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Return to the Rio Roosevelt

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear: Echo II

03.05.2013

Hyperlite Mountain Gear: Echo II MSRP: $595 Hyperlitemountaingear.com The Echo II is made with high performance Cuben fiber fabric with an unmatched strength to weight ratio. They call the Echo series the most technically advanced professional tarps available and I believe it. A three piece modular: tarp, mesh tent and detachable vestibule, handy concept for […]

Kelty: Vista 3P

03.05.2013

Kelty: Vista 3P MSRP: $349.95 Kelty.com Another good 3S, 3P choice with highly livable interior space. Excellent vestibule footage as well, front and rear, always a premium for storing dry bags and cooking a quick meal. It has average weight, with slightly more interior space and vestibulage than the much lighter Carbon Reflex 3. Fabric […]

Backcountry Tents: Take Two

03.05.2013

Having the right backcountry tent, tarp or even hammock really can allow the paddler to have a good night, sleep tight, and rest sure the bugs can’t bite.

Mountain Hardwear: Hoopla 4

03.05.2013

Hoopla 4 MSRP: $373 Mountainhardwear.com An interesting design and one that would work well for kayakers needing an emergency group shelter from rain and light winds. Storm winds might make a mess of it, but if well positioned, it might be a game saver. Covering 64 sq ft and weighing a hair over two pounds, […]

NEMO: Morpho 2

03.05.2013

NEMO: Morpho 2 MSRP: 489.95 Nemoequipment.com Air Supported technology again from Nemo (see GoGoEx). Nemo air beams are too cool. Inflated AIR tubes are stronger and more durable than metal, erect quick and easy and pack down smaller than poles. Roomy with sit-up head room at the door, where you want it. Although it’s a […]

Back for More This is the Sea

03.04.2013

It’s been almost a decade since British paddler and filmmaker Justine Curgenven redefined sea kayaking with the launch of her first This is the Sea video. The film injected excitement and youthful vigor into ocean paddling, capturing the thrills of long-boat surfing and the drama of expedition paddling to battle the stereotype that sea kayaking was a sport for graybeards in floppy hats. Curgenven followed up with another three TITS volumes, driving the rough-water sea kayaking trend and inspiring countless paddlers to set off on their own adventures on the world’s oceans.

Chattahoochee: Who Owns Water?

03.01.2013

It sounds like a simple question: Who owns water? But in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, it’s anything but simple. A decades-old water war has pitted states against one another, all the way to the Supreme Court. It’s produced age-old sparks between developers and environmentalists, farmers and fisherman. All because of a few rivers that start like any other rivers do – fast and clear, in the mountains and foothills.

Yum Yum Yellow a Hit in Santa Cruz, July 7, 2012

02.28.2013

A Capitola kelp bed was the scene of a dramatic mid-summer shark encounter. In a story that should sound familiar by now, a kayak angler was vaulted violently into the water when a shark crunched the nose of his yellow Hobie kayak.

The First Fisherman, July 21, 2007

02.28.2013

Dan Prather of Concord, California was fishing at Bean Hollow south of San Francisco with a bunch of buddies from the NorCal Kayak Anglers (NCKA) online community on Saturday, July 21 when a suspected great white shark struck his kayak, knocking him into the water.

Fair Prey

02.28.2013

To a kayaker, the ocean is a playground. For a great white, it’s a well-stocked fridge. Anything on the shelves could be worth a taste.

This is particularly true in California’s Red Triangle, a tangle of wild water that spans Bodega Bay in the north, the Farallon Islands to the west, and south to Big Sur below Monterey Bay. This region is dotted with seal and sea lion rookeries—the meat bin, if you like.

Hunted, August 15, 2010

02.28.2013

In the most harrowing of these tales, in August, 2010, the tables turned on experienced kayak angler Adam Coca. The hunter became the hunted.

Coca was alone on his yellow Ocean Kayak in 50 feet of water off Central California’s Bean Hollow. Much like Dan Prather experienced in 2007, a shark violently struck the nose of his boat, chewing and shaking it.

Touch Pool? May 12, 2012

02.28.2013

“It was like something hit my kayak with a baseball bat,” Joey Nocchi of Paso Robles told KSBY TV in the days following his sudden shark smack-down. Nocchi said he was vaulted five feet into the air by the impact against the bottom of his blue Cobra Fish N Dive kayak.

Red Sees, August 2, 2010

02.28.2013

Red. Here we go again. One difference; this toothsome incident took place south of the Red Triangle, off the Gaviota shore near Santa Barbara.

Sea kayaker Duane Strosaker was comfortably ensconced in his fiberglass and wood sit-inside touring kayak painted bright crimson. It must have stood out in the foggy seas at offshore oil rig Hondo, the point of his planned 24-mile tour.

About noon, he pointed his nose for home. With five miles to go, a shark suddenly struck the left nose of his boat, and took a taste.

Demshitz Does the Grand

02.27.2013

Last January, members of Demshitz and their friends and family paddled down the Grand Canyon on a 14-day, self-supported trip. They experienced adventures, endured some trials, enjoyed many laughs and took some great photos during their voyage. Canoe & Kayak got a chance to talk with Dave Fusili about the trip and learned what he had to say.

Paddling Gloves, Mitts, and Pogies

02.27.2013

The ice is off the lakes and the rivers are gushing with snowmelt– it’s the best time of year to be on the water…if you can keep your hands warm enough to hold onto a paddle. And you’re going to need gloves, mitts or pogies to do it.

Each style of hand warmer has its own distinct perks and problems, in different conditions and situations; so don’t let anyone tell you which one’s “better.” They’re all good–just for different things. It largely depends on your own personal preference and what sort of paddling you do, where, and when.

National Park Sequestration and Paddling

02.26.2013

It’s a little more severe than chipping in shuttle money for gas. On March 1, various federal government entities will be forced to enact major cuts to help balance the budget. Among the branches facing such sequestration are our national parks, whose cuts could well affect our ability to paddle them.

Nation’s Top National Parks for Paddling

02.26.2013

While it remains to be seen what sequestration will spells for paddling options in our national parks, following is an alphabetized list of the top national parks for dipping a blade, whether it’s from a canoe, kayak or raft.

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