Sea Kayaking: The Classic Manual for Touring, from Day Trips to Major Expeditions (Paperback)

Sea Kayaking: The Classic Manual for Touring, from Day Trips to Major Expeditions By John Dowd, Freya Hoffmeister (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John Dowd, Freya Hoffmeister (Foreword by)
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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.

Still regarded as "the bible" for both new and experienced kayakers after more than thirty years in print. 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 Author

John Dowd has been paddling kayaks for more than forty years and has led many expeditions. He was a publisher of the sport's first magazine, Sea Kayaker, and is the former owner of a specialty kayak shop. Dowd lives in Nanaimo, BC. Freya Hoffmeister is a world-renowned expedition kayaker. She has circumnavigated Iceland, New Zealand and most recently Australia on a solo and mostly unsupported trip chronicled in the book Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent. She is currently in the middle of a solo circumnavigation of South America.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771641432
ISBN-10: 1771641436
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English