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Paddling the Colorado River Pulse Flow

An extraordinary experiment is underway in a parched corner of northern Mexico where the Colorado River goes to die.

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Film: Well of Hope

04.06.2011

CanoeKayak.com is proud to present this world premiere of Well of Hope, a documentary film by whitewater paddlers Jesse Coombs and Darin McQuoid. The film chronicles a fall 2010 trip to the White Nile River of Uganda, where, after learning about the local struggle for clean water, Coombs and McQuoid shifted their plans: “We changed […]

Trailer: Locals Only

04.05.2011

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Paddler Completes South Island in NZ Circumnavigation Attempt

04.04.2011

By Tim Mutrie Tim Taylor of Tauranga, New Zealand just completed paddling around New Zealand’s South Island, and now he’s about halfway through completing his kayak circumnavigation of the North Island, too. Taylor, a 23-year-old tractor driver and former winemaker, is attempting to complete the first continuous solo kayak circumnavigation of New Zealand—the north and […]

Ain’t Louie Fest

04.02.2011

Whitewater canoeing does not attract the large and consolidated following of its stepchild, kayaking. Since the advent of plastic kayaks more than 30 years ago canoes have been consigned to permanent minority status, with the noteworthy exception of 10 days each March on the whitewater that flows off the Cumberland Plateau around Lenoir City, Tennessee. For those glorious few days in the wet Appalachian spring, open-boaters reclaim their place atop the paddling hierarchy, and if any kayaker feels bold enough to question this old-world order, Michael “Louie” Lewis will happily, and emphatically, set him or her straight.

Gallery: Ain’t Louie Fest

04.02.2011

Images from the Upper Tellico River Race, part of the 2011 Ain’t Louie Fest

Dooley Tombras’ Open Boat Horizons

04.01.2011

Die-hard single-blade Tennessean believes the future of open canoeing is bright

Video: Shark Meets Kayaker – Nothing Happens

03.30.2011

Can’t we all just get along? Yes, we can. Exhibit A: This (apparently) recent sighting off a pier in Panama City, Florida

Trailer: The Canoe Movie 2—Uncharted Waters

03.30.2011

A new trailer from “The Canoe Movie 2: Uncharted Waters,” slated for release later this year: “In this second trailer Dooley Tombras elaborates on running difficult whitewater with his longtime friend and fellow canoeist, Matt DeVoe. As well we show off a little more of the footage we have in the hopper.”

Bolivia’s Rio Altamachi by Makeshift Raft

03.30.2011

In Autumn 2009, Natasza Szalajska and I descended Bolivia’s Rio Tuichi on a self-made raft. We had gathered lots of information about the river from the Internet, like how it makes its way right through the middle of the Madidi National Park; how the canyon is unusually beautiful…

Kayak Fishing Tales: Safely Landing and Releasing Pike

03.28.2011

Demonstrating proper techniques for landing and releasing pike from a kayak. Another webisode from the Kayak Fishing Tales crew: In this episode Jeff Goudreau explains the proper method for safely landing and releasing pike from a kayak.

Photos: Santa Cruz Paddle Fest 2011

03.25.2011

Photos from the 2011 Santa Cruz Paddle Fest

The Santa Cruz Stoke

03.25.2011

The weather may have dropped a bomb on the 25th anniversary of the Santa Cruz Paddle Fest but longtime competitor Vincent Shay says it couldn’t spoil the festivities for the surf kayakers and standup paddlers who came to the infamous break at Steamer’s Lane last weekend to paddle and party.

Remembering a Canadian Canoehead

03.23.2011

Kirk Albert Walter Wipper: 1923-2011. For Kirk Wipper, a canoe was a piece of living history. It spoke of aboriginal and European builders, of designs inspired by geography and building materials, and of the movement of people across North American waterways, and, ultimately, the preservation of wild canoe country. A canoe was meant to be paddled—as a means of discovering history firsthand.

Video: Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium Highlights

03.23.2011

On the water with for a San Francisco paddling symposium. Video highlights from the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium…

Ageless Wonder: Harry Cox

03.21.2011

Going as strong as he is puts Harry Cox, age 61, in pretty select company. But, in fact, his accomplishments and zeal for life elevates him—a sort of Dean of Atlantic Canadian Kayaking—to a class all his own.

La Push Pummel Gallery

03.18.2011

Photos from the La Push Pummel surf kayak gathering

To Save a Wooden Canoe: Part III

03.18.2011

Affixing an old canoe’s second skin

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