Alex Matthews

Alex Matthews is the author of many magazine articles and several books about sea kayaking. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Boat Review: Point 65 Whisky 16 Kayak

The Whisky is a new design from famed sea kayaker Nigel Foster. Designed for a Swedish company by an Englishman who now makes his home in America, built in...

Boat Review: P&H Cetus Kayak

The newest boat from P&H Custom Sea Kayaks is a good blend of sleek Brit sea kayak and serious load-carrying expedition workhorse. The P&H Cetus is a very attractive...

Sterling Kayaks: Forged in Flames

On November 28th 2012, kayak manufacturer Sterling Donalson of Bellingham, Washington’s Sterling Kayaks was hard at work on his newest design. With over 300 hours invested in this latest...

Kayaking Saved My Life After A Spinal Cord Injury

Dave Aharonian and I are paddling into the Broken Group archipelago off of Vancouver Island’s West Coast. We’ve only travelled about 10 miles to reach our campsite and we’ve...

Boat Review: Valley Etain 17.5 Kayak

Valley Etain 17.5 Specs Length: 17’5” Width: 21.25” Weight: 60 lbs Volume: 60 U.S. gal Cockpit Size: 19” × 32.5” Weight Range: 100-130 lbs MSRP: $3,479 USD Diolene (fiberglass) / $4,349 USD Carbon/Kevlar www.valleyseakayaks.com Valley may be the most...

Boat Review: Epic V10 Sport

Like many sea kayakers, I haven’t had much experience with surfskis. I’ve been to Hawaii and occasionally jumped on a ski or outrigger, but while I’m not quite a...

Skeg Or Rudder For Your Sea Kayak

Which is better, skeg or rudder—or nothing at all? It’s a popular shore-side debate within the kayaking community, and these hardware options are often a source of confusion for...

Boat Review: The Tempest 170 Composite by Wilderness Systems

The new Tempest 170 from Wilderness Systems is the brainchild of Steve Sherre of Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak in Oregon, shaper/designer Bob McDonough and the Wilderness Systems design...

Do Sea Kayakers Have Bad Judgement?

Alex Matthews certainly thinks they do.