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Behind the Lens: Jasper Gibson at the Molly Wave

The Shot: Canon 5D MKIII with a Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 93mm 1/1000 sec. at f/10 – ISO 400 Canoe & Kayak: The whitewater community is pretty tight-knit… What’s it like to work with these high profile whitewater athletes? Was there ever a moment when you felt “accepted into the group?” Jasper Gibson: […]

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Video: Waveski Surfing off Maui

04.19.2011

Dig this sweet new video featuring Fletcher Burton and Tyler Lausten riding waveskis off Maui recently, then standing up and surfing… well, you’ve gotta see it to appreciate it.

Jason Craig Injured in Calif. Waterfall Drop

04.15.2011

Accomplished kayaker Jason Craig sustained severe injuries—pelvis and sacrum fractures, and torn dural sac, at the base of his spine—after impacting a rock while running an unnamed 30-foot waterfall on Dry Creek near Auburn, Calif., on March 20. Craig, 17, a world champion freestyle kayaker from Reno, Nev., was the third of his group of seven experienced paddlers to run the drop…

Pluck of the Irish

04.15.2011

Among the many challenges awaiting sea kayakers Jeff Allen and Harry Whelan in their attempt to set a new speed record for circumnavigating Ireland, two stand out: The fickle weather and unforgiving cliffs of the Emerald Isle’s west coast, and the temptation of pints of Guinness in countless coastal pubs. Next week, Allen, a Brit, and Ireland-native Whelan will set off to try to break the 33-day circumnavigation record set in 1990 by Mick O’Meara, Dermot Blount, Brian Fanning and Karl Heery.

Video: ‘The River,’ featuring heli-assisted filming

04.14.2011

We’re not certain where this film comes from, but based on a bit of Internet sleuthing we believe it originates from Norway and this company — Panorama Hardanger. Either way, it’s pretty sick. Question: What does it look like to follow kayakers down Class IV/V whitewater and waterfalls in a helicopter? Answer: Play the video. […]

Kayak Fishing Tales: Twice Bitten

04.13.2011

The latest from Kayak Fishing Tales: “While fishing for yellowtail (kingfish) in New Zealand, Jim Sammons has a 40-pound yellowtail ripped from his hands by a hungry and aggressive shark:”

Outlet Falls 2011

04.12.2011

This new video was posted April 10 by Wells Brothers Productions: “Tyler Bradt, Eric Johnson, and Todd and Brendan Wells paddle Outlet Falls in Glenwood, Wash., at peak flows. After our first day on the drop we returned for a second round, in which we also ran the first descent of the lead-in rapids to the falls.”

Video: Rafting a South Sierra classic

04.11.2011

Cool rafting video from April 2 on Northern California’s Brush Creek, a tributary of the Kern River, with paddlers Austin Nickell, Dave Krog and Brandon Sweet.

Bashkaus Expedition Signs Book of Legends

04.10.2011

One of this video’s opening narrations says it all: “Day one, we found a dead body… It’s the second one we’ve found.” That sums up the intensity of Siberia’s Lower Bashkaus Gorge high in the Altai Mountains just north of Mongoia, tackled last summer by Sickline Adidas Team members…

PFD or Manbag?

04.10.2011

Camera. Energy bar. Eye drops. Deflated beach ball. Film canister filled with a “mystery item.” Somewhere in the large pocket of my PFD is the goal of all this rummaging around: a simple tube of lip balm. Sometimes I wonder if my PFD is like a “manbag” where I bring something for every conceivable situation and can’t find any of it when I actually need it.

March Madness in NorCal

04.08.2011

Oh spring, glorious spring! On April 1 the California Department of Water Resources reported that the Shasta River Basin was showing 199 percent of its average snowpack. At the end of March, Northstar-at-Tahoe reported 42 feet of snow—the ski resort’s snowiest winter in 25 years. Most whitewater paddlers are frothing over the length and potential of this fresh season with the amount of precipitation feeling borderline biblical.

The Best of Kevin Callan

04.08.2011

Book Review: Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario

Landslide Poses New Access Challenges for Washington’s Icicle Canyon

04.07.2011

A landslide last week hit Icicle Creek Road, near Leavenworth, Wash., closing the road at the site of the slide and barring boater access to the upper section of Icicle Canyon, the deepest canyon in Washington state and popular Northwest Class IV/V whitewater kayaking run.

Film: Well of Hope

04.06.2011

CanoeKayak.com is proud to present this world premiere of Well of Hope, a documentary film by whitewater paddlers Jesse Coombs and Darin McQuoid. The film chronicles a fall 2010 trip to the White Nile River of Uganda, where, after learning about the local struggle for clean water, Coombs and McQuoid shifted their plans: “We changed […]

Trailer: Locals Only

04.05.2011

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Paddler Completes South Island in NZ Circumnavigation Attempt

04.04.2011

By Tim Mutrie Tim Taylor of Tauranga, New Zealand just completed paddling around New Zealand’s South Island, and now he’s about halfway through completing his kayak circumnavigation of the North Island, too. Taylor, a 23-year-old tractor driver and former winemaker, is attempting to complete the first continuous solo kayak circumnavigation of New Zealand—the north and […]

Ain’t Louie Fest

04.02.2011

Whitewater canoeing does not attract the large and consolidated following of its stepchild, kayaking. Since the advent of plastic kayaks more than 30 years ago canoes have been consigned to permanent minority status, with the noteworthy exception of 10 days each March on the whitewater that flows off the Cumberland Plateau around Lenoir City, Tennessee. For those glorious few days in the wet Appalachian spring, open-boaters reclaim their place atop the paddling hierarchy, and if any kayaker feels bold enough to question this old-world order, Michael “Louie” Lewis will happily, and emphatically, set him or her straight.

Gallery: Ain’t Louie Fest

04.02.2011

Images from the Upper Tellico River Race, part of the 2011 Ain’t Louie Fest

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