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.
By Alan Kesselheim Published: February 2, 2011 A group of adventurers launched from Lee’s Ferry yesterday, Feb. 1, in three home-built replicas of riverboats that haven’t been seen in the Grand Canyon since 1959. Their mission is two-fold. First, to reintroduce historic craft to the river—the brightly-colored, wood and fiberglass boats last plied the waters […]
Words and photos by Mark Jenkins Maligiaq Padilla, perhaps the greatest sea kayaker in the world, is being dragged sideways through the icebergs by a surrogate walrus. A harpoon line is wrapped beneath his kayak and over the bow and five men on shore are pulling for all they’re worth, trying to capsize and drown […]
By Conor Mihell Published: January 31, 2011 In October, when 64-year-old Polish paddler Aleksander Doba launched his custom 23-foot kayak on the west coast of Africa and set off across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, Bartosz Sawicki said the endeavor had the makings to be “one of the biggest kayak expeditions ever taken.” Now, […]
Canoe & Kayak managing editor Dave Shively and art director Robert Zaleski paddled over 100 miles down the Mississippi River’s wildest lower-river reaches with Quapaw Canoe Company owner-guide John Ruskey in his handcrafted 30-foot voyager-style canoe.
Published: January 25, 2011 Just out from filmmaker Shon Bollock: “The first of 7 trailers from Shasta Boyz Productions’ new film, Slippery When Wet. Each trailer will feature an athlete from the movie and give some insight into each character’s lifestyle. The sequel to Wet Dreams, this film will take viewers throughout the United States […]
Just out from Rolf Kraiker… Part one of a video series—from a forthcoming DVD—detailing some of the mechanics behind obtaining complete control of a canoe using the traditional “Canadian” style of paddling that has been handed down from aboriginal paddlers through generations of summer camp adaptations in the Canoe Country region of Ontario, Canada.
By C&K Staff Published: January 19, 2011 Video just in from Pascal Schaffner… The backstory, from Schaffner: “During summer 2009 and 2010 in Norway, I had the privilege to film and learn from Matze Brustmann. His virtuous paddling style is unique among the best of our trade. In 2010, I was able to film his […]
By Conor Mihell Published: January 19, 2011 A series of frustrating pitfalls have hampered the getaway plans of British expedition kayakers Justine Curgenven and Barry Shaw in their attempt to circumnavigate Isla Grande Tierra Del Fuego. The island, the largest in South America and located at its very southern tip, has never been circumnavigated. Originally […]
By Tim Mutrie Published: January 18, 2011 It doesn’t happen often, and especially when it’s flowing 20,000-plus cfs. But Ted Keyes of Twin Falls, Idaho, just did—the Grand Canyon in a sea kayak (Native Watercraft Inuit). An annual trip of self-supporting kayakers, Keyes’ crew brought the sea kayak this time, for the first time. The […]
Nestled in the southwest corner of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s eastern-most province, is the tiny fishing village of Burgeo. Home to some spectacular sea kayaking, this picture postcard of a town is blessed with everything on the wish list: Miles of sandy beaches, deep fjords and 300-plus islands to explore. Also, there are no crowds—which should come as no surprise given Burgeo’s isolation.
(Ed’s note: This is the first piece in a series.) “The canoe is the simplest, most functional, yet aesthetically pleasing object ever created.” —Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle By Conor Mihell Published: January 14, 2011 The late Canadian canoeing legend Bill Mason was fond of extolling the virtues of wood and canvas canoes in […]
By Conor Mihell Published: January 12, 2011 No one said paddling a sea kayak across the full breadth of the Atlantic Ocean would be easy, but then again, few anticipated that 64-year-old Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba’s passage from Africa to South America would be so tough. In the past month, Doba’s east to west progress […]
By Tim Mutrie Published: January 12, 2011 Swedish paddler Anton Immler is claiming a world record waterfall drop… in a Kmart-style dingy. See for yourself. Meanwhile, since word of world record waterfall drops travels fast—even if things get lost in translation coming all the way from Chile—we decided to look back at the real historic […]