Today is the last day of 2012, and people across the country will be counting down the final moments with ball drops and songs of farewell to the old, hello to the new. The next day will start the New Year, and boaters and locals of the small town of Franklin, NH will be kicking off 2013 with the 32nd New Year’s Paddle down the Winnepesaukee. The festival celebrates both the New Year and the historical efforts put forth by the boaters, fishermen and Franklin citizens to revive a river and restore the community into something they could enjoy year round every year.
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.
Tomorrow, Saturday December 14, athletes will conclude the second Annual Whitewater Grand Prix with a “Big Water Enduro Race down the Rio Futaleufu in the Patagonia Region. Thirty of the world’s best extreme kayakers, including several Olympians and world record holders, gathered to test their skills against each other as well as the legendary rapids of Chile while bringing a spotlight on some of the most endangered rivers on the planet.
The athletes kicked off the second annual Whitewater Grand Prix race yesterday with the first whitewater enduro stage on the Rio Gol Gol. They raced against the clock on a nearly one mile-long stretch of class V whitewater, navigating not only extremely technical rapids, but also several 15-20 foot waterfalls.
If you caught Vavinec Hradilek’s silver-medal performance at this summer’s Olympic Games, you witnessed one of the world’s most dynamic slalom paddlers lay down a near-perfect run. But you probably missed the 25-year-old Czech’s clever shout-outs to his steep-creeking buddies.
On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake, centered off the coast of northern Japan, generated powerful tsunami waves that slammed into 400 miles of the Japanese shoreline…The waves washed more than 5 million tons of debris out to sea. In the fall of 2011, some of the estimated 1.5 million tons of remaining flotsam—everything from buoys and boats to entire shipping containers—began arriving on North America ’s west coast.
This Saturday, Dec. 1, 30 kayakers from around the world will race in five stages over 14 days in the second annual Whitewater Grand Prix in Osorno, Chile. Set in some of the country’s steepest creeks and biggest whitewater, the Whitewater Grand Prix is considered the world’s most extreme whitewater competition where the best boaters can push the very limits of kayaking itself.