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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

Packrafting’s wilderness promise grows a little more tangible each year as these lightweight craft continue to evolve from puncture-prone, glorified inner tubes to tough, ultralight boats ready to take on whitewater in hard-to-reach corners of the backcountry. We recently took two new models for a spin. AIRE BAKraft Light, tough and self-bailing The post Review: Performance Packrafts appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

Ed Note: Four Americans are walking, kayaking and canoeing the Thames across England, from source to sea. The two men are octogenarians and the two women are in the their late fifties. This is Katie McKy’s fourth dispatch from the river. Read her first, second and third posts here. For us, paddling the Thames was also pubbing the Thames. Riverside pubs abound, but not in the way Subways and McDonald’s litter highway exits in the United States, for many of the Thames pubs predate the births of Ray Kroc’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great… grandfathers. However, these pubs aren’t historic because they’re simply old. Literary history and England’s history happened at many of them, so pubbing the Thames means you can quaff your ale and savor your bangers and mash where Charles Dickens, Isaac Walton, and England’s admirals, engineers, and highwaymen also quaffed and savored. Here are some of the pubbiest. The Swan at Streatly: The perfect place to gaze away Located at an especially kine......

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Immersion Research
Jun 25th, 2015

No excuses now if you need a shorty splash jacket. Unless you’re size small. Or if you hate gray. The deal: $20 off remaining stock of 2014 Nano paddling jackets. Thats $20 off the sale price. The Deadline: Sunday June 28th The Coupon: Enter mikemckeeswam in the coupon box when you checkout. And please, FIND THE COUPON BOX.  ITS ON […] The post $20 off 2014 Shorty Nano jackets appeared first on Immersion Research....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

‣ Lighthouse Reef, Belize Forget the hustle and bustle of Belize City, Ambergris or even Caye Caulker. Head out paddling on the real islands, mon, by hopping a boat to Halfmoon Cay. Located in the easternmost portion of Belize, 45-acre Halfmoon sits in the heart of Lighthouse Reef National Park, the first protected marine area in the entire Caribbean. One of the crown jewels of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, the electricity-free island offers sea kayak access to world-class snorkeling, letting you cannonball out of your cockpit to view everything from manta rays, sea turtles and nurse sharks to angel-, surgeon- and the fake-eyed butterfly fish. You can also paddle and sail to other palm-lined tropical islands. Info/rentals: islandexpeditions.com Local Knowledge: Bring your birding binoculars. The island is also home to the primary research center in the 10,300-acre bio-preserve for the Belize Audubon Society, which bases there to study the red-footed boobie. — Eugen......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

‣ Hawaii Kai, Oahu Oahu is a mecca of downwind paddling, and its signature run is the nine-mile Hawaii Kai. Whether your craft of choice is an outrigger canoe, surfski or standup paddleboard, Hawaii Kai is a rite of passage. Start at the vowel-laden Kuliouou Beach Park, just 20 minutes east of Waikiki off the Kalanianaole Highway (H-1). To avoid the rudder-eating reefs, head out through the channel markers to the point at Portlock where the sea crashes off the sheer cliffs. For the full monty, bash up the striated wall toward Hamauma Bay. When you turn at the entrance to the bay, it’s game-on. Swift rollers will lead you ever closer to the hulking profile of Diamond Head, the extinct volcano that resembles the brow of a giant tuna. Just off the lighthouse at Black Point, the swell steepens, providing the world’s warmest sleigh ride. Once around the point, stay wide of the surfers—there’s a reef between them and the shore—and before you can say Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamo......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

‣ Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida/Mississippi If you’re hanging out on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi or the Florida Panhandle, slip away to the waters around the eastern or western section of this National Seashore. From Pensacola, Fla., access the eastern portion, which features miles of protected water and barrier beaches in Santa Rosa Sound. Coastal blackwater rivers are also rife with paddling potential. Launch your kayak from one of several oceanside parking lots and make your own itinerary. Watch for the gopher tortoise, Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, and more than 300 bird species. Off the Mississippi coast, a string of offshore islands form the park’s western section. Several islands (notably Deer Island and Horn Island) are accessible by sea kayak and offer primitive camping, great fishing and the occasional alligator sighting. The nearby Pascagoula is the largest undammed river in the Lower 48, with days’ worth of sandbars, lagoons, and tributaries to paddle to through the ......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

‣ PEARL RIVER BASIN, LOUISIANA Less than an hour’s drive northeast of New Orleans lies the Pearl River Basin: the least altered, most pristine wetlands in Louisiana. A vast, bewildering labyrinth of slow-moving channels, bayous, and sloughs, this flat, seasonally flooded expanse extends into two states (Louisiana and Mississippi), and includes the Pearl River State Wildlife Management Area, the neighboring Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, and a huge chunk of property owned by NASA. Together, this mix of land and water protects one of the largest and least disturbed blocks of bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the U.S. No wonder then that the “extinct” ivory-billed woodpecker has purportedly been seen here during the past few years. Other than a few good ol’ boys in their fishing boats, you’ll have the array of serpentine channels all to yourselves, shared only by a few river otters, alligators, and water snakes, plus plenty of pileated woodpeckers, wading birds, wate......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

‣ TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, FLORIDA Magical, mystical and alluring, the Ten Thousand Islands chain is a maze of uninhabited low keys that separates the Everglades from the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s southwest coast. Despite the name, the islands actually only number in the hundreds. However, with its myriad of islets, lagoons, and shallow ocean passages, there’s enough exploring potential in this subtropical wilderness for a weekend or weeklong winter paddling getaway. The native Calusa tribe recognized the canoe early on as the best mode of transportation through the island group, and canoes and kayaks are still the best way to appreciate the area’s beauty and wonder. Launching from Everglades City, at the northern end of Everglades National Park, you’ll be among the archipelago within minutes as you enter Chokoloskee Bay. Endless paddling routes weave through countless mangrove-lined passes and small bays with an incredible number of fine camping spots. Spectacular sunsets are a highl......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Jun 25th, 2015

‣ Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, mexico Had enough of the high-rise resort schtick in Cancun and Playa del Carmen? Head south an hour or two to Tulum and on to the Sian Ka’an (Mayan for “origin of the sky”) Biosphere Reserve. From Tulum, follow the rough, dirt road along the narrow peninsula that makes up the most accessible portion of this World Heritage Site. To the east: the turquoise Caribbean with gentle surf, sections of coral barrier reef to snorkel through and miles of coastal dunes. To the west: protected waters seamed with channels through mangroves and quiet lagoons full of tropical birdlife, from frigate birds to roseate spoonbill. The reserve covers 1.3 million acres and includes 23 Mayan archaeological sites, sea turtle nesting beaches, and wildlife from jaguars to Caribbean manatee. Much of it is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Two traditional fishing villages, Punta Allen and Punta Herrero, offer boat tours for snorkeling and wildlife viewing as well as kayak rent......

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Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com
Jun 25th, 2015

Communication on the river is key to a successful whitewater run and it’s a good idea to make sure that your group is on the same page with river signals and what they mean. Here is a list of basic international river signals that are used by kayakers all over the world. Learning and using them can help keep your group out of trouble, help you direct paddlers on where to go and help you communicate effectively in a rescue situation. And don’t forget to choose a vocal sound or whistle that indicates when you are trying to get your group’s attention so you can make eye contact to initiate these signals! Go                Read More The post River Signals appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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