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Bombs Away: San Miguel Island Closed to Kayakers

The military said it would move expeditiously to conduct its risk assessment of the island 40 miles off the California coast, but they have yet to begin a sweep of live ordnance across the lonely isle.

All Start Paddling

Boating Basics 101

08.09.2013

This tutorial is for those interested in paddling, but have never Here are some of the very basic things to know in order to put on the water safely and know a little about what to do for your very first day in the boat.

Kayaking the Northwest Passage

07.26.2013

Canadian Firefighters Sebastien Lapierre and Olivier Giasson attempt to sea kayak fabled Northwest Passage in one season—never before done.

Kayak Na Pali Coast

07.25.2013

The paddle traces the famed fluted green cliffs of Na Pali Coast State Park, rising 3,000 feet from the ocean, punctured by sea caves and footed by just a few scallops of isolated beach. You’ve seen pictures or clips of it from Pirates of the Caribbean and King Kong. It’s simply beautiful.

Independence Paddle

07.04.2013

The how and why of paddling in New York City for Fourth of July

Best Canoe and Kayak Fireworks Shows

07.03.2013

C&K’s list of top cities to watch the Fourth of July fireworks display from canoe or kayak

5 Tips for a Better Kayak Rescue

05.29.2013

Coming across a capsized panicked kayaker can be a stressful experience. But with the following skills under your belt, the rescue can go a lot easier.

What’s the Hitch?

05.21.2013

You got questions, Eddy’s got answers

New Surf Spot in Southeast

05.14.2013

Georgia and Alabama’s Chattahoochee River is now on the must-visit paddling list alongside such other Southeast boating hotbeds as the Ocoee, Nantahala and Chattooga rivers.

Competing in Freestyle Kayaking While Pregnant

05.09.2013

As a professional kayaker I have always exceled in the arena of freestyle competitions. Just this past weekend I got to compete at the US Freestyle Team Trials. I have been a member of the U.S. team for 10 years, and I was excited at the prospect of competing to be a part of the team once again. This time was a touch different, and if you had asked me about it several months ago I wouldn’t have thought it would even be possible. The reasoning is that by the time I would be actually competing, I was seven months, one week pregnant.

Mother’s Day Paddles

05.09.2013

There isn’t a better way to spend time with your mother.” So dust off your old canoe, tandem sea kayak, inflatable or what have you and hit your local waterway with matriarch in tow. If you don’t have the skills to pull it off alone, you can also check with your local shop or paddling club; chances are they, too, have a special outing lined up to celebrate Mom. Following is a sampling of organized Mother’s Day tours you’ll find across the country, er Motherland…

The Legend Lives On

05.03.2013

A decade after whitewater canoeing visionary Frankie Hubbard passed away, Knoxville-based open boater Dooley Tombras cannot fathom what new ideas Hubbard would’ve come up with if he hadn’t succumbed to lung cancer in 2003, at the young age of 41. “Frankie completely modernized the sport,” says Tombras, an elite open boater who’s taken the sport to new heights with his role in The Canoe Movie series of OC-1 videos. “His designs made it possible to run steep creeks and evolved the whole rodeo thing.”

Kelly Gossett

05.01.2013

New Mexico is better known for its arid landscape than for canoeing and kayaking, but that hasn’t dented Kelly Gossett’s enthusiasm for the sport. For six years, Gossett has been the sole proprietor and teacher at Albuquerque’s lone paddling school, New Mexico Kayak Instruction.

STORM RIDERS

04.30.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide. The Team: Marty Perry, Rowan Gloag and the Hurricane Riders The Mission: Push the limits of sea-kayak performance By Mike McKay They call themselves the Hurricane Riders, and they delight in chasing the rough waters at the edge of sea kayak performance. They charge into frigid overhead […]

Deepwater Hunter

04.30.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Buyer’s Guide issue. Man: Andy Cho Mission: Land the biggest fish ever caught from a kayak, and feed his family By Paul Lebowitz Andy Cho is the four-time defending champion of the grueling Aquahunters Makahiki Pro kayak fishing tournament. The goal of this eight-month-long Hawaiian marathon is to beat […]

Tips for Sea Kayaking in Baja

04.30.2013

Ways to make the most of your next paddling adventure in Mexico

Essential Fish Kayaking Know-How

04.25.2013

Kayaks and fishing. A natural match, right? Still, a boat, a paddle and a rod can be a lot to juggle—and that’s before some pinstriped torpedo otherwise known as a fish starts tearing line off the reel. That heart-pounding moment will be easier to handle with these five essential kayak-fishing skills.

Whitewater ready

04.25.2013

This story featured in the 2013 Beginner’s Guide issue. By Jeff Kinney Learning to kayak whitewater is a long process. You can’t simply master a few skills and tackle a Class V monster. But according to Jerry McAward, a veteran instructor at Northeast PA Kayak School, these five essential skills form the backbone of any […]

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