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SUP Primer #1

In past blog posts we’ve detailed the nuances of recreational kayaks, touring kayaks, sea kayaks & whitewater kayaks.  Here at California Canoe & Kayak, we also have a standup paddleboarding program as part of our product and instructional offering, so … Continue reading

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BC Tidal Rapids Trip

The inspiration for this trip came from watching Team P&H paddler Bryan Smith’s fabulous DVD Pacific Horizons during which he introduced the world to the remarkable Okisollo tidal rapid and standing wave. Ever since watching that DVD I have wanted … Continue reading

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Support Strokes 2012

On September 29, 2012, California Canoe & Kayak will launch their 12th annual Support Strokes, the annual fundraiser paddle-thon on the Oakland Estuary. Support Strokes was created in memory of a dear friend of the paddling community who lost her … Continue reading

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California Spring in the Jackson Zen

The Jackson Zen 65 has made my spring here in the California Sierras.  Every day I have spent in this boat, I have found happiness.  I started kayaking 16 years ago and my first boat was a Wave Sport Lazer, … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #3 – Whitewater Kayaks

True whitewater boats are quite different from recreational or sea kayaks. They have a very different purpose – to avoid obstacles instead of covering distance. As such, they turn easily but are hard to make go straight. And while you … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #3 – Sea Kayaks

First off, paddling a boat on the ocean doesn’t make it a sea kayak. A sea kayak is determined by what a boat is capable of, regardless of the location it’s paddled. Sea kayaks are designed to handle rough waters, … Continue reading

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Jackson Zen Kayak Review

by Bryant Burkhardt The Zen is the new river runner from the great people at Jackson Kayaks. It is a moderate volume boat that comes in three different sizes (55,65,75), with a planing hull and relatively soft edges. It is … Continue reading

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