This story featured in the 2012 June issue.

Photo: Erik Boomer

Sea of Cortez

Erik Boomer made this photograph of expedition partner Sarah McNair Landry during a rainsquall in the middle of Mexico's Sea of Cortez. The duo joined noted whitewater charger Tyler Bradt on a kayak-sailing journey from mainland Mexico to the Baja Peninsula via the Middrift Islands. "We got it handed to us straight out of the gate with a big north wind," Boomer says. "And we had a crazy seal encounter where we got stormed by about a hundred seals." Despite the rough start, the team also enjoyed their share of fair winds and good fishing, prompting Bradt to label the trip a "Relaxpedition." They also made a film by the same name about the journey.