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LANDFALL

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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Jim Rada

06.24.2003

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 Rada, a 30-year paddling veteran, pioneered many of the region’s whitewater runs, and through an unpublished but widely distributed guidebook, introduced other paddlers to the whitewater of three states.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

06.20.2003

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

06.16.2003

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

06.16.2003

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 […]

Ontario

06.04.2003

Kilarney Outfitters 800-461-1117 Web: www.killarneyoutfitters.com Discover the brilliant blue lakes and white quartzite ridges of Killarney Park, and the red granite shoreline of Georgian Bay, the sixth Great Lake. We rent canoes and sea kayaks, pack outfitting packages, offer shuttle service and guide day trips in one of Ontario’s most spectacular wilderness locations. Multi-day guided […]

Frankie Hubbard, 1961-2003

05.28.2003

The whitewater community worldwide, especially open canoeists, lost a beloved and influential friend this spring. Frankie Hubbard, paddler, competitor, and boat designer, died May 4, 2003, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from lung cancer. He was 41. Hubbard pioneered many revolutionary high-performance whitewater canoe designs, including the Mohawk Edge, Mohawk Viper series, Dagger Ocoee, Savage Superfly, and […]

The Baby Grand

05.16.2003

When most paddlers think of the Colorado River within Arizona, visions of Grand Canyon-type rapids and mile-deep chasms come to mind. But downstream of the Grand is another remarkable canyon. This one has no whitewater thrills, just placid, highly canoeable waters coursing through a spectacular gorge, mountain desert scenery, and at either end of the […]

Paddle Oregon

05.13.2003

Some 150 paddlers will head down a 120-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River in September as part of Willametter Riverkeeper’s Paddle Oregon event. In its third year, Paddle Oregon provides canoeists and kayakers an educational river experience that incorporates information about the Willamette River’s history and ecology. The event is designed for paddlers of all […]

Kayakers Wanted

05.13.2003

Fresh from the wilds of Mozambique, another Scientific Exploration Society team of explorers is planning to take their research, kayaking, and diving skills to Madagascar Masoala Peninsula in November 2003, to continue their role at the forefront of scientific exploration. The team will venture up to the northeastern corner of the island, much of which […]

Whale Worth It

05.10.2003

As we launch our loaded sea kayaks from the Tadoussac town beach, we can already see whales feeding far out in the bay. The skies are clear as we paddle along the shore skirting the big, blue waters of the St. Lawrence River. As we round the point and enter the narrow Saguenay River, we’re […]

Poll Results Archive

05.07.2003

How did you learn to paddle? Total Votes: 374 From my parents: 9% From friends: 11% From a paddling school: 5% At summer camp: 8% From a club: 5% At school: 2% Paid private instruction: 1% On my own: 55% How old were you when you started paddling? Total votes:356 0-5: 4% 6-10: 12% 11-15: […]

The Silence is Deafening

05.06.2003

We glide beneath a wall of rock layered in white, rust, brown, so many shades for which I have no names. The silence is palpable–our paddles idle, our voices still–as we drink in the evidence of eons of time and the erosive power of water. It is moments like this that I will remember when […]

Inflation is a Good Thing

05.01.2003

I wasn’t always a cheerleader for inflatable paddlecraft. Like many “serious” paddlers, I was suspicious about the ruggedness and usefulness of these blow-up rubber boats; I certainly wasn’t going to entrust my life in the wilderness to any “pool-toy” ducky. But things have changed. Starting with a trip down Oregon’s wild Rogue River 10 years […]

Epic Endurance

05.01.2003

The Epic Touring Endurance is a high-performance kayak with hatches and bulkheads for extended trips.Designed by Greg Barton and Oscar Chalupsky, it’s 18 feet long and 21.5 inches wide and weighs 47 pounds. $2,495 with the SmartTrack rudder, $2,345 without. (866) GET-EPIC; www.EpicKayaks.com.

Orca Weekender

05.01.2003

The Orca Weekender is Pyranha’s new touring kayak. It’s 15 feet 4 inches long and 23 inches wide, and weighs 55 pounds. With its hard-chined hull it can be leaned on edge for tight turns. $1,350 with rudder, $1,150 without. (828) 254-1101; www.pyranha.com.

Eddy Turns and Peel-Outs

05.01.2003

Doing an eddy turn or peel-out can be likened to driving a car around a curve in the road. Roads are engineered with the most user-friendly tilt throughout the turn. This slope is called a bank. The tighter the turn, the more banked it must be. When driving at prescribed speeds, the car tracks throughout […]

Eddy Turns and Peel-Outs

05.01.2003

Doing an eddy turn or peel-out can be likened to driving a car around a curve in the road. Roads are engineered with the most user-friendly tilt throughout the turn. This slope is called a bank. The tighter the turn, the more banked it must be. When driving at prescribed speeds, the car tracks throughout […]

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