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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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POWELL to POWELL

05.07.2013

This third episode in the five-part Powell to Powell series debuting on CanoeKayak.com explores the booming natural-gas fracking industry and the continued stress of agriculture.

Ode to the Ducky

05.06.2013

Duckies thrive in the Pacific Northwest. I know because I was recently indoctrinated into their clandestine inflatable ranks—and they accepted me as if I were one of their own, with nary a secret handshake.

5 REASONS

05.06.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. By Mike Lynch In the 19th century, guideboats were the main mode of transportation for wilderness guides in the Adirondacks. Today, guideboats have been largely replaced by the lightweight likes of carbon fiber and Kevlar canoes. That is, unless you’re in the world of Chris Woodward—one of […]

Big Plans

05.06.2013

This story featured in the 2012 July issue. Yuri Klaver plans to kayak and ski 6,000 miles around the top of the world. Can he do it? C&K Expeditions Editor Jon Turk weighs in. Stone Age Siberians migrated from Asia eastward across the circumpolar north, with pregnant mothers, bone-tipped spears, and parkas sewn from whale […]

In the Same Boat

05.06.2013

Canoeing for me has always been about escaping the crowds, cruising alone across a misty lake or working with a partner to negotiate a boiling whitewater river. Big canoes, however, the curious 20-foot-plus behemoths powered by a half-dozen or more paddlers, are the exact opposite. Big canoes require a crowd.

New York Paddle Sport Safety

05.06.2013

The weather is getting warmer, and spring is just beginning to emerge, which means paddle sport enthusiasts are knocking the dust and cobwebs off their boats and are ready to hit the water. But before heading out, remember a few very important notes to ensure a safe time on the water.

A Log From the Gulf

05.06.2013

“YukonJohn” navigates the backwoods of Florida in his trying account of the grueling 300-mile, multi-craft WaterTribe Everglades Challenge from Tampa Bay to Key Largo.

The Inside Line: Bill Nedderman

05.05.2013

In this installment of The Inside Line, we look deeper into the profile on Bill Nedderman from the “Covert Operators” feature package headlining C&K’s current May issue, available on newsstands now. The stealthy Iowa paddler waxes about life off the grid and on his low-profile, 6,000-mile route around the eastern United States in his homemade canoe.

The Other Florida

05.03.2013

This story featured in the July 2012 issue. The Big Bend Saltwater Trail stretches across 105 miles of seagrass-carpeted shallows and shifting sandbars bristling with live oak and pals. The coastline here is too shallow for yachts and the ground too swampy for condos. That makes this stretch of north Florida coast a thriving refuge […]

CLEAN SLATE

05.03.2013

This story featured in the July 2012 issue. Darin McQuoid captured Ben Coleman on a rare descent of California’s Slate Creek this April. “Ben was boat-scouting and just charging, catching eddies that are marginally even eddies,” McQuoid said of the lush six-mile, Class V run that feeds the North Fork Yuba. “I think it was […]

Mastering the Pour-over

05.03.2013

This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Sean Morley An ocean pour-over is like a river rapid’s salty, schizophrenic cousin. In the course of a typical 15-second swell interval, seawater will gush in and out of these narrow passages between and over seaside boulders. The flow will smash together, and drain away completely. […]

Permit Season!

05.03.2013

This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Eugene Buchanan River permits are a blessing and a curse. We just hate that government bureaucrats in green pants decide what rivers we can paddle, and when. On the other hand, the rarer the permit, the more desirable the river run—as if time spent on the […]

TWO-HEARTED RIVER

05.03.2013

This story featured in the March 2012 issue. A morning like so many on this river. Also, a morning freighted with somber purpose. Summer warmth rises like mist. Mosquitoes linger. The canoes wait in a backwater eddy where blue heron and whitetail prints stipple the mud bank. I hurry to load the boat, eager to […]

Rules of Engagement

05.03.2013

This story featured in the March 2012 issue. By Eugene Buchanan At this October’s World Rafting Championship, teams from 34 countries descended on Costa Rica’s upper Pacuare River for four days of racing, camping, bull-riding and reveling with like-minded kin from the world over. Their goal? A world title crowned after six-man sprint, head-to-head, slalom, […]

Klepper: the original Popemobile?

05.03.2013

This story featured in the March 2012 Issue. I heard Pope John Paul II was a kayaker. True? Does the Pope wear a funny hat? Depends on your view of fashion, but there’s no disputing the late pontiff was an avid paddler. As a young pastor in Krakow in the early 1950s, Karol Wojtyla, later […]

Hank McGregor

05.03.2013

This story featured in the Put-In section of the March 2012 issue. By Joe Glickman Five hundred meters into October’s ICF World Marathon Championships, a 21-mile showdown of the planet’s fastest kayakers in Singapore, Hank McGregor took up the pull. Savvy racers know better. But instead of riding in the wash to save strength for […]

The Legend Lives On

05.03.2013

A decade after whitewater canoeing visionary Frankie Hubbard passed away, Knoxville-based open boater Dooley Tombras cannot fathom what new ideas Hubbard would’ve come up with if he hadn’t succumbed to lung cancer in 2003, at the young age of 41. “Frankie completely modernized the sport,” says Tombras, an elite open boater who’s taken the sport to new heights with his role in The Canoe Movie series of OC-1 videos. “His designs made it possible to run steep creeks and evolved the whole rodeo thing.”

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