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Return to the Rio Roosevelt

Catching up with Dave Freeman and fellow Minnesota adventurer Paul Schurke, who earlier this month completed a 400-mile canoe descent of the Brazilian Amazon’s storied Rio Roosevelt.

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Condit Dam Explosion

10.27.2011

Washington’s White Salmon River is free from 95 years shackled by a concrete wall. Watch this video of the hole PacifiCorp blasted yesterday through the base of the 125-foot Condit Dam, beginning the projected 10-month removal process of restoring the river’s free flow.

From Russia with Love

10.26.2011

Sarah Outen may have been new to sea kayaking in early October when she completed a 40-mile crossing from Russia to Japan but she was no stranger to piloting small boats across lots of open water. In 2009, Outen became the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Mauritius in 124 days.

Ultimate Big-water Fishing Kayak Review

10.25.2011

BIG WATER. Anglers read these two words differently than other kayakers. For the fish-obsessed, the term elicits visions of powerful dynamos with turbocharged tails, ocean denizens such as yellowtail, striped bass, tuna and even marlin.

Cobra Kayaks Marauder – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Get this straight right from the start: This is a new Marauder, a meaner machine than the predecessor that shared its name.

Native Watercraft Manta Ray Angler 14 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Is it wrong to love a boat for the seat? If it is, we’re in trouble.

Fluid Kayaks Bamba – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

South Africa’s Fluid Kayaks has launched the Bamba, its first purpose-built fishing kayak.

Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.7 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Built and bred for the ocean, Ocean Kayak’s own supremely well-equipped New Zealand import stands out.

Hobie Mirage Revolution – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

This pedal-powered dynamo hit the ocean-going sweet spot from Day One.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

The Tarpon name is a proud one reaching back to the early days of the modern kayak fishing movement.

Through the Rain and the Night

10.24.2011

With water flowing fast and pushing flood levels all summer, Missouri American Water MR 340 organizer Scott Mansker was doubtful that this year’s 340-mile heartland odyssey from Kansas City to St. Louis could even happen.

Running Brazil’s Rio Mambucaba

10.21.2011

U.S. expedition kayaking extraordinaires Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic, along with Brazilian heavy-hitter Pedro Oliva, a member of the first attempted descent of the Rio Mambucaba, document their recent paddling and canyoneering descent of this stout jungle river tucked away from the twin megalopolis population centers of Southeastern Brazil.

Kayaker Captures Amazing Blue Whale Footage, Above and Below Surface

10.19.2011

Majestic blue whales have been feeding off Southern California for months, luring marine mammal paparazzi of all types, including TV news crews, onto whale-watching boats. But some of the most amazing footage was captured off Redondo Beach recently by kayaker Rick Coleman, who was using his helmet camera.

A wave of recognition

10.19.2011

U.S. waveski paddlers Fletcher Burton (Pismo Beach, Calif.) and Tyler Lausten (Maui) went 1-2 in Friday and Saturday’s 2011 Paddle Surfing Championships, claiming the top overall spots in a stacked field open to any international challengers.

5 Pack Canoes Tested

10.14.2011

Canoes have a problem: They’re not always floating. Sometimes you have to carry them. And that can be an issue, especially in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, the birthplace of John Rushton’s legendary pack canoe. We tested 5 pack canoes that can ease the pain of portaging.

U.S. Men, Women 7th at World Rafting Championships

10.12.2011

After three days of tight competition at the World Rafting Championships on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River, the overall title remained up for grabs entering the event’s final day—Monday, Oct. 10, for the downriver race—with seven men’s teams and five women’s teams still capable of winning the overall crown.

Countdown for Condit: T-minus two weeks

10.11.2011

The excitement of restoring Washington’s free-flowing White Salmon River is reaching fever pitch. On October 26, a hole will be blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, and Northwestern Reservoir will drain in a matter of hours. The explosion will mark the beginning of a regionally and nationally significant river restoration effort.

Running Brazil’s Rio Mambucaba

10.11.2011

I knew I had forgotten something when coming to Brazil. I realized what it was—to learn Portuguese—when I tried to ask how long the drive would be. Thanks to my book, Beginning Portuguese, which I’d glanced at on the plane, I could at least ask our driver where the laundromat was and count to 999 as his Land Rover bounced up the long, insanely bumpy driveway to his farm, Fazenda Bonito.

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