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Feature Kayak - Borealis XL (kit) by Pygmy Boats Inc.

Feature Canoe - Eagle by Nova Craft Canoes

HEADLINES

  • Kayaking Firefighter Saves Wounded Snow Goose - Gothamist (NY) - January 19: FDNY Battalion Chief Dan Murray is now a hero in the animal rescue community after he kayaked out into the middle of the Hudson near the Tappan Zee Bridge to rescue an injured snow goose that had been left behind by its flock... After dodging ship traffic, battling the strong current, and trying to capture and calm the flapping bird without worsening its injury, Dan was able to get the goose aboard, wrap it in a towel, and bring it to shore. This truly heroic rescue required great courage and kindness.

  • Non-Profit Kayaking Group's Dock Stolen - NBC News 4 (NY) - January 14: A Manhattan kayaking group is hoping to be buoyed by donations after they say someone plucked their floating dock out of the Hudson River. The Manhattan Community Boathouse is trying to raise $30,000 to buy a new floating dock after the one it had for three years was cut loose and stolen from the end of Pier 96 off of Hudson River Park in late October or early November, says Kaitlin Petersen, the group's president. The Manhattan Community Boathouse is a nonprofit organization that is staffed by unpaid volunteers, and it runs off donations. Last summer, Petersen said the group helped more than 20,000 kayakers get on the water.

  • Kayaker hammers Grand Canyon rapids for speed record - Spokesman Review (WA) - January 12: Ben Orkin of Portland and Harrison Rea of Georgia, paddling separately, launched on the Colorado River on Jan. 7 for an attempt at setting a record: The seasoned Colorado River guides wanted to be the fastest non-motorized boaters to traverse the Grand Canyon 277 miles from Lee's Ferry to the Grand Wash Cliffs. The time to beat was 36 hours and 38 minutes. Orkin and Rea were on track to finish in about 36 hours, until notorious Crystal Rapid had its way with Rea's boat. They self-rescued after Rea's collision with a rock and subsequent capsize, repaired the boat, continued paddling -- and still nearly broke the overall record.

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Paddling on Willow Lake in Alaska on Labor Day morning.
Submitted by: Marty Spinde - Anchorage, AK

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