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Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

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Running Brazil’s Rio Mambucaba

10.21.2011

U.S. expedition kayaking extraordinaires Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic, along with Brazilian heavy-hitter Pedro Oliva, a member of the first attempted descent of the Rio Mambucaba, document their recent paddling and canyoneering descent of this stout jungle river tucked away from the twin megalopolis population centers of Southeastern Brazil.

Kayaker Captures Amazing Blue Whale Footage, Above and Below Surface

10.19.2011

Majestic blue whales have been feeding off Southern California for months, luring marine mammal paparazzi of all types, including TV news crews, onto whale-watching boats. But some of the most amazing footage was captured off Redondo Beach recently by kayaker Rick Coleman, who was using his helmet camera.

A wave of recognition

10.19.2011

U.S. waveski paddlers Fletcher Burton (Pismo Beach, Calif.) and Tyler Lausten (Maui) went 1-2 in Friday and Saturday’s 2011 Paddle Surfing Championships, claiming the top overall spots in a stacked field open to any international challengers.

5 Pack Canoes Tested

10.14.2011

Canoes have a problem: They’re not always floating. Sometimes you have to carry them. And that can be an issue, especially in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, the birthplace of John Rushton’s legendary pack canoe. We tested 5 pack canoes that can ease the pain of portaging.

U.S. Men, Women 7th at World Rafting Championships

10.12.2011

After three days of tight competition at the World Rafting Championships on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River, the overall title remained up for grabs entering the event’s final day—Monday, Oct. 10, for the downriver race—with seven men’s teams and five women’s teams still capable of winning the overall crown.

Countdown for Condit: T-minus two weeks

10.11.2011

The excitement of restoring Washington’s free-flowing White Salmon River is reaching fever pitch. On October 26, a hole will be blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, and Northwestern Reservoir will drain in a matter of hours. The explosion will mark the beginning of a regionally and nationally significant river restoration effort.

Running Brazil’s Rio Mambucaba

10.11.2011

I knew I had forgotten something when coming to Brazil. I realized what it was—to learn Portuguese—when I tried to ask how long the drive would be. Thanks to my book, Beginning Portuguese, which I’d glanced at on the plane, I could at least ask our driver where the laundromat was and count to 999 as his Land Rover bounced up the long, insanely bumpy driveway to his farm, Fazenda Bonito.

World Raft Championships Underway in Costa Rica

10.08.2011

Don’t think rafting is international? Don’t tell that to the 48 men’s and women’s teams from 32 different countries gathered in Turrialba, Costa Rica, for the 2011 World Rafting Championships on the Pacuare River.

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.

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