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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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Golden Child

06.27.2011

The 2011 International Canoe Federation Freestyle Kayak World Championships could be called Dane’s party, as U.S. 17-year-old paddler Dane Jackson was not only the first and only person to ever compete in all four freestyle disciplines, but also took top honors in three of the four. The Tennessee teen also won bronze in the other.

Chasing Records on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

06.26.2011

On Monday, June 27, Skip Ciccarelli will set out to shatter the speed record for paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which stretches from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, Maine. His goal is to complete the 740-mile journey in 27 days; the current record, held by Mike Stavola (aka Kayakathon Man), is just over 32 days.

How to Land Marlin from a Fishing Kayak

06.24.2011

Jim Sammons demonstrates how to safely land—and release—marlin from a kayak in this latest webisode from Kayak Fishing Tales.

Worlds Watch

06.23.2011

Stage set for finals at ICF Freestyle Kayak World Championships Dane Jackson advances to finals in four classes, Europeans make inroads on North America’s grip on podium Plattling, Germany – European paddlers made inroads on the whitewater powerhouse that has been North America for the past few years during semifinal rounds were held here today […]

In the Same Boat

06.22.2011

It had been decades since the coastal waters of British Columbia saw canoes like the ones that plied the Inside Passage in the summer of 1997. Aboriginal artist Roy Henry Vickers and Royal Canadian Mounted Police staff sergeant Ed Hill brought native people and corrections officers together for the 31-day VisionQuest journey from the interior town of Hazelton, B.C. south to Victoria.

Haley Mills: worlds and weinerschnitzels

06.21.2011

As competition begins today in Plattling, Germany, at the International Canoe Federation Freestyle Kayak World Championships, 225 athletes from 30 nations will be vying for world titles. The competition, which has been held every two years since 1991, has grown as three new countries – Slovenia, India and Argentina –will be represented at this year’s […]

Smoke on the Water: FIBArk in Photos

06.21.2011

The 63rd annual edition of the FIBArk Whitewater Festival went down over the weekend in Salida, Colo., with a multitude of events on and off the water. By Sunday afternoon, we learned from the New Belgium beer vendors that festival goers had ghosted some 100 kegs of beer and another vendor nearby at the downtown park, the festival’s HQ, had sold some 700 to 800 roasted turkey legs.

Expedition East

06.20.2011

Cody Howard and company recently returned from their tour of Japan, knocking off a few firsts in north-central Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, located on the main island of Honshu, an area hit hardest by the devastating March earthquake and Tsunami. This C&K exclusive preview takes you to the stunning drops tucked deep in the heart of […]

Virtual Coach: How to Pack a Fishing Kayak

06.20.2011

Outfitting for overnighting on a fishing rig – a video primer

FIBArk: America’s Oldest and Boldest Whitewater Festival

06.17.2011

The 63rd annual FIBArk Whitewater Festival—billed as America’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival—is underway along the Arkansas River in Salida, Colo. With events on tap including a hooligan race, freestyle kayak competition, slalom, wildwater series, Pine Creek boatercross, raft rodeo and sprint, a SUP triple crown, five running races, a mountain biking race, hill climb, parade, chain drain,

Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

This review is featured in the June 2011 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine, now on newsstands. Look at seals. They know how to enjoy themselves. Swimming in the northern Baja surf, they could have cared less about tracking, hull speed or covering miles. They were perfectly content to play in the rocks and eat […]

Dagger Alchemy 14.0L – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Capable sea kayak bred from the river DAGGER ALCHEMY 14.0L ($1,299 in roto-molded polyethylene, dagger.com) L: 14′; W: 24″; 54 lbs., also in a smaller 14.0S model Dagger started out as just a couple of guys in 1988, building whitewater kayaks in a small shop with a dirt floor. Now, they have new floors, a […]

Delsyk Nifty 430 – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Family friendly fun kayak DELSYK NIFTY 430 ($1,249 w/skeg, $1,299 w/rudder, in roto-molded polyethylene, delsyk.com) L: 14″; W: 24″; 58 lbs., also in a smaller 385 model The Nifty’s ultra-stable double-chine hull and extra-large cockpit are perfect for beginners, and an absolute blast for advanced paddlers. That doesn’t mean it can’t perform in the rough […]

P&H Delphin 155 RM – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Ocean playboat P&H DELPHIN 155 RM ($1,799 in roto-molded polyethylene, phseakayaks.com) L: 15.5′; W: 22.5″; 58 lbs. The British design philosophy: You need speed to play. This tenet rings true for the Brit-made Delphin, the popular new plastic cousin to P&H’s composite Aires. “We wanted this boat to handle like a traditional sea kayak on […]

Delta 15.5 Expedition – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Rocking touring boat DELTA 15.5 Expedition ($2,300 in thermoformed plastic, deltakayaks.com) L: 15’6″; W: 24.5″; 54 lbs., also in a smaller Sport model Delta is known for producing user-friendly sea kayaks. So, we took one of their 15.5s, what Delta calls the “mini-van” of its fleet, into the meat of the surf break. The tested […]

Prijon Motion – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Maneuverable touring kayak PRIJON MOTION ($1,650 in blow-molded HTP, wildnet.com) L: 14’11″; W: 23″; 57 lbs. Prijon’s low-profile Motion, which is formed from the same blow-molded plastic the German company uses in its famously durable whitewater boats, comes out of the wrapping ready to hit the rock gardens. Literally. “It’s got everything,” one tester said, […]

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide