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.
If Disney designed a Kayaking World it would look an awful lot like Baja. Sparkling warm ocean waters, amazing wildlife and a myriad of islands to explore, spiced up with a little danger from ferocious wind storms.
By Matthew Magolan first appeared in October 2005 Canoe & Kayak The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been firmly ensconced in the upper echelon of Playboy’s Top 25 Party Schools for as long as the infamous magazine has been ranking institutions of higher learning. What more can be said about Madison after an endorsement like that? […]
Story & Photographs by Michael Powers first appeared in Kayak Touring 2005 “Wasa Nui. WASA NUI,” Michael Venziano recited, smiling broadly at the cryptic words beneath a big breaking wave on a sign hanging from a small shop. “How’s that for a tribal name for our expedition?” We were wandering along the waterfront of Uturoa, […]
by Marty Grabijas first appeared in Kayak Touring 2005 A forward stroke is one of paddling’s “gifts.” Your first lesson in how to execute a forward stroke probably sounded something like, “Plant at your feet and pull on the paddle.” While that explanation got you moving forward, it would do little to help you make […]
This latest issue of Canoe & Kayak is on sale now. It’s our 2006 Buyers Guide full of listings of all the gear in the paddling world. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or paddling shop, or subscribe today! ON THE COVER Any body of water is a great place to go paddle…especially […]
What’s happened in those 125 years? Here are 12.5 highlights: 1. First Call—The National Canoe Congress: A general convention of canoeists will be held at Caldwell, Warren County, NY – head of Lake George – August 3d, 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1880, at which it is proposed to perfect the organization of a National Canoe […]
by Rolf Kraiker Story first appeared in December 2005 issue Read more about Rolf’s Adventures at his websitewww.blazingpaddles.ca The old man on his way to the trash bin was obviously employed by the fast-food joint where we’d stopped for a coffee break. As he passed the space where my wife and I had parked our […]
Devon Barker from McCall, Idaho, won the Women’s International Class Surf Championship at the Pura Vida World Surf Kayak Championships in Jaco, Costa Rica, in October. Barker shared her experience via e-mail, which covers several days of the competition: Dear Friends,I had a great comp in finals with two rides with steep green wave take […]
A ghostly apparition slowly emerged from the wisps of fog shrouding the darkness. As it approached, the indistinct figure gradually assumed the shape of a spectral kayaker. The night’s silence was pierced by the roar of storm surf crashing somewhere in the unseen distance. Was this some malevolent spirit? No, the hearty laugh and friendly […]
To raise critical funds and promote their organizational mission, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is hosting a first-of-a-kind online auction from Nov. 1 – Dec. 9. Ideal for holiday shopping or picking up gear for next summer’s vacation, the NFCT auction will feature a unique collection of items including canoes, paddles, paddling accessories, lodging […]