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Slalom Worlds Day 2: Lefevre Into Finals as Hradilek Falters

By Joe Potoczak Another world champion has been dethroned. Vavrinec Hradilek, the 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist from the Czech Republic, finished his semifinal run in 22nd place, leaving him out of the final and guaranteeing that we will have a new champion in K-1 this year. There’s still a chance that […]

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Brotherly Tandem Tackles Blue Marlin

02.19.2013

The second heaviest kayak-caught fish to make it to a scale was a tag-team effort by brothers Kevin and Gareth Uyeda, pioneers in Hawaii’s growing scene. They still fish together, these days on a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. In 2008, they were aboard a modest Ocean Kayak Zest tandem paddle kayak.

F.B.I. Gets His Marlin

02.19.2013

Andy Cho is the world’s most accomplished angler to fish from a kayak. Known to his friends at Hawaii’s Aquahunters.com as F.B.I. (From Big Island), he’s the only champion the annual eight-month marathon Makihiki Pro tournament has ever seen. This is the catch that cemented the Kona-based Cho’s legend.

Of Angry Fish and Chips

02.19.2013

It is 2003. Howard McKim has a chip on his shoulder. Newly arrived in Ketchikan from Southern California, he is tired of taking guff from the locals who tease him about his modest choice of fishing platform.

Walk on Water

02.19.2013

NRS and filmmaker Andy Maser released a new short film on Monday, February 18. “Walk on Water” tells the story of paraplegic class V kayaker Greg Mallory. Mallory, who lost the use of his legs in a skiing accident, uses kayaking as a way to escape his wheelchair and stay active outdoors.

Boob Tube

02.18.2013

The story behind the recent release of “Tits Deep: Chapter 1,” which documents Canadian Katrina Van Wijk and a cadre of hard-charging ladies road-tripping and kayaking around the U.S., hitting whitewater hot-spots from Washington state to West Virginia.

Best of the Rest

02.15.2013

A photo-essay flipbook featuring our favorite picks from the past 40 years of paddling photos that didn’t fit into our special March anniversary issue.

From the Vault—Orca Whales

02.15.2013

In light of the upcoming whale-watching seasons on both coasts, we decided to pull this story from the vault and onto the website, a story on how “kayaking eye-to-eye with the whale called “killer” brings deeper understanding … and respect.”

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:

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