The Olek Doba Kayak Mission Nears Completion

Under threatening twilight skies, sea kayaker Aleksander Doba arrived in Port Canaveral, Fla., yesterday at 7:20 p.m., after a 5,400-mile crossing of the Atlantic Ocean that began Oct. 5, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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We’re Cooking


Keep organized with the Spice Wheel from Backpacker’s Pantry. It’s made of food-grade acrylic, with eight compartments for spices, oils, or even dish soap. $13.90. (800) 641-0500; www.BackpackersPantry.com.

Stay Dry


The Gravity top from Wave Sport has articulated shoulders and elbow sections and seamless underarm panels for mobility. An ultrastretch neoprene neck gasket increases comfort. $190. (336) 434-7730; www.WaveSport.com.

Sea Worthy


The Na Pali touring jacket from NRS is built to keep you comfortable no matter what the ocean throws at you. It’s made of breathable Entrant fabric, with latex wrist gaskets and full storm hood. $225. (800) 635-5202; www.NRSWeb.com.

Touring fun


Perception’s new Sonoma 13.5 features the new Airalite Technology, which is light and stiff like composite, with a price closer to that of polyethylene. This boat is 13.5 feet long and 22.5 inches wide and weighs 39 pounds. $1,099. (800) 59-KAYAK; www.Kayaker.com.

Cozy Toes


The Splash from Five Ten features an Aquastealth sole for remarkable traction and a 3-mm neoprene upper for warmth. $49. (909) 798-4222; www.fiveten.com.

Ocean Protection


Imagine a network of fully protected marine reserves along the Pacific Coast of the United States, where creatures such as the Lion’s Mane jelly fish, shown here, and other marine animals can thrive forever. Under current laws, less than 1 percent of the ocean is protected. As a result, overfishing, pollution and increased human use […]

Virgin Islands


KAYAK SAFARIS 787-792-5794 Web: www.kayaksafaris.com 5 or 7 day yacht escorted sea kayak adventures to the secret treasures of St. Thomas & St. Johns, USVI; Cliffside boulder grottos, spectacular beaches, and snorkel live coral forests. After hard days on safari, hot showers, refreshments, hearty meals, and sleeping under tropical stars in your own cabin.



ALTUE SEA KAYAKING – PATAGONIA Call 562-232-1103 E-mail: altue@seakayakchile.com Web: www.seakayakchile.com Sea kayak spectacular Andean fjords of Pumalin Park in northern Patagonia where snowcapped mountains plunge into the sea. Primeval temperate rain forest, hot springs, 50′ support vessel, ocean front lodge with Chile’s oldest outfitter for great adventure spiced with local culture.

Get a Little Closer


Problem: Have you ever gone to a play spot and shot roll after roll of film of your friend doing cool tricks, only to be disappointed with the film when you get it back? It seems that you just didn’t quite capture the energy of your friend’s moves. Instead, what you got was the play […]

Patience, Grasshopper


Going straight isn’t simply about paddling forward. The novice knows that when he paddles forward, the boat does just about everything but go straight. There are several variables that cause the bow to veer into an unwanted turn, including wind, current, and boat design. Zigzagging is inevitable. The key to traveling in a straight path […]

Beyond the PavementWells Grey Provincial Park


I dipped my paddle quietly into the turquoise water, and the canoe glided forward. The lake here was very much like a fjord, with vertical rock walls forming the shore. Hundreds of feet above, snowmelt created a stream that finished its descent by forming a magnificent waterfall into the lake. In the bow, my seven-year-old […]

Paddles, Pizazz, and Jazz


Located an hour north of the New York or Vermont border, Montreal is an island metropolis designed for the paddler who wears a dry jacket by day and a suit jacket by night. It is one of Canada’s largest cities and most significant cultural centers. Jacques Cartier laid claim to New France in 1535, and […]

Paddling Schools – Midwest


WOLF RIVER GUIDES LLC W747 Peot Road White Lake, WI 54491 715-882-3002 E-mail: wolf3002@newnorth.net Web: www.wolfriverguides.com Located on the Wolf River, our experienced ACA certified instructors will teach you more in two days than you could learn in years on your own. Low student to instructor ratios allow more room in the rapids to play. […]

Jim Rada


Jim Rada, 52, was one of the upper Midwest’s most important whitewater paddlers, a man described by other paddlers as spiritual and modest. Rada, a 30-year paddling veteran, pioneered many of the region’s whitewater runs, and through an unpublished but widely distributed guidebook, introduced other paddlers to the whitewater of three states. On May 17, […]

Blind Paddler


On June 21, accomplished blind athlete Peter Crowley made a successful solo kayak crossing of the English Channel. Although he paddled solo, he was traveling alongside a sighted guide who gave him verbal directions, and a cameraman. He and his guide used lightweight Klepper kayaks, specially designed to fold up for transport. Crowely almost didn’t […]

Fishin’ Possible


From the popular lineage of roto-molded recreation kayaks the fishing kayak was born. What exactly is a fishing kayak, you ask? Put simply, a fishing kayak is one designed specifically for fishing. Of course, fishing is not a neatly pigeonholed activity, like tennis or golf. Seven-eighths of the earth’s surface is water, most of it […]

Open Ocean


Mikey and I untied our kelp anchors and backed our boats into open water. A stiff current picked us up. We drifted with it a moment, then dug hard with our paddles, sweeping our kayaks around head-on into a strong four-knot ebb. “Gonna be nice to get out on the open water and away from […]

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