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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Fishing from kayaks grows" (Watertown, NY)
"Kayaks are gaining in popularity among a variety of boaters, especially anglers. Recent fishing competitions give credence to the growing popularity of kayaks in the angling world... Kayaks appeal to anglers for a variety of reasons. Kayaks are easy to transport, maintain, store, and their quiet approach offers an angling advantage. Kayaks are also ideal for use at hand launches, off-road waters, and motor-less waters. While kayaks are perceived as small-water boats, big-water and coastal anglers in growing numbers are utilizing these crafts..."
Complete story: Watertown Daily News
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"Man Calls 14-Foot Canoe on Boston Harbor His Home" (Boston, MA)
"Michael Smith is a man without a fixed address, someone who leaves it to the wind and tide in Boston Harbor to help decide where he'll dream from night to night. With his possessions packed in a 14-foot canoe, the wiry, mustachioed man paddles to small offshore docks after dark to pitch his tent and sleep. He wears his brown locks long and tucks a pink silk rose into the brim of his canvas explorer hat. The 49-year-old's salty lifestyle is a means of survival, but Smith detests the word "homeless" and describes himself as just another "fellow citizen..."
Complete story: ABC News
Entry contributed by Linda Gorski.

"Great explorations in Antarctica" (Antartica)
"It's a world of glistening white, where icebergs calve, whales breach and penguins mingle in their millions. To visit Antarctica - by expeditionary vessel and sea kayak - is to leave the world of man and submit entirely to the wonder of nature. A continent that no one owns, with no permanent human population and no capital - Antarctica is the planet's last true wilderness. In this frozen zone at the bottom of our world, Mother Nature is still totally in charge..."
Complete story: Herald Sun
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"At age 87, J.D. Barrett completes his 87th canoe trip of the year"
(Batavia, NY)
"Beginning last January, J.D. has canoed every month in 2012 and Saturday, December 1st saw him set out on his 87th paddle of the year -- one paddle for each year of his life. The idea was suggested to him a few years ago by some of his canoeing companions, and it was those same folks who made the arrangements for Saturday's outing on Black Creek, for years one of J.D.'s favorite paddling destinations..."
Complete story: The Batavian 
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"Fire destroys building at kayak manufacturer" (Tacoma, WA)
"A two-alarm fire destroyed a kayak manufacturing building Nov. 28, but no one was injured in the blaze. Giant plumes of black smoke could be seen miles from Sterling Kayaks shortly after the fire was reported. Because the materials inside the building included hazardous liquids, crews let the fire burn itself out to keep runoff into a nearby stream to a minimum. They were able to save a few boats from a trailer next to the building, but everything inside — kayak molds, equipment and the company’s latest project — was destroyed. “It’s all gone,” he said. “All gone...”
Complete story: News Tribune 
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"High school student builds cedar strip canoe" (Victoria, Canada)
"Roger Conrod has seen a lot of talented students pass through his woodworking shop at school over the years. But few students have displayed the talent and skills of Rodrigo Pampin, a 17-year-old Grade 12 student. That's why the veteran teacher was quick to help more than a year ago when Rodrigo revealed his dream to build a cedar-strip canoe. The project took 150 hours over more than a year, after which Rodrigo and his dad took it for a spin on a lake. "I haven't done much canoeing before, but I did really like how it felt in the water," said Rodrigo. The teacher was so impressed that he arranged to have the 16-foot canoe put on display in the school library to show others what is possible with a bit of inspiration, talent and proper training. "It's probably one of the best projects I've seen and I've been teaching for 37 years," he said. "It's just a work of art..."
Complete story: Times Colonist 
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"Canoe floats away, strands couple for 2 days" (New Madrid, MO)
"A couple of Canadian canoers are up a creek. Sharon Riley and Kevin Caners planned to paddle the Mississippi River from northern Minnesota to New Orleans. Friday, the couple set up camp on an island north of New Madrid. But when they woke up the next morning, their canoe had floated away. The couple spent two days trying to flag down barges. Finally, someone saw them and contacted the Coast Guard..."
Complete story: KFVS 12 
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"Woman killed in kayak accident " (CA)
"An experienced San Jose kayaker died after getting wedged upside down in some rocks while navigating a remote stretch of Clear Creek, officials said. According to the Coroner's Office, Shelbi Danielle Arno, 39, had previously navigated the same waters, which are not considered particularly treacherous. "It appears that she turned sideways and as she was attempting to get straightened out the kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock," she said..."
Complete story: Mercury News  
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Orca pod swims under kayakers"
"There’s whale-watching and then there’s this: a group of kayaking sightseers got the experience of a lifetime when a pod of orcas swam right under their kayaks. We don’t know where the footage was shot, but it’s pretty impressive it was shot at all considering the photographer was perched in a kayak with a whale under it… It’s amazing none of the kayakers were flipped by the whales, but equally as impressive that none of them had a heart attack when they saw a group of killer whales swimming right at them..."
Video: Houston Chronicle 
Entry contributed by John Rich.