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Whale encounters: How close is too close?

This close encounter with a Southern Right Whale was either a transcendental example of interspecies communion, or an unconscionable crime. Take your pick.

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Inside the Kayak Airways

11.06.2012

C&K sits down with Kayak Mainline podcasters David Johnston and Kelly Blades

The Green Race: Going Big but Staying Home

11.05.2012

Photos and commentary from the 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, which is growing in international stature and staying true to the grassroots, as evidenced by its winners, New Zealander and Olympic paddler Mike Dawson and local paddling hero Adriene Levknecht.

After the Dam, a new Northwest Classic

11.05.2012

What lies beneath?

It’s a question that’s been on paddlers’ and naturalist’s minds alike since the 98-year-old Condit Dam was removed from Washington’s White Salmon River in October 2011. With the dam gone, the still waters of Northwestern Lake drained away, revealing nearly two miles of riverbed coated in a nearly100-year accumulation of silt and downed timber from the surrounding forests. Access to this new run officially opened this weekend, November 3, and C&K has a preview from the first paddlers to document the stretch.

The live-bait rescue

11.02.2012

In Episode Seven of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey covers the downstream live-bait rescue.

A Meeting of the Minds on the River

11.01.2012

A look at the merger of two globetrotting, accredited preparatory schools for kayakers: World Class Academy and the New River Academy. As the two outdoor educators come together under the World Class banner, we catch up with the progressive programs getting back to school.

Adirondack Adventures

10.30.2012

A review of Phil Brown’s new guidebook outlining 60 great flatwater Adventures in the Adirondacks

Turning Green

10.23.2012

Green Race season is officially upon us. Asheville-based racer/writer Chris Gragtmans provides an insider’s look at the preparation happening two weeks out from 17th annual Green River Narrows Race, taking place at high noon on Nov. 3, as international racers descend on the North Carolina race course.

2012 Whitewater Symposium

10.22.2012

Dispatch from the ninth annual Whitewater Symposium, Oct. 12-14, in Husum, Wash., which attracted over 60 whitewater enthusiasts, guides, instructors, clubs, outfitters, manufacturers and retailers to develop ideas to grow and support the sport of whitewater paddling.

The Power of Rivers

10.19.2012

A look at the progressive Rios to Rivers river stewardship exchange program which immerses American and Chilean teenage paddlers in Patagonia to experience the wild waterways imperiled by the pending construction of five mega-dams.

He Rocked the Boat

10.18.2012

A tribute to the late Derek Hutchinson, with a look at the outspoken Briton’s life, words, and accomplishments which left a lasting impact on the development and popularization of sea kayaking around the world.

The Utmost Missouri

10.18.2012

C&K’s exclusive post-trip interview with expedition kayaker and explorer Mark Kalch, who just completed a 117-day, 3,780-mile, source-to-sea descent of the Missouri-Mississippi River system, becoming the first paddler to do so from the system’s utmost source to the ocean.

Nile Fest Special

10.16.2012

Day 3 of the Nile River Festival went HUGE. It was a slow morning after a big night in camp. It rained nearly 3 inches Saturday night, which created a massive mud pit in the middle of the party. Mud dancing and wrestling lasted throughout the night! The hang-over cure was a 15 kilometer mass-start race from Itanda to Nile Special Sunday morning. Local paddler Jackson 1 (that is his real name; he has two brothers named Jackson 2 and Jackson 3) got the beatdown of the weekend in the Bad Place at the bottom of Itanda, starting the day off with a big swim!

Moosefest State of Mind

10.16.2012

Photo gallery and story from Scott Martin of this weekend’s Fall Moosefest, 2012. The finale of the 4-part King of New York race series.

Give it up for David Moor

10.14.2012

Ugandan David Moor wins the Itanda Falls Race, the first of three stages in the Nile River Festival.

Local Emotion: The Hendri Coetzee Itanda Falls Race

10.14.2012

Ugandan David Moor wins Itanda Race at Nile River Festival.

Ready to Rumble: The 2012 Nile River Festival

10.12.2012

Words and Photos by Seth Warren We made the pre-event journey to Itanda Falls today. This is going to be one of the best river festivals of all time here in Uganda. There is still plenty of whitewater to be had, despite the tragic damming of Bujagali, which has drastically impacted the whitewater tourism. In […]

On Tap: Ruckus on the Rio Grande

10.11.2012

When it comes to the U.S.-Mexico Border perhaps it’s natural for the media to focus on bad news. But residents of Laredo are having none of it.

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