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When I learned to snowboard, I skidded noisily from side to side, throwing snow on every turn. Years later, a friend taught me to edge into my turns, silently using the sidecut of the board to flex into its arc and send me shooting into the opposite direction even faster than I went in. Carving uses less physical effort while allowing you to ride at higher speeds with greater control. It’s also: a) hard, b) rewarding, and c) addictive. These days, our kayaks are shaped more like snowboards than ever. The wide, flat hulls slide across the water forwards, then slide sideways every time we stop paddling. They also slide every time you cross an eddy line. Why on earth are we using boats that slide out easier than the round hulls of old? Because like a snowboard, they are designed to carve.

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The skyline of Oklahoma City provides a backdrop for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials May 7-8, 2016.

Paddlesports Retailer, the official tradeshow for paddlers, by paddlers, will move to Oklahoma City in 2018. The new location was chosen for its commitment to creating a spectacular, world-class urban paddlesports venue on the Oklahoma River.

“There are two primary reasons that we’re moving to Oklahoma City,” says Show Manager Marcus Shoffner. “First, we are simply out of space in Madison. We were overwhelmed by the response from both retailers and vendors at our inaugural show. Oklahoma City gives us room to expand with a new 200,000 square foot convention center slated to open in 2020. But most importantly, Oklahoma City offers the country’s premier paddlesports venue which will be the centerpiece of our event.”

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The Beaver River has a long-standing tradition of gathering friends and delivering whitewater fun. In the 1999 May/June issue of American Whitewater, releases on the Class III-IV Taylorville section, Class IV+ Moshier section, and the Class V Eagle section were announced, and for the first time, paddlers assembled on the banks of the Beaver River during Labor Day weekend. The Beaver River Rendezvous was born! Though the boats, names of rapids (anyone know where “Splatter Platter” is?), and style of paddling has changed, the purpose remains the same: To join good friends in the celebration of some of New York’s best whitewater.

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Canoe & Kayak is pleased to announce the winning submission from the top five finalists of the 2017 Dream Adventure Contest presented by NRS.

Over 16,000 reader votes determined the finalists from a record field of 107 entries, and the winning entry was chosen by committee at the Paddlesports Retailer show the week before last in Madison, Wis. Judges considered the detail and scope of expedition plans outlined to ensure the $10,000 award, split evenly between a $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 in NRS expedition paddling equipment, would go toward an individual or team embarking on “a once in a lifetime extraordinary journey” as well as taking account of voting anomalies that may have reflected computer, automated, bot, proxy or fraudulent voting, as outlined in the contest rules.

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Since kayak fishing began, anglers have turned to the trusty plastic milk crate to house their gear and cheaply carry a variety of rods and tackle. Milk crates are cheap, lightweight and easy to find. And with a few cheap components, kayak anglers can turn a regular dairy box into a fish-slaying tool chest. All the items used can be purchased at a local hardware store for about $50 — much less than you’d spend on prefabricated rod holders, camera poles and marine lights. The milk crate we designed here is just a basic starting point. Get creative and design one that works just for you.

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Just to set the record straight, I come from a long tradition that goes back to wafer-thin Ensolite pads that were a vague illusion of comfort back in the days of backpacking yore. Lightweight, inflated pads were an unbelievable breakthrough in my camping evolution that actually allowed for comfortable nights out and warm insulation from the cold ground. Now that I’m of an age to consider when I should start drawing Social Security, and, frankly, an age when my aching shoulders keep me up at night, I’m only feeling slightly guilty about pursuing some pretty deluxe cushion when it comes to bedding down in the backcountry.

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Aleksander ‘Olek’ Doba on Sunday finished an unprecedented third Atlantic crossing by kayak, arriving just one week before his 71st birthday. The Polish adventurer had crossed the ocean twice before, from Senegal to Brazil in 2010-11 and from Portugal to Florida in 2013-14, but this was his most difficult journey yet, both physically and mentally.

His departure was delayed nearly a year after winds drove him ashore near the mouth of New York Harbor in May 2016, seriously damaging the 23-foot, 1,500-pound oceangoing kayak he fondly calls Olo. Doba and his team repaired the vessel and tried again. His second attempt ended after four days, when gale-force winds forced him to seek refuge in Barnegat Inlet at the north end of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The third time proved the charm, thanks perhaps to an offering of whiskey Doba made to his mythical doppelganger, King Neptune.

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The Río Pascua had chewed us up, beat us down and spat us out right where we started. On the ride back to Villa O’Higgins on the same boat we had arrived on four days prior, we were psychologically drained, physically broken down and thankful to be alive. An evening-long asado and healthy consumption of red wine escalated those emotions, and the next morning all of us felt a little lost. Fortunately the Nescafé brought us back to life, and by mid-day we had re-stocked our rations, loaded up our wet gear and started toward the next stage of the Patagonia Triple Crown: paddling the Río Bravo from source to sea.

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“Mendocino is such a rocky coast line,” says Cate Hawthorne, co-owner and operator of Liquid Fusion Kayaking (LFK), about her home base along California’s Mendocino County coast. “It’s a rock garden mecca. Look [over] any bluff here and you’re like, oh, look at that rock garden right there.”

Today, rock gardening continues to merge with mainstream paddling disciplines. Rock garden hounds seek out slots, drops, caves, and pour-overs. They negotiate coastal swells, frothing waters, and standing rocks. With so many of these features located in Noyo Bay, it’s easy to see why Liquid Fusion Kayaking is just a few minutes’ paddle up the Noyo River. No matter their skill level, aspiring coastal whitewater paddlers should scope out the bay. Upwards of 30 features can be found in a day, ranging from class II to V.

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Why vote?

There’s about 5,000 reasons. One for every dollar that NRS is putting up as an expedition prize to help realize one worthy everyday paddler’s trip of a lifetime. To sweeten the deal, NRS is also offering $5,000 in head-to-toe expedition paddling gear for the winning entry.

So take a look through the record 107 entries capturing paddling adventures across the spectrum: from paddlers looking to connect locally, to a crew set on a 4,700-mile voyage across the continent. The trips that our readers developed range from a three-month sea kayak epic (Prudhoe Bay, Alaska across the now ice-free Northwest Passage to Newfoundland), to a three-generation exploration of threatened National Monuments.

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