I’m beginning to understand the essence of this Native culture, and by extension, my own. The traditions, the kayak-building, they bring everyone together. It brings the young people, who eagerly hold pieces of wood together for the adult builders. It brings the elders, who come by to drop a few pieces of crucial advice. By […]
As a more regular white-knuckle ocean kayaker than flatwater paddler, my friend Greg and I found ourselves wanting a lazy Sunday instead of rock climbing. So we headed out to one of the city of Seattle’s little park treasures, the Arboretum at the University of Washington. The Arboretum is really flat water. But hidden amongst the […]
A sea sock is an amazing safety invention, particularly for skin-on-frame kayaks. They keep water out of the boat if you capsize, and give your kayak tremendous flotation. Alas, there really is no good sea sock made for sea kayaks anywhere. That will be ending soon, thanks to Seawolf paddler and textiles master Liz Hawkes.
For all you purists out there, look away. But for those who want a paddling experience that doesn’t involve lots of fancy boat-handling or rough water, there is a solution to the incessant water drips in your lap. Drip Rings.
Sometimes you just have to go for it. The weather is never going to get better, the cold is not going away until summer, and the dangers are mostly in your head! That’s the approach I took with my friends and kayak-workshop organizers Paul Richards and Sophie Carlhian right after Thanksgiving. It looked cold, so […]
“Sea Lions!”, my friend Tom yelled to me, barely audible over the chaotic roar of thirty lightning quick flippers, surfacing and disappearing in a boil of water to my right. Then one thumped into my kayak hull and I knew I had maybe 10 seconds. I pulled my camera away from my face, laid it […]
A few photographic highlights from over the years of Seawolf Kayak’s workshops and expeditions.
I happened upon an excellent post from kayaker extraordinaire Greg Stamer explaining the differences and also primary advantages a Greenland paddle has over other kayak paddle types, especially the wing paddle. More after the jump.
The snow’s been piling up the last few days and I’ve been feeling a bit antsy as all the neighborhood kids are sledding away down the hills. So what’s a man to do but go kayaking with some friends? Went around Seward Park in the evening, the sky glow felt gorgeous and it was a […]
Apparently orca whales simply cannot resist singing. This summer I took some friends out to paddle the West Coast of San Juan Island and we encountered JPod, and their two new calves could not stop coming over to investigate our singing and our skinboats…
Seawolf has officially landed in Seattle! Yesterday I took out a few friends on Lake Union, an urban yet completely satisfying paddling destination. We had glassy waters, a sunset and were treated to an exquisite view of the Seattle skyline from the water. If you’d like to see some photos from our little jaunt, just […]
Okay, so one of the most frustrating and nerve-wracking thing about going on a multiday kayak expedition/adventure is what to bring. It would be so great to have a complete kitchen cookset with a sink (really!) but we really can’t complain. As kayakers we can carry about twice what a backpacker can carry, and it […]
In Part 2 of this Expedition Gear series, I want to talk about the most important pieces of safety gear that are a part of your kayak system that don’t include what’s strapped on your body. A big part of this is onboard flotation. There’s never enough when it counts.
Quite a few kayakers have been asking about the gear I took with me on my monthlong kayak tour around Vancouver Island’s West Coast, and I can remember how important it was for me to do the research and put together the master list. My gear became everything I owned in the world for a […]
Redfish Lake is the farthest inland that the Pacific salmon reach in their annual migrations. It only feels appropriate that in my migrations I come and paddle on this pristine and amazing mountain lake, captured by enormous peaks. My friend Courtney Samway froze with me on this excursion…