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Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.

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Into the Final Stretch of the Whitewater Grand Prix

12.13.2012

Tomorrow, Saturday December 14, athletes will conclude the second Annual Whitewater Grand Prix with a “Big Water Enduro Race down the Rio Futaleufu in the Patagonia Region. Thirty of the world’s best extreme kayakers, including several Olympians and world record holders, gathered to test their skills against each other as well as the legendary rapids of Chile while bringing a spotlight on some of the most endangered rivers on the planet.

2012 Gift Guide

12.13.2012

We’re inside the two-weeks-till Christmas mark. If you need a little last-minute gift-giving inspiration for that paddler on your list, look no further than a few of C&K’s favorite gear goodies in our annual Holiday Gift Guide.

Skook Classified

12.12.2012

Episode 2 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.

Rescue for River Runners

12.11.2012

In Episode Eight of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey covers the basics of setting up rope systems.

Mr. Canoe Paddles On

12.10.2012

Canoeing icon Ralph Frese died December 10 in a hospice overlooking the Chicago River’s East Branch. He was 86 years old. The proprietor of Chicagoland Canoe Base began paddling in a canvas-covered kayak on the Illinois River when he was a teenager. By the time he was 24, Frese was mass-producing canoes for his local Boy Scout troop, and in 1967 he paddled voyageur canoe replicas from Chicago to the World’s Fair in Montreal. In 1973 he retraced Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette’s 3,000-mile 1673 expedition.

Hobie Crowns a World Fishing King

12.10.2012

Mood took on 41 other competitors assembled from Hobie’s far-flung pro staff network to become winner of the second annual Hobie Fishing World Championship, the first held on U.S. shores. They came for a not-so-traditional Texas fishing throw down centered on an American angling obsession, the largemouth bass.

Inside the Box

12.07.2012

Check out the latest mass-paddling concept from sit-on-top kayak design pioneer Tim Niemier.

Racing Through Stage 1

12.04.2012

The athletes kicked off the second annual Whitewater Grand Prix race yesterday with the first whitewater enduro stage on the Rio Gol Gol. They raced against the clock on a nearly one mile-long stretch of class V whitewater, navigating not only extremely technical rapids, but also several 15-20 foot waterfalls.

GALLERY EXTRA: Japan

12.04.2012

C&K contributing photographer Darin McQuoid takes us on visual journey with some more details from his July return expedition to Japan.

Gallery – Benjamin Hjort

12.01.2012

Gallery – Upper Valldal River, Norway

Two Men Enter, One Team Wins

12.01.2012

The Robe race is among a handful of Pacific Northwest creek races for two-person teams, including B.C.’s Callaghan Creek Race and Washington’s Little White Salmon Race. Teams start together, and the clock stops when the second paddler crosses the line.

Convergences

12.01.2012

Where tectonic upheaval flatlines and the Brooks Range runs out, infinite space welcomes the traveler like a door thrown open. Blue as the Caribbean, the Canning River spills our two rafts from between foothills into the arctic coastal plain.

Gallery – Adam Mills Elliott

12.01.2012

Oregon rafting team on White Salmon River, Washington.

Gallery—Charlie Munsey

12.01.2012

In the first two weeks of February 2002, seven of the world’s best and boldest paddlers completed the first descent of Tibet’s Upper Tsangpo Gorge.

Heavy Medal

12.01.2012

If you caught Vavinec Hradilek’s silver-medal performance at this summer’s Olympic Games, you witnessed one of the world’s most dynamic slalom paddlers lay down a near-perfect run. But you probably missed the 25-year-old Czech’s clever shout-outs to his steep-creeking buddies.

Gallery—Charlie Munsey

12.01.2012

Tobias Johansson on Virgin River Narrows, Zion, Utah

Thoughts from a legend

12.01.2012

Al Widing Sr. has finished the 120-mile AuSable River Canoe Marathon a record 33 times, including 16 consecutive finishes from age 63 to 79.

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