Alex Matthews

Rock the Boat: Safety for Sale, While Supplies Last

"Which one do you do? With the sling or without? Are you on your back, or lying on your belly? Do you inflate it first or after?" Initially,...

Skills: Rough Water Sea Kayak Paddling

Rough conditions call for advanced sea kayaking paddling techniques such as bracing, surfing and rolling, right? Not so fast. Long before those skills are needed, you need to concentrate on...

Paddling, Over the Hill

I turned forty this year Yes, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I am more cen- tered and I know myself better than ever before. I am at peace...

Skills: Sculling, and Extreme Scull

Sculling is a good way to maintain your balance in a kayak. A scull generates ongoing support over a far longer period of time than...

Long Live the Homegrown Boat

The other day, I went down to my local kayak club and couldn’t help but notice that every last boat on the water was a British-style kayak. All...

Rock the Boat: Strategies to Score

The primary goal of any guide worth his or her salt is to keep clients safe. The second goal is hooking up with someone on the trip. Most...

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...

Joe Kayaker and His Not-So-Amazing Technicolour Dreamboat

There’s no doubt that sea kayakers are clean, quiet, politically sensitive, over-educated environmentalists with 2.4 perfect kids and a golden retriev-er. But there is at least one way in...

Rolling: Evil Exercise or Reliable Rescue?

Many sea kayakers will still knowledgeably expound on how the notion of rolling a fully loaded sea kayak is just plain silly. These self-proclaimed experts will even say...