whitewater kayak

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.

From the Gallery: Southbound

09.14.2014

From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery: Photo by Darin McQuoid. Rok Sribar exits the last of the Rio Baker’s three canyons. This Class V classic is world-renowned for its huge rapids, waves and blue-green Andean meltwater. It has also been a coveted target of dam builders and the center of an international debate in […]

Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships Return to Austria

09.11.2014

Can Great Britain’s Joe Morely defend his title as reigning champion of the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships? On October 2, 48 racers from over 20 countries will challenge the 25-year old Morely for his spot atop the podium. The race will draw athletes from across the spectrum of kayaking including American freestyle and […]

Blind Kayakers Begin Grand Challenge

09.06.2014

Best known for becoming the first blind person to scale Mount Everest, Erik Weihenmayer has set his sights on what, for him, is an even more daunting challenge: kayaking the Grand Canyon.

Big-wave Trials

09.05.2014

This year’s annual Labor Day Canada Cup served as Canadian team selection for next year’s ICF Freestyle World Championships — and as a trial run for a 2015 world championship returning to Canada, and to a big-wave feature, for the first time since 2007.

The Empire State Strikes

09.04.2014

Photos and results from Beaverfest, where Labor Day kayakers celebrate New York’s best whitewater runs with two King of New York series races.

Newman’s Own Stikine

09.02.2014

In the latest Mountain Mind Collective Quick Flick, French kayaker Nouria Newman walks us through her successful run through Site Zed, the largest signature rapid on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which punctuated the first complete female descent of expedition kayaking’s benchmark run.

Destination Torngat: Expedition to Canada’s Far Northeast

08.25.2014

Kayaker Ben Stookesberry leads an all-star team of paddlers on an exploratory longboat waterfall recon run through the Torngat Mountains, the Northeast’s largest contiguous roadless area in the remote reaches of the Labrador Peninsula, accessing tributary first descents via canoe routes and broadcasting the photos and progress in real-time across social networking platforms.

Help This Man Make a Film About the Love of Kayaking

08.19.2014

Bill Parks is on a mission and he wants you to help. An American now living in New Zealand, the filmmaker has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to complete his whitewater film Rivering, which he defines as “the art of journeying down wild rivers in small craft for the sheer joy of it.” Billed as […]

The 2014 C&K Award for Lifetime Achievement: Jamie McEwan

08.09.2014

Jamie was as Renaissance a man as you can get in this day and age. He was an everything boater: a river runner, a racer, a play boater, an expedition boater. He was much more than that though.

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