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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.

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Water Shoe Review

05.18.2006

For safety and comfort, good water shoes are a kayaking essential. They protect and cushion your feet in and out of your boat. They keep you on your toes by gripping tight on slippery rocks, sandy beaches, or whatever surface you’re on. Water shoes should suit your style. Long-distance paddlers may want a shoe with […]

Paddlers File Suit for Chattooga

05.18.2006

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – American Whitewater, the nation’s leading non-profit whitewater river conservation organization, filed suit on May 18, 2006, to restore the public’s ability to paddle the headwaters region of the 52-mile Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. The American Canoe Association, Georgia Canoeing Association, Atlanta Whitewater Club, Western Carolina Paddlers, and the Foothills Paddling Club, […]

Rippin’ in Reno: Pro Kayakers Show How It’s Done

05.15.2006

RENO, May 12–Call it a day of overcoming odds. Eric Jackson, the ever-young 42-year-old world freestyle kayak champion, used his considerable experience to his advantage in claiming his second straight Reno River Festival freestyle rodeo title. In the women’s field, Australian Tanya Faux, battling a nasty bout of bronchitis that left her voice as scratchy […]

Vacation to Hell

05.12.2006

Will you be crossing an island in the South Pacific? Will you be exploring a gorge near the Arctic circle? Will you be dodging bears in Siberia? Who knows? The Basic Rules: Penstock Productions is now accepting applications from teams of expert whitewater kayakers. Each team must consist of exactly 4 kayakers. These kayakers will […]

Kids drawing Contest- Voting ends May 19th – Last chance!

05.10.2006

Here are the entrants to our Kids Drawing contest, arranged in alphabetical order by first name. Please look at all of them carefully and then vote for your top choice. Online voting has been extended to May 19, due to the delay caused by technical issues in posting the entries. Winners will be posted May […]

Kayak Tour of Beauty

05.09.2006

Eddo Stefano wears a wide, toothy grin. His frame is slight and wiry but has a raw strength that comes from the water upon which he has spent much of his life. “If you catch fish, you make money. If you don’t catch fish, you make no money,” he explains matter-of-factly. “Yeah, it’s hard work. […]

Run of the Charles

05.05.2006

A beautiful spring day made for a successful 24th Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race, the signature event of the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). “The Run of the Charles caps a great week for the Charles River,” said Charles River Watershed Association(CRWA) Executive Director Bob Zimmerman. “On Saturday, more than 1,000 volunteers […]

National Kayak and Canoe Sprint Team Named

05.05.2006

The Flatwater Sprint Senior National Team was named following the Sprint US Team Trials held on the Otay Reservoir in Chula Vista, California, from April 28-30. This team will represent the United States on a European tour, which begins next week. This tour includes World Cup competition and training with coaches Nathan Luce and Guy […]

Win Kayaks In National River Cleanup Week

05.04.2006

It’s simple: Go to the National River Cleanup Week Web site, www.nationalrivercleanup.com. Either register your own cleanup effort, or find an existing cleanup in your state, and sign up. Or call (865) 558-3595. Registering your cleanup is free. Students who participate in a an organized cleanup can submit an essay that expresses their thoughts on […]

An Afternoon on the Water

05.04.2006

The group rallied at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, and milled around for an hour or so looking at all the boats and paddles and other gear that folks had brought. Joe Matuska from Aquabound came with a paddle that has a brand new joint mechanism – they’ve applied for a patent and that was […]

Head to Toe Outfitting

05.03.2006

The right clothes can make the difference between a miserable day and a happy day on the water. In some cases, the right paddle wear is a matter of survival. How do you know what’s right for you? Start with when and where you are paddling. If it’s warm weather and warm water, you’ll want […]

Next Generation Tackles the River in Jackson Kayaks

05.03.2006

From seasoned river veterans still a long way from a driver’s license, to parents and kids getting their first tracks in whitewater, what happened out there was a transformation in what river kayaking can mean for families. The Powerhouse stretch was cranking, with about 4,400 cubic feet per second spilling over 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls and […]

Michigan Heritage Water Canoe and Kayak Trail

04.28.2006

Southwestern Michigans water trail is everything a paddle trail is supposed to be a journey rich with history, beauty and wildlife.

Colorado Paddle Fest

04.27.2006

Paddlers of all ages and abilities will come together with paddling manufacturers, top pro kayakers and leading instructors and professionals for a weekend of boating education, entertainment, and instruction. Colorado Kayak Supply in Buena Vista will be the “Event Headquarters” for the majority of the activities. CKS will also host a used gear swap and […]

Instead of a Company Car, He Got a Kayak

04.27.2006

The keen kayaker convinced his employers that the yellow kayak was more maneuverable and cheaper in the long run. He explained: “I can cover up to eight miles quite easily.” Korbel, who used to run an adventure centre and was formerly an advanced instructor for the British Canoe Union, checks that moorings are in the […]

Car Racks for Kayaks – Load ‘Em Up

04.25.2006

How are you going to get that kayak or canoe to the water? Tim Farmer lays out the options.

Baja With Kids

04.19.2006

Mixing rich Mexican culture, bathtub-warm water, and a little adventure, Conception Bay is the perfect Baja destination for a family sea kayaking trip.

By Tom Bol

First appeared in Beginner’s Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking, 2006

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