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Proposed Zambezi River Dam Puts Prime Stretch of Whitewater at Risk

But if the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia succeed in building the proposed Batoka Gorge Dam, much of the section will be drowned, severely harming the area’s river-based tourism, partly flooding the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site, and burying crucial habitat for endangered bird species in the process.

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Cobra Kayaks Marauder – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Get this straight right from the start: This is a new Marauder, a meaner machine than the predecessor that shared its name.

Native Watercraft Manta Ray Angler 14 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Is it wrong to love a boat for the seat? If it is, we’re in trouble.

Fluid Kayaks Bamba – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

South Africa’s Fluid Kayaks has launched the Bamba, its first purpose-built fishing kayak.

Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.7 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

Built and bred for the ocean, Ocean Kayak’s own supremely well-equipped New Zealand import stands out.

Hobie Mirage Revolution – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

This pedal-powered dynamo hit the ocean-going sweet spot from Day One.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 – Big-water Fishing Kayaks

10.24.2011

The Tarpon name is a proud one reaching back to the early days of the modern kayak fishing movement.

Through the Rain and the Night

10.24.2011

With water flowing fast and pushing flood levels all summer, Missouri American Water MR 340 organizer Scott Mansker was doubtful that this year’s 340-mile heartland odyssey from Kansas City to St. Louis could even happen.

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.

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