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Whale encounters: How close is too close?

This close encounter with a Southern Right Whale was either a transcendental example of interspecies communion, or an unconscionable crime. Take your pick.

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American Michal Smolen Claims World Slalom Gold

04.25.2014

American Michel Smolen laid down a faultless final run to claim the gold medal in men’s kayak at the Under-23 Slalom World Championship in Australia yesterday.

LANDFALL

04.22.2014

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.

Revisiting the Dubawnt River

04.22.2014

The insights photographer Arthur Moffatt shares with C&K editor-at-large Alan Kesselheim shed new light, and fresh understanding, on the Dubawnt River.

Portraits of Vermont Kayaking

04.21.2014

Photographer Scott Martin travels to the New Haven Ledges Race in Bristol, Vt., to capture the unique scene in the face of the passionate racers who call this technical stretch of whitewater home.

Pacific Northwest Gems: Dipper Creek

04.21.2014

This past fall paddlers from the Bellingham and Whistler area waited anxiously for one of their favorite late season runs to come in. Dipper Creek Video

The Olek Doba Kayak Mission Nears Completion

04.18.2014

Under threatening twilight skies, sea kayaker Aleksander Doba arrived in Port Canaveral, Fla., yesterday at 7:20 p.m., after a 5,400-mile crossing of the Atlantic Ocean that began Oct. 5, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Kayaking and Canoeing for the Whole Family

04.18.2014

The Madawaska Kanu Centre teaches that family fun can begin and grow on the river, with experiences the whole family should share. Sorry, Disneyland!

The View from Above

04.18.2014

Camera-mounted drones promise to be the next big thing in paddlesports videography. Go behind the scenes as aerial videographers Shifted Cinema joins forces with Substantial Media House to document some of the world’s best whitewater paddlers tackle the White Salmon River.

Kayakers at the Great Falls of the Potomac

04.17.2014

Pennsylvania photographer Regina Nicolardi captures two kayakers post Great Falls of the Potomac race as they make a final lap on the Class V+ run.

Paddling the Colorado River Pulse Flow

04.15.2014

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

Connecticut Connections

04.15.2014

A photo gallery and coverage from the Whitewater Triple Crown in Connecticut’s Tariffville Gorge. The event-combining contest spawned from the mind of legendary canoeist Jamie McEwan. The point: to bring in paddlers from the disciplines of freestyle, slalom, and wildwater to duke it out in the triathlon of whitewater, and have whoever is left standing on top declared the best of them all.

The Jeff Allen Throw Tow Rescue System

04.15.2014

The Jeff Allen Throw Tow Rescue System is as tough and versatile as its namesake. The perfect tool to have on any sea kayaking voyage.

Rocky Broad Breakdown

04.14.2014

On January 20, three local boaters fire up North Carolina’s Rocky Broad River. One team member documents their descent, reminding us the simple pleasure of paddling down a river.

Spirit Canoe: paddling’s viral music video

04.11.2014

C&K goes behind the scenes to learn about how the short film Spirit Canoe became a vimeo staff pick and wowed people around the world.

Kayaking Across the Top of the World

04.10.2014

Lone Dutchman Yuri Klaver resumes 5,000-mile journey from Alaska to Greenland on the grandest Arctic Kayak Expedition.

First Descent: Michoacán Episode 4

04.09.2014

As the first descent: Michoacán kayaker mission draws to a close, the team is on an epic search to find remaining whitewater

Celebrating the Southeast

04.09.2014

Tallulah Fest kicks off on April 12, where people along the East Coast gather to paddle, party and release their inner child.

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