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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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Skook Classified

02.15.2013

The final episode of CanoeKayak.com’s exclusive 4-part series, Skook Classified, detailing the unique invitational sea kayak competition to “push long-boat surfing to the next level” at one freestyle kayaking’s most hallowed grounds: the tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows, B.C.

What to do if a Great White Attacks the Boat

02.14.2013

An estimated 15- to 17-foot-long great white shark bit down on the front bulkhead of Strosaker’s homemade wood and fiberglass sea kayak, puncturing the hull in several places and “gently gumming” the boat for about 15 seconds. Shocked, Strosaker says he “screamed like a little girl,” but had the presence of mind not to hit the shark, splash wildly or otherwise act like the apex predator’s typical quarry. Finally the shark released and appeared to circle back. Strosaker braced himself for another strike, but the shark abruptly dove deep and disappeared.

Raising for the Right to Play

02.12.2013

With four Olympic medals, two World Championship titles, and a collection of World Cup wins, Canadian Adam van Koeverden is undoubtedly a great in the sport of sprint kayak, but there is more to Adam than two blades and a boat. Canoe & Kayak caught up with van Koeverden between flights to talk about giving back and finding balance in his fast-paced life.

Battle of the Old School Ads

02.12.2013

Vote for your favorite vintage ad and enter to win a Werner Kalliste Carbon paddle.

Who is Aniol Serrasolses?

02.08.2013

A look at Spanish paddler Aniol Serrasolses through the words of his peers, including an couple of eye-popping highlight reels from Chile and from Aniol his brother Gerd’s globetrotting, drop-hucking travels.

I See a Whale!

02.08.2013

It’s starting to be that time of year again when whales migrate from one extreme pole to the other. That means whale sightings and what better place than from the seat of a kayak? Canoe & Kayak has compiled a list of the best places to find whales while cruising along the ocean waves.

This Fish is so Big It Might Sink Me

02.07.2013

It’s late in a July day, almost time to head in. Hawaii-born Devin Hallingstad is alone a mile off the beach, Kona-side, fishing comfortably from his pedal-powered Hobie Mirage Revolution. As kayaks go it isn’t large, just 13 feet long and 28 inches wide. It’s rated to carry 350 pounds, but Hallingstad has added amas (outriggers) to bump up the capacity.

Heavy Mettle: The Greatest Kayak Catches

02.07.2013

Before we get to the good stuff, this note. With no worldwide organization to sanction record kayak fishing catches, the big-fish frontier is a wild west of rumor carried on the salt wind, celebrated by grassroots word of mouth and Internet dispatches. There are other kayak catches in this class, but lacking a trip to a certified scale, any objective ranking is forever out of reach.

The White House May Get a Little Woodsy

02.07.2013

There’s soon to be a river and mountain lover in the White House. In a move
that seems to make outdoor enthusiasts pretty happy, REI Chief Executive Officer
Sally Jewell has been nominated by President Obama to become the next
secretary of the interior.

If a Shark Swims By Your Boat

02.06.2013

Longtime great white shark researcher Ralph Collier, the founder of the Los Angeles-based Shark Research Committee, has documented nine shark attacks on kayaks in the past century, including four in the last 10 years. Only one has been fatal. Although the number of experiences like Strosaker’s is increasing, Collier notes that so is the number of paddlers. “I believe that sharks are learning over time that humans are nothing of any consequence and they simply ignore us,” he says. He makes the following recommendations for paddlers:

How to Self Rescue—in Class V

02.04.2013

Even the titans of whitewater sometimes fall—or, rather, swim. Last November, two-time Whitewater World Series champion Eric Deguil (FR) had his moment during Stage Two of the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile. His GoPro caught all the action of both his swim through a gnarly hole and his equally impressive self rescue. Set as the […]

Following the Wizard’s Eye

02.04.2013

In March of 2013, the sailboat Wizard’s Eye will sail quietly out of the Bay of La Paz, Mexico and begin a journey across the planet’s largest ocean, the Pacific. Led by world record holding extreme kayaker Tyler Bradt, the Wizard’s Eye crew will point the bow toward New Zealand, kicking off a five-year-long circumnavigation of the globe combining modern-day action sports with time-honored exploration. Their goal: to explore the limits of what’s humanly possibly while exploring the farthest reaches of the planet.

Close Encounters with Marine Mammals

02.01.2013

Last Tuesday afternoon , a 60-year-old man canoeing right off the Keauhou shoreline experienced the scare of his life when a whale slapped its tail over his canoe, snapping it in half and plunging him into the water. Neither the whale nor the man in the outrigger canoe were harmed, and events like these are fairly uncommon.

That said, they do exist in the boating world. This event got Canoe & Kayak staff thinking back to the past accounts of marine mammals getting too close for comfort, and here are three of the more out-there stories.

Into the Jaws of Death

02.01.2013

The only thing inviting about Svalbard, a handful of islands precisely halfway between Norway and the North Pole, is the opportunity it presents sea kayakers: the unclaimed circumnavigation of one of Earth’s northernmost landmasses. It is home to innumerable hull-shredding icebergs, long and exposed crossings, and a 300-strong population of polar bears, each equipped with […]

Seal vs. Sea Kayak

01.31.2013

Norwegian sea kayaker Simen Havig-Gjelseth is accustomed to experiencing worst-case scenarios. He and a partner were attempting to circumnavigate the Arctic island of Spitsbergen in 1999 when a hungry polar bear destroyed their kayaks, robbed their provisions and precipitated a helicopter rescue. Last November, while leading a four-member team in the first unsupported trip around Antarctica’s South Georgia Island, Havig-Gjelseth was jolted awake by the sound of cracking fiberglass in a startling case of déjà vu.

Anything Worth Doing

01.31.2013

  Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. That was the motto by which a raft guide lived and died on Idaho’s Salmon River in 1996. Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award, Anything Worth Doing tells the true story of larger-than-life whitewater raft guides Clancy Reece and Jon Barker, two men who share a […]

Skook Classified

01.30.2013

Episode 3 of CanoeKayak.com’s exclusive four-part series detailing the core sea kayakers developing an invitational competition at freestyle kayaking’s hallowed grounds: the tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows, B.C.

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