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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Ed Gillet Q&A


Before there were well-documented and highly sponsored adventure expeditions, there was Ed Gillet, a man with an impossible idea that would spin the paddling world off its axis. It was 1987 when Gillet attempted an epic solo, self-supported, unsponsored kayak paddle from Monterey, California, to Maui, Hawaii. Not only did he arrive safely 2,200 miles […]



The Magellan SporTrak Pro GPS from Thales Navigation packs a lot of features into a hand-held unit. It comes with a pre-loaded 9 mb North American database of roads, highways, waterways, marine navigational aids, parks, and airports, and you can upload more detailed topo maps and street maps. It has an impact-resistant waterproof plastic case […]

Iceland Expedition


Three intrepid kayakers, Chris Duff, Shawna Franklin, and Leon Sommé, are planning to circumnavigate Iceland this summer. They will depart from Syedisfjordur in June and attempt to paddle around the entire island nation in less than four months. Duff is a veteran of big solo trips on challenging waters, and a noted paddling author as […]

Whitewater Play


For women and other paddlers with smaller hands, Werner Paddles is offering a smaller-diameter shaft option on all its paddles. It’s shown here with the Double Diamond, which has a flashy new metallic back and the neutral carbon bent shaft. Double Diamond is $425. (800) 275-3311; Wernerpaddles.com.

Splashy Fun


Kokatat‘s new Knappster splash jacket, inspired by Brandon and Dustin Knapp, is made of W. L. Gore’s Paclite waterproof-breathable fabric with a double-tunnel waist and a coated-Lycra neck closure. $175. (800) 225-9749; Kokatat.com.

Adventure Time


The Yukon Yak by Alpacka Raft of Alaska is designed for back-country adventurers. It weighs an astonishing 3 pounds 12 ounces and fits easily in a backpack. It inflates to 68 inches long and 38 inches wide. It’s not a toy – seams are welded and the floor is made of 870-denier nylon ballistics cloth. […]

Write On


The Extreme Notebook by Rite in the Rain is waterproof, tearproof, and bloodproof. It’s made of synthetic DuraRite paper-and has reference pages for wind, water, snow, and climbing, including whitewater river ratings and river emergency signals. $7.95. Shown here with the All-Weather pen, $7.95. RiteintheRain.com ; (253) 922-5000.



Extrasport’s Vapor PFD offers ultra-low profile styling in a center-zip design. thin foam at the chest, thicker on the belly, and deep-cut armholes allow free movement. $87.50. (305) 633-2945; Extrasport.com.

2003 Canoe & Kayak Reader Photo Contest


Carol Mackley Manheim, PA David Zyczynski Somerville, MA Jayne Caruso Winston Salem, NC Jim Pickering West River, MD Lynda Childs Parma, MI Lynda Childs Parma, MI Nahed Hamdi Milpitas, CA Oscar Williams Kirkland, WA Rick Stratman Chelsea, MI Rick Stratman Chelsea, MI Walter Zaremba Scituate, MA Walter Zaremba Scituate, MA Tina Bollerslev Denmark Tim Szymanowski […]

2003 Canoe & Kayak Reader Photo Contest


Lynda Childs Parma, MI Rick Stratman Chelsea, MI Nyla Newville Clayton, WI Myron Mack Grove City, OH Jim Bennett Jacksonville, FL Kevin Breslin Rockland, DE View the runners-up, click here. Enter the 2004 Amateur Photo Contest We are accepting submissions for the 2004 Canoe & Kayak Magazine Amateur Photo Contest. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 10, […]

Instant Karma for Your Paddling


In a perfect world, there would be nothing to keep paddlers from the water. No work. No stress. No injured shoulders and backs. While you probably won’t be able to get out of the work part, there may be some help for you in the stress and injuries departments. How about trying yoga? You don’t […]

Paddling the Primordial


A roundup of great swamp canoeing and kayaking trips throughout the south, including Everglades, Okefenokee, and the Great Dismal Swamp.

Paddle Seattle


Puget Sound is an area with multiple personalities. It is shrouded in clouds and moisture for much of the year, yet the summers are beautiful and warm, with hardly a drop of rain between July and October. Seattle is bordered by salt water on the west and by the rugged Cascade mountain range on the […]

New York City Day Trips


The water surface around me mirrored the autumn colors of nearby trees and the craggy cliffs soaring several hundred feet. Cormorants in neat choir rows dried their outspread wings just yards away. From around the bend came the sound of a waterfall, where a lone heron often walks the marsh grasses at its base. Manhattan […]

Paddlers Online


Online is the place to be! You can learn from the best at two new Web sites. Wanna know what’s up with two-time World Freestyle kayak champion Eric “EJ” Jackson? Log onto his new site, jacksonkayak.com, for up-to-date information on EJ as well as general kayaking information. The site provides technique tips, first-person accounts of […]

Cee-ing is Believing


Learn the C-stroke on flatwater, and your newly refined skill will increase your precision without sacrificing speed.

Gearing Up for The Cold


The warm days of summer are still months away. But don’t forget about your paddling gear just yet. Some of the best paddling of the year can be had in windy and cool weather, when the fair-weather crowds are gone and old familiar paddling areas take on a new sense of discovery. Taking a few […]

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