C&K Contributing Editor Kate Stepan delves into the recent heated debate on gender roles in whitewater kayaking sparked by the 2012 release of BDP Productions’ ‘Pleasure Strokes’ and the paddling community’s ensuing response.
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 [...]
South Korea is roughly the size of Indiana but according to Currents, a river stewardship-focused Web TV series that uses whitewater kayaking to educate the general public about the plight of the world’s rivers, the country contains more than 18,000 dams. Here, Currents examines the southern Korean peninsula and its whitewater potential threatened by hydro [...]
Photograph by Michael Paul Franklin The recent scuttle about Freya Hoffmeister’s historic solo rounding of Australia’s rugged and unforgiving coast, both online and in this magazine, got us thinking: What earlier exploits compare to hers? It takes a certain type to go solo in the open ocean. There’s no one to suffer with, no one [...]
Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Epic Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. GPX L: 12′ 11″; W: 25″; 37 lbs./$1,495 (Value/Fiberglass); 31 lbs./$1,995 (Performance/Fiberglass/Carbon Fiber/ Kevlar); 25 lbs./$2,495 (Ultra/Woven Kevlar) The GPX is available in [...]