Erik Boomer made this photograph of expedition partner Sarah McNair Landry during a rainsquall in the middle of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. The duo joined noted whitewater charger Tyler Bradt on a kayak-sailing journey from mainland Mexico to the Baja Peninsula via the Middrift Islands. “We got it handed to us straight out of the gate with a big north wind,” Boomer says. “And we had a crazy seal encounter where we got stormed by about a hundred seals.” Despite the rough start, the team also enjoyed their share of fair winds and good fishing, prompting Bradt to label the trip a “Relaxpedition.” They also made a film by the same name about the journey.
This story featured in the 2012 June issue. Tyler Bradt (in blue) with Steve Fisher, Ben Marr and Rush Sturges in a moment of relative calm during the first descent of the Inga Rapids of the Congo River, Oct. 26, 2011. Measured by volume, these are the biggest whitewater rapids on the planet, with an [...]
The Olympic spectacle is a lot like the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in suburban London. For five days this summer the world’s attention will be focused on this pump-driven facsimile of a Class IV creek, where the planet’s best slalom boaters will compete for the sports biggest prize. Some will triumph, others will falter, and [...]
That’s what they called it back when Kodachrome was king. Photography has changed a great deal since then, but not human nature. Which explains why Paul Kuthe was so close to the rocks at Oregon’s Cascade Head when the North Pacific threw a heavy set straight at him. “Most of it was my fault, shouting ‘Get in there a big more!’” admits photographer Steve Rogers. Kuthe took four set wavevs on the head, but it was the first one, pictured here, that nearly ended his day. “He pretty much just clung on. It was like, ‘Holy shit, Paul, you really nearly overcooked that one.” – JM
Spring in the Northeast has arrived, and with it, the start of creek racing season. The smell of maple syrup and sight of red flannel overwhelmed the senses at the New Haven Ledges Race this past weekend. With a late spring melt, the conditions could not have been better. Boaters from all over New England headed to the New Haven River, a few miles outside of Bristol, Vt., to take part in the annual event.
Last month, some of the world’s best kayak surfers competed in the 27th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Their stunts and tricks on the legendary break awed spectators and made for some awesome photography. The C&K staff picked their favorite photos to showcase in a flipbook.