Rides:  Dennis Mihalka’s Strip-Built Night Heron Designed by Guillemot

Rides: Dennis Mihalka’s Strip-Built Night Heron Designed by Guillemot

Dennis Mihalka, 71, is a retired dentist and woodworking wizard. Stories about wizards like Merlin and Harry Potter, however, remind us that sometimes the wizard’s hand slips and the spell goes awry[...]

Rides: Anne Brewer’s Hurricane Sojourn 146 LV

Rides: Anne Brewer’s Hurricane Sojourn 146 LV

The three sweetest words to a boater aren’t “I love you” but “paid to paddle.” Fortunately, those words apply to Anne Brewer, 45, of Lake Placid, NY. She works as a kayak and hiking guide fo[...]

Rides: Anders Thygesen’s Aleut-style Iqyax

Rides: Anders Thygesen’s Aleut-style Iqyax

By Katie McKy Anders Thygesen is a paddler who’s won multiple lotteries. First, he lives in Norway, with its serpentine coastline, soaring fjords, and pristine paddling. Second, he’s paid [...]

Rides: Mike Robertson’s Eddyline Denali

Rides: Mike Robertson’s Eddyline Denali

Mike Robertson has big feet. Being size 13, that’s a lot of foot to cram into a boat. And aching toes at the end of a day on the water was a kayaking conundrum for Robertson, 66, of Gulf Breeze,[...]

Rides: Mark Vore’s Floating Works of Art

Rides: Mark Vore’s Floating Works of Art

Idaho craftsman-artist-paddler Mark Vore describes his unique cedar-strip touring kayaks

Rides: Michael Dexter’s Perception Pescador 12

Rides: Michael Dexter’s Perception Pescador 12

When Michael Dexter, 61, closed his graphic arts shop, he had more time to pursue his passions, which include playing guitar, hiking, biking, and, of course, paddling. He and his wife had rented sit-o[...]

Rides: Alan Gage’s 16.5’ Custom Bloodvein Canoe

Rides: Alan Gage’s 16.5’ Custom Bloodvein Canoe

Alan Gage, 37, a service writer at an auto repair shop in Estherville, Iowa, had a dog (Sadie the Wonderdog) and a favorite river (the wonderful Bloodvein River in northwestern Ontario and eastern Man[...]

Rides: Michael Teach’s Wenonah Spirit II

Rides: Michael Teach’s Wenonah Spirit II

Michael Teach, 50, a telecommunications engineer in Piqua, Ohio, has paddled a Wenonah Spirit II for more than a score of years. His trusty boat has taken him down the Great Miami River in Ohio, which[...]

Rides: Bryan Whitehead’s 16.5-foot Cedar Strip Solo

Rides: Bryan Whitehead’s 16.5-foot Cedar Strip Solo

Bryan Whitehead, 61, of Chicago, Illinois, might paddle the world’s most expensive canoe. Whitehead is a consultant for PWC and applying his hourly billing rates to the building process, he calculat[...]

Rides: Kenya Leonard’s Perception Pescador 12.0

Rides: Kenya Leonard’s Perception Pescador 12.0

As a biologist, I have found that simply introducing someone to the sport of responsible kayaking is a very powerful tool for promoting conservation of public lands, clean water and preserving wildlif[...]