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[...]

How to Mooch a Shuttle

How to Mooch a Shuttle

Standing there in rancid fleece or with your skirt dripping and your thumb out? Might as well be smoking a cigarette and carrying a skunk.

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[...]