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 […]
Getting started in paddling can seem daunting, but beneath the pile of ‘required’ gear and the many skills, the hidden beauty of paddling is in its simple accessibility: Anyone can do it. And it can be done at any level, from crossing the Arctic to poking around the local millpond. Here, we’ll sketch a simple progression from your first time on the water to a multi-day adventure.
It’s been said that even your grandma can learn to standup paddle (SUP) in calm conditions. First-timers going out on flat, calm water need just a handful of skills and a half-day of practice to grasp the sport’s basics. Todd Bradley, founder of board manufacturer C4 Waterman, and instructors John Denney of East Coast Paddle Surfing in Jupiter, Fla., and Izzy Tihanyi of Surf Diva’s What’SUP Surf School in La Jolla, Calif., help shed light on establishing the right skill foundation.
The U.S. Team Trials preliminaries kicks off today! More than 70 competitors have come to the Nantahala Gorge, just outside Bryson City, North Carolina to face off for a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team and the opportunity to compete in the 2013 International Canoe Federation Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Paddlers are taking their final practice sessions and competition will last through the weekend.
Last March, more than 300 canoeists from around the United States, Canada and Europe collected in a hole-in-the-wall Tennessee town to boat some of the Southeast’s finest rivers for the annual Ain’t Louie Fest. This year, ALF was dealt a blow few festivals have faced in the history of whitewater: a death on the river. […]
Kayaks and fishing. A natural match, right? Still, a boat, a paddle and a rod can be a lot to juggle—and that’s before some pinstriped torpedo otherwise known as a fish starts tearing line off the reel. That heart-pounding moment will be easier to handle with these five essential kayak-fishing skills.
This story featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide issue. By Jeff Kinney Learning to kayak whitewater is a long process. You can’t simply master a few skills and tackle a Class V monster. But according to Jerry McAward, a veteran instructor at Northeast PA Kayak School, these five essential skills form the backbone of any […]
Canoeing is how this whole paddling business got started, and as they navigated their bark craft through the boreal forest, early paddlers faced the same challenge you did at summer camp: sharing the canoe with another paddler.
Though solo canoeing is always an option, nothing moves a canoe better than a well-matched tandem team. The trick is good communication and knowing your job. Here are a few tips to get you started.
A first-time sea kayaker needs just a handful of skills and about a half-day of practice to get a basic foundation in the sport. Veteran instructor Ray Boucher introduces countless people to sea kayaking each summer at Naturally Superior Adventures’ paddling center on Lake Superior’s Canadian shore. Here are his top five skills for starters.
Riverbarding just kicked up to a whole new level of intense. Last weekend, pro riveroboarder Josh Galt ran a first descent of the Green Narrows—including the iconic Gorilla rapid—with nothing but a riverboard, standard protective gear and a pair of fins.
Spring in the Northeast has arrived, and with it, the start of creek racing season. The smell of maple syrup and sight of red flannel overwhelmed the senses at the New Haven Ledges Race this past weekend. With a late spring melt, the conditions could not have been better. Boaters from all over New England headed to the New Haven River, a few miles outside of Bristol, Vt., to take part in the annual event.
Nothing can prepare you for it. The tingling, jittery nerves, the breathlessness, and later the dead weight of your arms, utterly spent and barely able to hold up the paddle. This is what creek racing is all about, and this is what the Northwest Creeking Competition inspires.
The Northwest Creeking Competition features a series of races on Southern Washington’s East Fork of the Lewis River and Canyon Creek. The two-day event draws rafters and kayakers alike from all over the Pacific Northwest, and as it came to a close last weekend, people are already looking to next year’s event. Here are some reasons why you should get yourself ready for next year’s Northwest Creeking Competition.
Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition