How to Repair Your Kayak on the River

How to Repair Your Kayak on the River

At 14 years old, Sage Donnelly has already made quite the name for herself in the paddling world. She regularly wins slalom races, competes in Class V creeking competitions (she took second at this ye[...]

How To Rig a Canoe Catamaran

How To Rig a Canoe Catamaran

Windbound with a big lake crossing ahead, the crew decide to rig a canoe catamaran.

How to Read Water

How to Read Water

By Colin Kemp Becoming a well-rounded paddler requires learning a mix of hard skills (such as bracing, throw rope practice, strokes) and soft skills (such as reading water). All too often, however, th[...]

Make Those Moves Muscle Memory

Make Those Moves Muscle Memory

By Bill Vonnegut No matter the kind of paddling you do, whether it is SUP, kayaking, or canoeing, you can always benefit from taking a day here and there to work on your form. Good form will not only [...]

How to Bombproof Your Combat Roll

How to Bombproof Your Combat Roll

By Grady Kellogg Ed note: Nineteen-year-old Grady Kellogg is the second oldest of eleven Kellogg children who, along with their parents, are traveling the country full time in an RV in search of river[...]

How to Pack a Throwbag

How to Pack a Throwbag

By Wesley R. Bradley Do you have a rope? Do you know how to use it? I find myself asking these questions often, especially before putting on the river with a new group of kayakers. It is common knowle[...]

4 Tips for Paddling in the Cold

4 Tips for Paddling in the Cold

By Alex Toth People tend to think paddling is a warm-weather sport, but for the committed, whether or not the rivers are running is more important than the weather outside. Unless you are lucky enough[...]

How to Boof

How to Boof

By Brett Barton A great boof–one that flows and feels like “you nailed it”–is all about timing. A strong paddle stroke is important, but a good boof requires a lot more than th[...]

20 Things Every Paddler Needs To Know

20 Essential Paddling Skills | Canoe & Kayak Magazine

So you call yourself a paddler? Before joining this hallowed subculture, there are a few key lifestyle skills that you should look to work into your arsenal to distinguish you from other waterm[...]

How to Lift a Kayak Without Injuring your Back

How to Lift a Kayak Without Injuring your Back

This sounds simple, and can be if you’re doing it correctly. But when you’re tired at the end of the day and just want to get your kayak to the car by any means possible, that’s when injuries oc[...]

Standup Paddling Essentials

Standup Paddling Essentials

Anyone can learn to standup paddle (SUP) in calm conditions. First-timers going out on flat, calm water need just a handful of skills and a half-day of practice to grasp the sport’s basics. Todd Bra[...]

Dog Paddling

Dog Paddling

A paddler’s best pal? A pooch. Here’s why: Complain in the rain? No way. Low center of gravity and four wheel drive? You betcha! Play pal ashore and cuddle buddy in the tent? Oh, yeah. However, pa[...]