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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In June 1967, my friend John Orr and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota. Along a portage, we met a group of teenagers who were carrying a 15-year-old girl who had a “stomachache” on an improvised stretcher. When John–a football coach–gently touched her abdomen, she shrieked in pain. […]



Old Town Canoe is offering a new Royalex recreational canoe, the pathfinder. It’s 14 feet 10 inches long, with a classic recurved bow and stern. $999. (800) 343-1555; www.oldtowncanoe.com.



Sevylor has an entry into the touring inflatable kayak realm with the Eskimo ST5 100. It’s 12 feet 10 inches long and 46 inches wide, with a zip-on skirt to protect the paddler. (323) 727-6013; www.sevylor.com.



the Seneca is a performance-oriented day touring kayak from Liquidlogic with a Swedeform design and a faceted hull. It’s 15 feet 6 inches long and 23.5 inches wide, and weighs 52 pounds. $1,025. (828) 698-5778; www.liquidlogickayaks.com.



The Heritage Featherlite Angler is designed for fishing comfort and ease of use. It’s 9 feet 5 inches long and 30 inches wide, and weighs 37 pounds. $479. (401) 253-3408; www.heritagekayaks.com.



Mad River’s Express Borealis was designed for extended wilderness paddling. It’s shown here with the new Mad River IQ gunwale system that allows unlimited placement of accessories. The boat is 17 feet 7 inches long and 32 inches wide. $1,999 to $2,399. (336) 434-7470; www.madrivercanoe.com.



Bell Canoe Works has a new whitewater canoe designed by David Yost and Bob Foote. The Prodigy is 11 feet 17 inches long and weighs 42 pounds. $1,000 bare boat, $1,320 with Mike Yee Outfitting. (763) 856-2231; www.bellcanoe.com.

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Endangered Rivers


A proposal to drain three hundred square miles of wetlands and scour more than one hundred miles of river bottom has landed Mississippi’s Big Sunflower River at the top of the 2003 America’s Most Endangered Rivers list, released April 10 at a series of press conferences across the country. Two rivers facing severe water shortages, […]

Enter Photo Contest


We are accepting submissions for the 2004 Canoe & Kayak Magazine Amateur Photo Contest. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 10, 2003. Entries should be sent to Photo Contest, PO Box 3146, Kirkland, WA 98083-3146. Send original slides or high-quality prints. Prints will not be returned. Please include your full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address […]

Illinois Paddlers Seek Access


Paddlers in Lake County, Illinois, are seeking a lake site where people can launch and paddle their own canoes and kayaks. While the Forest Preserve District has done a great job creating access points on the Des Plaines River, they have only two lakes where canoes and/or kayaks are allowed – and they must be […]

What Mom Didn’t Tell You About the Bow


I love paddling the bow of a tandem canoe! Whitewater, flatwater, racing-doesn’t matter. The most action can be in front. Since I’m a pretty big guy, it is difficult to find a partner to balance the trim when I’m in front. So I’m mostly stuck in the second seat of a canoe. Therefore, as a […]

California Creekin’


High-quality whitewater, blue skies, and smooth granite–California rivers were made for paddlers. It is home to some of the best rivers and creeks in the world. The Sierra Nevada is host to an endless amount of whitewater–classic river runs, steep tributaries, first descents, and multi-day self-support trips. If you are a whitewater paddler, California has […]



KITTATINNY CANOES Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 800-Float-KC Website: www.kittatinny.com Award winning, the first and largest outfitter on the Delaware, with 62 years experience in providing quality service and equipment. Our bases are strategically located to insure the most diverse river trips, river front camping and paintball. Kittatinny offers, custom trips, group discounts, learn to canoe […]

Sprint Worlds


As many as 800 athletes from 65 participating countries will converge on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, in September, for the 2003 Sprint Canoe/Kayak World Championships. The championships, the first ever held in the United States, will be the biggest event to come to Lake Lanier since the 1996 Olympics. In addition to the participating […]

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