touring kayaks

3D Kayak Engineering

04.04.2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based engineer Jim Smith’s off-season creation is unique. Smith, the 26-year-old force behind Grass Roots Engineering, claims to have crafted the world’s first 3D printed sea kayak.

The Odyssey Continues

04.04.2014

Chuck Graham pays tribute to the late ocean-sports pioneer Hobie Alter by reliving a chance journey turned epic, where a borrowed Hobie Odyssey is all that brought him back from a solo paddle in the Channel Islands National Park (around Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa) during a small-craft advisory.

Aleksander Doba: Florida or Bust

04.03.2014

Piotr Chmielinski reports from the three-masted sloop “The Spirit of Bermuda,” helping launch 67-year-old Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba on the final leg of his solo transatlantic kayak expedition from Portugal to Florida, which had been interrupted due to rudder failure on Feb. 13 and sidelined in Bermuda, Feb. 24, after 142 days at sea.

Trans-Atlantic Kayaker Resumes Voyage

03.19.2014

For trans-Atlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba, it’s been a long strange trip. And on March 26, it’s going to get a lot stranger.

What I Learned

03.14.2014

Janet Moreland, the first woman (and American) to ever paddle the entire Missouri-Mississippi River complex, shares the lessons learned from her inspiring 223-day, solo source-to-sea expedition.

Lost and Found

03.12.2014

Inside Daniel Alvarez’s 4,000-mile sea kayak journey across the contiguous United States from Minnesota to Key West .. and back to Minnesota via the Atlantic coast and the Great Lakes.

True Source — Part 1: Discovery & Rivalry

03.11.2014

Go inside Jeff Moag’s cover story from C&K’s June 2013 ‘Amazon Issue’ with this a three-part multimedia story of the race to reclaim paddling’s greatest source-to-sea prize.

Kayaking Mexico’s Final Frontier

03.04.2014

When Canadian pro paddler Joel Kowalski and photographer John Rathwell told us about this exploratory mission to the western Mexican state of Michoacan late last year, they added a warning: Don’t tell a soul until we get back.

Symposium Sessions: Rock Garden Fun

02.26.2014

We spent the second day of the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium in the rock gardens with two of the big boys of sea paddling Sean Morley and Roger Schumann.

Brothers finish Brazil-to-Florida Kayak Trip

02.25.2014

By Conor Mihell After Russell and Graham Henry finished a 90-mile crossing from the Bahamas and Florida in sea kayaks, Russell, 21, called the feat “just another day at the office.” And for him and his brother Graham, 22, it was. The pair had already traced the wild coastline of South America and completed five […]

Symposium Sessions: Tide Racing

02.24.2014

As the C&K team rolled north to the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium, we weren’t sure quite what to expect when we arrived.

Landfall: Kayaker in Bermuda after Nearly Five Months at Sea

02.24.2014

By Jeff Moag Sixty-seven-year-old kayaker Aleksander “Olek” Doba landed at Ely’s Harbour, Bermuda early this morning, 142 days after leaving Portugal in a 23-foot kayak. Despite storm winds that pushed him in circles for six weeks, and finally a broken rudder that forced him to divert to Bermuda for repairs, Doba reached the Atlantic island […]

Olek Greets Well-Wishers at Sea, Offers Them Chocolates

02.21.2014

When supporters of transatlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba greeted him at sea yesterday, the the 67-year-old Polish adventurer did not ask for assistance.

First Contact: Trans-Atlantic Kayaker Breaks 47-Day Silence

02.07.2014

Trans-Atlantic paddler Aleksander Doba (Olek) has made contact with his support team 47 days after losing contact with the outside world.

Olek to Rescuers: No Thanks

01.25.2014

Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba, 111 days into his trans-Atlantic crossing, recently turned away would-be rescuers on Dec 23, during his crossing from Portugal to Florida.

Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium Countdown

01.24.2014

The Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium offers a three-day weekend of adventure and learning in one of the most spectacular sea-paddling locations anywhere.

The Sable Crossing

01.21.2014

Conor Mihell A crescent of sand over 120 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia has legendary status in the Canadian Maritimes. Sable Island is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Pieces of the Andrea Gail, a fishing vessel that sunk in 1991’s “Perfect Storm,” were discovered on the island—adding to its infamy in […]

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