A look at one of the Midwest’s most popular kayaking events, this weekend’s 27-mile Short’s to Short’s Paddle, which has competitors race across a series of northern Michigan’s lakes and end at the Short’s Brewing Company production brewery in Elk Rapids, Mich., with a few pints to celebrate the arrival of summer.
Our favorite British Columbia sea kayaking posse, the Hurricane Riders, is at it again. This time they’re working on a full length documentary. We can’t help but get stoked by these guys and their antics. Here’s a teaser and an introduction to arguably the baddest group of ocean kayakers on the planet.
Six weeks ago, Cayman Islands paddler Sam Dawson took a swim and lost his kayak, something many kayakers have experienced. Something that doesn’t happen everyday? Dawson’s kayak traveled 600 miles where it was found on the Florida coast. Check out the full story at WSVN.com.
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Not long after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and sent as much as 2.5 million gallons of crude oil a day gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, I spent a weekend paddling and fishing with my buddy Jimbo Meador, who lives on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Jimbo met [...]
By Dave Shively Photo by Robert Zaleski 1. Keep a cool head out there with the Kavu Fisherman’s Chillba, a round-brimmed, quick-drying cap with an integrated steel band that twists to stow and pops to shape ($30, kavu.com). 2. If simple shade isn’t enough, give your eyes some polarized protection with Smith’s new Omnis. The [...]
WOODEN HYBRIDS MITCHELL BLACK MAGIC ($435, $500 bent shaft, mitchellpaddles.com) 28 oz., 30 oz. bent shaft. Custom sized. Peter Mitchell conjures up a powerful mixture of carbon composite and natural wood with his new Black Magic, a hand-crafted, high-end touring stick designed for paddlers who prefer shorter shafts, powerful strokes and full-size blades. Make paddling [...]
After a disappointing attempt to paddle the perimeter of Chile’s Isla Grande Tierra Del Fuego barely six months ago, New York City sea kayaker Marcus Demuth affirmed his place as one of the world’s best – if least known – expedition paddlers with an 80-day circumnavigation of the 2,450-mile coastline of Great Britain. Demuth survived [...]
Sculling-moving the paddle blade back and forth across the water’s surface to create lift-is a great technique to maintain balance in a sea kayak. Unlike high- or low-braces, which only provide momentary support, a sculling stroke provides ongoing balance as long as you keep your paddle blade in motion. Sculling is most often used for [...]
In the early 1900s, an Englishman named Archie Belaney came to North America in search of adventure and became one of the first to romanticize the notion of canoe-tripping in the Canadian wilderness. Belaney quickly fell in with the Teme-Augama Anishnabe, the “Deep Water People”, a native Ojibwa tribe whose traditional lands encompass present-day Temagami, [...]
Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Impex Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. ASSATEAGUE Available in fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon/Kevlar or K-Lite. L: 17’10″; W: 22.5″; 59 lbs. This larger version of our Currituck gives large to [...]
Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Hurricane Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. SANTEE 116 SPORT $899, Trylon (thermoformed abs plastic) L: 11’6″; W: 28″; 35lbs. The Santee 116 Sport handles like the 116, but is [...]
Louisiana grade schooler Cody Louviere woke at 3:00 a.m. to go kayak fishing with his grandfather, and was rewarded with a 51.8-pound Black Drum. The duo used kayaks to access Gulf waters as yet unsullied by the oil spill. Read the full story at www.weeklycitizen.com.
Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Feelfree Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. MOVE $519 in roto-molded polyethylene L: 8’10″; W: 29″; 41 lbs. The new Move is agile, stable, and fun. Feelfree’s integrated wheel in [...]
In this installment of the Summer Movie Season, we look at the Demshitz Posse’s Dashboard Empanada, the title of which is a play off the classic Dashboard Burrito. Check out Jared and Graham Seiler, Ian, Evan and Nate Garcia as well as a host of other paddlers as they barnstorm Chilean whitewater. It’ll definitely make [...]