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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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Unfiltered: Payson Kennedy – Paddler, Mentor

09.15.2010

Photograph by PATRICK CAVAN BROWN Almost four decades ago, Payson Kennedy, his wife Aurelia, and Horace Holden founded a whitewater rafting business in a small gas station-grocery on the banks of the Nantahala River in Western North Carolina. Since 1972, the Nantahala Outdoor Center has grown into one of the nation’s leading companies for outdoor […]

The People Have Spoken – C&K Reader’s Choice Awards

09.11.2010

Official results are in for our First Annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Our recent online survey asked about the paddling people, feats and gear that most inspired you in 2010, and the votes poured in as 3,600 voted on 13 categories. Readers weighed in on everything from their favorite paddler to their favorite kayak. No surprise, […]

Unfiltered: Tom McEwan – Adventurer, Teacher

09.10.2010

Photograph by Irene Owsley Tom McEwan grew up at his family’s outdoor camp in Maryland, honing his paddling and mountaineering skills with his childhood friend, Wick Walker. They were among the first to regularly run waterfalls, and in 1975, McEwan, Walker and Dan Schnurrenberger made the first descent of Great Falls, the Potomac River’s crucible […]

Outrigger for the Ocean – A Journey From Seattle to San Diego

09.09.2010

When Margo Pellegrino launched her 21-foot outrigger canoe into the waters of Puget Sound, near Seattle, in early July, she wasn’t sure she’d ever make it self-propelled to San Diego, her destination. She wondered about how she’d handle the notorious surf of the Washington coast and the fickle river mouth sandbars of Oregon. But equally […]

World Records and High Water at Missouri’s Epic 340-Mile Monster

09.07.2010

By Phil White Reading about Huck Finn’s leisurely jaunts down the Missouri River is one thing. Making your own downriver adventure a reality is another matter. Scott Mansker emulated Mark Twain’s iconic literary figure on a homemade raft when he was a teenager. Five years ago and a decade of paddling adventures later, Mansker decided […]

New World Record: 225 Pound Blue Marlin Landed from Kayak

09.03.2010

Champion angler Andy Cho set an unofficial world record earlier this week, snagging a 225 pound blue marlin from his kayak in Hawaii. The two-time Makahiki Tournament champ showed the big-game boys in their Bertrams, and the rest of the fishing world, how a He Waa Kalawai’a (canoe fisherman) reels in a trophy marlin, unassisted. […]

Same As it Ever Was: Colorado’s Gore Canyon Race

09.03.2010

The economy, politics, the definition of wealth—tough things to pin down. One thing you can always count on though? A thriller in Colorado’s Gore Canyon every August. Since the days of Chan Zwanzig and the Wave Sport posse circa Dashboard Burrito, even if sponsors disappear, the Gore Race always goes, even if just a few […]

The Big One

09.01.2010

Canadian sea kayaker Joe O’Blenis is on the home stretch of his bid to reclaim the speed record for circumnavigating British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, and it seems like the race is going to go down to the wire. As of August 31, the 44-year-old speed demon was camped on the island’s outer Pacific Ocean coast, […]

O’Blenis Reclaims Vancouver Island Speed Record

09.01.2010

Canadian Joe O’Blenis has reclaimed his speed record for circumnavigating British Columbia’s Vancouver Island by sea kayak. O’Blenis completed the 750-mile journey on Saturday with an epic 55-mile day along the Gulf Islands, just across the border from Washington’s San Juans. He finished his “Race Around the Island” in 16 days, 12 hours and 14 […]

Book Review: Navigation – Sea State & Weather – A Paddler’s Manual

09.01.2010

The biggest difference between sea kayaking and other paddling disciplines is the unique challenges brought about by the vastly diverse and constantly changing marine environment explored by coastal paddlers. The suite of skills needed to address these challenges is known as seamanship, and includes navigation, interpreting the weather and understanding how weather influences bodies of […]

Boat Book – Ocean Kayak

08.31.2010

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Ocean Kayak. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. MALIBU TWO XL MSRP $879, roto-molded polyethylene L: 13′ 4″; W: 34″, 61 lbs. Built for family adventures, the Malibu Two XL offers […]

Boat Book – Old Town Canoes and Kayaks

08.31.2010

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Old Town Canoes and Kayaks. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. DISCOVERY 158 MSRP $889, roto-molded polyethylene L: 15′ 8″; W: 35.5″, 80 lbs. For more than 25 years the Discovery […]

Boat Book – Point 65 Kayaks

08.31.2010

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Point 65. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. TEQUILA! SOLO $699 in roto-molded polyethylene L: 9’8″; W: 29.5″; 48.5 lbs. A new level of innovation for recreational kayaks. A fun, versatile […]

Boat Book – NuCanoe

08.30.2010

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of NuCanoe. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. NUCANOE 10′ SOLO ADVENTURER $979 in roto-molded AquaTuf polyethylene L: 120″; W: 42″; 58 lbs. With everything you need to fish in lakes, rivers, […]

Boat Book – NRS

08.30.2010

Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of NRS. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book. EXPEDITION 140 $4,850.00 in 48-oz., 1670-denier Pennel Orca Hypalon tubes & floor L: 14′; W: 7′; 148 lbs. Built tough enough for outfitters, the […]

Kayak Close Encounter

08.28.2010

The waters off Dana Point in southern California have long been a favorite summer destination for whale watchers. While there are many types of craft from which to seek blue whale sightings, the experience from a charter motorboat–watching the world’s biggest whales through binoculars–does not compare to an up-close encounter from a sea kayak. “It […]

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