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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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Olympic Flatwater Sprint Preview

08.09.2012

Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 10, the 200-meter flatwater sprint is making its debut at the Olympic Games. It will also be the last chance for the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Team to take home a medal from the London 2012 Games.

10 years of PaddlePower

08.09.2012

CanoeKayak.com recently asked PaddlePower organizer Kristen Senz about the 10th annual, two-day event on Aug. 18-19, which raises funds for a crisis hotline that serves people with depression, including those close to committing suicide.

Club Mend: Build Your Own Kayak

08.09.2012

Turning a box of wood into a kayak.

Thames Pub Crawl: High-Water Hangover

08.08.2012

Dispatch No. 3 from a 150-mile bar hopping paddle down The Thames River

Kayaking Ukraine: Welcome to Ukrainka

08.08.2012

Jeffrey and Giulio dock at Ukrainka on Ukraine’s Dnieper River and make some new friends.

Final Countdown: Amazon solo

08.08.2012

Inside the final preparations for West Hansen’s bold 4,225-mile expedition to solo the entire length of the Amazon River.

Thames Pub Crawl: Lock and Dammed

08.07.2012

Dispatch No. 2 from a 150-mile bar hopping paddle down The Thames River

Unfiltered: Jessie Stone

08.07.2012

How a freestyle paddler is helping to fight malaria in Uganda.

5 Minutes with Blind Kayaker Erik Weihenmayer

08.07.2012

The only blind man to climb the world’s Seven Summits, Erik Weihenmayer now plans on kayaking the Grand Canyon in fall 2013.

Thames Pub Crawl: London Calling

08.06.2012

Dispatch No. 1 from a 150-mile bar hopping paddle down The Thames River

Brit Blitz

08.03.2012

With a style both fluid and aggressive, Tony Estanguet of France won his third Olympic Gold in the C-1 class on Tuesday, pulling ahead of his longtime rival Michal Martikan, and bringing the most celebrated duel in slalom history to a close.

2012 Canoe & Kayak Awards

08.03.2012

Final results from the inaugural Canoe & Kayak Awards, presented by Zeal Optics, celebrating 2012′s best paddlers, movies, film reels, expeditions, and philanthropic effort.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

The Usumacinta has a reputation as one of the best river trips in the world, and also one of the most dangerous. It forms the border between Mexico and Guatemala through the heart of the Mayan region, a vast, densely jungled wilderness where traditional authorities hold little sway…because of these amazing features, the Usu became one of the world’s preeminent raft trips in the 1970s, and a prime winter playground for off-season Grand Canyon guides.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

It took me two days to hitchhike from Haines, Alaska, to the Yukon highway bridge where Walt Blackadar started his fabled 1971 first descent of Turnback Canyon. I launched in a drizzle feeling quite puny, just as Walt probably did, which I guess was the point. I was alone, as he had been, with 10 days and 230 miles of the Alsek River ahead of me. Running Turnback was never part of my plan, though.

Testing Boundaries

08.01.2012

I always thought I needed to do something ‘legitimate’ for a living. Then when I graduated I got job offers in geology, and thought, ‘What do I need money for so badly that I’m ready to sacrifice my life for it?’

Gallery—Trey Cambern

08.01.2012

The inspiration to movie Deliverance which introduced a generation of adventure-seekers to the possibilities of river-running.

Gallery—Mike Leeds

08.01.2012

Washington kayaker Darren Albright boofs Rodeo Hole in Jacob’s Ladder, the signature rapid of Idaho’s North Fork Payette, during the 2012 North Fork Championship.

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