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Where Does Danger Fit Into Your Kayaking Career?

After only a year or two of paddling, you start closely watching the snowpack, rainfall, and temperatures, and gradually become aware of a river’s moods. At first this knowledge is purely in terms of your favorite spots—you know you can surf a particular wave when the water gets to a certain level, or a certain …

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California Creekin’ Kayaking Guide: Eight Classics

Every spring in the Sierra Nevadas, snow begins its age-old search for sea level, raising the water levels of such California classics as the American, Tuolumne and Kern. Often helped by rains, it also raises the levels of these rivers’ headwaters and tributaries, many of which are attracting experienced boaters looking for the path less …

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12 Top Jungle Rivers for Kayaking

Let’s accept the obvious fact that kayaking alone in a jungle river is an experience that all kayakers look forward too. But not all rivers that goes through a forest is ideal for kayaking. To help you out we have listed top 11 Jungle Rivers that are ideal for kayaking 1. The White Nile, Uganda …

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The Art of Open Kayak Surfing

The Kayak lurches forward as the bow plunges towards the bottom of the wave trough. You feel the energy of the wave as it grabs hold of the hull. With a few rudder adjustments you find the “sweet spot” and enjoy the sensation of surfing. Not all Kayaks are created equal, however–especially when it comes …

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Surfing 101: How to Rip Reliably in a Kayak

If you are like most paddlers, your surfing probably has room for improvement. How often do you fall off a wave without a nice extended ride? Exceptional surfing ability is big fun and is a prerequisite to advanced moves. These tips will help you get longer, more predictable surfs. Where to Aim to Get the …

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How to Make Your Kayak Blade Stick

Too often, paddling instructors teach a forward stroke that emphasizes pulling the blade through the water. This description leads to inefficient paddling at best, and is an outright wrong principle to follow at worst. In every forward stroke, you should plant the blade firmly in the water, and pull your hips up to that point. …

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Why The Kayak Is The Pick Over Rafts

What would you rather drive: a Porsche or a school bus? For river runners choosing between a kayak and a raft, the choice is that simple. Kayaking whitewater is the ultimate river experience—playful, nimble and dynamic—it’s like a dance with the river. Rafting, on the other hand, is a lot like work. A raft is …

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6 World’s Best Tidal Bore Surfing Places

Whitewater paddlers know the stomach-dropping sensation of spotting a monstrous hole lurking below to throttle their tiny craft. But what if such menaces could actually pursue paddlers upstream? Strangely enough, some can. Crawling upriver capsizing boats and scouring the banks, tidal bores are moving waves or holes that rise from the ocean, appearing at full …

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How to Make Your Kayak Glide

When you fall off of a wave or miss a move through a rapid the frequent culprit is an inadvertent, barely perceptible wobble. If this wobble is enough to force you to brace rather than paddle proactively, that alone can cost the move. But even smaller wobbles can cost a move. Here’s the deal: the …

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