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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 30th, 2015

The more often I travel to far-flung locations for paddling expeditions, the more I appreciate the canoeing and sea kayaking opportunities in my own backyard—the “near-north” wilderness of Lake Superior Provincial Park, a 395,000-acre preserve located between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa. The post Superior Wilderness Warm-up appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 30th, 2015

How do you follow up 2,400 miles of “pure adventure” paddling the length of the Mississippi River? If you’re Denver-based adventurer Rich Brand, you move on to saltwater, and set out to sea kayak the entire west coast of the United States. Brand is the man behind Captured Heartbeats, movement that seeks to “inspire others to adventure while photographing the people, culture and environment.” After traveling and photographing much of North America by Jeep and motorcycle, he made his first kayak journey in 2014—a Mississippi source to sea. With the Ol’ Muddy behind him, Brand launched his sea kayak in Seattle in early May. We caught up with Brand on the Oregon coast, midway through his 1,000-mile journey to San Diego. CanoeKayak.com: What was the impetus for Captured Heartbeats? Rich Brand: It’s more than just traveling. It’s the ability to meet and be part of people’s lives. I have been welcomed by so many different lives and lifestyles. I interpret this as being able to see and experience......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 30th, 2015

At 14 years old, Sage Donnelly has already made quite the name for herself in the paddling world. She regularly wins slalom races, competes in Class V creeking competitions (she took second at this year’s GoPro Games Steep Creek Championships), and was recently added to the U.S. freestyle kayaking team. In 2014, she was given C&K’s Female Paddler of the Year award, and she’s in the running once again for 2015 [vote here]. Here are Donnelly’s tips for repairing a boat on the river. By Sage Donnelly Despite being an avid river runner, play boater, and creeker, I’ve been lucky to never have a boat seriously break. That being said, I also always believe in being prepared for surprises, so I recently researched the common ways a boat can break and asked several professional kayakers to weigh in on quickest, easiest options for fixing your boat in the field. After all, a cracked hull or busted backband may not matter at your local play spot, but if you are in the middle of a multi......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Jun 30th, 2015

The chaotic environment of an airport creates a sense of excitement - a new destination or revisiting an old one. This time we were off to Norway - the promised land of kayaking. Our mecca.It was a short trip during a week off from chasing gates and lapping slalom courses. A break from the artificial world of slalom courses. While the rest of the World Cup circuit headed North to Poland we headed to endless daylight. A overnight train took us from Olso across the mountains and through fiords to Voss. The extreme sport weekwas kicking into action as extreme sports athletes from all around the globe descended into this quaint quiet mountain town to compete against eachother in the most extreme of environments.The Ekstremsportveko is one the largest sport and music festivals of its kind. A combination of extreme sports, music, and the stunning surroundings of Western Norway. Every year it attracts hundreds of top national and international athletes, as well as devoted fans.With only seventy-two hours on the ......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 29th, 2015

Photographs by Tait Trautman Each summer, Idaho’s North Fork Championship brings together the best whitewater boaters in the world. The event features several races, but the most highly anticipated showdown takes place on the North Fork of the Payette’s infamous Jacobs Ladder rapid, a Class V maelstrom that’s led multiple competitors to call the race the “hardest in whitewater kayaking.” We caught up with Kyle Hull, a California native, who’s competed in every North Fork Championship since the event began four years ago. – C&K – You seem like a pretty fun-loving guy. How does your happy-go-lucky attitude translate over to your boating style? KH – Kayaking is a serious sport with serious consequences. I love having a good time lifestylin’ and hanging out next to amazing rivers in beautiful locations, but there is a fine line between not being serious enough on the water and being so serious you don’t take the time to have fun. C&K – Tell us a bit ab......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 29th, 2015

Pyranha Fusion L: 10’3”; W: 26”; 81 gals., 46 lbs., also available in S and M ($999, pyranha.com) “Sometimes this feels like a big Burn!” exclaimed one happy Class V boater, and fan of Pyranha’s carve-y flat-bottomed creekboat, as he leaned it onto one of the Fusion’s hard chines and ripped out of an eddy into Class III Lower Black Bar Falls. While the Fusion was built off the less edgy Karnali, when sized up against the soft-chined Karma RG, this crossover felt extremely grippy on edge. Two channels down the middle of the hull had the Fusion tracking the best of the 10-foot boats tested even when the Fusion’s deep, thin skeg was not deployed. “It feels like I’m sitting in a Cadillac,” said one tester, noting the lack of a leg-separating central pillar—which provided a roomy feel despite a cockpit smaller than the Katana and Ethos. The hatch cover required some elbow grease to get on and off, which made for challenging access to stored contents on the water. Testers did not, however, c......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 29th, 2015

Wave Sport Ethos 10 L: 10’3”; W: 27”; 100 gals., 54 lbs., also available in L ($1,085, wavesport.com) “This is definitely the boat I’d take on Class V,” said one tester, who happened to grease the Class V boof line at Rainie Falls in the Ethos. Credit that sure rough-water agility to the hull’s relatively flat bottom and aggressive rocker profile, which kept us above smaller holes, and a low-profile bow that punched the big ‘uns. While its whitewater chops were among the highest rated on our Rogue test, the 10-foot-3 Ethos added smart comfort extras headlined by the highly adjustable CORE Whiteout outfitting system that allowed testers to ratchet our thighs up tight—sharing top honors for hip security with the Katana. Testers loved details like a drain-plug on the cockpit’s back corner, making an intuitive drain on a shoulder carry. Speaking of which, the weighty Ethos was a bear to portage, but testers did appreciate that they could swing the hip pad out to the cockpit—providing cushion......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 29th, 2015

Last Sunday, comedian John Oliver lambasted the upsurge in online harassment on his HBO series Last Week Tonight, but in doing so he unearthed a bit of cyber history centered around–you guessed it–kayakers. The segment started with a throwback to an actual 1995 AOL commercial (at :40) that has an early computer user explaining the wonders of the Internet, which he’s using to “live chat” with his “new kayaking friends.” Oliver claims that referencing “kayaking friends” is way too specific and must be a euphemism of some kind. Obviously you’re not a paddler, John. The phrase does sound suspicious, but only because it’s not specific enough. It would have been more believable if the 1990s AOL user had been reading reviews of the new Dagger RPM playboat or debating Euro- vs. Greenland-style sea kayaking. Check out the whole segment above. Or skip to 14:40 to watch Last Week Tonight‘s revamped, NSFW version of the ad that takes into account how......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Jun 29th, 2015

In 2015 I made Prague my base for the season – This means the Prague World Cup was as close to a home race that we kiwi\'s can get in Europe.RACE VIDEOhttps://www.facebook.com/dawsonmj/videos/840915339322360/The 2015 International season kicked off with a blast this weekend in Prague. The first World Cup of 2015 was hosted on the channel just 15 minutes from the center of Prague.This Eastern European country has a strong canoe slalom following making it one of the best venues to compete at. A lot of people line the banks and fill the grandstands cheering on their local heros.The morning of the race was cool and clear. A chill in the air, with the sky threatening rain. Sun burnt through the cloud slowly heating the competition. The course is formed by the side flow of the mighty Vltava River around a small hydro dam. Above flat water stretches for miles. This morning it was crowded with the colorful dots of creatively designed race boats. Washes of kayaks formed trails in all directions as each individua......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 28th, 2015

“Friday night and the lights are low…” Rick Sweitzer’s falsetto belts out from the stern of his tandem sea kayak. For the first time of the trip, I actually welcome Abba. The reason: My 10-year-old daughter, Casey, is in his bow and we’re all kayaking Greece’s islands, struggling to cross Crete’s Plakias Bay against a surprise, 30-mph gale. It’s not a fun situation for anyone — especially Casey, who’s getting wind- and wave-slapped up front. Rick’s trying to keep her morale up, and it’s working. Like Homer running from a storm—or worse, the cyclops or sirens — we adjust our course and head to the protection of a nearby harbor. Just a half hour earlier, Poseidon had smiled upon us with smooth seas. But now offshore winds are threatening to blow us to northern Africa, scattering our six kayaks like olives on a plate. We’re on day six of an eight-day, 80-mile paddle along the south coast of Crete, the largest of Greece’s islands. It’s as sculpted for sea kayaking......

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