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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2011 Boat Book – Innova Kayaks


Burlington WA www.innovakayak.com (360) 707-2855 Twist i/ii $499/$599 in LitePack single-coated rubber L: 8’6”/11’9”; W: 30”/36”; 16/23 lbs. In it’s bag, the Twist is about the size of a sleeping bag stuff sack. The Twist is the perfect pack-in kayak for fishing and hunting. The LitePack fabric is comfortable, surprisingly durable, and PVC-free. Twists are […]

2011 Boat Book – Jackson Kayak


Sparta, TN www.jacksonkayak.com (931) 738-2628 Rogue 9/10 $899 in superlinear rotomolded polyethylene L: 9’4”/10’; W: 27.75”/ 27.5”; 44/49 lbs The quiver of one for the paddler that wants to do it all – meandering rivers, light touring, Class II-III whitewater – this hybrid whitewater/touring design goes downriver with confidence and crosses lakes with precision glide. […]

Unsalted Surf


Ray Boucher’s idea of kayak surfing isn’t tinged with salty spray or flattened by high tide. The Wawa, Ontario-based sea kayak instructor is among a growing contingent of whitewater and sea kayakers surfing the freshwater waves of Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes. And now, come autumn, after the relatively calm days […]

Unfiltered: Don Starkell, Expedition Paddler


Photograph by Ian McCausland In the spring of 1980, Don Starkell and sons Dana and Jeff portaged their 21-foot canoe down the street from their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to the banks of the Red River and set off for South America. They were arrested, shot at, kidnapped by pirates and nearly starved. But two […]

2011 Boat Book – KayakPro Kayaks


New Rochelle, NY www.kayakpro.com (914) 740-5055 Zazzzu K2 L: 21’3” W: 21” Zazzzu K2 is based on the award winning features of the Nem but in a double Kayak. It is a fast, Ocean and flat racing K2. Stable and able to contend with all conditions. Its pronounced buoyant bow allows “with ease Surfing” without […]

2011 Boat Book – Klepper America


Santa Ana, Ca www.klepperamerica.com (866) 566-6342 Single Expedition Series $4,258 Expedition I 450, L: 15’; W: 28” $4,323 Expedition I SL 490, L: 16’; W: 28” $4,529 Quattro AE I SL 490, L: 16’; W: 28” The Expedition models come with TPU (polyurethane) hull material, a selection of breathable Egyptian cotton deck material, paddle pockets […]

2011 Boat Book – Lakeshore Paddleboard Company


Reno, NV www.lpc-sup.com (775) 852-9100 The River Rover $1,275 in EPS/Epoxy construction L: 14’; W: 32”; 37 lbs. The ultimate expedition SUP. This board is designed to carry a lot of weight and has numerous tie downs for all your gear. Effortless glide, excellent tracking, and extreme stabiity. Whether it be fishing, camping, snorkeling, diving, […]

2011 Boat Book – Liquidlogic


Greensboro, N.C. www.liquidlogickayaks.com (828) 698-5778 Coupe $799 L: 10’; W: 30”; 46 lbs. The Coupe’s hull is whitewater ready with soft edges for easy control and the upswept bow to ride up and over waves and rapids. On quiet waters it transforms to a touring SOT by deploying its unique spring loaded skeg. Now shipping […]

2011 Boat Book – Mad River Canoe


Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2011 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2011 designs of Mad River Canoe. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. MALECITE UL $2749/$2969 (aluminum/wood gunwales), Kevlar composite L: 16’5.25” ; W: 34.5” ; 43lbs Based on the timeless, versatile design of the […]

2011 Boat Book – Native Watercraft


Greensboro, NC www.nativewatercraft.com www.liquidlogickayaks.com INUIT 14.5 $1,199 L: 14’6”; W: 24.5”; 61 lbs. The Inuit series is stable enough for beginners but has comfort and maneuverability that the most seasoned paddling veteran will appreciate. The shorter hull makes turning easier but the Tru Track Hull provides the smooth tracking of much longer boats while the […]

2011 Boat Book – Necky Kayaks


Old Town, Maine www.neckykayaks.com 800-8-Kayaks LOOKSHA ELITE $3,100 in fiberglass composite L: 17′; W: 22″, 52 lbs. An outstanding sea touring, expedition kayak with exceptional tracking, performance, glide, and storage capacity, this kayak will take you there. Combined bow and stern storage capacity of more than 200 liters and SmartTrack rudder foot controls makes this […]

2011 Boat Book – North Shore Sea Kayaks


Bainbridge Island, WA www.NorthShoreSeaKayaks.com (206) 661-3745 POLAR Polar—$3,299 in fiberglass, L: 16’9”; W: 21.5”; 53 lbs. Polar HV—$3,299 in fiberglass, L: 17’5”; W: 22”; 55 lbs. The expedition-capable Polar is loosely based on southwest Greenland form, with hard chine and noticeable rocker, the hull is quick yet very responsive to edging for maneuverability and course […]

2011 Boat Book – Nova Craft Canoe


London, Ontario www.novacraft.com (866) 882-2663 (866) 88-CANOE PROSPECTOR 15 $1,579 Royalex 70 lbs; R-Lite 59 lbs. L: 15′; W: 36″; D: 15″ The Prospector 15 is a scaled-down version of our larger Prospectors. All the great features that make the Prospector a paddling legend are in a package that’s smaller and more responsive. The P15 […]

2011 Boat Book – NRS


Moscow, ID www.nrsweb.com (800) 635-5202 EXPEDITION 140 $4,895 in 48-oz., 1670-denier Pennel Orca Hypalon tubes & floor L: 14′; W: 7′; 148 lbs. When you need a raft that can do it all, look no further than the versatile NRS E-140. This 14 footer is great for fishing, multiday outings and adrenaline-filled crew paddling. Built […]

2011 Boat Book – Ocean Kayak


Old Town, ME www.oceankayak.com 800-8-KAYAKS MALIBU TWO XL $879, roto-molded polyethylene L: 13′ 4″; W: 34″, 61 lbs. Built for family adventures, the Malibu Two XL offers seating for one, two or two plus a small child or pet. Its stability and versatility has made this kayak the world’s most popular all-around family fun boat. […]

2011 Boat Book – Old Town Canoes and Kayaks


Old Town, ME www.oldtowncanoe.com (800) 343-1555 DISCOVERY 158 $899 in rotomolded polyethylene L: 15′ 8″; W: 35.5″, 80 lbs. For more than 25 years the Discovery series has been going strong. Extremely tough and rugged, the Discovery canoes are also stable and easy to handle. The 3-layer Superlinear construction makes them a family favorite for […]

2011 Boat Book – P&H Custom Sea Kayaks


Check out new P&H Custom Sea Kayaks featured in the 2011 Boat Book brought to you by Canoe & Kayak magazine.

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