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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.

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Message from the Coast Guard: Put a sticker on it

09.10.2012

All of us have one thing in common with screen legend Russell Crowe: If we get lost at sea, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard will come looking for us. Here the USCG provides timely information on Operation Paddle Smart with advice for small craft enthusiasts on how to stay safe, be responsible, and help SAR responders during an actual emergency by obtaining an “If Found” sticker.

Kayaking Ukraine: The Shortcut

09.10.2012

Entering a small inlet at the southern tip of Hortitsa we find peaceful and clear water. This place seems to be made for baidarkas, and we soon meet three families paddling Neris 3 baidarkas in the calm canals and flowery marshes.

Beaver Fever

09.07.2012

Chris Gragtmans reports from the festive upstate New York weekend of races for the King of New York series, which included two events taking advantage of releases on the Taylorville, Mosier, and Eagle sections of the Beaver River, as well as the Black and the Raquette.

Kayaking Ukraine: The Yacht Club

09.06.2012

Alexander was a trainer of champion triathletes during the Soviet era but is now retired and sticks to sailing and regattas. He is very humorous and manages to fit swear words into sentences in ways that Pushkin or Ukraine’s revered national poet Taras Shevchenko would be jealous of. His cursing is an art form; poetry in emotion. Alexander tells us to set up our tent in the club’s yard and come join everyone for dinner posthaste. In the meantime another club member pulls up in his giant Landcruiser and invites us on a light-speed tour of the city, using the curbs as a mere navigational suggestions.

AWP World Series: Stage 4

09.04.2012

Coverage from the Czech Republic’s Hiko Devils Extreme Race, Stage 4 of the AWP Whitewater World Series, where Kiwi Mike Dawson walked away from the talented international field with a big win.

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 7

09.04.2012

In our final installment, the crew load their nearly finished kayaks for the trip home, and John extolls the virtues of wood-composite construction. In a series of short videos over seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. A typical workshop […]

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 6

09.03.2012

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, veteran builder Michael explains why he’s still making kayaks. “It’s kind of the Pinocchio effect, where you’re taking something that’s inanimate and assembling it and it has it’s own life after that,” he says. “It has its own personality.”

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 5

09.02.2012

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, Tammy explains why she and her husband Matt decided to attend the Woodenboat Workshop. “We should probably take the class if we’re going […]

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 4

09.01.2012

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, Paul tells about his two kayak projects–the unfinished one in the garage, and the one he’s building at the workshop. “The workshop was […]

Rescue for River Runners

09.01.2012

In Episode Five of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey covers effective access and mobility principles to safely contact rescue victims.

C&K Heroes: Martin Litton

08.31.2012

In the annals of wilderness conservation, Martin Litton is a singular force of nature—a Category 5 hurricane of eloquence, passion, and pig-headed obduracy quite unlike anything that has ever blown across the American landscape.

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 3

08.31.2012

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. On day three, the students assemble and attach their kayaks’ decks, and Marty talks about the love of woodworking she inherited from her father.

Past the podium

08.30.2012

From the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, C-2 slalom silver medalist David Florence relives Great Britain’s Olympic paddling glory as part of team that took home gold and silver, the nation’s first medals in canoe doubles since the event was first contested at the 1972 Games.

Woodenboat Workshop: Day 2

08.30.2012

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, Matt tells us why he chose to build his own kayak. A typical workshop week: Check back for a new video installment every […]

Kayaking Ukraine: You Say It’s Your Birthday?

08.30.2012

The first adult we spot is roaming the beach wearing only his Calvin Klein underwear. It’s about 8:30 in the morning. We ask the man, whose name is Artyom, if we can use his fire to brew tea. He answers by handing us each a beer. As we make our tea there is more movement on the island, and Ura emerges from his “house”–a wooden framework covered in clear plastic. When we mention we need to buy food, Ura takes Giulio to a county bazaar in his speedboat, while Jeff takes a beer nap on the beach.

Woodenboat Workshop, Day 1

08.29.2012

In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak will follow six first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks. Today, the students begin to stitch their first panels together, as Pygmy Kayak owner John Lockwood explains that anyone can build their […]

Seattle Sprint

08.29.2012

Photos and results from this weekend’s 2012 U.S. Sprint National Championships in Seattle.

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