Canoe & Kayak’s TOP 10 STORIES of 2015

Looking back at your favorite stories from the year that was

It's that time of year again: time to get together with family and friends for the holidays, to be sure, but also time to consult our virtual friends at Google Analytics to discover the year's most popular stories at CanoeKayak.com. As per usual, the results are an eclectic mix of insightful journalism and whimsical click-bait.



#1 (tie) Flash Flood and Tidal Bore

Videos showcasing the raw power of nature are always popular. Matt Vogh's video capturing torrents of chocolate milk-like water flooding the Colorado River's Westwater Canyon, and amazing surf footage from the Gironde tidal bore near Bordeaux, France, tied for the most popular posts on CanoeKayak.com in 2015.


Kathy Holcombe kayak fishing in McCall Lake , Longmont, CO, Jack
Photo: Peter Holcombe

#2 Dog Paddling

We went beyond the typical cute-puppy-paddling post with this informative how-to, which shared top tips from expert paddlers on bringing their best four-legged friends on paddling adventures.


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#3 Dealing with Fear

Fear sells! Especially when you frame it as expert advice from a professional whitewater kayaker, encouraging readers to overcome their fears on the river.


#4 Santa Cruz New Era

A new era began for the largest and oldest surf kayak competition in 2015, when Matthew Hoff and Dave Grigsby took the reins from Dennis Judson and hosted the 29th Santa Cruz Paddle Fest.


Doug Tompkins flashes a smile on the Middle Fork San Joaquin. September 1980. Photo by Reg Lake.
Doug Tompkins flashes a smile on the Middle Fork San Joaquin. September 1980. Photo by Reg Lake.

#5 Doug Tompkins

The sudden loss of The North Face founder Doug Tompkins sent shockwaves through the outdoors community. C&K Editor-at-large Eugene Buchanan reported on the tragic paddling accident that claimed the life of an industry legend.


Photo courtesy of Ben Orkin
Photo courtesy of Ben Orkin

#6 Grand Canyon Record

Ben Orkin and Harrison Rea's stunning 37-hour descent of the Grand Canyon in January generated lots of views—and with good reason. Just think about it: 277 miles, Class IV whitewater, 37 hours. Wow.


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#7 Death of a River

This slick Digital Feature, shot by C&K Contributing Photographer David Jackson, profiled New Brunswick-based canoe builder Bill Miller, a third-generation master craftsman.


#8 Curious Seal

"Curious seal climbs aboard kayak." Need we say more about the story that climbed to No. 8 on the C&K chart in 2015?


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Pictured left to right: Jon Voight, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty and Burt Reynolds. The stars of Deliverance celebrating the movie’s 40th Anniversary. Photo: Warner Home Video

#9 Deliverance Canoe sold

Last January, the reconstructed canoe from the 1972 classic Deliverance, auctioned for nearly $18,000. Our story was readers' ninth favorite in 2015.



A humpback whale breaches near a tandem kayak Sept. 12. Screenshot from video by Michael Sack of sanctuarycruises.com.
A humpback whale breaches near a tandem kayak Sept. 12. Screenshot from video by Michael Sack of sanctuarycruises.com.

#10 (Tie) Breaching Whale and Bear vs. Cooler

No Photoshop here. The video of paddlers' near-miss with marine megafauna and news of a grizzly-proof cooler were wildly popular.


 

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