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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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Choosing the Right ASA

03.21.2003

Problem: You are still taking pictures with your faithful film camera and haven’t moved on to digital. Given the many different film types, what kind should you use? It really depends on your desired end result. If you want to give shows to your friends, then you should pick slide film. If you’re working on […]

Boating in the Backcountry

03.21.2003

It is quarter to nine, dinner is cooking, and fantastic pink and purple castle-building clouds hide the sunset. Stopped by the wind about two and a half miles from the put-in on Lake Kontrashibuna, in Alaska’s four-million-acre Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, our group of four is camped on a small beach littered with […]

What Mom Didn’t Say About The Bow

03.20.2003

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 […]

Crossing Quetico

03.15.2003

Canoeing through a landscape of interconnected lakes and rivers, wide-open sky, and forest primeval, modern-day voyageurs traverse Ontario’s venerable Quetico Provincial Park during the onset of autumn, when few other paddlers are there to witness its beauty. My little Kevlar canoe, patched with duct tape as a result of a long-ago wrap around an ill-placed […]

Ed Gillet Q&A

03.15.2003

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 […]

Magellan

03.14.2003

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

03.14.2003

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

03.14.2003

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

03.14.2003

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

03.14.2003

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

03.14.2003

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.

FLOAT ME

03.12.2003

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

02.26.2003

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

02.25.2003

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

02.24.2003

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

02.24.2003

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

Paddle Seattle

02.24.2003

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 […]

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