From the Advertising Department
Freya Hoffmeister to Speak in Seattle
By Paul R. Riek
Advertising and Promotions Manager
On January 18, 2009, Freya Hoffmeister set off on an epic adventure: A solo sea-kayak circumnavigation of Australia. Her successful 8565-mile journey took 322 days to complete and came to a successful conclusion on December 15th, 2009. She is the first woman to accomplish this feat—the second person in history to do so—and holds the record for the fastest time.
Freya will be speaking at seven West Coast cities in February:
Sat, Feb 6th, San Diego, Adventure 16 Outfitter
Wed, Feb 10th, Vancouver, Capilano University Theatre
Fri, Feb 12th, Victoria, Ocean River Sports Shop
Tue, Feb 16th, Seattle, The Mountaineers Club (see below)
Thu, Feb 18th: Portland, Mission Theater
Tue, Feb 23rd, (Arcata/) Eureka, Wharfinger Building
Sat, Feb 27th: San Francisco Golden Gate Kayak Symposium
Here at Sea Kayaker magazine we’re proud to join with the Kayak Academy and a number of other Seattle-based sponsors in hosting a one-night-only lecture at The Mountaineers building in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. We urge area kayakers to join Freya and a veritable who’s who of Seattle’s kayaking community for what will certainly be an incredible evening.
A reception prior to the lecture will start at 6:30 P.M. Freya will begin her presentation at 7:30 P.M. Door prizes will be provided by Freya’s sponsors: Kokatat Watersports Wear, Epic Kayaks, North Water Paddle Sports Equipment, Thule and Sea Kayaker magazine.
The Mountaineers Building
770 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Tickets will be $15 at the door and attendance is limited to 300 people. For reservations contact Barb Gronseth at 206-527-1825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Christopher Cunningham
My son Nate and his friend Bobby finished building a canal boat this winter, and while they’re now contemplating cruising on some slow-moving rivers I’ve been recalling the time I spent on the Ohio and Mississippi, the Suwannee, St. Mary’s, Hudson and the Richelieu. The ocean coasts may offer broad vistas and exciting play of wind, current and waves, but big lazy rivers have a unique appeal. Many of the people I met during my river travels had spent a lifetime watching the eternal flow of the river and wondering where it might take them. Rivers go somewhere, sometimes thousands of miles away and yet conceal their intentions in a course that meanders through all the points of the compass. I once camped in a kid’s tree house on the Ohio River. When I woke up in the morning I looked out at the sweep of the river bend beneath the tree. It was like watching a morning rush hour on the freeway, but instead of the cars moving, it was the roadway itself, a giant conveyer belt. To be taken to a new place, all I had to do was jump on. The draw can be irresistible.
Joe Glickman traveled by sea kayak 2,500 miles down the Missouri River. His article “A Kayak Runs through It” offers inspiration for river travel and advice on how to navigate slow moving put powerful currents.
Click here to read it.
Sea Kayaker Store
February ’10 issue – A must read!
- Where Stones Sing: The South Coast of Menorca
- California’s Channel Islands: The Galapagos of the North
- A Rocky Rescue: Close Call for a Bay-Area Paddling Group
- Recreation and Restoration: The Clackamas River Cleanup
- Kayak Reviews:
The Cetus 176 LV by P&H Kayaks
Epsilon 200 by BoréalDesign
- Gear Reviews:
FourPlay Multi-use Paddle Float
Nomad boots by Kokatat
- Expedition Down Under: Freya and the Great Australian Bight
- And more!
Coming up in the 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 by Dagger
Pinguino by Pygmy Boats
By Ann Eastwood
The Pacific Northwest is experiencing an El Niño Winter. Temperatures are unseasonably warm and rainfall is heavy. I watch the rain form rivulets down the neighborhood streets, into the drains, then finally into Puget Sound. I use this observation as a timely introduction for two new books on water ecology that were written by paddlers.
Sea Kayaking Mountains to Ocean by Dan Baharav
The book explores how the watershed along the Interstate 5 corridor interlaces urban ecologies with rivers, lakes, and estuaries as they course into the Puget Sound and into the Pacific Ocean. Dan Baharav is a kayaker who holds a Ph.D. in zoology. He writes about his paddles in the North Cascades Watersheds of Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Coast Watersheds that flow into the Pacific Ocean. Dan ends the book’s epilogue with: "Sea kayak and enjoy nature as long as it is still here."
Kayak Anna and the Palindrome Creek by Lina Lukashevich is a novel about a girl who fights the pollution of her neighborhood creek. She starts her adventure and cause from the cockpit of a seashell-pink kayak that she found and purchased at a yard sale. The author based her story loosely on her own kayaking experiences witnessing pollution in local streams. This book is for readers ages 9 to 13, or the kid in you.
Click here to order these books!
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Time is of the essence for this Worthy Cause on March 5-7, 2010
Alex Okerman, a manager at the YMCA will do a solo circumnavigation of Orcas Island on March 5-7, 2010. His goal is to raise $1000.00 for the YMCA’s annual Partners With Youth campaign. Through Partners With Youth programs vulnerable young people receive support and help toward developing their leadership skills, academic successes and building self confidence.
I met Alex in a kayak class in Deception Pass. I was impressed with him from that first meeting and am confident he can meet his goals. Please consider supporting Partners With Youth!
Click here to donate or call 1.206.271.1583
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Cetus LV by P&H Custom Sea Kayaks.
This raffle is open to all Sea Kayaker magazine subscribers, simply use your SK account number found on your magazine label.
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Valentine’s Day - Take your Sweetie Kayaking!
Sea Kayaker’s Joan & Michael share a sparkling cider toast
Lucky for us Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, it’s a perfect excuse to plan a paddle with your sweetie! It can be as simple as a day paddle on a local body of water with a picnic or paddling to a local food establishment for lunch or dinner; better yet spend the full weekend out. Simple things can make it a special trip – special treats when it’s time for a break (yummm, dark chocolate), sparkling cider for a mid-trip toast and real bubbly when you’re off the water and appreciating the great time you had on the water. Heck, follow up with a massage or dip in a hot tub if you’re feeling really extravagant!
after paddling around West Point.
Of course, you can take your dear friends out for a Valentine’s Day paddle even if they aren’t your sweetheart. It’s still a great excuse to go for a paddle and celebrate good friends!
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