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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

Unfiltered: Maligiaq Johnsen Padilla

04.22.2013

Padilla has always straddled two worlds. His father was an American serviceman, his mother Greenland Inuit. He learned Greenlandic at age 3 when his parents split and his mother brought him back to Greenland from the States, re-learning English in high school. Two years ago he moved to Alaska and married Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, an Alaskan Inuit attorney. With the day off from his construction job (“It’s 20 below, not too cold for me but the air compressors don’t work”), Padilla held their 6-month-old daughter as we spoke. — Jeff Moag

For All Walks

04.17.2013

Ski Yak class, groin pulls and banging your head on rocks.

Bugging out? Eddy’s Got Answers

04.17.2013

Eddy’s got answers regarding eating leather boots and bug repellants.

Aquaphile—Essays From The Field

04.17.2013

For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.

Creek Racing is Back—And this time it’s serious

04.17.2013

30 of the world’s best paddlers charge a giant slalom course on Idaho’s signature Class V drop at the North Fork Championship.

Paddling Chernobyl? A case for exploring polluted waters

04.17.2013

Brooklyn-based author and canoeist Andrew Blackwell wanted to look deeper into the area devastated by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Destinations—The West Coast

04.16.2013

North America’s west coast has some of the sweetest sea kayaking venues in this dimension, and many of them are also blessed with small lodges with kayak-minded hosts and convenient water access.

Going Deeper and Deeper

04.16.2013

For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.

Testing Boundaries

04.16.2013

Rivers carve deep canyons and divide hostile neighbors. They cut pathways through lawless country, and beckon us to follow. It’s no wonder that river-runners have their own canon of unspoken boundaries that, from time to time, they feel compelled to cross.

Canoandes

04.16.2013

Meet the men who slipped the Iron Curtain and changed river running forever.

Essays From The Field

04.13.2013

For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.

20 Things Every Paddler Needs To Know

04.13.2013

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 waterman wannabes. Here are a few to get you started.

Thomas Hall

04.11.2013

Thomas Hall is a recently retired Canadian national team athlete and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in sprint canoe (C1 1000m). His experience with canoeing stretches over 20 years. He began paddling on family canoe trips, and, inspired by his mother (a sprint paddler) and the success his sister enjoyed at the 1993 Canada Games in sprint kayak, Thomas decided to try sprint canoeing. At 15, he followed in his sister’s footsteps, winning gold and silver at the Canada Games. Thomas then set his sights on Junior Worlds, where he surprised many, including himself, by winning gold.

Tips with Tom

04.11.2013

Though I’ll be using paddling specific examples, which shouldn’t be a problem for readers of Canoekayak.com, the tips and tricks discussed will be applicable to almost any activity. For example, the first in this series is the concept of rest. Rest is often seen as just a reward for a hard days work, when in reality, it’s an essential part of skill acquisition.

Let’s Boof

04.09.2013

After rolling, boofing may be the most sought-after skill for whitewater paddlers. Nailing the boof means getting some air, clearing the hole at the bottom and hitting that perfect landing without compromising the spine.

There are a lot of pieces to the boof and many nuances to keep in mind. We have compiled all the tips and tricks we know on how, when and where to the boof.

Bugging out? Eddy’s Got Answers

04.05.2013

Eddy’s got answers regarding eating leather boots and bug repellants.

An Aquaphile Story

04.03.2013

For the last decade, the smoky joint Under-the-Hill Saloon has also served as the headquarters for the Phatwater Challenge, a 42-mile race that finishes at the boat ramp below this bar in Natchez, Mississippi.

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