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Photos from the 2014 Slalom Worlds

As the last racers finished this year’s ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships on Sunday afternoon in McHenry, Md., the 2014 worlds had written its own page in the annals of whitewater racing.

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Shredding it in Santa Cruz

03.19.2012

Steamer Lane is a jaw-dropping gorgeous point break in Santa Cruz, California. And like every such epic surf spot in Cali, it’s usually dominated by the local prone (lay-down) surfers. But for one weekend every year, for the past 26 years, a small miracle has happened here: it’s been taken over by kayak surfers-and this year, for the first time ever, SUPers too.

Single Bladers’ Spring Break

03.16.2012

Only in open-boating can weekend warriors in over-sized Old Towns rub shoulders with world champion freestyle paddlers, sponsored video boaters and cutting-edge designers in nine days of revelry to kick off the paddling season. See a photo gallery and results from Sunday’s Upper Tellico Race, plus Tennessee open-boater Dooley Tombras gives his top six reasons to love ALF.

Recreation Boating’s Best Kayaks

03.14.2012

We gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best beginner-friendly kayaks you can buy on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career.

Best In Show: Canoecopia 2012

03.13.2012

Here are C&K’s picks for the top five new pieces of trend-setting paddling gear at this year’s Canoecopia trade show.

USA Canoe/Kayak Going to Olympics

03.12.2012

After taking home Gold at the Pan American Championships, Team USA will have Olympians in both the C-1 and C-2 categories at the London 2012 Summer Games.

ACCESS DENIED

03.09.2012

In late January, an international group of expedition paddlers intending to descend the Río Copón-Chixoy in the northern Quiché region of Guatemala faced a traumatic experience as angry indigenous villagers near the put-in denied them access to the river. Read the exclusive story of their 14-hour detention here.

A Canoe Year

03.09.2012

Behind-the-scenes coverage of the making of “Canoe Movie 2: Uncharted Waters,” going into the first open-boat descent of Costa Rica’s Pozo Azul river in January. Watch an exclusive preview for the film here, set to debut Saturday, March 10 at this weekend’s Canoecopia trade show in Madison, Wisconsin.

Do or Die for U.S. Olympic Canoes

03.08.2012

This weekend’s Pan American Championships in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, will be the last chance for the six men’s U.S. C-1 and C-2 paddlers to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

End Game

03.07.2012

Tao Berman has seen big waves like the one bearing down on him now, but never from the seat of his kayak and never while sitting in the impact zone.

2012 Boat Book

03.06.2012

Find your dream machine

2012 Apparel Guide

03.06.2012

A visual tour of some of the industry’s finest wares, from PFDs and pogies, to drysuits and baselayers

How it’s Built:

03.05.2012

Sit-on-tops are the quintessential everyman kayak. The SOT is stable, comfortable, maneuverable, durable and cheap. It fits the bill for weekend paddlers, anglers and resort liveries alike.

Behind the Scenes

03.05.2012

Inside Kentucky’s National Paddling Film Fest, one of the world’s longest-running paddlesports film festivals. Watch clips from the 2012 festival winners here.

Kayaking Ukraine: Setting Sail

03.03.2012

Jeffrey and Giulio stumble into a fisherman’s camp one day south of Kiev, and experience some Ukrainian hospitality.

The How of Why

03.01.2012

After being asked by Nikon to make the movie “Why” using their new D4 DSLR camera (which is now at the top of the C&K wish-list, along with the remote control helicopter they used to film Dane Jackson hucking waterfalls in Veracruz, Mexico), adventure filmmaker Corey Rich also decided to capture what went on behind the scenes of the project.

La Push Pummel

02.29.2012

45-knot winds and a 23-foot swell kept most paddlers out of the surf at La Push this weekend.

Heli Footage from the Little White

02.29.2012

Remember those awesome helicopter shots of Rush Sturges and Steve Fisher on the Little White Salmon from Sturges’s 2011 Frontier DVD? Well, even if not, here’s some more that didn’t make the final cut (but probably could have).

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide