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31st August 2003 - Bob Carter

Bob Carter (Petersburg, Alaska)

Box 712
Petersburg, Alaska 99833

E-MAIL revkayakBOASaptalaskaDOTnet

Arluk III , Necky Looksha IV, Perception Sea Lion, Eddyline Grand San Juan (named "The Dawn Treader" from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia

Sea kayaking, camping, dog mushing, canoeing, wildlife viewing, sci-fiction

Wilderness is not the only place where one can hear the voice of God, it is just that there in the intense solitude and silence one is more inclined to listen.

Glacier Bay Alaska

I am a Presbyterian pastor serving a small church in Southeat Alaska. Gladys my wife of nearly 20 years and my 14 year old son Maritn Luther both enjoy paddling. I am currently writing a book about my adventures sea kayaking over the last 17 years.

a) NAME:
Christiansen, Hal

South Stockholm, Sweden
Hal BOAS mbox305 DOT swipnet DOT se

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Self Propelled Boats in the order purchased (I still own them all)
Old Town - Penobscot 16 (tandem tupperware canoe)
Bell Starfire - Kitted as a high volume kevlar solo tripping canoe
VKV - Masen 'Ocean' sea 'yak

paddling (duh), camping (double duh), scuba diving, hiking, biking, and darn near everything else !

I sit here a varitable fount of useless information

(I doubt we'll have any of those :~) of course...

No great paddling stories, yet. Just a whole bunch of pleasant memories of time well spent alone and with good friends.

i) BIO:graphy:
I started paddling three years ago on inland rivers and lakes in Michigan, hence the open canoes. My employer asked me to spend three years in the Stockholm area, I am an engineer with Motorola's Automotive Group. It sounded like an adventure so I packed some stuff and moved. Prior to moving, home was south east Michigan. Current plans are to return to that area in two years. The waters here around Stockholm are full of sea kayaks, and not to many "canadians". So I, tried a few, bought a sea kajak and have started to play.

I am a 42 year young :-) male. Single, no dependents.

a) NAME:
Clifford, Richard

From: rcc7 {rcc7BOASixDOTnetcomDOTcom}
To Paddlewise,

Greetings from Richard Clifford, (47 years in 1999) another paddler from the New York arena. My kayak of choice (at the moment) is a Current Designs Solstice ST. I am a practicing attorney in Manhattan, living in Westchester Co., just north of the city. Divorced, two great daughters, native Manhattanite, second generation Irish. I spend most of my kayaking time on the western end of the Long Island Sound, regularly between New Rochelle/Larchmont to the Norwalk Islands, in the Hudson River, and around Manhattan Island.

I have two distinct patterns to my kayaking. The first patterns the school year through the cold weather/water months from September to May/June. The second, during Summer months, kayaking is always a challenge with the power boat squadron out in force. During the Summer I am the "kayak coordinator" for the Manhattan Island Foundation, a charitable organization which sponsors several open water swim events in the Hudson River and around Manhattan Island. Take a look. That is a volunteer activity. And many of you may recognize me from the barrage of requests to you for your support and participation as kayakers with those swim events.

MIF has an annual swim known as the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim ("the big event"), obviously around the island (approx. 28.5 miles). MIF also sponsors several Hudson River swims along with Hudson River Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and corporate sponsor D'Agostino Supermarkets. We have a Little Red Lighthouse swim (7.8 miles), a Wrong Way swim (2.4 miles) (up the Hudson, but with the tides), and an Anuual Greater Hudson River Swim (2.8 miles).I have long enjoyed working and training with ultra distance or marathon swimmers, typically prepping for the Channel (English-French) swim or around Manhattan. I assisted Tammy van Wisse as her kayaker in the race around Manhattan (28.5 miles) in 1999 (2nd place finish) and 1997 (first place finish). Ironically, her second place finish was about 20 minutes faster than her victory. In late August, 1999 I assisted Tammy again for her record breaking swim on Loch Ness, in Scotland. She covered 24 miles in 9 hours and 6 minutes, and at its warmest during the day, the water was 53 deg. F.. In New York, I was the kayaker with swimmers on the third (Marcia Cleveland) and eighth (Arthur Coleman) fastest trips around Manhattan. Both of those efforts were under cover of darkness, starting at 2:20 A.M.. Marcia's log: In the races around the island my individual swimmer companions have fared well enough through the years, with a first and two seconds place finishes.

You see amazing sites going around Manhattan after midnight. By far the most spectacular is coming down the Hudson with a swimmer (being given some room by the escort boats), just north of the George Washington Bridge, before dawn; light on the GWB are being dimmed, stars are still in the sky, pale moon light. Be well advised, however, "Do Not Try This At Home", do not try that trip (day or night) alone or without a lot of experienced folks.

I have enjoyed luring into the clutches of MIF many of the folks I see on this list. And I have had the pleasure of kayaking with many of them. All of the good people coming from the Downtown Boat House. Ralph Diaz has participated with the past swims and now is sharing some of his vast expertise and experience organizing for the future swims. Bill Leonhardt has helped with swims and been great company on some trips in this area. Jack Gilman, Ira Rosenthal, Dave Covell, Barry Meisenheimer, and many, many more.

Anyway, many thanks go to Jackie. Best Richard

14th February 2004 - Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen's Kayaks

NAME: Ian Cohen

CONTACT: cohencoBOASistarDOTca

- Endeavour Cedar Strip - Home built in 2002. My pride and joy. (Design/construction by Steve Killing/ Bear Mountain Boats respectively, as outlined in Ted Moores wonderful book Kayakcraft.)
- My second Endeavour is under construction, estimated completion spring 2004.
- Also own a 1950's cedar/canvas 13' Huron canoe, and have paddled it since the 70's.

Not really.

(Apart from my boat) My 1/2 size guitar, which travels in its own home-made dry bag, and accompanies me (and others) on every kayak trip.

They have all been great, particularly Haida Gwaii, Kyuquot, the Deer Group, Nuchatlitz, and Sea of Cortez, to mention a few.

51 years old, male, live in Vancouver BC. Architect in private one-man practice. Married with two teenagers. (Wife Michelle has been on a few kayak trips, but it's not really her cup of tea.) I often enjoy quick 1 - 4 hour paddles in very local waters (minutes from work/home), usually alone. Have been on several multi-day trips, either with friends, club trips, or guided, to many of the lovely spots on BC's fabulous coastline, mainly off Vancouver Island. Once the second boat is done, I hope to entice family/friends out a little more often.

a) NAME:
Colvin, Mark DVM Wife Barb and two Kids Kat 13yrs & Sean 9yrs

mcolvindvmBOASearthlinkDOTnet Colorado Springs, CO

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Pigmy Arctic Tern
have rented tandems for family trips
fleet to grow to allow family trips(double and another single)
Prijon Seayak

Sea kayaking, backpacking , soccer dad, Skiing!

Veterinary Medicine

g) STRONG OPINIONS: (I doubt we'll have any of those :~)
Respect and compassion to others

Small list but will grow
1. San Juan IS with Orcas
2. Lake Kintla Glacier National Park

a) NAME:
Coplan, Karl


(Owned or paddled): Guillemot Coastal, two Aquaterra Keoweees, Old Town Tripper canoe, Tartan 30, Alden Ocean Shell, Hobie Alpha windsurfer, Optimist Pram (really my kids').

Too numerous to list. Kayaks are called "Pintail" (the Coastal), "Grasshopper" and "Ladybug" (the Keowees). Tartan 30 is "Northern Light."

Sailing, telemark skiing and winter camping, watercolors, floating on water as much as possible, suing polluters.

Environmental law

Burning fossil fuels for pleasure is morally wrong.

Paddling the South Nahanni River in NWT.

i) BIO:
41; Co-director of Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace Law School (a law student staffed public interest environmental law firm).

Professor Karl S. Coplan

Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc.
78 North Broadway
White Plains, N.Y. 10603
(914) 422-4343

I'm Karl Coplan. I paddle a Guillemot Coastal designed by Nick Schade and home built with a great deal of e-mail support from Nick. I built my kayak last winter. Until then, most of my paddling life has been in canoes. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many small boats. Right now, we have the Guillemot, an Old Town 18' tripper canoe, an Alden Ocean Shell, two tupperware keowee kayaks that we use for swamp mucking and as landing craft for our Tartan 30 sailboat, an Optimist sailing dinghy for our children, and a windsurfer.

I can't usually justify taking weekend family time for a solitary activity like kayaking, so I have tried to work my kayaking into my morning commute. Last year I managed to paddle across the Tappan Zee (Hudson River) to Tarrytown and bike the rest of the way to my office in White Plains about 2-3 times per week between May and October. I quit when I started arriving home after dark, because it wasnt fair to my wife who didnt know if I was ok, even if I did. (I actually tried cell-phoning home once when I delayed my crossing to let two tug and barge rigs pass, but found bracing with one hand while digging out and dialing the cell phone with the other a frustrating experience). I have a reliable onside roll (about 95%) which I practice at the end of my paddle every evening. Havent ever even tried an offside roll (maybe next year). I figure on a paddle float re-entry and roll to save my butt in extreme conditions if my roll fails. For family paddling, I still like our Old Town canoe, which can carry our family of four, the dog, and a week's worth of camping gear. When I first bought that canoe, its rated carrying capacity (950 pounds) was more than the car I drove it around on ( a Honda CRX). The canoe has long outlasted the car!

For work, I have the best legal job in the world. I co-direct the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. We take ten law students each term and turn them loose prosecuting pollution and other environmental cases against polluters on the Hudson River and Long Island Sound.

While I am mostly a lurker on this list, I really enjoy hearing the comments and the controversies. Keep it up!

--Karl Professor Karl S. Coplan

a) NAME:
Corning, Allison

acorningBOAShotmailDOTcom , live in New Hampshire

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
1) Walden Vista but severely drooling over the future prospect of a folding kayak and paddling distant places....

hiking, travel, kayaking(obviously), mountain biking, mountaineering, old english literature, foreign cultures, New England Folklore, celtic music etc etc.....

paleoanthropology, literature, hiking

- Out of Africa theory of human evolution
- It is more important to be happy than rich
- Solas is the best celtic music group out there
- always wear polypro sock liners while hiking
- always wear a PFD and many many more

so far just day trips around portsmouth- I am still a severe beginner

i) optional personal stuff:
25 years old, single no children, finishing a masters in paleoanthropology, changing career paths to become a teacher, currently working as an americorps vista volunteer, obsessed with hiking- have done archaeological excavations in Africa, Europe, and the US, hiked the highest mountain on Hokkaido, Japan, Currently trying to learn to play the pennywhistle:)

23rd October 2002 - Steve Cramer

Steve Cramer in Kayak

Steve Cramer

a) NAME:
Cramer, Steve
Athens, GA USA


c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
Dagger Latitude, Wave Sport Godzilla (WW K-1), Mohawk Viper (WWOC-1), Mohawk Edge (WW Slalom OC-1), Dagger Quake (WW OC-1), Bell Wildfire (Quietwater OC-1), 1972 Klepper Olympic Slalom K-1 (no, it's not a foldable).

I couldn't think of that many, even if I was inclined to do so.

I love to teach anybody anything I know how to do. I also have an International Canoe Federation License as a WW official.

Generalist knowledge is my specialty.

Better saved for campfires with Scotch handy.

Tomales Bay with Roger Schumann; Lofoten Islands, Norway fjord paddling; Guanaja, Honduras circumnavigation

54 y.o. college professor, specializing in educational and psychological measurement. Two kids, one a very accomplished WW kayaker. Wife paddles a Shadow. Former Peace Corps volunteers in Africa and Malaysia.

I once told part of this story in a "Can you tell if he's lying?" icebreaker at a Georgia Canoeing Association board of directors retreat, and more than half of them didn't believe me. The alternative story that they did believe was about my fictitious, although dreamt of, sports car racing career. But I assure you that everything you read here will be true. I did a little canoeing at Scout camp, but nothing serious. About 20 years ago I wanted a little boat to fish out of in the Santee Cooper lakes, so I went to Charleston and bought a kit to build a rigid Folboat. It took about 2 months, and for most of that time it lived in our living room. I paddled that for a couple of years, patched it several times, and sold it for the price of the kit.I didn't do any boating for a long time after that.

One Saturday, I went with my son's Cub pack rafting on the Nantahala. We bumbled along in that giant gray tub and had a nice time. At the takeout, I was fascinated watching the kayakers surf the waves near the Center. We had spent the day more or less at the whim of the river currents, and here were these guys in little brightly colored boats *sitting still* in the middle of the roaring flow. Now, I know about eddies and surfing waves. Then, I thought it was magic. A couple of months later, I was at a cocktail party given by some of my wife's fellow med students. "And what do you do with your time?" I was asked. "Oh, I work at the Department of Education, and do some research and statistical consulting, and teach a class at Emory Medical, and advise MPH and MSN students." "No, I mean what do you do for fun?"

For fun? This was a novel concept to me right then. It hit me like a hammer that I wasn't doing anything for fun, except for the time I spent with my family. Fun. I need some fun. What would be fun? Those guys in the little brightly colored boats on the Nantahala. That look like fun. So together with my 10 year old son, I bought a couple of white water kayaks, and started boating seriously at the age of 40. I was in a very high-pressure job then, and I was thrilled to discover that I could spend the day on the river and not think about the office once. As Jim Harrison said "The river is as far as you can get from the world of numbers." Evan of course far exceeded my skills by the time he was 13. He has a shelf of Juniors slalom trophies he won. Unfortunately, his buddies seduced him into soccer and football in high school, so he never became the great paddler he could have. Now, he's merely good enough to run the Gauley with a grin on his face and play in the Maury at high water. He also likes surf kayaking at the beach with cartwheels, endos, and all of that. After a few years, I wanted to try solo open WW canoeing, and got one of those, and a couple of years later became certified as an ACA WW OC instructor. The next year, I became Training Director for GCA, a post I held for over 3 years.

For the last several years, I've been paddling Class II-IV white water in either kayak or OC-1, depending on the temperature, intensity of the water, and my whim of the day. I don't do hair boating. The Ocoee is about the biggest thing I want to be on. About 4 years ago, I was going up to Carlton, MN to officiate a Champion International WW Series slalom race (did I mention I've also got an International Canoe Federation Official's ticket?) and my son was racing, so the whole family came along. After the race we needed something to do, so we drove over to the Apostle Islands and did a 4 day trip with Trek & Trail in double SKs with Balogh sail rigs. I had been wanting to get my wife, Meg, involved in paddling so I didn't have to leave her at home when we went off for the day, but she didn't like white water. She really took to sea kayaking, though, and we've since done a good bit of it on the east coast of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, and in Tomales Bay, California. Internationally, we've boated the Mediterranean at Elba, the Lofoten Islands of Norway, and Guanaja, Honduras. We also spend some time on some of the mountain lakes north of here, like Calderwood Reservoir in NC.

I paddle a Dagger Latitude, having made the move to glass a couple of years ago. Our boat census is 3 WW OC-1s (one glass), 1 quietwater OC-1, 3 WW kayaks (2 are my son's), 1 glass slalom C-1, the Latitude, Meg's Shadow, a 1972 Munich Olympic slalom kayak that is for display only, and a pre-1972 slalom Canadian. I'm also providing garage space for a friend's WS Sparrow Hawk and Narpa.

I've been instructing in WWOC, WW kayak, and sea kayak for several years now. I'm one of the few casual sea kayak instructors I've met; most are employed by outfitters. I've been trying to get people around here hooked on SKing, so I have people to paddle with. I take groups down to Charleston for training. The folks at Coastal Expeditions have been cooperating with me on this, provinding boats and advice, and have been excellent to work with.

I enjoy Paddlewise daily. It's impressive to be on a first name basis with some of the experts of our sport, like Ralph and John, but of course all of the members bring valuable expertise. If you're in the Athens, Georgia area (65 miles east of Atlanta) give us a call and we'll go paddle somewhere.

Steve Cramer
Athens, GA USA

From: Cresswell, Pete - ( hcBOASfatbellyDOTcom )

I started paddling seven or eight years ago - can't remember exactly as CRS is setting in with age. Another old guy at 58 this year.Been thru a number of decked boats and switched to a 19" x 19' surf ski two years ago. I paddle after work at a local lake near Paoli PA and on weekends in the ocean and bay around Ocean City/Pleasantville NJ when there isn't enough wind to windsurf.Got one of those electronic speedometers on day one and have been playing with it every since. My best average for 5 miles so far is 6.4 mph.

Pete Cresswell

17th May 2002 - Richard Clark Culpeper

Culpeper, Richard Clark

email: culpeperBOAStbaytelDOTnet,
voice: 807-346-3992.

Boreal Saguenay sea kayak, Swift Albany tripping canoe, Perception Matrix wild water kayak, Javelin sprint racing kayak.

Writing (see web page), telemarking (previously national team), cats.

Sprint racing instructor, wild water instructor, dragon boat referee.

I'd rather die than swim.

Down the Kattawagami and out across the bottom of James Bay.

Presently a lawyer and previously an English professor. Used to run the Sudbury Canoe Club, and now help run the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival. TBay is on the north shore of Lake Superior. Need I say more!

a) NAME:
Cyphers, Cliff

e-mail: cypherscBOASacmDOTorg Location: 31.98022N 102.14291W

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Necky Looksha Sport WITH RUDDER!

Kayaking, biking, camping, hiking

Computers, photography

Of course.



Hi All,
I am a 45 year old computer geek in Midland Texas. Last year, after 20 years of bike riding as my main recreational activity, I decided that it might be good to add an activity that would help my upper body to compliment the bike riding, so a bike riding friend and I went out and each bought a Necky Looksha Sport. Iimmediately fell in love with the sport. The only problem is that paddling in west Texas can be quite a challenge. The closest lake is about an hours drive away. I have to drive 2 - 4 hours to really get to some nice size lakes. I only manage to get on the water every two to three weeks. Most of my paddling is day trips on small lakes, but I hope to do some 2-3 day kayak camping trips this year.Later,

Cliff Cyphers

a) NAME:
Dallas, Evan

evan_dallasBOASnotesDOTntrsDOTcom I live in Woodinville, Washington.

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
I own an Eddyline Calypso. Have paddled lots of others.


Besides kayaking, I enjoy backpacking (tho I don't get to do it as much as I would like), woodworking, astronomy, eastern philosophy and meditation, good blues bands, surfing the 'net, dark beer and practically anything outdoors (with or without the dark beer (but preferably with)). One of my favorite things is finding/discovering things for kayak trips that can be fit or compressed into a small space but expand into something really useful or delicious (I know, I need to "get a life"...).

math, actuarial science (yawn), woodworking, mechanics

"no one ever lay on their death bed wishing 'if only I had spent more time in the office' "

10 days in the Queen Charlotte islands in 1991

i) BIO:
age 49; male; married with 3 boys (aged 8, 14 and 16); around 9 years experience sea kayaking; have a degree in math; former math instructor in high school/college; I'm a pension actuary, but most of my work is in designing and producing comprehensive benefit statements for larger companies (like 2000+ employees); I've lived in western Washington my whole life except for 5 years in eastern Washington while in college; worst job: sorting onion rings on a conveyor belt while in college (trust me, you don't wanna do it!); favorite area to go paddling: Vancouver island, especially the west coast.

Dalrymple, Vince
Maryland, U.S.
mid Chesapeake Bay paddler

vincedalrympleBOAShomeDOTcom (net provider subject to change)

- '91 Necky Skeena (predecessor to the multi chined Looksha series) - sold in '97.
- '97 Feathercraft Khatsalano - has seen storm paddling, travel abroad, and surf. Despite maintenance, bow and stern assembly joints now permanently fused together making break down impossible. Extensive custom outfitting done, along with custom car top rack - photos and explanations will eventually go to Ralph Diaz
- and ANORAK.'00 VCP Anas Acuta, my new conditions paddling playboat. Some custom outfitting done already, much more to go. Will eventually send photos and text to GabrielRomeu.
- EPI Epi-Tot & Epi-Sea plastic kids boats.

As with most of you, have paddled more kayaks than I can name or remember anymore, but if anyone has any questions about the more performance oriented boats, feel free to check with me. Would like to add a flat~rough water rocket to the stable next, followed by a wave ski, WW beater, skin on frame rolling machine, . . .

all rather dull, really.
Radio call sign is Sea Kayaker Vince, default freq. Chan. 69
Khats is my pet name for the Khatsalano.
Anas being the Anas Acuta - and no "Anus" jokes, please #;->

conditions paddling (esp. clapotis!), rugged or removed areas (where man is the outsider and will hopefully always be)& wild weather to match, helping prevent paddlers from becoming statistics through technique and safety info. sharing, some forms of H2O skiing and motorized racing, other risky, intense, exacting, and often adrenaline driven activities, Japan, travel - N. Am. & abroad, photography,my cats and family.

best let others judge that, but hopefully half of what I spout off in regards to the following would be more of a help than a hindrance: gear and technique regarding non WW kayaking, along with many non sailing marine related activities, N. Am. and Japan travel, Japan - general, and (35 mm non darkroom related) photography.
Just don't ask me about family and parental matters, pleeeease.

Every boat is an island. Even in a group, sea kayaking is still a solo activity (divorce doubles aside). With few exceptions, self reliance at least equal to the conditions one could find him or herself in should be maintained.Skills not second nature to the body are skills not to be relied on in a "combat" situation.
Whether learning new skills or using old ones, visualize achieving it.Old Volvo wagons with rain gutters make excellent kayak carriers! As informative a sea kayaking forum as PW is ("Thanks Jackie!"), it is still no substitute for getting out there and doing it! ;-)

Most Enchanting:
Paddling my wife's home island of Sado, Japan - NNW of Tokyo, Sea of Japan side(~30 mi. off the coast of Niigata) Watching katabatic wind produced veils of water snake out from the inlet, vortexing and drawing upwards like long low water spouts, all the while with the dark ominous clouds rushing over the mountains above like some Chinese painting come to life.
Wildest Ride:
Johns Bay area, Me. solo storm paddling back from Pemaquid Pt. to Thread of Life Ridges (just N. of Thrumcap Is.). Nearly got smoked on the Thread of Life Ridges that morning and was back testing boats in that same spot that evening - very odd.

Born '64, Ca. Been married 10 years and have a daughter (7), and son (2). Fell in with the family Comm. R.E. Dev. bus. and am responsible for the CAD drawings and const. oversight when we're building. Have grown up around the water (in one form or another) all my life and have had a penchant for risk taking equally long. Vowed to my (now wife) that I would not destroy myself kneeboarding and walked away from the sport rather than back down.
Became interested in Sea Kayaking a decade ago while living in Seattle as a way of transporting photo. equip. into more remote areas. Moved back to Md. in '91 and bought my first boat (was committed to rolling it before cutting the check). "Poor" luck with weather, a stubborn attitude to paddle regardless, and lack of knowledge of other paddlers or paddle groups which kept me soloing, led to a steep learning curve - and a growing appetite for "conditions paddling".
Paddling related Japan fiasco has has left very strained relations with my Japanese in-laws, something I still must work out. Contributor to CPA (Chesapeake Paddlers Association), as writer, (self proclaimed) crash test dummy, and as occasional trip leader. Enjoy gonzo paddling whenever I can as my non paddling, non risk taking family gently nudges me to grow up.

a) NAME:
Daly, Michael

michaeldalyBOASrogersDOTcom - based in Toronto, Ontario

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Current Designs Solstice GTHV
Boreal Designs Ellermere
Perception Pirouette (WW)

kayaking, Nordic skiing (classic, freestyle, telemark etc) hiking, inline skating, making my own gear, history of navigation and scientific instruments, astronomy, lots of other stuff.

computer nerd, former engineer (civil, structures)

g) STRONG OPINIONS: (I doubt we'll have any of those :~)
enough to get me into trouble.

1) Notre Dame Bay in Newfoundland - whales, fishing villages, a true sense of being away from it all. Gorgeous scenery etc.
2) Eastern shore of Nova Scotia - lots of small islands, scent of balsam fir and down home friendliness when ashore.

My background and age (48) are typical of others on Paddlewise. I loved water sports as a kid. I started canoeing and sailing in university. Canoeing meant flatwater tripping. I learned to sail from a guy that had once been a naval architect and racer. Longest trip was from Norfolk VA to Montreal PQ via the Hudson returning a boat that a friend wintered in the Bahamas. That's where I learned navigation... and how much work sailing is. I switched to bike and cross-country ski racing and touring. After my knees blew out, I didn't do anything for a few years. Some recovery allowed me to get back to recreational skiing, but cycling is nothing but a memory. So I got back to canoeing and realized how much I'd missed. One day I wandered into the Mountain Equipment Coop store and saw a beautiful, cedar-strip kayak amidst the canoes. It was love at first sight. I found myself going back to the store just to look at her. The price tag made my knees weak however (unrelated to the old injury). My hint of Inuit ancestry (12 generations back) must have been showing through. I started talking to folks about kayaking, but didn't take any action. Then I went on a canoe trip with an odd number of people on it. The organizer used a sea kayak (this trip had no portages). I got in it the next day and disappeared down a river and into a little lake. No skirt, rudder for steering, fear of tipping over (initially) etc. The next year, between the whitewater canoe lessons and trips, I took a sea kayaking course. I rented several different sea kayaks on weekends during the summer. After coming back from canoeing and hiking Nahanni National Park, I bought a Solstice GTHV from an outfitter at their year-end sale. I took it out the next day and paddled the Toronto harbour and islands from my (then) home in the Beaches (about 30 km total). I joined a sea kayak club and haven't been in a canoe since. I paddle mostly in the Great Lakes (Ontario, Huron/Georgian Bay and Superior), with trips to other destinations. I look forward to returning to Gwaii Hannas (Queen Charlotte Islands BC) to kayak (last time was hiking). Also the Minganie and Saguenay, Ellesmere, Greenland, Scotland, ... you get the idea!! Mike.

Rich Dempsey (and wife Wendy Klope)

Wyoming (we are NEVER home!)

Email: or

OldTown Disco17. Soon to be replaced with a either a WeNoNah Lamoille or Itasca in Kevlar layup.

18+ years of wilderness camping and long-distance backpacking.
In 1986 with spent 3 months hiking the MT Continental Divide Trail. For the past 6 years we have been using a canoe rather than our backs to get us to wilderness. We have paddled mostly in Canada. We have paddled the Peace River in Alberta, Reindeer Lake (well it's SW corner anyway) and Oliver-Nokomis Lake in Saskatchewan. Moving onto the Barrenground we paddled MacKay Lake/Lockhart River in NWT, and last summer completed a 50 day trip on the Hiukitak River/Bathurst Inlet on the Arctic Coast of Nunavut. For 9.5 months of the year I do contract medical work (Ultrasound) in the US.. basically full-time travel, so that we can have our summers free to paddle in northern Canada in the brief summer months.Our trips up north are basically multi-week expeditions, self-planned, self-outfitted, just Wendy and I. Unfortunately, I have been (as yet) unable to exploit the "ordinary" opportunities that I might have to paddle in local waters. My wife is a writer and photographer. We have a web page for our trip reports and photo's at : . This was my first experience attempting to put together a webpage. We are avid readers, and for me at least, a large part of the joy of our summers is the research and planning that goes into our trips.

Skills (or lack thereof):
Many years of wilderness camping including snow camping in MT in December, to winter hiking in the SW UT canyon country, we have pretty much moved "beyond" the "easy" hiking trips in the Western US. We prefer solitude rather than camaraderie, so we generally go in the "off-season". Our personal record set this summer on the Hiukitak was 28 days without seeing another person. We started out paddling ( 6 years ago) with a serviceable but low-end OT Disco. We are basically, still,flatwater paddlers. Our northern trips are somewhat hampered by our lack of white-water skills. Generally we line or portage rough water. I will run some small rapids alone with an unloaded canoe. This will probably continue to be our method. What is probably a little "different" in our method is that the "paddle", although enjoyable, is really only a means to the end. We allow a LOT of time, to travel relatively short distances. Our longest water trip has been less than 300 miles. We do a lot of hiking from base camps while traveling. I still feel the same thrill in climbing into a fully loaded canoe to explore what's ahead... but it is perhaps more orientated towards the land rather than the water.We see a lot of wildlife in our journeys. On the Hiukitak we saw arctic wolves, foxes, musk ox, caribou, seals, wolverines, weasels, and rather too many grizzly bears. On MacKay Lake we saw large concentrations of caribou. On the Peace River-- many wolves and moose.

Next summer? Yeah... Oct-June is like a pregnancy for us. Plan and dreams, and endless talk about a distant date that soon rapidly approaches . We are planning a 7 week trip from Nueltin Lake in northern Manitoba, to the Thlewiaza River, then towards Hudsons Bay. There are a lot of rapids on the Thlewiaza, and we are still considering strategy. Basically it will probably turn out to be about 300 miles of flatwater, and 100 miles of River, with a lot of portaging short and long.

Greatest ambition:
(Mine): To be able to paddle the Back River someday.
(Wendy's): To continue to have more fun, but fewer "adventures", than heretofore.

Opinions: I have a lot. A very lot. Especially if you consider all the opinions I had BEFORE I changed them. And.. If you toss in the opinions which I will no doubt change with more time and experience, then I have enough opinions to fill the Royal Albert Hall. Once, my co-workers in Charleston SC (on my last day) took the liberty of stringing a banner over their wall of 4-drawer/8 cabinet files which said "Rich's Opinions", and the drawers were labeled A-BE, BE-CA, etc. It hurt. But , mostly because I knew the "Z" draw would remain empty except for my opinion that animal s belong in the Wild, not in Zoo's."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ See our canoe tripping website

12th November 2003 - Ian Dewey

a) NAME: Dewey Ian

b) CONTACT: ianDOTdeweyBOAScanoeDOTorgDOTau

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
QK Skua - a close love relationship but it is now more bog and repairs than original boat (we always hurt the ones we love).
Had a very lucky career and paddled most Australian available boats including
- Raiders (Artic, Southern, Ocean, X)
- Necky Looksha IV
- CD Squall and Storm
- Epic Endurance,
- Mirage 530 and 580
- QK Penguin and Tasman Express
- Pittarak
- Dagger Cortez,

My boat is called Agamidae (latin for dragon). It is named after the eastern water dragons that were constantly around when I used to run school programs, I always felt they were keeping a watchful eye on me, looking after me.

- Physical Oceanographer by degree; know too much about waves, tides and currents.

- yes

- Was shepherded (protected) by a pack of dolphins one morning when a large Tiger Shark was in the area - both awe inspiring and scary

i) BIO:
Age 39, currently Manager - Canoe Education at Australian Canoeing. On the water in some form most of my life, have been a commercial sea kayak guide and outdoor recreation guide and manager.

a) NAME:
Diaz, Ralph Diaz

My phone number is no secret as it appears in my SIG and other places. 212-724-5069. Upper Westside of Manhattan. I am easy to contact for questions on folding kayaks, local paddling conditions, etc.

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled) :
Klepper Aerius II Classic (w/added keelstrips); Nautiraid Raid I Exp.; Feathercraft K-Light. I don't believe in naming kayaks any more than I would give names to articles of clothing or parts of my body.

With handhelds, you don't need marine operator numbers in the US.

Kayaking, walking, local history/geology, etc., industrial archaeology.

Folding kayaks, NYC paddling

g) STRONG OPINIONS: (I doubt we'll have any of those:~) After considerable thought and experience, I have concluded that folding kayaks offer a lot more than people give them credit for and hardly rate the litany of weaknesses attributed to them. I think I have helped many to at least give this breed of sea kayak a look and not rely just on negative hearsay.

Paddling the 165 mile length of the Hudson from Albany to New York City. Having civilization always close while being in one's own world upon the water made for the delicious feeling of being far, far away. In the end, adventure is more a state of mind...even more so in a kayak that lets us, in a very personal way, break our bounds with earth and return to our unfamiliar, yet familiar origins in the sea.

At 60 years of age, I am as old as Ralph!! I have been paddling about a dozen years. First kayak, which I still have, was a double Klepper. My wife and I have paddled it a lot mainly in waters within 150 miles or so of the Big Apple but also in Maine and places south of us including the Bahamas. I also have a Nautiraid Raid 1 and a Feathercraft K-Light.

When I first started, I did a lot of paddling in single hardshells, which I borrowed or rented from a local club. I guess that sounds sacrilegious given my current reputation as a folding kayak guru. But I did so on the mistaken belief that only hardshells were worthy singles and that folding ones were just too slow and cumbersome. Or at least that was what I was told. I spent a lot of time with one eye looking to choose which hardshell single I wanted, road testing various ones at symposia and local shops. But I also had another eye out for where to put the darn thing in New York City. There was simply no storage space available at the time in Manhattan.

One day, I happened to be leading a 12 mile trip on the Hudson in which winds and seas picked up viciously against us. A woman in a single Klepper seemed to be slowing whatever progress we were making. So I decided to switch boats to put her in the hardshell I was paddling so she wouldn't be so encumbered and, being the good leader that I am, suffering in the Klepper single. I discovered two things: 1) The Klepper single wasn't slow at all! I was able to easily catch up to the fastest paddlers to ask them to slow down for the group and double back to encourage the slower paddlers to keep fighting the adverse wind. I probably paddled twice as far as the others in my scurrying up and down the line of kayakers. The Klepper did just fine. 2) The woman was just a slow paddler. Even with the boat switch, she still was in back of the pack

At that point it hit me. Why bother worrying about where to store a boat in Manhattan? Why bother learning how to roll (which I was working on)? Why bother with all of that when a folding single would do just fine. So, within a few months I bought a single Klepper. I also got to thinking about folding kayaks. I knew firsthand that they were a lot better than people gave them credit for. But little had been written about them; that little might as well have been nothing at all because existing books and publications tended to say that folding kayaks were either no good or a poor second choice to a "real" kayak.I decided to do something about that. Since I have a background in writing and running newsletters (international business ones for over 20 years) doing a news letter was a natural. Folding Kayaker started in 1991. When I announced my plans to some paddling friends, they wondered what in the world could you say about folding kayaks that would continue to fill a newsletter. But I knew from my newsletter experiences that story ideas always come, that every article le ads to three others. Plus, there is nothing like having to regularly fill the pages of a publication to make you become savvy on a subject.It was quite a lonely world in the beginning and an uphill battle to raise the profile of folding kayaks to a level I thought they deserved. But little by little, things began to happen. Getting a chance to write a book for a major publisher helped. I had met the author of one popular sea kayaking book, asked him why he wrote negative things about folding kayaks and found out that he had never even been in one and was just repeating "what people say about them."!! I got pissed off, approached the publisher with the idea for a folding kayak book and wrote it.

Paul Theroux in his foreword to the book says that I am "a solitary and resourceful evangelist." Maybe I am. But I think I am more just a guy who couldn't find a place to store a boat and got a little carried away! :-)

ralph diaz

Ralph Diaz . . . Folding Kayaker newsletter
PO Box 0754, New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-724-5069; E-mail: rdiazBOASixDOTnetcomDOTcom
"Where's your sea kayak?"----"It's in the bag."

a) NAME:
Dickson, Dana


c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
CD Storm and acquiring a CD Solstice ST

I have a marine radio, my boats have not introduced themselves so I don't call them names.

biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, photography, the world in general

industrial hygienists know a little about lots and lots about little.

Yes lots of them. I endorse the suggestion to discuss them over very good scotch. If you buy I will opine.

Lately, last summer's Voyageur's trip with ISK. See the ISK website for details.

i) BIO:
Married for 20+ years, no kids, 2 dogs. My wife might try paddling again if I work hard on enticing her. She did suggest I keep the CD Storm for her use, so there may be hope.

I am a 45, soon to be 46 year old relatively new paddler. I am part of the Minnesota kayaking contingent. I started out in canoes when I was a kid. I enjoyed canoeing but found solo canoeing in an alumacraft to be a nightmare. The wood and canvas tubs at Boy Scout camp were not great inspiration to soloing either. The first I hear of kayaking was from a friend who in 1975 crashed a tandem into the shore of Lake Superior while attempting to escape a squall. I grew up spending my summers on the North Shore of Lake Superior and did not canoe on the big lake until I was in college. Mom had a thing about no kids on the water, it seemed to have worked, none of us drowned, despite all the temptations.

I did not start paddling until 1996. As a consequence of the effects of age and gravity, I developed plantar faschitis and needed to find a activity that would keep me active and off my feet. I took a couple of short courses from the local park system and a two day course with an ACA instructor. At any rate, kayaking was what I always thought solo canoeing should be and I was hooked. I'm married and working on getting my wife to paddle with me. But things take time.

I have made a Greenland storm paddle following Chuck Holst's directions. I have a blank cut out for a full size Greenland paddle and I have a fantasy about building an East Greenland skin and frame boat. Other interests include: biking, xc-skiing, photography, fishing, hunting and obedience training. The dog is getting better, I'm told I'm hopeless. In real life I'm an Industrial Hygienist, that is I work with the health side of safety in the workplace.

a) NAME:
dillon, kathleen comalli aka kcd

b) Email address:
timbreBOASbestDOTcom. why didn't this thing ask how old i am? i am 45.

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
perception sierra. a lowly rec boat. you may throw your rotten tomatoes now.

cats, recumbent bikes, my husband and kids (17, 15), t'ai-chi, weightlifting, nutrition for optimum health, being Italian-American, Tuscany, medicine (the subject, not the pills), figuring what i want to do when i grow up, redefining maturity and trying to be an exemplar of that, Al-Anon, Archie Mac Phee.

classical music, theory, composition, violin and viola technique; French, Spanish, Italian; linguistics (a smattering).

people had better respect each other, or i'm going to pull this car right over.

kayak trip? haven't taken it yet. just a beginner. other trip: being the concertmaster for the touring orchestra of new york city opera, playing opera in every state except one of the dakotas (i forget which), alaska, and hawaii, meeting first-time operagoers, getting to know the university communities, really KNOWING what people are talking about when they say "great falls, montana" or "nacogdoches, texas", or "durham, VT".

30 states each tour X 3--4 mos. of tour per year X 8 years of tour means i love the u.s. just wish i had taken up kayaking earlier so i could have paddled in some of those states.

kathleen comalli dillon~friend, mom, wife, musician, violinist, writer, ailurophile extraordinaire
"We can do no great things; we can only do small things with great love."-Mother Teresa~~
"I find a lot of people like chubby 67-year-old girls."-Beverly Sills~~
"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."-Abraham Lincoln~~
"Prepare to be assimila-----OOOOOoooooo, jelly donuts!"-Homer of Borg~~
"I am Boris of Borg. Moose and Squirrel are irrelevant."~~

a) NAME:
Don Dimond

b) CONTACT: Email address(and home page):
c) KAYAKS: (owned or paddled) (and name):
Current Designs GTS (Erie)
Current Designs SS (Carcharadon cacharius)
Valley Aleut Sea II (Mishipizhiew)
Valley Skerry RMX
P&H Capella
Dagger Atlantis
Seda Viking

Archery (target, Backpacking, Bicycle Touring, Camping, Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling, Snowshoeing, White Water kayaking, Winter Camping

ACA Open Water Sea Kayaking Instructor
BCU Level 2 Coach, Four Star
Medical Laboratory Technician

Spread positive energy not negative

1) The solo sea kayak crossing of Lake Superior that I completed in 1996. The crossing took thirty hours and covered over one hundred miles. It Started and ended with a tobacco offering to the lakes demi-god, Mishipishiew.

2) The one hundred and sixty mile, four day crossing of Lake Superior that I completed with Bill Newman in 1997. We retraced a crossing done over three hundred years ago by a group of Ojibwa warriors led by Myeengun who was a Chief and Shaman. i) Short BIO:
In 1964 I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota next to the Mississippi River. I started sea kayaking in 1990 on area lakes and on Lake Superior in 1992. In 1995 I founded the Twin Cities Sea Kayaking Association, a club for paddlers of all experience levels. I finished solo crossings of all of the Great Lakes in 1996 and in 1997 I started the Superior Visions Sea Kayaking School.

I teach in cooperation with REI, State Parks, and Community Education programs. In 1998 I co-authored the Globe Peqout Press Gidebook "Sea Kayaking Routes of the Western Great Lakes". In 1999 I formed the Midwest Allience of Sea Kayaking Educators, offering guidance and help for potential instructors and guides. I am planning a circumnavigation of Cabo de Hornos in 2000 and a crossing of the Atlantic four years later.

Good Paddling,

Don Dimond
Owner of Superior Visions Sea Kayaking School
Board Member of Twin Cities Sea Kayaking Association
Director of Midwest Alliance of Sea Kayaking Educators

My name is Don Dimond and I am a Minnesota native, at 34 I am a certified sea kayaking instructor with the ACA and the BCU and use information from both organizations when I teach. I teach classes for my company Superior Visions and have contractual relations with REI, Hennepin Parks, and many community education programs. I have crossed all five of the Great Lakes and in 1997 I completed a one hundred and sixty mile crossing of Lake Superior with Bill Newman. Last year I helped Bill and Sarah Ohmann research and write "Sea Kayaking Routes of the Great Lakes" for Globe Pequot Press.

24th July 2002 - Michael Edelman

a) NAME: Edelman, Michael

b) CONTACT: mjeBOASspamcopDOTnet

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled): Four currently in my collection:
Klepper Aerius I
Klepper Aerius II
Feathercraft K-1 (1997 model)
Folbot Aleut

Wilderness camping, fishing, generally goofing about on the water.

I am fairly well informed in the area of folding kayaks, though I do defer to Ralph Diaz from time to time. See .

I am a fanatic and uncompromising supporter of unfeathered paddles.

Around North Manitou Island, in Lake Michigan. But my best paddling trip was a trip around Lake Superior's Isle Royale that I hope to duplicate in a kayak soon.

i) BIO:graphy:
Learned to canoe in the Boy Scouts when I was a lad. Switched to kayaking about six years ago after reading Paul Theroux and Ralph Diaz. Sold my canoe and have been happily prosyletizing for folding kayaks ever since.

I'm 48, single, and do project management for a University.

-- mike

a) NAME:
Emrys, Merlin

b) CONTACT: - web:

Mariner Elan

Sea and lake kayaking, playing classical and improvisational piano, creating abstract expressionist paintings.

Computer professional, web design and development.

Only love, understanding and compassion can heal hate and violence.

San Juan Islands, WA

i) BIO:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Settled in California in 1974 after a five-month trans-Canada trip. Was a member of the Findhorn Community in northern Scotland from 1976-1979. Lived in California until 1988, then in England until relocating to the Santa Fe, New Mexico area in 1990.

12th January 2010 - Tord S Eriksson

a) NAME: Tord S Eriksson

b) CONTACT: tordBOASmindlessDOTspam (replace spam with com) - Sweden

i) BIO:

Born 1952, married.

Bus driver, ex-editor-in-chief.

Began my nautical life by rowing and rowing, and then - after a few encounters with open canoes I enlisted to a three-week long coastal paddle in the Baltic, using Swedish 'SEAL' Klepper Aerius IIs.

Then one day, I could afford one of my own, and that we've equipped with a junk sailing rig, and then bought a slightly longer Klepper XXL.

7th May 2002 - Jackie Fenton-Myers

Jackie and Mollie in Kayak

a) NAME:
Fenton-Myers, Jackie


c) KAYAKS (what I own, can't remember all I paddled)
1992 Prism
1993 Sea Lion
1996 Khatsalano

Learning, night paddling, marine life, wild birds, wilderness sea kayak camping, rock garden kayaking, real facts about our planet, the universe and beyond, debunking myths and urban legends, painting, drawing, sculpting, working with power tools (would love to build a kayak someday), maintaining two paddling lists and their websites. Also, I enjoy tripping with my first mate, Mollie

Be a skeptic and seek the facts.
Discovery _is_ the fountain of youth.
Sharing knowledge is the greatest gift one can give.
Regardless of who you paddle with or how many are in your party, always be prepared to paddle alone.

A trip I particularly enjoyed was Bajia De Los Angeles (Sea of Cortez), paddling around the islands and paddling at night where the bioluminescence was the most abundant I have ever seen. Awesome watching large ribbons of light pass under the kayak while flying fish sparkled in flight across the waters' surface.

Bought my first boat in 1992, became trip coordinator for the Austin Paddling Club until an automobile accident caused me to take time out from white water (including kayak surfing :-( Have run almost every river in Central Texas, some at flood stage which is really about the only way to run Texas rivers :-) Most of my sea kayaking experience is the Gulf of Mexico (my favorite place to load up a kayak for multi-day trips). Have also sea kayaked the west coast of the USA, areas of the North and South Islands of New Zealand (including the spectacular Milford Sound), and the Sea of Cortez.

Why I set up Paddlewise... I began sea kayaking in 1993 after a year of running rivers. My river experience was important in preparing for sea kayaking as there were no instructors or sea kayaking information in my area at the time. My ignorance nearly got me killed and the experience made me realize there was much for me to learn. It also made me realize the value of having a place where novice paddlers can learn from the experienced paddler and especially be made aware of potentially dangerous situations which are not otherwise obvious to the inexperienced paddler. And the stories submitted by members on-line right after a trip are always a treat! :-)

a) NAME:
Ferguson, Alex (Sandy)


c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled): (all wood except one Seaward - all own design)
Coastal (2) "Coastal Explorer", "Coastal Dancer"
Seaward "Wind on the Water"
Seaward (glass)
Encore (double) "Wind of Morning"
Mist "Mist of Morning"

d) WORK:
(what's that?), electronics - build, design, service.

Circumnavigation of Fiji (40 days)
Trip round D'Urville Island 1997
Abel Tasman with a Swede (girl)

One of the three New Zealanders (only 3?) on the list. First went to sea at the age of 4 and worked my way down from 100+ foot vessels until at the age of 12 or 13 took command of my own, a 7'6" pramm dinghy - rowing. Read how to it was possible to sail to windward so rigged it and taught myself to sail. First paddled a kayak (once) about that time. Worked upwards to a Flying Dutchman which I cruised and raced (very little). Crewed (raced) keelers up to 35'.

Decided kayaking would be a good way of getting on the water quickly and into interesting places, was shown some plans that someone at work had used, modified them to a sea kayak (Coastal) and built one for my daughter's 10th birthday in 1983. Went off and cycle toured California and decided when I got back I'd better build one for myself. First multi-day trip was with a club group that first summer and then went off solo for a week. Lack of other paddlers at that time resulted in mostly solo paddling in the summers, rest of the year was cycle touring.

Two years later I mounted an expedition to D'Urville Island, one of the original reasons for taking up sea kayaking. The original kayaks were followed by the "big" boat (Seaward), designed a few years before but built in the winter of 1991, 4 being built together and ultimately going into glass production (got one free in lieu of royalties). The double (Encore) was designed and used on the circumnavigation of Fiji (Vanua Levu) in 1994 and for numerous trips with beginners and visitors to this country. From all the touring paddling I wrote the "Sea Kayakers Guide to Tasman Bay and the Malborough Sounds".

My partner's kayak (Mac50) was designed and started after the Mist but finished first (by a long way). The latest, the Mist class, 16 kg, very quick, and that's before it even gets in the water....All the kayaks are wood except the glass Seaward. Six of them (kayaks) hanging in the rafters in the garage along with touring bikes etc.

The fun of sea kayaking is all the gadgets one can dream up and build when not paddling and the sailing background, as someone else pointed out, probably has something to do with not wanting to be under a kayak.

Alex (Sandy) Ferguson
Chemistry Department
University of Canterbury
New Zealand

a) NAME:
Fereira, John

jaf30BOAScornellDOTedu , Ithaca, NY

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
VCP Skerray (fiberglass)
Eskimo Diablo
Wenonah Adirondack

flyfishing, downhill skiing, darts, music

collection of kayak stats:

New York barge canal, going through the locks

23rd April 2002 - Frank Fichtmueller

a) NAME:
Fichtmueller, Frank

Website: http://www.evkirche-hoeri/faltboot/faltboot.htm
Live and work in Gaienhofen, southern GER at the (almost) western (and better) end of Lake of Constance opposite Swiss border

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
- Prijon Yukon E, 1996
- Necky Looksha iv

Living outdoors, music from Bach to Folk (well: wasnt Bach sort of folk music in his times?)

Surviving in a family with three boys.

I never get that roll done (Last year it was: You never get me into a plastic kayak (c;)

My next trip to come. Really beautiful trips in the past: Havel, "Rund Bodensee", Regen

i) BIO:
Age 52, married, 3 kids (21/17/13), pastor. Started paddling around 1960 in my parents Klepper Aerius II and, after a 25 yr pause continued in my own Aerius after moving into this place - sold the Aerius I after lots of hesitation last winter in favor of easier to maintain (and easier to lift) kayaks. Still not capable of a reliable roll. I enjoy the annual 3 - 5 day - trips with my kids, that still life at home. Living in southern GER since 1995

Frank Fichtmueller

12th January 2010 - David Flory

a) NAME:
Flory, David

e-mail address is: I live in Flower Mound, Tx., just north of DFW airport.

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)

- Self Propelled Boats

- used to own 2 Royaks, but about 30 years ago my X and I split and she took all the material things and I took my retirement fund free and clear. I chose SOTs because I occasionally snorkled from my kayak. I started 1999 with a Cobra Explorer, 11' 7" long and 36" wide. In 2000 I moved on to a Cobra Tourer, 15' x 28", and in 2001 to a Cobra Expedition, 18' x 23.5". The moves were motivated by a desire to be able to keep up with the pack on club trips without exerting an extreme effort. The Expedition has no initial stability and good secondary starting about 10 deg. each side of upright. In 2003 I added a Tribalance kayak, a double outrigger boat, to the tribe. The Tri' is used mostly for photography, looking thru' binoculars, and introducing total beginners to paddling. It is maximum stable at 7 feet between the outriggers, one can fish standing up! Sadly it seems the tri has been discontinued.

Kayaking, Aikido, superslow weight lifting, Mac Computers (LOVE my 13" MacBook Pro, coupled to my old 22" LCD Cinema display), English Cocker Spaniels, my Bengal cat, surfing the web and my wife, not necessarily in that order.

Most anything you want to know about Macs, motorcycle riding, lots of info' on getting and staying really strong with absolute minimum amt. of time spent, i.e. 25 minutes once every two weeks at maintenance level.

just ask me about something

Short trip out of Moss Landing Harbor where we had a humpback whale surface about 30 feet behind my boat. His blow about stopped my heart! See picture of my buddy and whale tale as s/he sounded at:

i) BIO:graphy
Born in San Francisco in Feb. of 1938, went thru' primary and secondary school in Grants Pass, Oregon. College yielded a BA in BIOlogy from Harvard College. Worked in Medical Research in the Path. Dept. of Mass. General Hospital in Boston for 3 years. I studied Uechi-ryu Okinawan Karate there. Then I worked in the same field at NASA, Moffett Field for a year. While there I fell into an Aikido Class which was all San Jose Police Officers. In Dec. 1963 I went to work for SJPD and retired from there in Jan. 1994. While at the PD I worked lots things, Motors for 4 years as an officer and, later, 10 years as a Sgt., supervised records, worked in Communications, did the system design for our first automated dispatch system, taught M/C officers how to ride for 5 years, acted as the Computer Crimes unit for 3 years, and ended my time at the PD in Court Liaison running a network of 15 macs and writing databases in FileMaker Pro. During this time I was dive activities hairman for the Bay Area Sierra Club Dive section for two years, and taught M/C riding for MSF for about 5 years. I owned and dived off of the above mentioned Royaks for about 12 years. Most all of my kayaking (and diving) has been in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Currently I drive a 2003 Subaru WRX and my wife a 2003 Pewter Chevy Tahoe. I got tired of climbing up on a stool to get the boat on top of the Tahoe when my car was a Honda del Sol, so I bought a Sports Rig trailer that followed it and follows the 'scooby rex' around very nicely. The 'rex' has _lots_ of power, AWD, and gets 28 mpg on the freeways!

2010 update, still driving the Scooby Rex, but my kayaking is in the lakes around Dallas-Ft. Worth. The only thing I really, really miss here is the marine mammals of Monterey Bay. I loved being close to the whales. One one occasion a sea otter jumped up on my boat looking for a treat, and 100 yds off the Coast guard pier a humpy surfaced between me and my partner, no more than 10 feet away from each of us.

Now my animal experiences are limited to doing agility competition with our two English Cocker Spaniels and watching the local wildlife which includes coyotes, armadillos, racoons, deer, 'possums, and lots and lots of moles and gophers. And not to forget the roadrunners, love to watch them. Did I say lots of moles and gophers, yes, lots. One of the most interesting local animals is the Texas Longhorn, I don't think I'll ever get used to the massive horns, magnificent animals, and very gentle. Also kept locally are Llamas, Buffalo, Alpaca, goats, cattle and a huge number of equine critters. The latter include the mini-burros that are just like dogs in their affectionate nature and quite small. See some pictures in my FaceBook album.

Speak softly, study Aikido, & you won't need to carry a big stick!
Marine mammal, dog & Bengal cat pictures @

18th July 2002 - Tony Ford

Tony Ford



Age 64

Owner of about 30 kayaks - most modern GRP sea kayaks, half of them in Canada for trips along the West Coast and South East Alaska, and a few very old folding boat museum pieces

Editor of Paddles Past, the journal of the Historic Canoe and Kayak Association, and interested in canoeing history and would like to receive information on historic canoeing matters.

Last large trip was the circumnavigation of the Queen Charlotte Islands a couple of years back.

A BCU Honorary coach and concern myself with teaching paddling style and strokes and eskimo rolling. Been paddling for over 50 years

Next trip to Greece over the Easter period 2003

Email: tfordBOASwebDOTde

Jack Fu


Romany 16, Dagger RPM (Don't know which one I love more!)

Saltwater and whitewater kayaking; downhill skiing (recreational racing); easy hikes and mountain bike rides in the Cascades; English lit; music (baroque; early classicals such as Haydn through big romantics like Wagner but not moderns like Philip Glass, who makes me want to break glass); software (addiction!).

Programmer, tech writer, instructor.

Born in China 1935. Came to America in 1947, two years after the end of World War II and the horrific Japanese invasion of China. Brought up by a Yankee family in Connecticut, the nicest folks I have ever met. Have led a jack-of-all-trades life (some examples: Army airborne for 3 years; waiter; science editor and writer; teacher; ski instructor; programmer and writer for the last 18 years). Took early retirement from Digital Equipment Corporation in 1992 but don't have enough savings to retire, so I work as a computer contractor for about 35-40 weeks a year. Moved to Bellevue (near Seattle) summer 1999. Love it here but can't afford to buy a house here. How do you live in this area if you are not a Microsoft or other DOT-com zillionaire? Personal write-up:

Jack Fu
4738'N 12208'W

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