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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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Prigord Paddling

11.02.2004

So you’re an old pro at the sport. You can make your canoe skim through the rocks, safely run a waterfall, shoot the roughest rapids. But here’s one trick you’ve probably never tried. On a trip to southwest France, we morphed our canoes into time machines, and spanned 370 centuries in just 12 days, paddling […]

Balls vs. Brains

10.19.2004

The southeast loses valuable tourism dollars during hurricane season, but maybe they should focus on luring hairboaters. Last month, when thousands fled coastal areas, whitewater paddler Dan Gavere jetted to Washington, D.C., to join a group of hairboating pals to paddle rain-swollen rivers and creeks. The fearless band was “warming up” on the Great Falls […]

Kids in Canyonlands

09.30.2004

Looking for a perfect family canoe trip with desert landscapes rivaling the Grand Canyon, ancient Indian ruins to explore, and no crowds? Then pack up the kids, strap on your canoe, and head to Canyonlands National Park for a float on the Green River. Just don’t forget to calculate the “Sky Factor.” What is the […]

Powell River Forest Canoe Route

09.30.2004

We picked our way through a ghost forest of drowned trees on Lois Lake, searching for some indicator of our portage route. There it was, a faded orange triangle posted on a stump. We paddled on, guided by one triangle after another, till we found the path that would lead us to Horseshoe Lake. It […]

Expedition Sea Kayaks

09.29.2004

What paddler among us has not heard the stories told by well-traveled fellows at slide shows, in saloons, or around the campfire about their paddle trips wandering up the Inside Passage, retracing Steinbeck’s route through the Sea of Cortez, or meandering along the Intracoastal Waterway of the Southeast? Expeditions are these flights of dream come […]

New Products October 2004

09.28.2004

Ocean Fun Enlightened Kayaks’ T16.0, designed by John Winters and made of DuraLight thermoformed material, combines stability and efficiency. It is 16 feet long, 24 inches wide, and weighs 52 pounds. $1,199. (859) 426-8380; www.enlightenedkayaks.com. Bright Light The Pelican MityLite 3N LED Flashlight is water resistant, has a brilliant LED beam, an unbreakable body, and […]

River-Tripping Canoes

09.25.2004

Originally manufactured by the Chestnut Canoe Company beginning in 1910, the Prospector is the longest-lived canoe design still in production. It is also a design synonymous with the concept of a “river-tripping” canoe, especially in Canada. Today, several canoe companies have a Prospector model in their lineup. Though the design is subject to interpretation by […]

Giddens Wins National Event

09.23.2004

Sept. 20 One month after winning the Silver Medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Rebecca Giddens was at it again on her 27th birthday Sept. 19, winning the women’s kayak class at the Whitewater Slalom National Championships. Anna Jorgensen came in second and Hannah Larsen was third. See photos and learn more about […]

Barton Wins Surfski Comp

09.23.2004

Sept. 19 Greg Barton successfully defended his title of US Surfski champion at this year’s Ocean Paddlesports US Surfski Championship, held in San Francisco on September 18th. Over 100 of the United States’ best paddlers came together to vie for top honors. The field of athletes was very strong. In addition to Barton, a two-time […]

Cedar-Strip Canoe

09.22.2004

As a paddler living in Red Wing, Minnesota, I have spent many enjoyable hours cruising the beautiful rivers and lakes located just a few miles from my home. Last winter, while the ice thickened and the snowflakes flew, I found myself once again dreaming of summer. Nothing unusual about that, but I wasn’t just thinking […]

Digital Cameras for Paddlers

09.22.2004

Seated in my kayak, I peer into the shallows of a saltwater lagoon. The tide is out. Eelgrass drifts like smoke on the surface. On the bottom, a bulbous white moon snail plows through the sand. Digital camera in hand, I plunge my arm deep over the side until the snail looms large in the […]

Paddling Lapland

09.17.2004

The last time I had traveled by helicopter, the pilot squeezed between Boston skyscrapers as we flew toward the barren islands in the city’s outer harbor. I was 13 years old, thrilled to be riding in a Plexiglas bubble where I could see the rippled water beneath my feet. Now, nearly 40 years later, I […]

Vote the Environment

09.14.2004

Care about clean water, clean air, free-flowing rivers? Patagonia says vote for what you care about. Learn more at www.patagonia.com/vote. While politicos and public interest organizations court undecided voters and NASCAR Dads this election season, Patagonia, Inc., the outdoor gear and apparel company, has launched a national and regional voter registration and education campaign focused […]

eNRG clip 3

09.14.2004

eNRG clip 2

09.14.2004

eNRG #1

09.14.2004

Tug o War

09.08.2004

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