Category Archives: kayak racing

The Wildwater Kayak — Versatile, Challenging, and Cool

The wildwater boat is sometimes viewed as a specialty boat, but in many ways it is more versatile than most of the boats on the market.  Imagine you wanted to combine the speed of a surf ski, the buoyancy of … Continue reading

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Why Wildwater?

From my biased perspective, it’s hard to understand why wildwater kayaking is not more popular. Wildwater kayaking gets you outside, provides adventure, and takes you to beautiful natural places. Wildwater provides similar cardiovascular benefits as sports such as running, bicycling, … Continue reading

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Downriver with a Twist: An Initiation into Slalom Kayaking

Slalom, a race over a winding or zigzag course, isn’t just for skiers anymore. Canoers and kayakers get to slalom too. And they did — last Sunday in the annual slalom races at the Kenduskeag Stream Park in Bangor. Below … Continue reading

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Melt Happens: Whitewater Races Soon to Follow

A week ago, the fact that the St. George River Race was just three weeks off seemed incongruous.  Snow was waist deep along the driveway, woodpile and picnic table were still hidden.  Small hills and gullies were beneath a uniform … Continue reading

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Not so Fast: Reflections on the Kenduskeag

“What a slog.” The three word Bangor Daily News headline went a long way to describe what many paddlers felt about the 44th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. The race, as described by Michael Alden at KenduskeagStream CanoeRace.com, is “held … Continue reading

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The Perfect Line

An imaginary line runs the length of the river. It winds around switchback turns and is stretched taut on the straightaways. At times it is exactly equidistant from the left and right banks. At times it curves only slightly to … Continue reading

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Kenduskeag Canoe Race: Slower but Still Sweet

Heraclitus tells us that we cannot step twice into the same river. As far as I know, Heraclitus wasn’t a paddler, but he probably would have agreed that you can’t paddle the same river twice either. Those who raced along … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Kenduskeag

Upwards of 500 watercraft and 1000 paddlers. 16.5 miles. Two portages. 10,260 strokes. 900+ calories burned. 1:50.08 all-time record (held by Robert Lang of New Brunswick. Date: Saturday, April 18. I’ve competed in 5-K and 10-K road races, cross country … Continue reading

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A Week on the Passy: From Winter to Spring

The photos in the slideshow above were taken while paddling a 5.5 mile section of the Passagassawakeag River 7 times during the 8 days period of March 29 to April 5, 2009. The photos are arranged geographically, moving from west … Continue reading

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Whitewater Dreams

This can be an anxious time of year for midcoast Maine whitewater paddlers. Although whitewater paddling opportunities statewide continue throughout the spring and summer, the season here is short — and the midcoast whitewater racing season is even shorter, focused … Continue reading

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