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Week in Review: December 19, 2014

Bear Grylls on surfing the Ottawa River: “If he capsizes…he might not survive.” A little over-the-top? Maybe, but Devyn Scott sure is good at what he does Kayak launch fail. This shouldn’t be so difficult Sometimes the third time isn’t the charm La Garganta del Diablo, The Throat of the Devil Aptly named Kev Brady […]

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Destinations—The West Coast

04.16.2013

North America’s west coast has some of the sweetest sea kayaking venues in this dimension, and many of them are also blessed with small lodges with kayak-minded hosts and convenient water access.

Chattahoochee Journal: The Journey’s End

04.16.2013

The rivers are flowing again. The reservoirs upstream have been topped off for the first time in a long while. Winter rains fulfilled their promise this year. But nothing is ever certain this far downstream.

Going Deeper and Deeper

04.16.2013

For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.

Testing Boundaries

04.16.2013

Rivers carve deep canyons and divide hostile neighbors. They cut pathways through lawless country, and beckon us to follow. It’s no wonder that river-runners have their own canon of unspoken boundaries that, from time to time, they feel compelled to cross.

Canoandes

04.16.2013

Meet the men who slipped the Iron Curtain and changed river running forever.

Rescue for River Runners

04.15.2013

In Episode Ten of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey delves further into the topic of foot entrapment by going through the first, basic, and vital assessments any rescuer should consider and practice.

Kokatat Maximus Prime

04.15.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K recently caught up with Matt Porter with Kokatat at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Maximum Prime

From the Vault: Waterways of Promise

04.13.2013

The voyageurs, men and women who worked the waterways in search of adventure and treasure did more than open up North America—they lived a life rich with exploration and discovery.

That’s the caption to the story in May 1998′s issue, titled Waterways of Promise, and this month’s From the Vault.

Essays From The Field

04.13.2013

For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.

20 Things Every Paddler Needs To Know

04.13.2013

So you call yourself a paddler? Before joining this hallowed subculture, there are a few key lifestyle skills that you should look to work into your arsenal to distinguish you from other waterman wannabes. Here are a few to get you started.

Five Weeks, One Film, One Crazy Raft

04.12.2013

Last May, four Fort Lewis College students began a prolonged 35-day connection with the local river that they too often took for granted. That’s no longer the case, after the students started an ambitious multi-sport river expedition at the absolute headwaters of the Animas River, which flows right through their college town of Durango, Colo. A month and half later, they crossed Lake Powell in a raft motorized with solar panels—something never before accomplished.

Wind Paddle Bimini Sun Shade

04.12.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K recently caught up with Nick Wiltz with Wind Paddle at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Bimini Sun Shade.

Pakboat Quest

04.11.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk C&K recently caught up with Alv Elvestad at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new Pakboat, the Quest.

Thomas Hall

04.11.2013

Thomas Hall is a recently retired Canadian national team athlete and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in sprint canoe (C1 1000m). His experience with canoeing stretches over 20 years. He began paddling on family canoe trips, and, inspired by his mother (a sprint paddler) and the success his sister enjoyed at the 1993 Canada Games in sprint kayak, Thomas decided to try sprint canoeing. At 15, he followed in his sister’s footsteps, winning gold and silver at the Canada Games. Thomas then set his sights on Junior Worlds, where he surprised many, including himself, by winning gold.

Pushing Past the Plateau

04.11.2013

By: Thomas Hall I thought I would begin this series of tips by sharing my secrets for dealing with one of the fundamental, and insanely frustrating, features of skill development: the plateau. The plateau is something I wrestled with throughout my athletic career. In trying to master the vagaries of the sprint canoe stroke, I […]

Tips with Tom

04.11.2013

Though I’ll be using paddling specific examples, which shouldn’t be a problem for readers of Canoekayak.com, the tips and tricks discussed will be applicable to almost any activity. For example, the first in this series is the concept of rest. Rest is often seen as just a reward for a hard days work, when in reality, it’s an essential part of skill acquisition.

Canoecopia 2013 Trade Talk Series

04.10.2013

C&K staff also made their way to Canoecopia and filmed the products they thought were especially quirky, new or innovative. Check out the products they viewed in the series, Trade Talks.

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