How to Flatwater Loop

How to Flatwater Loop

By David Silk This short video covers how to do one of the coolest tricks out there, the flatwater loop. It’s a great trick for when there are no good features to practice on, or just to impress all[...]

How to Throw a Switch Freewheel

How to Throw a Switch Freewheel

By Nick Troutman 1. Line it up: Turn around backwards and look over your shoulder to watch the entry. You want to be able to see the lip so you know when to throw the freewheel. 2. Get some speed: Get[...]

10 Tips for Dealing with Fear on the Water

10 Tips for Dealing with Fear on the Water

Overcoming fear is what addicts many of us to paddling. But when fear paralyzes you, it becomes important to manage it, rather than to let it rule your paddling experience.

Video: Dialing in your Forward Stroke

Video: Dialing in your Forward Stroke

By David Spiegel Want some paddling advice? Watch this video. It may be relatively long and slow-paced compared to your average kayaking edit, but suck it up. We promise it’s worth your time. (I[...]

The Best Balance: Laura Prendergast’s Kayak Commute

The Best Balance: Laura Prendergast’s Kayak Commute

It was a great way to decompress after a busy day at the office and it made me feel more relaxed when I arrived to work with a bit of exercise. Bobbing at the surface of a large expanse of water is a [...]

How to Avoid an Ice Dam Breakup

How to Avoid an Ice Dam Breakup

A viral video on YouTube (above) showing an ice dam breaking up and sending a torrent careening down Vermont’s Felchner Brook got us thinking: What can paddlers do to avoid this kind of situation, a[...]

The Final Paddle to D.C. Dispatch: Urban Paddling Advice

The Final Paddle to D.C. Dispatch: Urban Paddling Advice

By Amy Freeman Dave and I unlocked the gate of the North Brooklyn Canoe Club as the sun was rising over a rough, industrial part of New York City. Located on top of another Superfund site, this was ou[...]

Photography From Your Kayak: Capturing The Moment

Photography From Your Kayak: Capturing The Moment

Making photographs from a kayak can be a bit complicated, so before spending thousands of dollars on equipment only to find it flooded with seawater, it’s worth taking a moment to figure out what yo[...]

Virtual Coach: Peeling Out of an Eddy with Paul Kuthe

Virtual Coach: Peeling Out of an Eddy with Paul Kuthe

Peeling out is a river skill that all whitewater boaters practice every day they spend on moving water. From leaving the put-in eddy to navigating down the river, being able to enter and exit eddies g[...]

Virtual Coach: Catching an Eddy with Paul Kuthe

Virtual Coach: Catching an Eddy with Paul Kuthe

Knowing how to catch an eddy while boating is as fundamental a skill as knowing how to check your speed while skiing. It allows you to control your descent through whitewater, regroup with your buddie[...]

Virtual Coach: The Cross-Current Ferry with Paul Kuthe

Virtual Coach: The Cross-Current Ferry with Paul Kuthe

In this short video, veteran kayak coach Paul Kuthe explains how to do a cross-current ferry in your kayak, a key skill for boaters of all levels. Whether it’s being used on a Class I float or i[...]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches III: Upstream Travel advice

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches III: Upstream Travel advice

Dave and Amy Freeman, in the midst of Paddle to D.C., a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining, share [...]