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Paddling the Mississippi River Alone

Armed with little more than an aluminum canoe, plastic paddle and budget PFD, Kev Brady of Gloucester, England, traveled to the source of the Mississippi River last year to undertake the trip of a lifetime. The 30-year-old Brit launched with little river running experience, braving snow storms, dodging shipping barges and perfecting his J-stroke over […]

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Forward Strokes, Ischemic Strokes and No Backstrokes

08.17.2011

Once again I find myself at Gloucester (Mass.) High School, home of the Fighting Fishermen, bearing up beneath dark storm clouds and a gale of calendar pages. I’m staring down the barrel of my 56th birthday and Father Time’s itchy finger grows heavy on the trigger.

Taming the Kawnivore 100

08.15.2011

n July, the Midwest kayak race calendar is dominated by the Missouri River 340 (aka the MR340), the longest river event in the U.S. that runs from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo. But with the Missouri breaking its banks at numerous points and the high tide obscuring dikes, buoys and other obstacles, founder and organizer Scott Mansker was forced to postpone the contest until September.

A Taste of Yurp

08.11.2011

Two videos originating out of France and the Old Country

Currents TV: California

08.10.2011

Season 2, Episode 3: A whitewater webisode produced entirely with solar (and human) power

VIRTUAL COACH: Packing for a SUP Trip

08.04.2011

Video: SUP author and instructor Rob Casey’s 18 tips

Photo Book: AuSable River Canoe Marathon

08.02.2011

Northern Michigan’s 64th annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon, a 120-mile race from Grayling to Oscoda, went down Saturday and Sunday. Photographer Kevin Johnson, of Eagle Feature & Image, was on scene to capture the race from bow to stern.

VIRTUAL COACH: How to Pack a Raft

07.29.2011

Todd Collins demonstrates how to pack for a multi-day packing trip.

25 Days on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

07.29.2011

Last Thursday, July 21, Skip Ciccarelli set a new standard for the fastest through-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Ciccarelli, a high school shop teacher from central Massachusetts, completed the 740-mile route across parts of four northeastern states and one Canadian province in 25 days—besting the previous record by a full seven days.

One-day wonder

07.28.2011

This Saturday is the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s second annual 740 Miles In One Day event. The Waitsfield, Vt.,-based nonprofit that promotes the trail is asking canoeists and kayakers to paddle a mile, 5 miles or however much you want to do.

Bomb Flow TV: Episode 1, Part 2

07.26.2011

More whitewater (and hijinx) from Chile and Argentina with the Demshitz crew

Out of Africa: Berg Canoe Marathon

07.25.2011

The Berg is a mighty race, with no-where to hide, paddling 240km from the vineyards of Paarl to the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast at Velddrift, South Africa. For my Zulus, this trip went beyond just racing down a river, but was more of a life-enriching experience where they got to travel across South Africa.

¡RIO NAZAS REGATA!

07.22.2011

Letting his kayak paddle do the talking, 23-year-old Martin Rangel, aka “El Mudo” (the Mute), held off a furious charge by the Villela Landeros twins to win the mid-July Rio Nazas Regata. It was a rousing finish to Mexico’s longest, and longest-running, canoe and kayak race.

The Century Club

07.21.2011

Call it Canada’s best idea. One hundred years ago, in 1911, Canada established the Dominion Parks Branch—the world’s first national parks service. Back then, the Canadian government managed six parks—including iconic mountain retreats like Banff and Jasper…

Six Fast and Fit Touring Kayaks

07.21.2011

Running a kayak touring business in Manhattan is like driving a yellow cab in Boothbay, Maine. You get fares, but making a living is not easy. For the past 16 years, Eric Stiller, the founder of Manhattan Kayak Company has sold kayaking in the city that never sleeps and rarely paddles.

Current Designs Freedom – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Here’s a boat that increases both your heart rate and fun rate. Long, fast, and exceedingly light, the smooth-lined Freedom is also surprisingly stable for those craving a specialty fitness boat, making it a great fit for any traditional sea kayaker looking to move faster while sacrificing only a wee bit of stability.

Cobra Eliminator – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Made from super-linear polyethylene, the Eliminator is hit-me-with-your-best-shot durable. But at 42 pounds, it’s a handful to carry alone. It has the sleek racing design of an Olympic K-1—narrow bow, relatively high bucket seat and adjustable foot pedals to control the over-stern rudder…

Kayakpro Namu – Fast and Fit Boats

07.20.2011

Take a short, sluggish sea kayak—a standard beginner’s boat—hand it to a world-class sprinter, and viola! You get an efficient, fitness-oriented kayak.

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