Alex Matthews

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...

Secrets Of The Seal Launch

The decision to use a seal launch in a sea kayak could be made because of access issues, to practice balance and brace skills or purely just for fun...

Two Ways To Roll A Tandem Kayak

I often associate tandem kayaking with dull paddling and poor technique. But where is it written that tandems must be paddled conservatively? In any kayak, we should be safely...

Scouting Surf

If you choose to paddle in exposed coastal areas, you’ll have little choice but to launch or land your kayak in a surf zone. Breaking surf represents one of...

Towing The Line

Sometimes the best way to assist another paddler is to give them a helping hand in the form of a tow. Towing another boat isn’t always part of a...

Secret Operative

With over 40 years as a highly successful kayak manufacturer, Graham Mackereth should be familiar to most paddlers. And yet, he isn’t—probably because he’s been too busy building boats....

Forward Sweep Kayak Technique

This kayak technique article on how to sweep turn while edging was originally published in Adventure Kayak magazine. We sea kayakers earn every mile we travel, so we need...

Valley Sea Kayaks Etain Kayak Review

A review of Valley Sea Kayaks' Etain by Adventure Kayak magazine. Valley may be the most venerable sea kayak manufacturer in the world. Their signature model—the Nordkapp—has achieved...

Rock the Boat: Confessions of a Cross-Paddler

I am a man. But I have happily used a paddle with the super-girly name Athena. I have paddled a kayak called the Eliza that is allegedly...