“I didn’t want something big to take home to my normal life. I want a trip like the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to be my normal life.”
Thomas Hall is a recently retired Canadian national team athlete and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in sprint canoe (C1 1000m). His experience with canoeing stretches over 20 years. He began paddling on family canoe trips, and, inspired by his mother (a sprint paddler) and the success his sister enjoyed at the 1993 Canada Games in sprint kayak, Thomas decided to try sprint canoeing. At 15, he followed in his sister’s footsteps, winning gold and silver at the Canada Games. Thomas then set his sights on Junior Worlds, where he surprised many, including himself, by winning gold.
By: Thomas Hall I thought I would begin this series of tips by sharing my secrets for dealing with one of the fundamental, and insanely frustrating, features of skill development: the plateau. The plateau is something I wrestled with throughout my athletic career. In trying to master the vagaries of the sprint canoe stroke, I […]
Though I’ll be using paddling specific examples, which shouldn’t be a problem for readers of Canoekayak.com, the tips and tricks discussed will be applicable to almost any activity. For example, the first in this series is the concept of rest. Rest is often seen as just a reward for a hard days work, when in reality, it’s an essential part of skill acquisition.
When I first started going on these trips, it was a matter of what gear I could make, scrounge, borrow, substitute or do without. Now my dilemma is more often picking from several different models of pot sets or sleeping mats that are in my basement. I thought that I’d share my top 10 pieces of gear (in no particular order) that I would take on a whitewater canoe trip to say the Hood, Nahanni or Bonnet Plume Rivers in the Canadian Arctic.
After rolling, boofing may be the most sought-after skill for whitewater paddlers. Nailing the boof means getting some air, clearing the hole at the bottom and hitting that perfect landing without compromising the spine.
There are a lot of pieces to the boof and many nuances to keep in mind. We have compiled all the tips and tricks we know on how, when and where to the boof.
For the last decade, the Alseseca has been garnering attention from big-name kayakers around the world. Its seemingly endless miles of classic rapids, famous drops such as Silencia and the Tomatas and numerous sections make the Alseseca the river paddlers love to run and filmmakers love to shoot. This Monday, April 8, Five2Nine released its final episode of Currents, offering a different angle to Mexico’s jewel river.
This is the seventh (and final) trailer from Shasta Boyz Productions’ new film, Slippery When Wet. Each trailer features an athlete from the film and provides a little insight into each character’s lifestyle. The sequel to Wet Dreams, this film from Shon Bollock features segments from the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, and Japan, and offers […]
In February 2013, Liquidlogic and Native Watercraft celebrated the opening of their new factory in Fletcher, N.C. For Liquidlogic founders Woody Callaway, Shane Benedict and Bryon Phillips the move was the culmination of a 12-year-old dream. The company that started small and worked to keep its family-style work structure finally came home.
Last month, some of the world’s best kayak surfers competed in the 27th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Their stunts and tricks on the legendary break awed spectators and made for some awesome photography. The C&K staff picked their favorite photos to showcase in a flipbook.
We recently caught up with Marty Perry of the Vancouver-based Hurricane Riders crew to find out more about its new four-part series titled, The push. Our questions for Marty: What was the impetus for the series, where did you shoot it, and what exactly is involved in a new ‘recruit’ earning their THR stripes? Multiple wave beatdown? Also, after seeing the first two installments below, when will there be more?
Last Saturday, a dozen local Tennessee paddlers gathered under blue skies and warm weather to compete in one of the Cumberland Plateau’s jewel rivers, the Big South Fork. The race concluded the Plateau Creek Race Series, which was started to introduce new paddlers to the sport of creek racing in the Southeast.
Following 325 miles of pristine Maine coast, the Maine Island Trail, created in 1993 and passing directly through Acadia National Park near Penobscot, was the first water trail created in the U.S. For good reason. It offers paddlers a chance to explore portions of the state’s 3,478 miles of coastline and islands, with pre-established launch points and campsites in protected bays. And the crowning feature of the trail, or lobster claw, if you will, is Acadia near the sea kayak Mecca of Bar Harbor.