A year ago, open-boat expert Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions started a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos called R3: Rescue for River Runners, which aired on the Canoe & Kayak website. Last week, the series won the National Association of Search & Rescue Special Commendation Award for contribution to search & rescue.
C&K staff got in touch with Coffey and McKay to talk about the series and what winning the award meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:
Last February, a group of whitewater canoeists ventured down to Costa Rica to enjoy the rivers slated off for damming and under the threat. One of them, an up and coming filmmaker Chris Loomis captured the group’s moments through his lens and created a film portraying what they showed and what the world will soon lose. Canoe & Kayak got a chance to talk with him.
Last February, Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns traveled down to Costa Rica where she joined Jim Coffey from Esprit and canoed some of the country’s most pristine and endangered rivers.
“I got way more out of the trip than I ever thought possible,” Kerns said. “I thought I was just going down to paddle and report, but Coffey shed light on so much regarding the culture, environment and conflicts that make Costa Rica such a dynamic and fascinating country.”
The Somos del Rio Team has paddled miles of some of the world’s biggest whitewater down in Patagonia. Their journey was to paddle the country’s endangered rivers and immerse themselves in the life they support before the proposed damming project erases them from the earth. They have offered a report of their travels so far.
Airing his last episode airing in April, TV producer Mike McKay is ending Currents, the web TV documentary series that both illuminates the risks threatening the world’s rivers and highlights the intrinsic value of preserving rivers in their natural state. Currents episodes have won several awards, including its latest episode The Ottawa River, which won Best Accomplished Documentary at the National Paddling Film Festival last month.
In March of 2013, the sailboat Wizard’s Eye will sail quietly out of the Bay of La Paz, Mexico and begin a journey across the planet’s largest ocean, the Pacific. Led by world record holding extreme kayaker Tyler Bradt, the Wizard’s Eye crew will point the bow toward New Zealand, kicking off a five-year-long circumnavigation of the globe combining modern-day action sports with time-honored exploration. Their goal: to explore the limits of what’s humanly possibly while exploring the farthest reaches of the planet.
Reel Motion Inc. and American Whitewater’s Evan Stafford has two main passions in life: filming and river activism. The perfect stage right for such passions is set in Chile, Patagonia’s rivers are under threat to be dammed. Canoe & Kayak Magazine caught up with Stafford to see just what he plans for this project and will be following him as it unfolds.
The athletes kicked off the second annual Whitewater Grand Prix race yesterday with the first whitewater enduro stage on the Rio Gol Gol. They raced against the clock on a nearly one mile-long stretch of class V whitewater, navigating not only extremely technical rapids, but also several 15-20 foot waterfalls.
This Saturday, Dec. 1, 30 kayakers from around the world will race in five stages over 14 days in the second annual Whitewater Grand Prix in Osorno, Chile. Set in some of the country’s steepest creeks and biggest whitewater, the Whitewater Grand Prix is considered the world’s most extreme whitewater competition where the best boaters can push the very limits of kayaking itself.
For three weeks last July, filmmaker Olaf Obsommer, engineer Lukas Wielatt, and journalist Philip Baues traveled from river to river throughout Norway — all with their kayaks hitched to their bikes. Their goal was to paddle Norway’s classic whitewater while leaving a small carbon footprint and experiencing the challenge of minimalist travel. Biking with the […]
Day 3 of the Nile River Festival went HUGE. It was a slow morning after a big night in camp. It rained nearly 3 inches Saturday night, which created a massive mud pit in the middle of the party. Mud dancing and wrestling lasted throughout the night! The hang-over cure was a 15 kilometer mass-start race from Itanda to Nile Special Sunday morning. Local paddler Jackson 1 (that is his real name; he has two brothers named Jackson 2 and Jackson 3) got the beatdown of the weekend in the Bad Place at the bottom of Itanda, starting the day off with a big swim!
Ugandan David Moor wins Itanda Race at Nile River Festival.