The ongoing inability to go going sea kayaking is allowing more time to peruse my canoe and kayaking magazines. They are literally taking over the whole floor of a room in the house. I think that over the years I have managed to collect a few, what I consider gems, although probably many would disagree.
So here is the latest selection.
This was a great and welcome addition to the sea kayaking scene in the UK. The first edition contained articles on incident management by Jeff Allen, photography by Douglas Wilcox, Tasmania by Justine Curgenven and Expedition Planning by me ( I had actually forgotten about that until I opened the magazine). Over the years it has contained a huge range of excellent articles and should be considered essential reading by anybody interested in sea kayaking. It is published 6 times a year and subscriptions are available.
This report on the Third National Sea Kayaking Symposium is looking a bit battered because the family rabbits attacked it a few years ago. The rabbits had to go after that, they had crossed a line when they attacked my kayaking literature!
Held just outside Sheffield in December 1979, it was one of my first excursions into mainstream sea kayaking. Organised by John Ramwell, who ran the Advanced Sea Kayak Club for many years, it had some great speakers. Nigel Foster spoke about his circumnavigation of Newfoundland with Tim Franklin, Derek Hutchinson spoke about expeditions and the Aleutians. Plus lots of other inspirational stuff. It would almost be true to say that attendance at this event and seeing what people were achieving, kick started my desire to get away on sea kayaking expeditions.
Stuart Fisher launched Canoeist in January 1983, a change from White Water Magazine, which had been printed for years. In the first issue Paul Caffyn was half way around Australia and 30 companies who wanted to exhibit at the International Canoe Exhibition at Crystal Palace couldn’t get space as it was sold out! Major articles included how to complete fibre glass repairs, a review of the Mirage kayak, which paddlers of a certain age will remember with affection and guides to the Basingstoke and the Coruh River in Turkey. In later editions there were plenty of sea kayaking articles.
Canoeing was well known as the magazine in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s which had pictures of scantily clad females on the front cover. Mainly taken, I think, in the Ardeche, this cover is kayaks in the Ardeche. There was a mention of 1977 British Sea Kayak Expedition to Spitsbergen. Sam Cook who was on that trip is coming to Jersey in August this year to talk at our Nordkapp meet, so why not join us. Other articles included canoeing in North America and a photo guide to the Struer Kayak factory in Denmark
A classic front cover photograph, from the Outer Hebrides. Nigel Matthews and Frank Goodman, who paddled around Cape Horn in 1977 are in the picture. Obviously Frank is well known through Valley Sea Kayaks. Chris Hare took the photograph, was a very influential figure in sea kayaking in the 1960’s and 70’s, including being involved in the production of magazines. The kayaks look like Anas Acuta’s, notice the lack of hatches and the paddles look like Mark Gee’s paddles. A non stop circumnavigation of Anglesey is one of the main articles.
Summer 2011 and the French paddling press was already pushing SUP. This magazine contains some articles with stunning photographs of paddling in France plus a circumnavigation of Islay, in Scotland. It helps if you can read a bit of French but if not you can’t failed to be impressed by the quality of the images.