Canoes in the News
A selection of paddling-related news stories.
"Rec group awards League City for paddle trail event" (League City, TX)
"The East Region Texas Recreation and Parks Society honored a League City program at a Jan. 18 event. The society gave League City the Lone Star Programming Award for its Paddle the Trail event at Heritage Park. League City partnered with the American Hiking Society June 3, 2017, to offer a National Trails Day event at Heritage Park..."
"Teen Becomes Youngest Ever to Row Across Atlantic Alone" (New Jersey)
"The Princeton, New Jersey, 19-year-old on Sunday became the youngest person ever to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, topping a 2010 effort by then 22-year-old adventurer Katie Spotz. And his 44-day voyage from the Canary Islands off of Northwestern Africa to the Caribbean isle of Antigua didn’t just earn a record:..."
"Plastic sea pollution to be recycled into kayaks" (England)
"It is part of a new scheme which is looking at different ways of cleaning up plastic sea pollution. Neil Hembrow from Keep Britain Tidy said all the plastic collected is processed into pellets and then "melted and moulded into products". The kayaks will be used by community groups to clean up beaches..."
"Ed Gillet’s 63 Day Solo Odyssey" (Hawaii)
"Gillet’s California-to-Hawaii journey was the first of the modern kayak megacrossings. It was a fundamentally different type of paddling than even the most rugged coastal expeditions or island circumnavigations. It was a journey far harder for most sea kayakers to understand..."
"How to trace the Medina River" (Texas)
"Over the course of 10 years, Michael Barnes and Joe Starr have traced 50 Texas rivers by car and on foot. We inaugurate our expanded Texas River Tracing guide with the Medina River..."
"The New Future Of Canoeing"
"For years the growth of canoeing has been flat. The activity enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1970s and ‘80s after the movie "Deliverance" sent Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty into the soon to be dammed Cahulawassee River Valley. Thousands of Baby Boomers across North America flooded the rivers..."
"Message in a Bottle: Everyday secrets on display at HMNS" (Houston)
"Chad Pregracke plucked the bottle from the water who knows how many days, months or years later. To him, it was a treasure, a new addition to his ever-growing collection of messages in bottles. He's found hundreds of them - maybe thousands - during his years cleaning up riverbeds and waterways throughout the nation. And now, his collection is on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science..."
"Canoeing Trends As Told by Industry Leaders"
"We hear a lot about the exploding popularity of SUP, but I think canoeing is still the gateway drug for getting into paddlesports. That won’t change. Camps and school groups still use canoes most often, and for many kids it’s their first experience on the water..."
"Why Your River Is Worth More Than The Sum Of Its Parts"
"Longtime readers will recognize two themes occupying this space: risk and reward and the valuing of our rivers. Lately it has been more of the former and less of the latter. My pessimistic self senses paddlers today collectively value our rivers less than we did in the past and less than we should..."