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Hanging Spear: Headwaters of the Hudson, ACT III

10.31.2014

Steve Fisher and Pat Keller find exactly what they’re looking for in the un-run heart of New York’s 950-foot-per-mile lower gorge of the Opalescent in this ACT III flipbook finale to our three-part story of the duo’s 2014 descent of Hanging Spear Falls.

Green Race Raw: Pre-Event Size Up

10.29.2014

Scott McCleskey, a C-2 slalom paddler for Team USA and a Green Race veteran, has been making the rounds with his camera, interviewing athletes who’ve started to gather for the 19th annual Class V throwdown in North Carolina. Here are some of the highlights: Pat Keller, three-time champion of the Green Race, is shooting for […]

Hanging Spear: Headwaters of the Hudson, ACT II

10.28.2014

The second of three installments looking at Pat Keller and Steve Fisher’s 2014 descent of New York’s Hanging Spear Falls and the lower gorge of the Opalescent, looks back at the history of paddlers who explored the whitewater locked deep in the 6.1-million-acre Adirondack Park.

Hanging Spear: Headwaters of the Hudson

10.27.2014

The first of three installments looking at Pat Keller and Steve Fisher’s descent of New York’s Opalescent Gorge, deep in the 6.1-million-acre Adirondack Park tucked away in the High Peaks Wilderness of the nation’s largest state park—and climaxing in a 70-foot waterfall.

Moose on the Loose

10.22.2014

With rainfall doubling the flow of New York’s Moose River, the MooseFest race finale to the Whitewater King of New York point series lived up to its wild reputation as the last big paddling event the year for Northeast paddlers.

Wave Sport Mobius Review

10.09.2014

Designed by math, made for excellence the Wave Sport Mobius a kayak in which both experts and novices could excel.

Ultimate senior project: the custom kayak

10.09.2014

“Having put in the work to make it a reality and having felt the effort that went into every fiber makes the boat that much more special for me.” — Quinn Connell, who recently paddled his way to an engineering degree at Dartmouth, using an independent study to learn the pitfalls and rewards of crafting a custom composite freestyle kayak.

Sickline Photos: Two Champions Repeat at the 2014 Extreme Race

10.06.2014

Both defending champions held onto their titles at this year’s Sickline extreme kayak race in Austria. Joe Morley from Leeds, Great Britain, put down the fastest line for the men and Nouria Newman of France once again dominated on the female side. Last year, Morley exploded onto the scene when he upset three-time Sickline champion, […]

Race Preview: Adidas Sickline 2014

10.01.2014

When the world’s top kayakers began arriving in Austria’s Oetztal this week, they were greeted with sunny days, low flows and the technical lines that make the annual Adidas Sickline Championships one of Europe’s most-anticipated whitewater events. Overnight rain brought water up significantly on Wednesday, however, and racers found themselves training on a much more […]

Catching up with Sam Grafton

09.25.2014

After a collision with a paddling partner fractured his jaw in two places and compromised his 2013 paddling season, Index, Wash.-based boater Sam Grafton knew he wanted to go big this season. The accident happened on one of Grafton’s favorite runs—Tumwater Canyon of Washington’s Wenatchee River, which was flowing at a whopping 15,000 cfs. Grafton […]

Elwha River Unplugged: Whitewater Remade as Salmon Return

09.23.2014

“As boaters, we may enjoy the thrill of running a great rapid, but sharing that river with massive Chinook salmon and witnessing the feats they are capable of as they migrate upstream is truly awe inspiring.” — Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater

Mountain Mind Collective: ‘Battle of the Susitna’

09.22.2014

“Battle of the Susitna,” the latest feature episode from Todd and Brendan Wells’ production company Mountain Mind Collective explores one of Alaska’s premiere whitewater runs, Devil’s Canyon of the Susitna. As the crew journeys into the Susitna via seaplane, and the massive rapids of Devil’s Canyon, the quickly find out the greatest battle is off the river, with a proposed dam on the Susitna.

Lefevre Gold at 2014 Slalom Worlds

09.20.2014

By Joe Potoczak Fabien Lefevre, the young French superstar turned American veteran, today won the 2014 C-1 world championship at home in his adopted country. It’s Lefevre’s seventh ICF world championship gold, but his first in C-1, and first as an American. “I had the crowd on my side, pushing me downstream,” Lefevre says. The […]

Slalom Worlds Day 2: Lefevre Into Finals as Hradilek Falters

09.19.2014

By Joe Potoczak Another world champion has been dethroned. Vavrinec Hradilek, the 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist from the Czech Republic, finished his semifinal run in 22nd place, leaving him out of the final and guaranteeing that we will have a new champion in K-1 this year. There’s still a chance that […]

Slalom Worlds Make Dramatic Return to U.S.

09.18.2014

By Joe Potoczak It’s been 25 years since the whitewater slalom world championships were last held in the United States, but it looked like business as usual for American racers in the opening heats of men’s kayak and solo canoe. All five American men competing Thursday advanced to the semifinal round in workmanlike fashion, including […]

The Party that Saved the Gauley

09.16.2014

Even without the bear wrestling, Gauley fans had begun to arrive in unexpectedly high numbers.

The New Americans: Michal Smolen and Fabien Lefevre

09.16.2014

The slalom racing veteran, Lefevre, could help mentor Smolen to the top of the world and Olympic podiums–if the elder racer doesn’t claim gold for himself.

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