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Week in Review: October 17, 2014

How not to launch your boat, blind kayakers finish Grand Canyon, scary kayak spelunking and more

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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.

The Show Must Go On

09.12.2013

On-site preview coverage of the 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, with a look at the top US contenders in 19-year-old Michal Smolen and C-1/C-2 dual competitor Casey Eichfeld.

Four Play

09.11.2013

Inside the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic, a fall amateur event from Old Forge to Saranac lake, NY, that attracts novices and experts alike, including some of the biggest names in marathon canoe racing (who set a new course record), as well as nearly 300 paddlers across the racing and touring divisions of paddlers in increasingly popular four-person canoes.

Slalom Tips: Unraveling Upstream Gates

09.11.2013

Former Olympic athlete from Canada Thomas Hall goes over the basics of paddling to upstream gates without compromising speed.

The Inside Line: Steve Landick

09.10.2013

Endurance paddling legend, Steve Landick, the subject of the ‘Unfiltered’ profile from Canoe & Kayak magazine’s August 2013 issue, provides more detail on a few stories from years spent racing canoes and partnering with the late Verlen Kruger for the pair’s self-proclaimed ‘Ultimate Canoe Challenge.’

Freestyle Worlds Coverage

09.06.2013

Bryson City, NC — Today is a big day at the World Championships as the major competitions face off for semi finals. America’s Clay Wright currently sits in lead of squirt boats with a total score of 1220, and Great Britain’s Claire O’Hara sits in the top women’s squirt with a total score of 1253. […]

When Generations Collide

09.06.2013

It’s family feud to the fullest with EJ Jackson competing for the first time against his own son Dane Jackson for the Men’s 2013 K1 World Championship title at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in NC.

Behind the Lens: John Rathwell

09.05.2013

Ottawa-based photographer John Rathwell employs multiple flashes to make Billy Harris’ log ride on Trick or Treat Falls, Quyon, Quebec really pop. This photo appeared in Gallery of the June 2013 issue.

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