On Saturday afternoon, April 19, Polish adventurer Aleksander “Olek” Doba officially completed his second successful trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak. We go behind the scenes of the 67-year-old’s eventful waterfront landfall in New Smyrna Beach Fla., to hear from Doba and his closest team of closest supporters to get some questions answered about the 167-day, 6,000-plus-mile crossing.
Standing across from Evel Knievel’s Snake River ramp today I’m wondering what would have happened if Evel had cleared the canyon back in 1974. Yes, the ramp is still there. There’s also rock, worn from people who have bumped across the desert to get a better vantage point, a few spent shotgun shells and beer […]
Good news. Manufacturers have recognized the needs of intermediate paddlers, and created a new class of kayaks just for you. These 13- to 14-foot boats sport sleek sea-kayak lines plus some beginner-friendly features—like wide hulls and padded seats—for those looking to step up their game, or the length of their trips. All of these boats […]
Shaw & Tenney, the oldest manufacturer of oars and paddles in the U.S. and the third oldest manufacturer of marine products, turns 150 this year. Started in 1858 as a water-powered manufacturer on the Stillwater River in Orono, Maine, the company has moved twice within the same town and changed owners only three times. Shaw […]
Over the last 10 years, while guiding kayak tours at Anacapa Island and along the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island – part of the Channel Islands National Park – there’s always one seabird more than any other species that clutters the volcanic sea stacks and craggy spires at locations like Cathedral Cove and Scorpion […]
Darcy is pantomiming to me from an eddy at the bottom of a rapid on Ecuador’s Mishualli River. She’s pointing, tapping her head, and finally motioning with her paddle. I feel like a flustered kid on first base who has forgotten the steal sign.
On Saturday, May 3rd 2008, the mighty Mississippi will shut down, except for a bunch of dedicated canoe and kayak racers. It’s the 27th running of the largest canoe and kayak race in the southeastern U.S – the Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race. For Race Details – www.outdoorsinc.com Over 500 recreational and expert paddlers […]
PREVIOUS BLOGS Jim’s 4/2/2008 Kates 4/6/2008 Kates 3/27/2008 Jeff’s 3/19/2008 4/21/2008 – John Bolivar, aka JB, WebEditor/Photographer Last week it was colder and rainier than a typical cold and rainy Pacific Northwest spring( snow in Seattle in April is too much to take after a wet rainy winter.) It was time for some tropical therapy […]
The west coast of Scotland is a dream destination for sea kayakers with some of the world’s best paddling and now it will be the location of the UK’s first long distance ‘trail’ for sea kayakers. The route has been devised by Liz and Simon Willis, who live and kayak on Scotland’s west coast, and […]
Amir Shah pulls me out of Katie’s earshot and explains in a hurried whisper the sudden change of plans. “Mr. Jason, I was thinking it’s safer to stay here than Ghorband. This is Hazara area-100 percent safe,”says Amir, my colleague, trusted guide, and an ethnic Hazara. “The district chief said don’t even drive through Ghorband […]
Las Vegas gets a lot of love as an outdoor destination, but you never hear anything about its East Coast counterpart. That’s too bad. Beyond the casinos, garish shows, saltwater taffy, hip mobster kitsch, and Monopoly street names, paddlers can win big with AC’s surrounding wild forest, decent surf, and big fish. KAYAK FISHING The […]
Southern California sea kayaker Duane Strosaker has paddled the double-digit crossing to the state’s Channel Islands more than 50 times. He often leads friends on the 22-nautical-mile crossing to Catalina Island, and has made five of his trademark “Catalina for lunch” round-trips. To do so, he’s become an expert with a chart and compass, an […]
Conservationists congratulated the Canadian government and First Nations on the announcement of Canada’s newest planned national park ,Nts’ihch’oh(pronounced NAT-chee-oh). The new park will build on 40 million acres protected in Canada’s boreal forest in the past year. Larry Innes, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, joined other conservationists in celebrating today’s announcement of plans […]
They’ve been designated national parks for one reason: they’re awesome. The National Park Service administrates 391 units, from Denali National Park to the Lincoln Memorial. Here’s a few gems from the dozens that welcome kayakers. Canyonlands National Park The best way to see Canyonlands’ convoluted red rock desert is from the seat of a kayak. […]
The Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic is shaping up to be the world’s largest kayak fishing tournament once again with over 305 anglers already registered for the May 2-3 event. The charity tournament, run by JaxKayakFishing.com, will award over $60,000 in prizes and gifts from 100 sponsors. Proceeds from Jacksonville’s premier eco-tourism event benefit children’s programs […]