2012′s Top 10 Stories

Once again, The Google has spoken.

Once again, The Google has spoken. We crunched the analytics from the all-knowing search engine to find out which CanoeKayak.com stories were the most read. Here’s our top 10 original stories for 2012 plus our top video and photo gallery of the year as well as the top gear review, top skills piece, and top multimedia story from the magazine, as chosen by reader pageviews. — Conor Mihell

http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/the-duct-tape-kayak/ #1 The Duct-Tape Kayak
Sometimes the strangest stories go viral, like this one about a duct-tape kayak that was made in Massachusetts by three college students in support of cancer research.
http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/sea-kayaker-eric-soares-dies/ #2 Death of a Wave Warrior
When Tsunami Rangers co-founder Eric Soares died suddenly last February, we looked into the life of a man who changed the world of sea kayaking.
http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/oversea-debris/ #3 Oversea Debris
In a tie for seventh, readers were curious to find out what sea kayakers were discovering on the beaches of the Pacific Northwest a year after the Japanese tsunami.
http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/loss-on-lake-superior/ #4 Loss on Lake Superior
Editor-at-large Conor Mihell’s exclusive report on the tragic death of Bob Weitzel, an upstart sea kayaker he mentored, revealed lessons in adventure, risk and mortality—and elicited impassioned reader response.
http://www.canoekayak.com/whitewater-kayak/speed-run-grand-canyon-record-attempt/ #5 Speed-Run Grand Canyon Attempt
Harlan Taney’s November attempt to paddle the 276-mile Grand Canyon in under 36 hours drew reader comments ranging from “ridiculous” to “amazing.”
http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/canoeist-don-starkell-dies/ #6 Canoeist Don Starkell Dies
Last January, the outspoken and enigmatic Canadian canoeist Don Starkell died at age 79. Readers celebrated a legend with our obituary of the man who once paddled 12,000 miles from his home in Winnipeg to the mouth of the Amazon River, among other expeditionary feats.
http://www.canoekayak.com/travel/bam-after-the-falls/ #7 Bam: After the Falls
An impromptu interview with Jackass’ Bam Margera descussing his recent descent of 88-foot Metlako Falls in a tandem kayak with Steve Fisher wasn’t quite as popular as the YouTube video of the stunt itself. But CanoeKayak.com faithful were wowed when the professional stuntman said, “It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.”
http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/mastering-molokai/ #8 Mastering Molokai
Oscar Chalupsky has dominated surf ski racing since 1979. CanoeKayak.com caught up with the 49-year-old South African to find out what keeps him going strong after winning his 12th Molokai World Championship in Hawaii last May.
http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/the-poland-trek/ #9 The Poland Trek
This multi-part series documented an ambitious 700-mile journey across Poland, from the Tatras Mountains to the Baltic Sea by foot, packraft, and kayak.
http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/amazon-dreams-dashed/ #10 Amazon Dreams Dashed
South African Davey du Plessis, 24, was attempting to become the youngest man to trace the length of the Amazon River from source to sea when he was gunned down by Peruvian bandits. The tragic story about du Plessis’ ordeal, which he barely survived, drew lots of reader attention.

Jason’s Story – A video extra documenting young whitewater phenom Jason Craig’s inspiring recovery from a broken back took the nod as CanoeKayak.com’s most-viewed item in 2012. The feature story in the June issue of C&K also earned a silver medal editorial Ozzie award.

+ Runner-up: Remains of the River

Kayak Shelter Review – There’s no question that CanoeKayak.com readers love our gear features, like this comprehensive rundown of a dozen tents for sea kayakers.

+ Runner-up: Best in shows: Canoecopia and Outdoor Retailer

50-year-itch — Texas Water Safari – You were equally intrigued by a photo essay documenting the 50th anniversary of the Texas Water Safari.

+ Runner-up: That was sick—North Fork Championship

R3 Episode 1 – Jim Coffey and Mike McKay’s virtual workshop.

+ Runner-up: How to not get run over by a boat

End Game – Tao Berman – Senior Editor Joe Carberry’s Canoe & Kayak magazine feature about Tao Berman’s plan to call it a career drew countless readers in print and online to explore the whimsical ways of a whitewater legend.

+ Runner-up: Stuck in the Raft race

 

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