Alex Matthews

Boat Review: The Vital 166 by Maelström

Maelstrom is the brainchild of kayak instructor Charles-Alexandre DesJardins. Instead of setting up his own shop, Desjardins forged an agreement with well-established Quebec-based kayak manufacturer Boreal...

Rock the Boat: Got GAS?

I love kayaking. Which is great. But I also love kayaking gear, which is a love with far more sinister consequences. In fact, at a recent social...

Boat Review: Looksha Elite Composite by Necky Kayaks

For Necky, the new Looksha Elite represents a return to its roots. Not another British-style kayak or “poke around the bay” rec boat, this is a true...

Rock the Boat: Wish You Were Here

My wife enjoys kayaking, but not as much as I do. She approaches the activity with moderation, whereas I’m consumed by it. She’s a fair weather paddler, disdaining...

Boat Review: The Whiskey 16 by Point 65

The Whiskey 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,...

Rock the Boat: Let’s Get Political

For me there’s a certain ritual associated with heading out to kayak surf. There’s the obsessive monitoring of online wave plot predictions, winds and tides. And the spirited debates...

Skills: Predict Tidal Currents

Ocean sea kayaking trips that take place in areas that are subject to significant tidal current activity require consultation of that area's tidal current atlas to establish the...

Boat Review: Cetus by P&H

P&H’s newest boat is a good blend of sleek Brit sea kayak and serious load-carrying expedition workhorse. The Cetus is a very attractive kayak with an upswept...

Skills: The Sea Kayaking Bow Draw

The bow draw is a sea kayak stoke, also known as the bow rudder, is an efficient and elegant turning stroke that provides remarkably fine control over...