays honored the all-star shortstop with a pinstriped sea kayak. The Rays management spared no expense on the Jeter kayak, purchasing an Epic 18x, a high-performance touring boat that retails for nearly $4,000. The boat was custom painted with the Yankees pinstripes, […]

The New Americans: Michal Smolen and Fabien Lefevre

09.16.2014

The slalom racing veteran, Lefevre, could help mentor Smolen to the top of the world and Olympic podiums–if the elder racer doesn’t claim gold for himself.

Going Source to Sea on the Missouri-Mississippi

09.15.2014

Catching up with Paul Gamache, the second American to paddle the entire length the country’s longest watershed, after 3,900 miles down the the Missouri-Mississippi river system from Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. Gamache’s source-to-sea epic took 78 days to complete.

Inside Jon Lugbill’s 1989 World Championships-winning C-1 Run

09.15.2014

In 1989, all eyes were on 28-year-old C-1 phenom Jon Lugbill, who won his unprecedented fifth individual World Championships gold medal with “one of the greatest slalom runs of all time.”

From the Gallery: Southbound

09.14.2014

From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery: Photo by Darin McQuoid. Rok Sribar exits the last of the Rio Baker’s three canyons. This Class V classic is world-renowned for its huge rapids, waves and blue-green Andean meltwater. It has also been a coveted target of dam builders and the center of an international debate in […]

From the Gallery: Into Indo

09.12.2014

From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery: Photo by Frits Meyst. Sea kayakers explore Hidden Bay on Groot Fam Island, one of more than 1,500 small coral islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago. The reefs and blue-water mangroves teem with marine life, which supports the traditional Papuan way of life. The Raja Ampat Research and […]

Texas Tanker Surfing

09.12.2014

I was in search of the holy grail of tanker surfing: that big five-foot wave primed for a magic half-mile ride of the year.

Will the Colorado River Delta’s Green Lagoons Ever Return?

09.12.2014

By Kevin Fedarko “A wilderness … is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” – The Wilderness Act of 1964 If the Wilderness Act is the body of law that is designed to protect a […]

Helen Wilson’s Guide to Painless Travel

09.11.2014

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a destination sea kayaking trip is just getting to the water. How will I navigate airports, taxis, and buses if I’m weighed down by my full suite of paddling gear?

Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships Return to Austria

09.11.2014

Can Great Britain’s Joe Morley defend his title as reigning champion of the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships? On October 2, 48 racers from over 20 countries will challenge the 25-year old Morley for his spot atop the podium. The race will draw athletes from across the spectrum of kayaking including American freestyle and […]

Feel Good, Do Good: Find The Real Fiji

09.10.2014

By Kate Stepan While guiding rafts in Bali and other far-flung corners of the globe, Nate and Kelly Bricker saw plenty of what the U.S. river permit system was designed to prevent: overcrowding, overuse, and misuse by companies out to make a buck. When the Salt Lake City-based couple discovered a relatively untouched part of […]

Over 600 paddlers tackle Adirondack Canoe Classic

09.10.2014

Michigan paddlers came up big again in this year’s 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic in upstate New York, which divided a field of over 600 paddlers into a non-competitive open touring division and more hotly contested classes ranging from solo guideboats to eight-person voyageur canoes.

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