by Jeff Moag

It was meant to be another boy’s trip, the latest in a tradition that stretched back more than two decades for old friends Jim Farrington, Sean Royston and Tolan Annis. It turned into a life-and-death struggle in the chill waters of Lake Superior.

by Tom Watson

Frequent use, even among the most cautious and careful paddlers, means that blades are going to chip, ferrules are going tighten/loosen and finishes might roughen over time. Let's take a general look at all the things to consider when engaging in the repair of kayak and canoe paddles…

Engaging your core muscles while stand up paddling allows you to paddle more efficiently for longer periods. Most beginners will use only their arms when they are paddling instead of engaging the whole body and core muscles, which can tire out your arms quickly. In this video, Rob Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf, demonstrates the correct way to engage your core when stand up paddling.

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Canoe tripping is my thing. It’s the main reason I own canoes. Cliff Jacobson is probably the closest thing I have to a canoe Guru. Here are the seven mistakes and my own comments on them.

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Incredibly easy set up, reliable in the water, comfortable, simple break down, not nearly as difficult to get back in the bad as many complain about,…

I love the beauty of the wood that Greg uses, as each paddle is a work of art. The grip is a little smaller than what I was used to...

Great glide and turning performance, on a well-made and very stable board. I appreciate the level of quality evident in each component, but the…

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Coastal paddling on the ocean, alpine lakes with gorgeous mountain views, or rivers that flow from the high mountains into the ocean, you have got options in Washington!

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by Kayak Hipster

How often do we go all out on our first day back on a wave, or playing in current, or in a rolling session? For the first time I did the smart thing and built up over three surf sessions instead of going all out on the first day.

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of being flipped upside down in the water, that likely stems from a lack of confidence in your roll. Watch this tutorial to gain confidence in your roll.

by Tom Watson

Of all the safety gear used by those who enjoy on-water sports, none should be scrutinized more than the family of life jackets/PFDs available. And, speaking of family, those devices designed for infants and youth are the most critical.

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Once you've inflated your SUP a time or two with the manual pump, you realize that's the most exhausting part. So unless you want the extra workout, it would be a big step up to consider an Electric SUP Pump.

by I. Herbert Gordon
Part of the planning of a paddling trip entails knowing what to expect on your trip. This is not so difficult to figure out when you are paddling on a lake. For paddling on a river, however, you should learn about the ratings given to rapids, water level, and even canoeists.

by Tom Watson

There was a time not too long ago when kayakers didn't have fancy neo' nylon stuff sacks, front bulkheads and spiffy deck bags into which copious amounts of nonessential gear could be stored. Time and materials have changed but not some of the old-fashion tricks of kayak packing.

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by Ken Whiting

Recreational kayaks and touring kayaks are typically designed to paddle in a straight line. This means that some kayaks can be very difficult to turn. In this video, we look at the quickest and most efficient way to turn any recreational or touring kayak.

“After a year of Covid restrictions, boaters are out on the water in force, soaking up plenty of sun and fun,” said Water Sports Foundation Executive Director Jim Emmons. ”With the addition of 415,000 new, first-time registered boat owners since 2020 who are now enjoying their first full season, we felt it was especially important to welcome them to the water and to share important safe boating strategies as we approach the busy holiday weekend.”

Follow a couple paddlers as they explore the frozen Alaskan landscape while paddling through glacial rivers and around major icebergs.

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I have paddled 6,000 miles in my NC 17 Quest. I have paddled seven times across our Great Lakes (Lake Michigan (5), Lake Superior (1), and Lake…

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I really like the minimalist design it appears to be very well thought out and constructed. If it’s all of the essentials without being too big and…

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This kayak glides through the water effortlessly. What a difference between this new kayak and my old 9 foot one. I can lift this myself even as an…

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Fishing Articles

by Kayak Hipster

For a long time I wondered about kayak fishing. Our new family location gives us easy access to coastal paddling, creeks, marshes, so it felt like the perfect time to give it a try. This is a look back at my first couple of times out as I learn to love kayak fishing.

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by Ken Whiting
In this video, we're going to look at the best way to re-enter a sit-on-top kayak in the event that you've fallen off, jumped off, or capsized. One of the huge advantages of sit-on-top kayaks over sit-inside kayaks is they're relatively easy to get back onto from the water.

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This Point Of View account shows the importance of choosing the right clothing when paddling. No matter…

Engaging your core muscles while stand up paddling allows you to paddle more efficiently for longer…

How often do we go all out on our first day back on a wave, or playing in current, or in a rolling…

For a long time I wondered about kayak fishing. It’s not like I needed any more reasons to get on the…