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Saving China’s Salween River, One Trip at a Time

This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. Photos and Story by Will Stauffer-Norris This is the fourth pig carcass that has washed up in Dead Pig Eddy. The bloated creature rocks gently up and down against the beach about 10 feet away from our brewing morning coffee. The pig […]

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Destination: Florida’s Suwannee River

10.08.2014

Forget the frenzy of Miami, the spring break throngs, the crowded beaches and glitz. On the Suwannee, settle into a week or more of original Florida.

Behind the Lens: Aerial Photography by Chris Schmid

10.08.2014

I like to shoot from this bird eye perspective; it gives some aspects and angles that people aren’t used to seeing, and allows me to play with the shadows and shapes of the environment.

Rides: A. Roy Curtis’ Current Designs Gulfstream

10.07.2014

I’m a passionate paddler, but I’m not a professional, expert paddler. The Gulfstream fits my life perfectly. It manages to be both fluid and solid. The designer said it dances, and it does.

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches II: Superior Paddling Destinations

10.06.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman, are in the midst of Paddle to D.C., a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining.

Sickline Photos: Two Champions Repeat at the 2014 Extreme Race

10.06.2014

Both defending champions held onto their titles at this year’s Sickline extreme kayak race in Austria. Joe Morley from Leeds, Great Britain, put down the fastest line for the men and Nouria Newman of France once again dominated on the female side. Last year, Morley exploded onto the scene when he upset three-time Sickline champion, […]

Digital Feature: FUEL’S GOLD

10.05.2014

Paddling through American’s hydro-fracking boom at the high-plains confluence of Big Oil and Big Muddy.

Unbroken: Daniel Fox’s Close Call at Sea

10.05.2014

A couple of times, I had the visual of being behind glass. You’re screaming, but nobody can see you or hear you. You’re in a different dimension.

The Art of Skook

10.02.2014

Marty Perry from The Hurricane Riders, a Vancouver, B.C.-based crew of sea kayak instructors and longboat limit-pushing paddlers at large, checks in with C&K on the team’s latest film project to share with the ocean kayaking world brought back from the storied tidal narrows at Skookumchuck.

Destination: The Quetico Canoe Country

10.02.2014

When Americans think of prime canoe country, they think Boundary Waters. And they’re right. But why stop at the border? Crossing into Ontario, starting with Quetico, opens an unlimited wealth of canoe country. This is what the Boundary Waters are justly famous for, only less crowded, less regulated, and with more options. This is not […]

Timeless: Jeff Snyder at Peace on the Russell Fork

10.02.2014

25 years ago the Russell Fork, on the Virginia-Kentucky border, was a rough and tumble river running adventure where the only entertainment other than V+ rapids and nasty undercuts was the Snake Pit by the motel and pondering the river’s amusing ability to sort trash in the eddies. There was the shoe eddy, the oil can eddy, the bleach bottle eddy and eddies that can’t be cataloged in mixed company.

Race Preview: Adidas Sickline 2014

10.01.2014

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 […]

Behind the Lens: Jasper Gibson at the Molly Wave

09.30.2014

The Shot: Canon 5D MKIII with a Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 93mm 1/1000 sec. at f/10 – ISO 400 Canoe & Kayak: The whitewater community is pretty tight-knit… What’s it like to work with these high profile whitewater athletes? Was there ever a moment when you felt “accepted into the group?” Jasper Gibson: […]

The Rio Grande’s Vanishing Water

09.29.2014

No other major river in the United States is going to change more than the Rio Grande as weather patterns shift. The snowpack is going to be smaller and melt earlier, the droughts are going to be longer, the monsoon floods bigger. I wanted to follow the river to understand how these changes are already impacting the people and places that depend on the river.

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches: Lessons From the Grand Portage

09.29.2014

My husband Dave and I are 26 days and about 600 miles into a 100-day, 2,000-mile expedition. Our chosen modes of travel are canoe and sailboat. The route: Ely, Minn. to Washington, D.C. The purpose: Save the pristine water of the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) from the threat of sulfide ore mining. […]

GoPro Releases HERO4

09.29.2014

GoPro unveiled their newest line of cameras today, the HERO4, which boasts the highest quality video and audio recording capacity in GoPro’s family of products. The line comes in two models, the HERO4 Black and HER04 Silver. According to GoPro, “the HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality […]

The Inside Line: Amber Valenti’s All-Female Siberian Source to Sea

09.27.2014

In 2013, four female paddlers set out to brave 2,500 miles of wild river in Mongolia and Russia. In the latest installment of the Inside Line series, we hear from the expedition’s leader, Amber Valenti, about running the Amur River — the third longest fully-connected river in the world. –Click here to read more about […]

Catching up with Sam Grafton

09.25.2014

After a collision with a paddling partner fractured his jaw in two places and compromised his 2013 paddling season, Index, Wash.-based boater Sam Grafton knew he wanted to go big this season. The accident happened on one of Grafton’s favorite runs—Tumwater Canyon of Washington’s Wenatchee River, which was flowing at a whopping 15,000 cfs. Grafton […]

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