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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
Rather than bulwarking a nation’s
kayak enthusiast, and followed their
reputation and capacity on the
progress for a year. We called it “reality
magazine” (like on TV, get it?). The
global stage, the modern expedition
reality was that most people that start
galvanizes the reputation and
building a kayak have a hard time fin- capacity of the individual. Instead
ishing on schedule—unless they have
of revelations that rock a people, we
a magazine editor to set deadlines and
have discoveries that rock a person.
crack the whip. We made sure all three kayaks were ready to launch by the final episode. Postscript: The
Rob Lyon, “So you Want to Go on an
wife of one of our builders left him soon after he completed the project.
Expedition?” issue 1
The biggest unknown trip in
sea kayaking is from Russia to
Anchorage via the Aleutians. The
only reason I’m telling you this is
This was the saddest story of the past
because I’m too scared.
10 years. In January 2007 McAuley set
Jon Turk, “Do-It-Yourself Expedition Guide,”
off alone from Tasmania, making it
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almost all the way across the Tasman
Sea before disappearing off the coast
After a week of paddling you start to
of New Zealand. The story of McAuley talk to yourself. After a month you
and the family he left behind jumped
begin to listen.
off the Internet and into our lives
Star Swift, “Do-It-Yourself Expedition Guide,”
on the other side of the world, and
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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.
There’s always room for a bottle of
red wine right beside the skeg box!
Good Old Days
Justine Curgenven, “Do-It-Yourself Expedition
Guide,” issue 1
“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
It’s important that the place that you
popular. So they did.” So began “The
intend to hang your hat is a place that
Early Years,” our look back at the history
of the North American sea kayaking
resonates in your soul. If you have
industry. Many of you wrote to thank
to leave it to get your paddling kicks
us for this nostalgia piece in which you’re probably in the wrong place.
we traced the hippie-era origins of Eric Stiller, “Make it in Manhattan,” issue 1
household names like Necky, Current
Designs, Nimbus and Eddyline to their I wanted to live somewhere I could
roots in their founders’ parents’ backyards. Darcy Wardrop of Campbell River, B.C., a former employee of
drink coffee and look at the ocean.
Nimbus Kayaks in the 1980s, said, “I could have written that article myself—it’s as I remember it.”
Dave Adler, “Save a Small Town,” issue 1
Our New Kid
Paddle with the one you love.
on the Block
Alex Matthews, “Find your Dream Partner,”
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In 2005 we pissed you off good by
introducing Ken Whiting as the “New
If you have to roll while touring, it’s
Face of Sea Kayaking.” We said that the
because you made a massive error in
former whitewater world champion judgment.
was getting into sea kayaking and John Dowd, “Crazy to Roll,” issue 2
“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
No longer are you just a part of 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
kayak, the kayak is a part of you.
been kayak surfing and paddling in ocean rock gardens on the Pacific Coast with the Tsunami Rangers
Michael Walmsley, “The Zen Moment,” issue 3
and many other paddlers.” Same story, new generation. 
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