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This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. Photos and Story by Will Stauffer-Norris This is the fourth pig carcass that has washed up in Dead Pig Eddy. The bloated creature rocks gently up and down against the beach about 10 feet away from our brewing morning coffee. The pig […]

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A new classic for New England?

10.07.2011

The first weekend in October provided devoted Yankee kayakers of the Northeast quite the harvest. A flow study on the Green River near Morrisville, Vermont, showed the potential for a high-quality Class IV-V run—one that might even mean water during the summertime, a rarity in these parts.

Results: World Championships of Surf Kayaking

10.07.2011

The World Championships of Surf Kayaking wrapped up Thursday, with the awards ceremonies slated for tonight at the Village Beach Club in Nags Head, N.C. The Basques captured the team title on Wednesday, and Basque rider Edu Etxeberria won the men’s long boat title yesterday with Chris Hobson of Northern Ireland winning the men’s short boat title.

Unsalted

10.06.2011

It’s not too often that kayaker Keith Wikle is disappointed when gale force winds blow through the Great Lakes. Last weekend, when 40-knot northerlies lashed the southern shores of the Third Coast with two-story breakers, Wikle rejoiced in surfing 14-footers on Lake Michigan outside his home in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Lining Up for the Finals at Surf Kayaking Worlds

10.06.2011

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Wednesday’s competition at the World Championships of Surf Kayaking started off with challenges. The wind was up and the surf choppy and punishing. During the morning semifinals in men’s long boat competitors were repeatedly tossed and tumbled by the break.

Where in the World is Aleksander Doba?

10.05.2011

Jozef Milewski was nervous when he and a group of sea kayakers launched into the rough waters of Lake Michigan on a stormy day in September. A cold 20-knot wind was pushing a six- to eight-foot swell, with dark clouds scudding over the skyline of Chicago. The dignitary amongst the group who assembled for the day outing was its wild card: Aleksander Doba…

Pondering the Future at Surf Kayaking Worlds

10.05.2011

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Urko Erasquin, a competitor from the Basque Country, has mostly praise for this year’s World Championships. The surf has been excellent, the organization smooth, and the competition first-rate. But the first thing he has to say about the event is this: “I was a little bit upset because there was not many people.” His concern is echoed by many others at the Worlds this year.

Currents TV: First Descents

10.04.2011

This summer ended with First Descents coming to Canada for the first time. The decade-old, ever-expanding nonprofit uses kayaking to clear the heads of people who escaped a deadly disease, and helps them navigate chutes and boulders to the next stage of their lives. By all accounts, it’s a powerful program for campers, volunteers and staff in this burgeoning phenomenon within the paddling community.

Wenonah Canak – Packing Light

10.04.2011

As the name would suggest, Wenonah’s new Canak isn’t really a canoe or a kayak; it’s a blend of both.

Old Town Pack Canoe – Packing Light

10.04.2011

An extremely practical little boat, the Old Town Pack is built for abuse, if not speed.

On the Warpath

10.04.2011

One hundred fifty years ago this month, our young nation was beginning its darkest hour—a four-year Civil War that would claim nearly 700,000 lives. Today, a century and a half later, that agony lingers deep in our collective consciousness. And one of the best and most peaceful ways to visit these battlefield sites is by paddling the bodies of water that have defined them through the years.

Surf Kayaking Worlds Fitting Right Into Nags Head

10.04.2011

Outside a grocery store in Nags Head, N.C., a man is talking on the phone with his wife. “They’re surfing in kayaks down here!” he says. “No, both men and women do it. The women are just as good as the men!” Indeed, the town of Nags Head, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is stirring with interest in the ongoing World Championships of Surf Kayaking.

Hornbeck Blackjack Carbon Fiber Canoe

10.04.2011

Made in Peter Hornbeck’s pine shed, the Blackjack carbon fiber canoe is simply the lightest pack canoe you’ll find anywhere. Featured in C&K magazine.

Swift Pack 13.6 Carbon Fusion – Packing Light

10.04.2011

If you want an open-deck canoe that feels like a kayak, consider the Swift Pack 13.6, a pint-sized lightweight carbon/Kevlar trimmed solo canoe that paddles exactly like Swift’s popular Adirondack Kayak.

Placid Boatworks Spitfire – Packing Light

10.04.2011

Touted by this Adirondack boat-crafter as “the most sophisticated pack canoe ever designed,” the handmade SpitFire is a modern remake of the classic Adirondack pack canoe—only longer, faster, and more stable than Rushton’s original.

Kiwi Sam Sutton Repeats at Adidas Sickline

10.03.2011

Sam Sutton from Rotorua in New Zealand impressively demonstrated Saturday that he is still the fastest extreme paddler in the world. At the fifth edition of the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley, the 23-year-old Sutton defended his title with a new course record of 55.84 seconds…

Gatherings: Feather River Festival

10.03.2011

Over 400 whitewater boaters crawled out of remote creeks, deep canyons, and office spaces to converge on an abandoned Forest Service campsite, Sept. 23-25, in the California’s High Sierra to celebrate—heartily—the American Whitewater-negotiated release of the North Fork of the Feather River. The Chico Paddleheads club organized the 21st annual Feather River Festival…

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