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Paddle Assisted: The 2014 Davenport Paddle Surf Classic

Photos and text by Bryon Dorr Another Davenport Paddle Surf Classic is in the books. The event, hosted each fall in Davenport Landing, Calif., has been growing for over 12 years, and 2014 saw the largest competitor turnout yet with 55 paddle surfers. Many competitors surfed in multiple categories, making for a packed schedule consisting […]

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Beginner’s Luck

04.25.2013

A first-time sea kayaker needs just a handful of skills and about a half-day of practice to get a basic foundation in the sport. Veteran instructor Ray Boucher introduces countless people to sea kayaking each summer at Naturally Superior Adventures’ paddling center on Lake Superior’s Canadian shore. Here are his top five skills for starters.

Chesapeake Light, Craft Petral and Shearwater

04.25.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with John Harris from Chesapeake Light Craft at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, Petral and Shearwater.

Spanking the Monkey with a Riverboard

04.24.2013

Riverbarding just kicked up to a whole new level of intense. Last weekend, pro riveroboarder Josh Galt ran a first descent of the Green Narrows—including the iconic Gorilla rapid—with nothing but a riverboard, standard protective gear and a pair of fins.

Zem Gear Terra and H2O Shoes

04.24.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Christina Bracken from Zem Gear at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, the Terra and H2O Shoes.

Ledges Legends

04.24.2013

Spring in the Northeast has arrived, and with it, the start of creek racing season. The smell of maple syrup and sight of red flannel overwhelmed the senses at the New Haven Ledges Race this past weekend. With a late spring melt, the conditions could not have been better. Boaters from all over New England headed to the New Haven River, a few miles outside of Bristol, Vt., to take part in the annual event.

Nahanni Journal

04.24.2013

Three families tackle North America’s iconic canoe route

Northwest Creeking Competition 2013

04.24.2013

Nothing can prepare you for it. The tingling, jittery nerves, the breathlessness, and later the dead weight of your arms, utterly spent and barely able to hold up the paddle. This is what creek racing is all about, and this is what the Northwest Creeking Competition inspires.

Top 5 Reasons to Race in Next Year’s NWCC

04.24.2013

The Northwest Creeking Competition features a series of races on Southern Washington’s East Fork of the Lewis River and Canyon Creek. The two-day event draws rafters and kayakers alike from all over the Pacific Northwest, and as it came to a close last weekend, people are already looking to next year’s event. Here are some reasons why you should get yourself ready for next year’s Northwest Creeking Competition.

Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition

04.24.2013

Results of the 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition

Kayaking the Big Melt

04.23.2013

We are alone in a landscape of mythical scale. Waterfalls tumble 700 feet down a cliff face, the height so great that the water simply vaporizes before hitting the ground.

China Walls, Eastern Oahu, Hawaii

04.23.2013

Outrigger canoers Jimmy Austin and Keizo Gates paddling at sunset near China Walls on Eastern Oahu near Honolulu, Hawaii.

Salal Creek, British Columbia

04.23.2013

This photo featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide. Todd Wells kayaks down Salal Creek in British Columbia.

Lac La Croix, Ontario

04.23.2013

Modern canoeists encounter pictographs left on the shores of Lac la Croix by Ojibwe artists who also traveled by canoe.

57 Years Ago

04.23.2013

Arthur Moffatt lead five young men into the Canadian Barrens, where, on a bitter September day 200 miles from the nearest settlement, his canoe capsized in a rapid he hadn’t scouted. Moffat froze to death on the riverbank, leaving a wife, two daughters and a name that, in canoe-tripping circles, became synonymous with incompetence. Skip Pessl—then 22, now 79—can’t shake the memories of that day and can’t abide the one-sided caricature of his friend and mentor. This is the story of the Moffatt Expedition, revisited.

The Tallulah Fest

04.23.2013

April 12-14, 2013—Paddlers from all along the east coast gathered in north Georgia to enjoy Tallulah Fest. Celebrating the release of the Tallulah Gorge, this young festival has grown from the hundred paddlers at its first event four years ago to several hundred boaters and enthusiasts, demonstrating the love of the river and celebration of its release during the spring.

Astral YTV PFD and Brewer Shoe

04.23.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Bryan Owen from Astral at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new products, the YTV PFD and Brewer Shoe.

POWELL to POWELL

04.23.2013

“Complicating the Divide” is the first installment in the five-part Powell to Powell film series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, which documents a 2012 expedition starting from the source of the Colorado River and punctuated by a series of interviews with water experts that contextualize the state of a vital river basin at risk.

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