By Christopher Cunningham
This past winter Sea Kayaker staffers Michael and Joan Collins joined the local sea kayaking Meetup group for Christmas caroling by kayak. Among the 30 paddlers who bundled up for a chilly evening on the water was Melissa Spangler. Melissa had joined the Meetup group that very day and the outing was her first experience in a kayak. She was quite eager to take up kayaking and put it, along with golf, on her list of things she wanted to try.
Like many newcomers to sea kayaking, Melissa has plenty of enthusiasm for kayaking but none of the means to do it. Logging on to MeetUp.com to find the local sea kayaking group was a good first step in tapping into the resources the kayaking community has to offer.
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April ’10 Issue
- Freya Hoffmeister completes her solo circumnavigation of Australia
- Paul Caffyn looks at the changes in kayaking in the 27 years since his circumnavigation of Australia
- Two visiting kayakers are rescued off the Alaskan coast
- Paddling New Brunswick's St. Andrews by-the-Sea
- A windy tour of Lake Powell
- Red tides: What they are and why they're not red
- Review: The Paddling Partner ballast system
- For want of a bow line a kayak was lost: A cautionary tale
- Kayak Reviews:
- Alchemy 14.0 S by Dagger
- Pinguino Sport by Pygmy Boats
June ’10 Issue – Coming in early May!
- Crossing the Tasman Sea: An interview with James Castrission
- Newfoundland: Among the islands and inlets of the island’s northeast coast you’ll find history, geology and an opportunity to wander among drifting icebergs.
- The Gulf of Alaska: An Alaskan couple paddles an overlooked stretch of coast that lies between two popular kayaking destinations.
- Safety: A group of guides exploring new routes along the coast of Costa Rica get caught up in a sudden and powerful north wind.
- Gear review: A look at the Ultralight, a new electric motor from Torqeedo designed specifically for kayaks.
- Kayak reviews:
Oceanspirit by Tahe Kayaks
Looksha Elite by Necky Kayaks
Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador by Nigel Foster
Nigel Foster recounts his kayak trip among the Stepping Stones islands of Hudson Strait north of Labrador in 1981. Fall storms forced him to cut his trip short, but he vowed to return. Nigel ultimately returned, with Kristin Nelson, in 2004 to finish the 675-mile trip by paddling from Ungava Bay and along the coast of Labrador to Baffin Island. The couple had numerous encounters with polar bears and fell in love with the place and its 7,000 year history of human habitation.
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Nigel & Kristin are kayak instructors and guides. They make their home in Seattle, the perfect city for Nigel's preference for espresso. "One would be hard pressed to meet Nigel on the road without his trusty espresso kit" writes Kristin. She makes the ceramic cups that he sips from and that they enjoyed wild mushroom soup in at Ramah Bay, Labrador. Nigel wrote about part of his experience in Sea Kayaker‘s June 2006 issue. Read the whole story in Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador.
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One of a Kind
By Cole Pavey
My wife and I have done a lot of canoeing over the years, and decided that we would like to try kayaking to do more lake travel in our area, which has over 50 lakes within a 60 kilometer radius from our home near Perth, Ontario, Canada. We wanted a double kayak that was as light as possible for loading on our car, yet strong and reasonably fast for easy paddling.
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From the Advertising Department
Sea Kayaker and Werner Paddles
Team Up At Canoecopia
By Paul R. Riek
Advertising and Promotions Manager
Sea Kayaker magazine and Werner Paddles teamed up at the Canoecopia paddlesport exposition in Madison, WI March 12th through 14th. To say that this event was a success is an understatement; the show was jam-packed the entire weekend. We had a constant flow of people, many of them loyal Sea Kayaker readers, coming by our booth to introduce themselves and grab a free copy of the magazine.
Werner Paddles gave away a custom-fit, carbon-fiber Werner paddle to the winner of Sea Kayaker’s drawing. The lucky paddler was Bonnie McMeeken of West Bend, WI, pictured here with her daughter Elli and Danny Mongno of Werner Paddles. A big CONGRATULATIONS to Bonnie and a huge THANK YOU to Werner Paddles for partnering with us on this promotion.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and entered our drawing!
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