Go inside Jeff Moag’s cover story from C&K’s June 2013 ‘Amazon Issue’ with this a three-part multimedia story of the race to reclaim paddling’s greatest source-to-sea prize.
The first weekend in October provided devoted Yankee kayakers of the Northeast quite the harvest. A flow study on the Green River near Morrisville, Vermont, showed the potential for a high-quality Class IV-V run—one that might even mean water during the summertime, a rarity in these parts.
The World Championships of Surf Kayaking wrapped up Thursday, with the awards ceremonies slated for tonight at the Village Beach Club in Nags Head, N.C. The Basques captured the team title on Wednesday, and Basque rider Edu Etxeberria won the men’s long boat title yesterday with Chris Hobson of Northern Ireland winning the men’s short boat title.
It’s not too often that kayaker Keith Wikle is disappointed when gale force winds blow through the Great Lakes. Last weekend, when 40-knot northerlies lashed the southern shores of the Third Coast with two-story breakers, Wikle rejoiced in surfing 14-footers on Lake Michigan outside his home in Kalamazoo, Mich.
NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Wednesday’s competition at the World Championships of Surf Kayaking started off with challenges. The wind was up and the surf choppy and punishing. During the morning semifinals in men’s long boat competitors were repeatedly tossed and tumbled by the break.
Jozef Milewski was nervous when he and a group of sea kayakers launched into the rough waters of Lake Michigan on a stormy day in September. A cold 20-knot wind was pushing a six- to eight-foot swell, with dark clouds scudding over the skyline of Chicago. The dignitary amongst the group who assembled for the day outing was its wild card: Aleksander Doba…
NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Urko Erasquin, a competitor from the Basque Country, has mostly praise for this year’s World Championships. The surf has been excellent, the organization smooth, and the competition first-rate. But the first thing he has to say about the event is this: “I was a little bit upset because there was not many people.” His concern is echoed by many others at the Worlds this year.
This summer ended with First Descents coming to Canada for the first time. The decade-old, ever-expanding nonprofit uses kayaking to clear the heads of people who escaped a deadly disease, and helps them navigate chutes and boulders to the next stage of their lives. By all accounts, it’s a powerful program for campers, volunteers and staff in this burgeoning phenomenon within the paddling community.
One hundred fifty years ago this month, our young nation was beginning its darkest hour—a four-year Civil War that would claim nearly 700,000 lives. Today, a century and a half later, that agony lingers deep in our collective consciousness. And one of the best and most peaceful ways to visit these battlefield sites is by paddling the bodies of water that have defined them through the years.
Outside a grocery store in Nags Head, N.C., a man is talking on the phone with his wife. “They’re surfing in kayaks down here!” he says. “No, both men and women do it. The women are just as good as the men!” Indeed, the town of Nags Head, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is stirring with interest in the ongoing World Championships of Surf Kayaking.
Sam Sutton from Rotorua in New Zealand impressively demonstrated Saturday that he is still the fastest extreme paddler in the world. At the fifth edition of the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley, the 23-year-old Sutton defended his title with a new course record of 55.84 seconds…