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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.