Jeff Moag

Editor-at-Large for Canoe & Kayak

246 Articles by: Jeff Moag
Trials at Sea

Trials at Sea

I’ve been in similar situations and quit. That’s how I know that regret lasts longer than hardship and cold.

Ruby’s River: Coming of Age on the Big Bend

Ruby’s River: Coming of Age on the Big Bend

As each of our children comes of age, we’ve made a tradition of returning to their river as a family. Now it’s Ruby’s turn.

The Fun Brothers, Jim and Jeff Snyder

The Fun Brothers, Jim and Jeff Snyder

Their Holy Grail was the “mystery move”—using river currents to pull their low-volume boats completely underwater. Jim pushed the design and technique until he and his fellow squirtists were swi[...]

Paddling Provocateur Corran Addison

Paddling Provocateur Corran Addison

“I used to make the joke that the industry was filled with gray-haired, bearded, tree-hugging forest fairies. There was a sort of status quo about what a boat should do, and what kayaking was. And I[...]

Tom Johnson, the Prophet of Polyethylene

Tom Johnson, the Prophet of Polyethylene

“I knew it was going to change the entire world of paddling.” —Plastic kayak pioneer Tom Johnson.

Guerilla Warriors of the Self-Bailing Revolution

Guerilla Warriors of the Self-Bailing Revolution

“The novelty of building boats wears off after about the fifth one,” he says, “Besides, I wanted to be a user, not a builder.” —Self-bailing pioneer Marty McDonnell.

Aluminum Canoe Guru Bill Hoffman

Aluminum Canoe Guru Bill Hoffman

War-weary Americans couldn’t get enough aluminum canoes. in 1946 Grumman had orders for 10,000 on the books.

Sit-on-Top Visionary Tim Niemier

Sit-on-Top Visionary Tim Niemier

"I’ve come to peace with the fact that my addiction is designing new boats,” says the creative mastermind behind the sit-on-top kayak.

Hoffmeister to Kayak 30,000 miles Around North America

Hoffmeister to Kayak 30,000 miles Around North America

By Jeff Moag Freya Hoffmeister today announced her plan to circumnavigate the North American continent by sea kayak. The German adventurer will attempt the approximately 30,000-mile journey over the n[...]

Open-boat Bomber Nolan Whitesell

Open-boat Bomber Nolan Whitesell

To get a permit to run the Niagara Gorge, Whitesell had to post bond against the cost of a potential rescue. He put up his home as collateral.