When on the water, you need to do three basic things in your boat: go forward in a straight line, stop or go backwards, and turn. There's a stroke for all three!

If you've started planning full day-long trips, weekend trips, or multi-day trips on flat, open water, you're in the market for a touring kayak. We've compiled a list of the 12 best touring kayaks of 2021 - perfect for all of your fall paddling trips!

Need help loading your kayak onto the roof of your vehicle? Austin Kayak and ThatBassFishingDude demonstrate an easy way to get big kayaks onto any roof rack.

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Looking for a light weight performance kayak for day tours, not for expeditions. I live in Calgary, so we only have small to medium size lakes.


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My first kayak was a Hurricane Santee 116 with a wide beam, but I knew I’d eventually outgrow it and want a boat that I could learn more advanced…

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Harken, Inc.

I bought the 90 lb system and it is awesome once you get it up and adjusted correctly... My kayak is up against the ceiling in my garage and completely out of the way. It is also very easy to lift and lower with just one person.

I was surprised with how comfortable and almost stylish this PDF is! I feel like it's a PDF from the future. Manual inflation works like a charm and…

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Paddlers often say that we're all "between swims." Flipping is always a possibility, and if you end up in the water, paddlers call that swimming. There are many ways to get back in a kayak. We're going to quickly demonstrate a few different methods for getting back into a kayak.

Fall is a great time for SUP touring. The weather is more mild, the summer crowds are gone, and depending on where you are, you get to see some beautiful fall foliage. With the right clothing and board, you are ready for some amazing paddle boarding adventures. Check out our list of the best paddle boards for touring this fall.

The offside C stroke is a useful stroke to know if you ever find yourself in a situation with a broken paddle blade. Learning to paddle with only one blade teaches you paddle dexterity and spin momentum. In this video, Eric Jackson demonstrates how to do an offside C stroke.

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Walter H. - Lake of the Woods, Klamath Falls, OR

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by Jeff Moag

When a 17-year-old paddleboarder was swept out to sea, his survival depended on his cell phone and the voice on the other end of the line.

Autumn is in full swing, and so are the deals from retailers like REI, Austin Kayak, and Bass Pro. Whether you are looking to score some deals on cold weather paddling gear or looking to upgrade your boat for next season, we've got you covered. Check out our curated list of the best deals for paddlers this fall.

The fall season is upon us, and dressing up to go paddling is becoming a little more complicated. Answer 4 questions about water type, water temperature, air temperature, and weather forecast to instantly check what you should wear before going paddling!



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I have recently been trying out a $30 CycPlus Bike Computer GPS speedometer (model G1) on my yak. It is impressive and some other paddlers might be interested.
With the change in season, the (NH Seacoast) water is cold enough to warrant a dry suit now and I’m not quite ready to stop paddling. Air temp is dropping too, highs are barely getting into the 70s... Before taking the fairly-expensive cost plunge, from a sea kayaking perspective (touring and surfing, not WW), are there any scenarios in which a top would be “necessary” but not the bottom?
I have a new paddle coming and want to compare its efficiency against my current one... Below is my tentative plan for testing that without others assisting. Please suggest improvements or practical alternatives.

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Analia Giorgetti, a paddle boarder in Argentina, went out for a paddle on her birthday, and was surprised by two curious whales. Watch as these gentle giants interact with the paddle boarder.

When considering your options for kayak storage, you first need to consider your needs and space. Check out our guide on the best kayak storage solutions.

For most paddlers, the name Duffek might immediately ring a bell, as it's the name of a bow turning stroke used in white water kayaking. But many might not know the crazy story of how it was brought into the world! Watch the story of the Duffek stroke as told by the Paddlin' Dutchman.

Product Review Spotlights

Enduro 13

Riot Kayaks

Excellent kayak. My second one and no regrets. Tracks well, decent speed and excellent build quality.

This is a really nice dry suit and well worth the price. I actually ordered mine from OutDoor Play without trying it on and took the risk . I’m glad…
I have used this white LED light for dozens of night paddle trips. It works well. The light should really be renamed. Although the light does mount…

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by KayakHipster

As a new paddler, is it a good idea to dive into the first high-end kayak we find? In this discussion I wanted to cover all the positives a well-designed kayak can bring to your paddling, and at the same time mention that sometimes buying one before we know the type of paddling we want to do might not be the best idea.

Canoe storage is critical, not only for the offseason to protect your boat, but because space is limited and there's no easy place to stow it away! Fortunate for you, you're not the first to encounter this and there are a variety of canoe storage ideas and products to choose from.

Whenever you're getting ready to go paddling, there's a handful of things you can do and bring to make your trip safer and more fun. This is a simple checklist that every experienced kayaker runs through every time they go paddling.

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Analia Giorgetti, a paddle boarder in Argentina, went out for a paddle on her birthday, and was…