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Aug 20th, 2015

After the pool session, Justin, a couple of the veterans and I were talking about how cool it would be to get a bunch of veterans together to play a kayak football tournament. In a parking lot, on a cold March day, the Veterans Kayak Football HOF Challenge was created. The post Veterans Kayak Football Hall of Fame Challenge appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

After the pool session, Justin, a couple of the veterans and I were talking about how cool it would be to get a bunch of veterans together to play a kayak football tournament. In a parking lot, on a cold March day, the Veterans Kayak Football HOF Challenge was created. The post Veterans Kayak Football Hall of Fame Challenge appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

STORY AND PHOTOS BY NICOLE DREON There’s good reason that Amina Tayona is the most popular girl in Bujagali Falls, a tiny fishing village in southeast Uganda where the White Nile once rumbled out of Lake Victoria. Everywhere the now 22-year-old safety kayaker goes, children from the Basoga tribe tag behind her, tugging at her arms and calling her out with of chants of “Amina, Amina, Amina.” In a country where the average woman gives birth to seven children and less than 10 percent of girls graduate from high school, female role models are far and few between. So when Tayona set out to master the Nile in a kayak six years ago, the river gods took notice. The Dream: “I had a dream in 2005 when I was in primary school that I would be a kayaker,” says Amina, who’s now one of two Ugandan women to earn a living as a whitewater kayaker. “All the girls here are afraid of the river, but I said no, I will not be scared, I can do it.” The Hard Knocks: Learning to even swim in Bujagali Falls is no easy ta......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

STORY AND PHOTOS BY NICOLE DREON There’s good reason that Amina Tayona is the most popular girl in Bujagali Falls, a tiny fishing village in southeast Uganda where the White Nile once rumbled out of Lake Victoria. Everywhere the now 22-year-old safety kayaker goes, children from the Basoga tribe tag behind her, tugging at her arms and calling her out with of chants of “Amina, Amina, Amina.” In a country where the average woman gives birth to seven children and less than 10 percent of girls graduate from high school, female role models are far and few between. So when Tayona set out to master the Nile in a kayak six years ago, the river gods took notice. The Dream: “I had a dream in 2005 when I was in primary school that I would be a kayaker,” says Amina, who’s now one of two Ugandan women to earn a living as a whitewater kayaker. “All the girls here are afraid of the river, but I said no, I will not be scared, I can do it.” The Hard Knocks: Learning to even swim in Bujagali Falls is no easy ta......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

With the massive Nile Special wave in their backyard, the Uganda freestyle kayaking team will have no problem with the Garberator wave and other big water features of the Ottawa River at the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships Aug. 30-Sept. 5. It’s negotiating the red tape instead of the rapids that’s proving difficult. Canadian immigration officials based in Nairobi, Kenya, have banned the Ugandan team from taking part in the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships on the Ottawa, twice rejecting the team’s visa applications over concerns they won’t return home. This, in turn, has prompted paddling officials to attempt whatever sort of bow rescue they can to help them compete. According to a story in the Ottawa Citizen, CanoeKayak Canada has written a letter supporting the visa applications, urging the Canada Visa Application Centre to allow the Ugandans to attend the championships. “We are disappointed to hear through our friends in Uganda that their freestyle team’s visa applications have been......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

With the massive Nile Special wave in their backyard, the Uganda freestyle kayaking team will have no problem with the Garberator wave and other big water features of the Ottawa River at the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships Aug. 30-Sept. 5. It’s negotiating the red tape instead of the rapids that’s proving difficult. Canadian immigration officials based in Nairobi, Kenya, have banned the Ugandan team from taking part in the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships on the Ottawa, twice rejecting the team’s visa applications over concerns they won’t return home. This, in turn, has prompted paddling officials to attempt whatever sort of bow rescue they can to help them compete. According to a story in the Ottawa Citizen, CanoeKayak Canada has written a letter supporting the visa applications, urging the Canada Visa Application Centre to allow the Ugandans to attend the championships. “We are disappointed to hear through our friends in Uganda that their freestyle team’s visa applications have been......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

While there’s nothing funny about 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste spilling into your local waterway, late night comedy host Conan O’Brien has found a way to profit from the whole ordeal, an enterprise he’s calling “The Colorado Natural Disaster Ultimate River Rapids Extreme Kayaking Adrenaladveture Tours, LLC.” The company promises to make whitewater kayaking even more extreme by paddling on “WATER…IS LITERALLY…TRYING TO…KILL YOU.” Sadly, this joke isn’t entirely devoid of truth. In the days after the spill, we posted a story about a group of local paddlers who dropped into the committing Class V Baker’s Box section of the Animas River near Durango, Colo., only to find the river had turned the color of Tang. It took authorities over 24 hours to shut down the river to recreation, and several groups paddlers were on the water when the plume of orange waste from abandoned Gold King Mine arrived. The Animas reopened on Friday. More on t......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 20th, 2015

While there’s nothing funny about 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste spilling into your local waterway, late night comedy host Conan O’Brien has found a way to profit from the whole ordeal, an enterprise he’s calling “The Colorado Natural Disaster Ultimate River Rapids Extreme Kayaking Adrenaladveture Tours, LLC.” The company promises to make whitewater kayaking even more extreme by paddling on “WATER…IS LITERALLY…TRYING TO…KILL YOU.” Sadly, this joke isn’t entirely devoid of truth. In the days after the spill, we posted a story about a group of local paddlers who dropped into the committing Class V Baker’s Box section of the Animas River near Durango, Colo., only to find the river had turned the color of Tang. It took authorities over 24 hours to shut down the river to recreation, and several groups paddlers were on the water when the plume of orange waste from abandoned Gold King Mine arrived. The Animas reopened on Friday. More on t......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 19th, 2015

Words by Malia Durbano Photos by Esperanza Vigil In true Durango, Colo., style, the river rats came with hard shells, duckies, rafts, SUPs, inner-tubes and even a Bellyak Tuesday to get back on the Animas River after more than a week of closure. More locals gathered on the bike path nearby to support those heading onto the water. Local authorities shut down the river on August 6 following the release of over 3 million of gallons of toxic water from the Gold King Mine near Silverton. On Friday, August 14, EPA officials monitoring the spill announced that potentially harmful metals in the river had returned to “pre-incident” levels, and Tuesday’s event was organized to celebrate the river’s reopening with an mass paddle down through town. 4Corners raft guide Jonathan Wilson has been checking on the river from the trail that borders it since the incident occurred. “It still has a lot of yellow, but the color has come back and visibility is good. We’re now looking forward to next seaso......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Aug 19th, 2015

Words by Malia Durbano Photos by Esperanza Vigil In true Durango, Colo., style, the river rats came with hard shells, duckies, rafts, SUPs, inner-tubes and even a Bellyak Tuesday to get back on the Animas River after more than a week of closure. More locals gathered on the bike path nearby to support those heading onto the water. Local authorities shut down the river on August 6 following the release of over 3 million of gallons of toxic water from the Gold King Mine near Silverton. On Friday, August 14, EPA officials monitoring the spill announced that potentially harmful metals in the river had returned to “pre-incident” levels, and Tuesday’s event was organized to celebrate the river’s reopening with an mass paddle down through town. 4Corners raft guide Jonathan Wilson has been checking on the river from the trail that borders it since the incident occurred. “It still has a lot of yellow, but the color has come back and visibility is good. We’re now looking forward to next seaso......

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