Boating & Water

A Quick and Dangerous Surf Guide to Mexico’s Southern Baja
A Quick and Dangerous Surf Guide to Mexico’s Southern Baja

Heading for the villa at one of the many breaks along the southern coast of Baja, Mexico. Photo: David Moran.. Operating on a tip that surfing in Mexico is better than surfing in California, I booked a two-hour flight from Los Angeles to check it out for myself.. It’s true. The water is warmer, the...

Jan 22, 2021
Seen on the river: snake eating fish
Seen on the river: snake eating fish

This cannot stand. I’m paddling in the Delaware River a couple of weeks ago, and a snake swims by me with a big fish in its mouth. Amazing. Weird.. I ran to my car to get my camera and ran back to the river to get a photo of the snake trying to swallow the...

Jan 22, 2021
A Long Fling with Montana Fly Fishing
A Long Fling with Montana Fly Fishing

I’ve been traveling to fly fish on the Missouri River near Craig, Montana, for eight years now.. My father, brother and I do this for the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the art of the sport and the camaraderie that comes with spending a long day in the wild.. It’s an amazing place with...

Jan 22, 2021
Pioneering South African whitewater kayaker killed by crocodile
Pioneering South African whitewater kayaker killed by crocodile

Hendrik Coetzee, a pioneering South Africa whitewater kayaker and river explorer, was killed by a crocodile while paddling last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo.. Coetzee, 35, was on an Eddie Bauer-sponsored expedition down the Lukugu River in the Central Congo with American kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic.. The three paddlers were in...

Jan 22, 2021
Understanding the Basics of Whitewater Streamflow
Understanding the Basics of Whitewater Streamflow

Whitewater paddlers love numbers. Get a group of them together and inevitably you’ll hear statements like, “ it was big, like 5.6” or “it sucked, 600 cfs”, or “I was paddling Rapid 9 with my 35 degree, 198,in my 1.5, at 600 cfs – that’s 1.2 at the bridge.”. While this numerical shorthand certainly...

Jan 22, 2021
Kokatat uses sun power to make water gear
Kokatat uses sun power to make water gear

Workers installing solar panels on the roof of Kokatat’s California factory.. In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, water sports apparel manufacture Kokatat has installed a large solar array to power its factory in Arcata, California.. The company, best known for its water-proof outwear for kayaking, canoeing, sailing and other damp sports estimates the...

Jan 22, 2021
How to Loop a Whitewater Kayak
How to Loop a Whitewater Kayak

The most out-control-feeling freestyle trick on the river, the loop is also one of the most impressive and fun things you can do in a kayak. The nice thing is that, despite its reputation, the loop is actually not that hard to pull off. Its all in the timing.. Getting set-up. To set up...

Jan 22, 2021
Kloofing Nuy River Gorge in South Africa
Kloofing Nuy River Gorge in South Africa

Canyoneering in Nuy River Gorge, South Africa. Photo by Stormy Sweitzer.. Following the second pitch of a five-pitch descent, I made the mistake of being overconfident on flat land. I tripped and landed hard on a rock on my left shin and hand. The pain was intense, but it was only when I sat up...

Jan 22, 2021
Western states debate river access for paddlers
Western states debate river access for paddlers

We all own the rivers, right?. Not so fast. Paddler’s rights to navigate Western rivers will be a matter of debate this spring.. Trouble’s brewing in Utah. More accurately, it’s brewed and has begun to froth. The state legislature is debating the rights of paddlers to navigate the state’s river, according to American Whitewater.. One...

Jan 22, 2021
Washington DC Whitewater Paddling Guide
Washington DC Whitewater Paddling Guide

Whitewater paddlers in Washington DC are like hogs in . muck. They can work high-paying city-slicker jobs and still paddle . world-class whitewater in the evenings and on weekends. It’s a rare . combo.. Tons of whitewater rivers snake through the Appalachian Mountains of the surrounding states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and...

Dec 24, 2020
Paddling Against a Tide Of Plastic
Paddling Against a Tide Of Plastic

With the wind at their backs on a following sea, Morgan and Jenny surfed the swells from Maui, landing near an abandoned resort on Lanai’s eastern shore.. Not long ago, “Club Lanai” welcomed moneyed day-trippers looking for the kind of beautiful and secluded Hawaiian adventure that only disposable income could buy. Today the pier sags...

Dec 24, 2020
Surfing the Winter Away in Rincón, Puerto Rico
Surfing the Winter Away in Rincón, Puerto Rico

A lucky dude surfing in late winter at Sandy Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.. The waiter was suspiciously tan. My friends and I had decided to splurge one night during our trip to Rincón, Puerto Rico, at a swanky Spanish villa-style restaurant where they serve the food under silver hoods, like in old movies.....

Oct 21, 2020
Everest movie, The Wildest Dream, coming out on DVD
Everest movie, The Wildest Dream, coming out on DVD

The Wildest Dream, a National Geographic movie about climber Conrad Anker finding George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest 75 years after his death, comes out on DVD on March 15, 2011. You can pre-order it through Virgil Films and other online DVD sellers.. Here’s the description of the movie from the website:. George Mallory...

Oct 17, 2020
Epic surfing documentary series releases Australia trailer
Epic surfing documentary series releases Australia trailer

The Australians are laughing at us. As we break out sweaters and chapstick here in the Northern Hemisphere, they continue their campaign of “slip, slop, slap” – slipping on a shirt, sloping on sunscreen, slapping on a hat. Okay. We get it. You live in a sun drenched paradise. . Now, to give the Aussies...

Oct 17, 2020
Coke lobbying stops plastic bottle ban in Grand Canyon
Coke lobbying stops plastic bottle ban in Grand Canyon

A Hiker on the South Kaibab Trail about half-way to Phantom Ranch. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.. After intense lobbying by Coca Cola, the head of the National Park Service has blocked a plan to stop selling plastic bottles in Grand Canyon National Park, a policy intended to reduce plastic litter.. Fed...

Oct 17, 2020
Dam on popular Washington whitewater run done got blown up
Dam on popular Washington whitewater run done got blown up

After nearly a century, the White Salmon River in Washington has been freed, opening a popular whitewater paddling run to natural water flows. On October 26, engineering blew up Condit Dam, which had constricted the flow of the river and covered a large stretch of the river bed since 1913.. “New and improved recreational...

Oct 17, 2020
Trailer for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix
Trailer for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix

The 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix puts together the world’s top whitewater kayakers to race on Eastern Canada’s high-volume rivers in a multi-stage, multi-discipline spectacle. A taste of the action is offered by this promo video for the case. .

Dec 28, 2014