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.
The voyageurs, men and women who worked the waterways in search of adventure and treasure did more than open up North America—they lived a life rich with exploration and discovery.
That’s the caption to the story in May 1998′s issue, titled Waterways of Promise, and this month’s From the Vault.
Last May, four Fort Lewis College students began a prolonged 35-day connection with the local river that they too often took for granted. That’s no longer the case, after the students started an ambitious multi-sport river expedition at the absolute headwaters of the Animas River, which flows right through their college town of Durango, Colo. A month and half later, they crossed Lake Powell in a raft motorized with solar panels—something never before accomplished.
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.