On Saturday afternoon, April 19, Polish adventurer Aleksander “Olek” Doba officially completed his second successful trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak. We go behind the scenes of the 67-year-old’s eventful waterfront landfall in New Smyrna Beach Fla., to hear from Doba and his closest team of closest supporters to get some questions answered about the 167-day, 6,000-plus-mile crossing.
Photos and commentary from the 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, which is growing in international stature and staying true to the grassroots, as evidenced by its winners, New Zealander and Olympic paddler Mike Dawson and local paddling hero Adriene Levknecht.
What lies beneath?
It’s a question that’s been on paddlers’ and naturalist’s minds alike since the 98-year-old Condit Dam was removed from Washington’s White Salmon River in October 2011. With the dam gone, the still waters of Northwestern Lake drained away, revealing nearly two miles of riverbed coated in a nearly100-year accumulation of silt and downed timber from the surrounding forests. Access to this new run officially opened this weekend, November 3, and C&K has a preview from the first paddlers to document the stretch.
A look at the merger of two globetrotting, accredited preparatory schools for kayakers: World Class Academy and the New River Academy. As the two outdoor educators come together under the World Class banner, we catch up with the progressive programs getting back to school.
Green Race season is officially upon us. Asheville-based racer/writer Chris Gragtmans provides an insider’s look at the preparation happening two weeks out from 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, taking place at high noon on Nov. 3, as international racers descend on the North Carolina race course.
Dispatch from the ninth annual Whitewater Symposium, Oct. 12-14, in Husum, Wash., which attracted over 60 whitewater enthusiasts, guides, instructors, clubs, outfitters, manufacturers and retailers to develop ideas to grow and support the sport of whitewater paddling.
C&K’s exclusive post-trip interview with expedition kayaker and explorer Mark Kalch, who just completed a 117-day, 3,780-mile, source-to-sea descent of the Missouri-Mississippi River system, becoming the first paddler to do so from the system’s utmost source to the ocean.
Day 3 of the Nile River Festival went HUGE. It was a slow morning after a big night in camp. It rained nearly 3 inches Saturday night, which created a massive mud pit in the middle of the party. Mud dancing and wrestling lasted throughout the night! The hang-over cure was a 15 kilometer mass-start race from Itanda to Nile Special Sunday morning. Local paddler Jackson 1 (that is his real name; he has two brothers named Jackson 2 and Jackson 3) got the beatdown of the weekend in the Bad Place at the bottom of Itanda, starting the day off with a big swim!
Ugandan David Moor wins Itanda Race at Nile River Festival.
Words and Photos by Seth Warren We made the pre-event journey to Itanda Falls today. This is going to be one of the best river festivals of all time here in Uganda. There is still plenty of whitewater to be had, despite the tragic damming of Bujagali, which has drastically impacted the whitewater tourism. In […]