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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Albuquerque Boating


Historic Route 66 runs through Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the Central Avenue Bridge, Route 66 crosses the Rio Grande, where local boaters get their kicks plying the muddy waters and bird-watching just west of Old Town. In Albuquerque, the Rio Grande is ideal for a canoe trip beneath the old cottonwoods, and to the northeast […]

Georgian Bay


It was 7 a.m. and the morning light cast a golden glow. Tall grass was covered in glistening dew, and the calm water was blanketed in fog. There was a peaceful silence as my partner and I ferried loads of supplies from the car to the shoreline. We packed with relative ease, then slipped into […]

Access Is Limited


If you think access to your favorite put-in or take-out is guaranteed forever, you had better reconsider. Private and public access areas across the United States that paddlers assumed would always be available are in danger of being shut down or restricted. Visit www.americanwhitewater.org to find out more. Jason Robertson, access director for American Whitewater, […]

Canadian Canoe Museum


How would you like to see the planet’s biggest birchbark canoe, a buckskin jacket owned by Pierre Trudeau, or thousands of other heritage canoe artifacts? The place to be is the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s the home of the world’s largest collection of historic canoes, kayaks, and related artifacts. But before you […]

Photo Contest


Send in your winning canoe or kayak photograph to the Canoe & Kayak magazine Reader Photo Contest! Deadline is April 1. The top three prize winners will receive merchandise worth $500, $250, and $100 from Pelican Products, the manufacturer of bomb-proof dry cases for cameras and other important gear. Winning entries will be published in […]

New Gear from Kayak Touring 04


The Amigo from Seda can be paddled solo, or open the big front hatch and find room for a second paddler. It’s 18 feet long and 25 inches wide, and weighs 50 pounds in Kevlar. $2,100; $2,650. (619) 336-2444; www.sedakayak.com. Bending Branches has introduced a new 12-laminate ergonomic bent-shaft wooden kayak paddle, and a new […]

Southern Streams


Head south for some terrific paddling opportunities this time of year. In Louisiana and in South Carolina, separate groups are helping paddlers explore their native water routes in February, March, and April. In Lousiana, Atchafalaya Paddle Trails, a trail-building nonprofit, is leading many trips in the Atchafalaya Basin in February, March, and April to survey […]

Malaysia Meltdown


Just three hours into a four-day adventure race in Malaysian Borneo called the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest, I emerged from the suffocating jungle after a long run, trudged to the transition zone on the beach, and collapsed like a fat man who’d just sprinted up 15 flights of stairs. Dazed and nauseated, I sponged ice […]

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Northwest Territories


SLAVE KAYAK LODGE “A wild, scary, beautiful place with more world class waves than you’ve ever dreamed of.” Come and explore the Slave River in Canada’s Northwest Territories with the Slave Kayak Lodge. Guided whitewater kayaking. Airfare. Accommodation. All your meals. Even the hot tub. We’re worth the trip. Call toll-free 866-588-3278 or visit our […]

May 2005 Issue Contents


This latest issue of Canoe & Kayak is on sale now. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or paddling shop, or subscribe today! ON THE COVER Practicing Duffek paddle strokes on the Yukon’s Wind River. By Michael DeYoung FEATURES CHANNEL ISLANDS, FULL CIRCLE – A solo kayaker tackles fear and avoids sharks on […]

Learn to Drive a Truck


It’s your first trip down a wild Canadian river. You expect big rapids, large lakes, and long portages. You judge yourself capable in intermediate-level (Class II-III) rapids. Beyond that, things get scary fast. Question: Which of these methods would better improve your skills? A. Enroll in a whitewater canoe class. You’ll learn to run big […]

Dancing with Cranes


Okay, I’ll admit it. During my adolescent years, I had a big secret. An aspect of my character that was so unusual and odd that if it had ever been revealed, my reputation would have been destroyed. Once the most popular girl in high school caught me practicing this odd behavior; only quick thinking and […]

Get Your Dollies Here


Let’s face it, kayaks are awkward, heavy objects to move around on dry land, and none of us is getting any younger. These facts would seem to explain the increasing popularity of small-wheeled carts or dollies for toting boats to and from the water. In spite of jokes from passersby about “taking your kayak for […]

Poudre Whitewater Kayaking


My arms are so wasted that I can hardly lift my yellow Big EZ out of the water. I notice that my wife is having the same trouble with her boat. A constant post-nasal drip confirms that I was spending more time upside down than right side up. We slowly haul our kayaks onto the […]

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