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How To Learn To Love Bad Trips

I’m sitting under a tarp in the pouring rain, just smiling. I’m lit up with a pure spontaneous happiness I can’t really explain. Except I’m…

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Why You Shouldn't Reach For The Impossible

I got really frustrated the day I heard about Colin O’Brady. The guy obliterated The Explorers Grand Slam World Record. The Explorers Grand Slam is…

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Learn How To Win A SUP Race

At my last SUP race, I stormed off the finish line and threw my paddle on the ground. “How’d it go?” my wife asked.
“Terrible,” I…

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Technology Making The Wilderness Less Wild

I stood at the display counter of my outdoor retailer looking at the array of satellite communication devices: a SPOT Messenger; a DeLorme inReach that…

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How Aging Complicates the Wilderness Experience

Through my thirties and early forties I was feeling and looking pretty damned good. People would say that I looked 10 years younger. Then this…

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Finding the Magic Kingdom

As I paddled up the beach I was greeted by a sign that read, “State park boundary—welcome to... the Real Florida.” In a hyper-politicized world…

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Spending Time in Nature Makes You a Better Citizen of Earth

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. It was a blog post by champion whitewater kayaker Eric Jackson that sucked me in. EJ did a…

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Around South America with Freya Hoffmeister

Few could argue Freya Hoffmeister is the most accomplished sea kayaker that has ever lived—or likely ever will. The 51-year-old sportswoman and entrepreneur’s life is…

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The Survivors: Cuyahoga River on the Rebound

As in most great stories of transformation, Cleveland’s greatest ignominy was also the beginning of its comeback. June 22, 1968, is the day the Cuyahoga…

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The Survivors: The Return of Boréal Design

Boréal Design was a well-respected, Canadian-based brand in the challenging longboat sea kayak market when it went into receivership in early 2012. Its wide-ranging lineup—including…

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The Survivors: The Kayak’s Own Survival Story

Before there was land, there was water. Before there were creatures that walked, they paddled about. Before the wheel, there was the boat. For those…

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The Survivors: Rallying from the Brink of Extinction

Environmentally speaking, our species is not doing well. In the past four decades, half of all the wildlife on earth has vanished; there’s talk of…

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We Don’t Need No Education: Credential Overproduction in the Kayaking World

Nineteen eighty-one was the dim pre-dawn of sea kayaking’s boom times. Just around the corner were the first coastal symposia, cheap plastic touring kayaks and…

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Way of the Paddle

A publisher once approached me and invited me to write a kayaking how-to book, a “complete” guide to the sport. Despite a momentary rush of…

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Waterlines: Unlocking your Urban Paddling Potential

It’s not easy being a paddler in the city. Expensive real estate, limited boat storage, premium parking, traffic congestion and polluted waters conspire to make…

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