By Eugene Buchanan While kayaking play parks have sprouted up across the West in recent decades, the region’s biggest waterway, the Colorado River, only has one engineered kayaking park, the remarkably popular ‘wave’ in Glenwood Springs, Colo. That’s slated to change next spring, however, with construction of the Colorado’s second park near the Class V […]
Rush Sturges is determined to reinvent his sport, and himself This story first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak. River Roots Studios occupies an upstairs flat in the quiet town of White Salmon, Washington. The snowy cone of Mount Hood looms across the Columbia River, which crawls past far below. On […]
The nineteenth installment of the annual extreme creek event once again delivered on its promise of unrivaled excitement. It began Saturday morning when racers awoke to several inches of snow in the surrounding region, delaying the race one hour from its heralded “high noon” start time, and lasted through the final ceremonies where organizers struggled to name a single winner.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
“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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]