Kayaking – I Love Paddling http://www.ilovepaddling.com The Canoeing.com Blog | The Place for People Who Love to Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 20:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Grab your paddles, it’s a Shootout! http://www.ilovepaddling.com/grab-your-paddles-its-a-shootout/ Wed, 04 May 2016 20:02:06 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1779 Northwoods Paddling Shootout

There’s a new paddling race event in Townsend Wi along the beautiful Townsend Flowage. The first annual Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout, June 10th, 11th and 12th will feature five paddle sports races on a ½ mile closed course around four turns. Participants in Kayak Singles, Pro Kayak Singles, Kayak Doubles, Canoe Doubles and Paddleboard Singles will challenge the course and each other during the three day event.  Participants from the local area, around the state and the Midwest are expected to compete for cash prizes and the “Thrill of Victory.”

Hopefully the Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout will grow to be a first class annual event and is produced by FishingBoatingOutdoor of Lakewood, Wisconsin with collaboration by selected businesses, groups and individuals.

Find out more about the Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout >

What is the American Canoe Association? http://www.ilovepaddling.com/what-is-the-american-canoe-association/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:08:09 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1744 acabanner

For years we’ve been digging through the ACA web site for events, classes, and paddlesports news, and we’ve never really grasped the depth of the American Canoe Association and all it does. So what is it?

The ACA was founded in 1880 and has since grown “into the nation’s largest and most active nonprofit paddlesports organization with 30,000 members and over 300 Clubs and Affiliates across the United States and abroad.” These days, the ACA produces paddlesport events, certifies instructors, facilitates stewardship, organizes world-class competitions, promotes adaptive paddling, and supports local clubs in a myriad of ways. As paddlesports grow, and the health of our waters becomes more important every day, the ACA is on the leading edge — “to work at the grassroots, regional and national levels to promote fun and responsible canoeing, kayaking, rafting and stand up paddleboarding and advocacy for recreational access and stewardship of America’s waterways.”

What can you find on their site? A ton! Here are just a few highlights and links we use frequently:

Canoeing.com is proud to be an affiliate of the ACA, families, individuals, and clubs can join for number of benefits, find out more HERE

Calling all Paddling Clubs http://www.ilovepaddling.com/calling-all-paddling-clubs/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:21:51 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1726 Give your volunteer project a boost this year! Are you planning  a riverbank cleanup? Or working on new water trails? The ACA and L.L. Bean sponsors paddling clubs every year with the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Grant Program. Grant requests are due Feb 12 so get your club motivated and get your applications in right away.

As paddlers, we’re often the people who do the most to protect and improve the waterways that we love, and this is a great way to do even more — Eligible projects include: cleaning up waterways, clearing in-stream safety hazards, maintaining access areas, erecting signs and controlling erosion, establishing and maintaining paddle trails, acquiring threatened access points, and providing sanitary facilities. Grant amounts range from $100-$1,000.

Find Out More >



Snow Kayaking? http://www.ilovepaddling.com/snow-kayaking/ http://www.ilovepaddling.com/snow-kayaking/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:46:44 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1243 If you live in a Northern clime, and the pending arrival of a thing called snow has relegated your canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board to the garage you might want to check out a little thing called snow kayaking.

While snow kayakers use kayaks and paddles, it makes some whitewater kayaking look tame by comparison–this is defintiely a “helmet required” kind of sport.

(If the video doesn’t play, you can also watch it HERE.)

While we’re not sure this qualifies as a family friendly sport, the Mother Nature Network has named snow kayaking one of the 12 most wacky winter sports and there is such a thing as the Snow Kayak World Championships. Hosted by Red Bull, of course.



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Explore the St. Croix River Basin by Canoe http://www.ilovepaddling.com/explore-the-st-croix-river-basin-by-canoe/ Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:47:41 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1230

Photo from www.stcroixriverassocation.org

With the descent of winter just around the corner, it might seem a little early (or late, depending on how you look at) to talk about canoeing in the St. Croix River Basin in Wisconsin. But the 2013 Paddle Namekagon is looking for participants for a canoeing and kayaking adventure next summer.

The week-long adventure, which starts May 18 and runs through May 24, starts in Cable, WI and explores 92 miles of the Namekagon–all the way to its confluence with the St. Croix River.

According to an announcement in the Star Tribune, the St. Croix River Association will haul overnight gear, provide a shuttle from Danbury, WI to the start of the paddle, and provide cooking gear.

Find more information HERE, on the St. Croix River Association web site.

Good Paddling, and Good Eats http://www.ilovepaddling.com/good-paddling-and-good-eats/ Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:25:03 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1226

Photo from http://rickbakas.com

We love paddling, and we also love good food. So a Back to Bakas post on a weekend paddling trip down California’s Russian River definitely caught our eye.

A grilled tri-tip sandwich with a glass of Pinot Noir? Spiral cut hot dogs and and a specialty brew from the Russian River Brewing Company? All while sitting next to a campfire and a softly flowing river, the kayaks tucked safely onto shore? Yes, please.

We couldn’t resist sharing, as we head into the weekend. What’s the most creative meal you’ve made while camping?

Catch Round 2 of Olympic Paddling on Tuesday http://www.ilovepaddling.com/catch-round-2-of-olympic-paddling-on-tuesday/ Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:37:13 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1158

Sprint Kayaker Carrie Johnson, Photo by Patti Horton

The U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team is back on deck in London this week: kayaker Carrie Johnson races in the K1 500-meter sprint early Tuesday morning. If you’re an East Coast morning person, you can watch it live online HERE at 5:07 a.m. eastern time.

A three-time Olympian, Johnson trained for the London games in Pusiano, Italy in the weeks leading up to her races. In Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004, Johnson just missed out on advancing to finals but hopes to reach finals and even medal this year.

On Friday, Johnson and teammate Tim Hornsby will race in the 200m event, which is making its debut at the London games.

Olympic Update: Penalties Keep U.S. Canoe/Kayak Slalom Athletes from Advancing http://www.ilovepaddling.com/olympic-update-penalties-keep-u-s-canoekayak-slalom-athletes-from-advancing/ Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:25:38 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1151

Casey Eichfield, Photo Courtesy USA Canoe/Kayak

After two days of slalom racing at the 2012 Olympic Games, U.S. Canoe and Kayak athletes put in a good show but failed to advance to semi-finals in the slalom competition:

U.S. Canoe and Kayak Slalom Results
On Sunday, July 19, three-time Olympian Scott Parsons (Men’s K1) and two-time Olympian Casey Eichfield (Men’s C1) narrowly missed out on advancing to semi-finals. Parson placed 16th out of 22 boats and Eichfield placed 14th out of 17 boats. For official times and race details, read the U.S. Canoe/Kayak team press release HERE.

On Monday, July 30, Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer (Men’s C2) posted times fast enough to advance to the next round of competition, but lost six seconds off their official time due to three gate touches. Caroline Queen (Women’s K1) lost two seconds due to one gate touch, and on a second qualifying heat, nearly missed the last gate (which would have resulted in a 50-second penalty). To the delight of the crowd, she battled back to the course and finished the race.

Hurd and Larimer finished 12th out of 14 boats, and Queen finished 17th out of 21 boats.

Up Next: Slalom Semi-finals and Finals:
U.S. slalom racers may be finished, but Olympic athletes advancing to the next round of slalom competitions will compete at the following times (in London time):

Tuesday, July 31
Slalom Men’s C1 Semifinal, 13:30
Slalom Men’s C1 Final, 15:06

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Slalom Men’s K1 Semifinal, 13:30
Slalom Men’s K1 Final, 15:15

Thursday, Aug. 2
Slalom Men’s C2 Semifinal, 13:30
Slalom Men’s C2 Final, 15:18
Slalom Women’s K1 Semifinal, 14:12
Slalom Women’s K1 Final, 15:57

Next Event for the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team: Sprint Racing
The fun isn’t over for the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team. Sprint races begin on August 6 for all remaining athletes.

Canoe Sprint, Schedule and Medals HERE >

Olympics Canoe and Kayak Coverage on NBC
Taped highlights of the Women’s K1 Slalom will be shown on NBC at 4:45 Eastern Time. Men’s C-2 Slalom highlights will be shown at 12:50 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning. Check local listings HERE.

For a primer on Olympic canoeing and kayaking, read more on www.ilovepaddling.com HERE.

Olympic Paddling! Catch the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Olympic Team in the London Olympics http://www.ilovepaddling.com/olympic-paddling-catch-the-u-s-canoe-and-kayak-olympic-team-in-the-london-olympics/ Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:07:01 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1131

With the Olympic Ceremonies mere hours away, pre-Olympic coverage has tweeted about everything from the silliest banned items for spectators (leave those wide-brimmed hats at home) and speculation about who will light the torch (the money’s on Roger Bannister, who broke the 4-minute mile). But we’ve got our eye on a few of the Olympic athletes: the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Olympic Team.

Canoe and Kayak Team
Seven canoe and kayak athletes will participate in seven paddling events, starting on Sunday:

Sprint – women’s single kayak (K1) 500m: Carrie Johnson
Sprint – women’s single kayak (K1) 200m: Carrie Johnson
Sprint – men’s single kayak (K1) 200m: Tim Hornsby
Slalom – women’s single kayak (K1): Caroline Queen
Slalom – men’s single kayak (K1): Scott Parsons
Slalom – men’s single canoe (C1): Casey Eichfeld
Slalom – men’s double canoe (C2): Eric Hurd & Jeff Larimer

According to the team web site, there are two Olympic disciplines within canoeing and kayaking: flatwater sprint and whitewater slalom. Both include canoeing and kayaking, but there is currently no women’s canoeing in the Olympics. C1 and K1 denote a single canoeist or kayaker, and C2 indicates a team of two.

The Olympic Canoe and Kayak Schedule
Canoeing and kayaking events start on Sunday, July 29 (first full week below, in London time):

Sunday, July 19
Slalom Men’s C1 Heats,  13:30 – 16:30
Slalom Men’s K1 Heats,  14:24 – 17:30

Monday, July 30
Slalom Men’s C2 Heats,  13:30 – 16:30
Slalom Women’s K1 Heats,  14:12 – 17:30

Tuesday, July 31
Slalom Men’s C1 Semifinal, 13:30
Slalom Men’s C1 Final, 15:06

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Slalom Men’s K1 Semifinal, 13:30
Slalom Men’s K1 Final, 15:15

Thursday, Aug. 2
Slalom Men’s C2 Semifinal, 13:30
Slalom Men’s C2 Final, 15:18
Slalom Women’s K1 Semifinal, 14:12
Slalom Women’s K1 Final, 15:57

Canoe Sprint Schedule Results and Medals HERE >

Canoe Slalom Schedule Results and Medals HERE >

For the full schedule, and to learn more about the team’s history, visit their web site HERE.

Olympic Canoeing History
Canoeing and kayaking were introduced to the Paris Olympics as a demonstration sport in 1924, and made their official debut at the Berlin Games in 1936. Paralympic canoeing will make its debut in Rio in 2016.

The last time the U.S. won a gold medal in canoeing was the men’s C-2 slalom competition in 1992. Find a full list of medalists HERE.

Water Explorer Making Waves with Kayak Crossing from California to Hawaii http://www.ilovepaddling.com/water-explorer-making-waves-with-kayak-crossing-from-california-to-hawaii/ Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:38:21 +0000 http://www.ilovepaddling.com/?p=1095

Aptly named explorer Wave Vidmar is making waves in the paddling world and the general media for his upcoming solo journey from California to Hawaii–by kayak. Vidmar will be completely alone, and his journey of more than 3,100 miles will be unsupported.

Coverage in the New York Times and Signal News reports that Vidmar will paddle a custom-built kayak for an estimated 45 to 60 days. When he hits open water, any rescue could cost as much as $35,000 an hour. If the crossing is successful, he will be the second man to navigate an ocean cross to Hawaii. Ed Gillet paddled from Monteray Bay to Maui in 63 days.

Read Tom Sims’ story, “Explorer Pushes Boundaries of a Human-Powered Watercraft” in the New York TImes HERE, and the Signal News update by Chilton Tippin HERE.

Photo credit Seaward Kayak’s Facebook page.