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 […]
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It seems more people are figuring out that traditional designs are more enduring than the modern trend of making everything electronic and disposable. We’ve been partnering with Filson to bring traditional kayaks to outdoorspeople that care about the process of making things. We spent a week in the San Juan Islands with Filson, building kayaks and […]
Exploring windswept beaches, unspoiled woods and imposing rocks and discovering rare wildlife and the unique heritage of the Inuit and Aleut people, this episode of Stories by Parajumpers is dedicated to Kiliii Yuan, the founder and owner of Seawolf Kayak, a company that started as a survival school for ancient skills and that celebrates the […]
Holy kayaks, Batman! Another interview fresh off the press! This month, Sierra Magazine delves into the life and work of Kiliii in the upcoming Nov/Dec 2016 print issue. Ever wondered how Seawolf Kayak got it’s legs? Curious about where the heck Kiliii is from anyway? How are photography, wilderness survival, and kayak-building all related? It’s […]
Our workshops attract participants from all walks of life: enthusiastic woodworkers, semi-pro sea kayakers, traditionalists, and everything in between. Or sometimes, none of the above. Sometimes, people just need to get out from behind their desk, pick up a chisel, and get crafty. Last April, our friend Barney, over at the camera review site DPReview.com, got it […]
We’re headed to the Delmarva Paddler’s Retreat in Maryland this year! Kiliii will be giving an evening presentation about the Iñupiat on the North Slope of Alaska, where traditional skinboats (umiaqs) are still used to conduct the sacred bowhead whale hunt and subsistence hunting is still the way of life. You can see an intro to […]
One of my favorite paddling magazines for the quality of its photography is Ocean Paddler. We had a writeup on traditional paddling and skin-on-frames in Issue 50. It’s free and online!
Hey folks! Back in July Land Rover asked me to guide and film a trip in the San Juan islands, exploring the bioluminescence in the nighttime waters there. It was an amazing time, and I made some great friends including marine biologist Mariana Fuentes and photographer Owen Perry. We got see a natural phenomenon by […]
“When I’m kayaking in Canada off Vancouver Island, I see a lot of sea otters – it is one of my favourite things. In the places where there are a lot of them, they do this amazing thing called a sea otter raft where they float on their backs and hold hands. Sometimes there are […]
Adventure Kayak arrived in the mail today with a feature interview with me about my life, photography, and particularly traditional kayak-building. You can read the interview on page 24 here: Adventure Kayak Summer 2014. Fabulous photograph of me by my friend and fellow photographer Oliver Ludlow.
Seawolf Kayak’s Kiliii Yuyan is on the limited-edition cover of British Magazine Another Escape! Thanks to fabulous photographer Elias Carlson for his gorgeous photography, I had a blast with him out on the Washington coast, making paddles and talking kayak. I also chatted with the editors of Another Escape about kayaking the outer limits of endurance, sea otters, […]
“Before this project, I couldn’t even hang a picture; now I can say I’ve built a boat!” said Glen Cooper, a local photographer who lives on West Bare Hill Road, at the end of last week’s kayak-building workshop. Harvard Press Article
Thanks to Dick and Andrew over at Dash Point Pirate for this interview.
Kiliii’s article, 31 days of Rice, Butter and Ligcod, is featured in the December issue of Sea Kayaker magazine. If you haven’t seen it, check it out! August of 2008, at four in the afternoon, I pushed my skin-on-frame kayak out into the northern waters of Vancouver Island, loaded with rice, butter, Clif Bars and […]
The December issue of Sea Kayaker magazine is out, with a rather verbose article written by yours truly, titled “31 Days of Rice, Butter, and Lingcod.” It’s about my summer trip from 2008 down the western coast of Vancouver Island solo in a skin-on-frame kayak, and about doing subsistence kayaking all the way. Since the […]