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Sports & Recreation Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

The Classic Manual for Touring, from Day Trips to Major Expeditions

by (author) John Dowd

foreword by Freya Hoffmeister

Publisher
Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2015
Category
Kayaking, Adventure
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771641432
    Publish Date
    May 2015
    List Price
    $24.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771641449
    Publish Date
    Mar 2015
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550549768
    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price
    $24.95

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Still regarded as “the bible” for both new and experienced kayakers after more than thirty years in print, Sea Kayaking covers the basics of equipment and technique, including types of paddles and strokes, as well as such essential skills as how to read the weather and the water, how to navigate with and without GPS and how to travel with a group. Drawing on his many years of experience paddling in all climates, John Dowd presents practical advice on dealing with potential hazards (from surf to sea ice to sharks), carrying out rescues and planning for long-distance expeditions.

New for this edition are hints about digital technologies for planning and navigating while kayak touring as well as lots of tips for outfitting boats, adapting equipment and finessing fishing technique while kayak angling—whether casting and jigging for fun on a day trip or trolling for dinner on a longer expedition. Also fully updated are the sections on managing risk and the inspiring stories of adventure, including Freya Hoffmeister’s record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia and Japanese paddlers’ increasingly challenging trips around the islands and beyond.

As a sport, sea kayaking continues to evolve. Once the sport of a very few long-distance paddlers embarking on international expeditions, then the recreational pursuit of many weekend tourers, sea kayaking is now popular with many day trippers as well. As more and more paddlers take to the water—for the day, the weekend or many months, this classic guide continues to be required reading for those seeking adventure on the open ocean.

About the authors

John Dowd is a true adventurer, as well as a writer and photojournalist. He has worked as a seaman on a Danish freighter out of Libya; taught at New Zealand's Anakiwa Outward Bound School; paddled from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt in Chile on assignment for National Geographic; and established himself in the Guinness Book of World Records by leading a 3600 kilometer kayak expedition from Venezuela to Miami along the Caribbean island chain. He is the author of Hogsty Reef and Rare and Endangered. He lives in Canada.

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Freya Hoffmeister holds several records for distance kayaking and was the first woman (and second person) to complete a solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Australia. She is currently circumnavigating South America and, when she finishes in 2015, will be the first person to complete this circuit. She lives in Husum, Germany.

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