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On Saturday afternoon, April 19, Polish adventurer Aleksander “Olek” Doba officially completed his second successful trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak. We go behind the scenes of the 67-year-old’s eventful waterfront landfall in New Smyrna Beach Fla., to hear from Doba and his closest team of closest supporters to get some questions answered about the 167-day, 6,000-plus-mile crossing.

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Kayak Fishing Tales: Twice Bitten

04.13.2011

The latest from Kayak Fishing Tales: “While fishing for yellowtail (kingfish) in New Zealand, Jim Sammons has a 40-pound yellowtail ripped from his hands by a hungry and aggressive shark:”

Outlet Falls 2011

04.12.2011

This new video was posted April 10 by Wells Brothers Productions: “Tyler Bradt, Eric Johnson, and Todd and Brendan Wells paddle Outlet Falls in Glenwood, Wash., at peak flows. After our first day on the drop we returned for a second round, in which we also ran the first descent of the lead-in rapids to the falls.”

Video: Rafting a South Sierra classic

04.11.2011

Cool rafting video from April 2 on Northern California’s Brush Creek, a tributary of the Kern River, with paddlers Austin Nickell, Dave Krog and Brandon Sweet.

Bashkaus Expedition Signs Book of Legends

04.10.2011

One of this video’s opening narrations says it all: “Day one, we found a dead body… It’s the second one we’ve found.” That sums up the intensity of Siberia’s Lower Bashkaus Gorge high in the Altai Mountains just north of Mongoia, tackled last summer by Sickline Adidas Team members…

PFD or Manbag?

04.10.2011

Camera. Energy bar. Eye drops. Deflated beach ball. Film canister filled with a “mystery item.” Somewhere in the large pocket of my PFD is the goal of all this rummaging around: a simple tube of lip balm. Sometimes I wonder if my PFD is like a “manbag” where I bring something for every conceivable situation and can’t find any of it when I actually need it.

March Madness in NorCal

04.08.2011

Oh spring, glorious spring! On April 1 the California Department of Water Resources reported that the Shasta River Basin was showing 199 percent of its average snowpack. At the end of March, Northstar-at-Tahoe reported 42 feet of snow—the ski resort’s snowiest winter in 25 years. Most whitewater paddlers are frothing over the length and potential of this fresh season with the amount of precipitation feeling borderline biblical.

The Best of Kevin Callan

04.08.2011

Book Review: Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario

Landslide Poses New Access Challenges for Washington’s Icicle Canyon

04.07.2011

A landslide last week hit Icicle Creek Road, near Leavenworth, Wash., closing the road at the site of the slide and barring boater access to the upper section of Icicle Canyon, the deepest canyon in Washington state and popular Northwest Class IV/V whitewater kayaking run.

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…

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