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Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

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.

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Gauley Fest Goes Huge

09.23.2013

High water ups the ante at American Whitewater’s fall classic, the 30th annual Gauley Fest.

Goats in Boats

09.20.2013

Like a story straight from Dr. Seuss, a crew of two from the Willamette Riverkeeper canoe goats over to the river’s islands to eat away the invasive species and help with environment restoration.

The Voyageur’s Highway

09.19.2013

Paddle Ontario’s French River, a 65-mile stretch designated as a CAnadian Heritage River and wild almost all the way through.

Redux Paddle Routes

09.19.2013

Paddle in the wake of explorers, fur traders and wilderness visionaries on waterways that have only improved with the passage of time

The River of No Return

09.19.2013

Whitewater paddlers ought to thank the late U.S. Senator Frank Church, the father of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, for legislation to preserve free-flowing rivers. Closest to Church’s heart was Idaho’s Salmon River.

On the Trail of Lewis and Clark

09.19.2013

On the Trail of Lewis and Clark Central Montana’s Upper Missouri River proved to be one of the most challenging and inspiring parts of the Corps of Discovery’s 1804-1806 expedition across America. Lewis and Clark’s 33-person team had it tough on the Upper Missouri, hauling six dugout canoes and two behemoth 35-foot pirogues upstream to […]

The Singing Wilderness

09.19.2013

Few had a greater impact on protecting wild places in the 20th century than writer and naturalist Sigurd Olson (1899-1982), whose collection of lyrical stories immortalized the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Powell Country

09.19.2013

A hard-ass, one-armed Civil War veteran named Major John Wesley Powell led the first team to descend the turbulent waterways that have since become America’s best-known rafting rivers.

Thoreau’s North Woods

09.19.2013

From Chamberlain Lake to the confluence with the St. John River, the Allagash flows nearly 100 miles through lakes, ponds, runnable Class I to III whitewater, falls and short portages, making this the quintessential seven- to 10-day Maine canoe trip.

Made in Canada: Kayaking the Taureau

09.18.2013

The second episode of “Made in Canada”, a joint project between Five2Nine Productions and NRS, looks at the Taureau through the eyes of the man who embodies the river’s legendary status.

Vive le King of New York

09.17.2013

Races two and three ended on Labor Day weekend, and with only one more race to go on the bottom Moose, it looks as though the King of New York may become a Quebecois paddler. Can the U.S. step it up to keep the win in America?

Baffin Island Dispatch

09.17.2013

With just over 100 miles to go, the four-man team will finish their two-month, 600-mile traverse around the Baffin Islands. Here is a collection of dispatches detailing their adventure so far.

A Narrow Miss at Slalom Worlds

09.16.2013

US paddlers Fabien Lefevre and Dana Mann just missed the podium at the ICF Slalom Worlds —Lefevre took fourth in men’s K-1 and Mann fifth in women’s K-1.

Good Gauley

09.16.2013

Want Woodstock on the water? Head to Gauley Fest, AW’s biggest fundraiser, held every third weekend in September on West Virginia’s Gauley River.

Fight to Save the Jondachi River

09.13.2013

Developers are poised to dam Ecuador’s Rio Jondachi, a classic jungle river for rafting that if dammed will lose a burgeoning tourist industry worth $1 million (US) annually and the region’s unique biological diversity.

Riding the Colorado Floods

09.12.2013

Washington-based paddler Will Grubb takes on one of Colorado’s flood-swollen rivers.

Voices of the Worlds

09.12.2013

The 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships came to a close on Sunday, with the U.S. team winning six of the eight events. Squirt-boat champion Clay Wright discusses what makes the sport of freestyle kayaking so unique among action sports.

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