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Magazine In 2001 we distributed build-your-own kayak kits to three average joes—an insurance broker, the scanner operator at our printing plant, and a local sea kayak enthusiast, and followed their progress for a year. We called it “reality magazine” (like on TV, get it?). The reality was that most people that start building a kayak have a hard time fin- ishing on schedule—unless they have a magazine editor to set deadlines and crack the whip. We made sure all three kayaks were ready to launch by the final episode. Postscript: The wife of one of our builders left him soon after he completed the project.

Goodbye, Andrew

c l a s s i c l i n e s

Rather than bulwarking a nation’s reputation and capacity on the global stage, the modern expedition galvanizes the reputation and capacity of the individual. Instead of revelations that rock a people, we

have discoveries that rock a person. Rob Lyon, “So you Want to Go on an Expedition?” issue 1

McAuley This was the saddest story of the past 10 years. In January 2007 McAuley set off alone from Tasmania, making it almost all the way across the Tasman Sea before disappearing off the coast of New Zealand. The story of McAuley and the family he left behind jumped off the Internet and into our lives on the other side of the world, and

budding freelance writer Virginia Marshall’s article about his disappearance, “Lost at Sea,” anchored our bestselling issue. Marshall has gone on to be the editor of Rapid, our flagship whitewater publication.

Good Old Days

“About the time of the first lightsabers, the big kayak companies were building boats in garages, chicken coops and rainforests. After a while they thought they should make sea kayaking popular. So they did.” So began “The Early Years,” our look back at the history of the North American sea kayaking industry. Many of you wrote to thank us for this nostalgia piece in which we traced the hippie-era origins of household names like Necky, Current Designs, Nimbus and Eddyline to their roots in their founders’ parents’ backyards. Darcy Wardrop of Campbell River, B.C., a former employee of Nimbus Kayaks in the 1980s, said, “I could have written that article myself—it’s as I remember it.”

Our New Kid

on the Block In 2005 we pissed you off good by introducing Ken Whiting as the “New Face of Sea Kayaking.” We said that the former whitewater world champion was getting into sea kayaking and “bringing with him some big ideas” like surfing and rough-water play. Jim Hargreaves, a veteran of the first sea kayak expedition around Cape Horn, had a typical reaction: “I found the interview a tad arrogant. We have been

surfing sea kayaks in the U.K. for over 30 years.” John Lull in California said, “For nearly 20 years I have been kayak surfing and paddling in ocean rock gardens on the Pacific Coast with the Tsunami Rangers and many other paddlers.” Same story, new generation.

The biggest unknown trip in sea kayaking is from Russia to Anchorage via the Aleutians. The only reason I’m telling you this is

because I’m too scared. Jon Turk, “Do-It-Yourself Expedition Guide,” issue 1

After a week of paddling you start to talk to yourself. After a month you

begin to listen. Star Swift, “Do-It-Yourself Expedition Guide,” issue 1

There’s always room for a bottle of

red wine right beside the skeg box! Justine Curgenven, “Do-It-Yourself Expedition Guide,” issue 1


It’s important that the place that you intend to hang your hat is a place that resonates in your soul. If you have to leave it to get your paddling kicks

you’re probably in the wrong place. Eric Stiller, “Make it in Manhattan,” issue 1

I wanted to live somewhere I could drink coffee and look at the ocean. Dave Adler, “Save a Small Town,” issue 1

Paddle with the one you love.

Alex Matthews, “Find your Dream Partner,” issue 1

If you have to roll while touring, it’s because you made a massive error in

judgment. John Dowd, “Crazy to Roll,” issue 2

2009 No longer are you just a part of the

kayak, the kayak is a part of you. Michael Walmsley, “The Zen Moment,” issue 3 33


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