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a) NAME:
James, Steve and Sheri

- sljamesBOASpacifierDOTcom : may change
- Vancouver ,Wa

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Solistce, Sea Star - owned
Merlin- Paddled
test paddled- many!!!!!! (Port Townsend)

Anything outdoors: Camping, fishing, sitting watching the world, beaches,lakes, open campfires, cup of coffee and good friends

Steve keep's his opinions close and I don't- tho he probably wishes I would.

none yet, however everyone that we take is interesting

married for 61/2 years, been together 13 yrs., we have 4 teenagers, all love the outdoors, 2 are ok, 2 are braindead, and 1 of those may find the outdoors sooner than he thinks.As for the adults- we like everything outdoors:-)

a) NAME:
Jennings, Will


NDK Romany

Backpacking, gear, travel.

e) BIO:
I'm a forty-something writer who makes his living teaching at The University of Iowa and by playing music in an acoustic-Americana-roots band. I had a fair amount of Class II and III river experience in my past, though this was in Boy Scout issue aluminum canoes! Made a few multi week paddles in the BWAC, then shifted to land-based backcountry travels. I'm fairly well versed in backpacking, leave no trace, wilderness first aid, group process & decision-making skills. I am new to kayaks and the Paddlewise community, soaking up what I can by lurking & listening, and taking progressively challenging courses. I try to paddle locally on reservoirs, lakes, etc. three times a week when schedules and weather permit (not during lightening storms or when ice takes over the water's surface!). I love self-propelled transport, and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many wonderful yakkers...on line and on the water. I'd move to Maine in a heartbeat....

a) NAME:
Johnson, Andy

- email: carljohnBOASuscDOTedu
- IPR Web Site

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled)
Current Designs Solstice GT, 1995; Feathercraft K1, 1998
Klepper Aerius II Experdition, 1992; Yahoo, 1995

Anderson Johnson, Ph.D.
Sidney Garfield Professor of Preventive Medicine and
Director, Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
University of Southern California
1540 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

26th May 2002 - Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson in Kayak

Kenneth Johnson

a) NAME:
Johnson, Kenneth (Ken)

johnsonkwBOASearthlinkDOTnet Corpus Christi,

Mayan Seas "Performa", Dagger "Meridian SK", and KayakSport "Vivian" now; in the past...Dagger "Sitka", Current Design "Solstice", Seda "Glider" and Wilderness Systems "Sealution".

Epic carbon ultralite Wayfarer, Lightning Ultralight, and Werner Quest.

Kayak trips: Pacific between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, Scammons Lagoon to watch whales in Baja, Isle Royale, Georgian Bay, Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks MI, Les Cheneaux islands in Lake Huron, islands offshore Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and N and S Carolina; Florida Everglades and Keys, Olympic Penninsula, and misc. spots along west coast.

Cumberland Island and getting attacked by a Marco Sharke
(see )
Trip pictures at

I am 67, retired early (1992) moving from Chicago to Corpus Christi with the sole purpose of kayaking. Looked at Costa Rica, Mexico, and S. Texas for some place warm, on the water with good kayaking, and cheap to live. Corpus Christi won out. Saw my first kayak at Chicagoland Canoe Base in 1990; a Current Design Solstice, red deck, cream hull, hanging from ceiling over cash register. It was love at first sight and I bought it on the spot. Lived in a condo on Lakeshore Drive so they kept it for me while I figured out where to put the kayak. Would have been in my living room, but it wouldn't fit in the elevator and my window was 28 stories up! Finally arranged to hang it from a heating pipe over my parking spot in the basement garage. Learned to kayak on Lake Michigan. First trip with with U of Minnesota school of kayaking, through the Apostle Islands. Then hit kayak symposiums at Bayfield WI, Grand Haven and Grand Marais MI, Port Townsend WA, Charleston SC, and Tampa/St Pete FLA. Also paddled with Ed Gillet down to Scammons Lagoon in Baja Mexico to migrating grey whales. I try to limit my time indoors to an absolute minimum and paddle almost every day. Have been fortunate to have many people take up my offer to show them the paddle sights of Corpus Christi (see description of Corpus Christi paddling sights on GASP at under "destinations"). Enjoy meeting and paddling with new kayakers; great group of people! Enjoy paddlewise discussions, but have not spent much time on the computer. This who-are-we thread has been the exception. Hope some of you will take up my offer to visit Corpus Christi. Great kayaking year around. Ken

Jones, Andrew
Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures Ltd {kingfshrBOASidmailDOTcom}

Hello, I started receiving this list late last year and have enjoyed it considerably. I have learned a few things and have had a good laugh a few times I started paddling about 15 years ago thanks to my brother-in-law in New Brunswick and really started paddling with a vengeance when I moved from the Prairies to British Columbia about 8 years ago. I live about 2 minutes from a nice day paddle destination and manage to paddle my Current Designs Solstice Gt year round. What I really enjoy though are multi-day trips and have managed to paddle a good deal of the BC coast on trips ranging from 2 to 10 days, sometimes with a small group of friends and often solo ( foolish enough to paddle alone but smart enough to know when to sit on the beach for days at a time if necessary). This past year I also managed to get in a few canoe trips ( really enjoyed the Bowron Lakes ), and will be looking at adding a canoe to my list of toys this year. In my spare time I have begun to volunteer at the Vancouver Aquarium where I work with school kids learning about marine inverterbrates and marine mammals. This is also a big year for me as I have just quit my job of 12 years and have begun my own kayak tour company, giving me a chance to do a number of things I enjoy. Paddling, being in the wilderness, teaching people new skills and passing along my enthusiasm for wilderness to others. Looking forward to more great posts Andrew Jones

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures Ltd.
Suite 211 - 1641 Lonsdale Ave.
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
V7M 2J5
Ph. 604-831-6180
e-mail: kingfshrBOASidmailDOTcom

- Jorgenson, Mike
- JorgieJBOASaolDOTcom
- Seattle, WA, USA

3-Pygmy GoldenEye, Coho and Osprey Double

rec. paddling and camping, solo and with family

Strong opinions:
No regulations

Most Interesting Trip:
Paddling BC, Canada coast and inland waters

a) NAME:
Joyce, Tom

E-mail: tfjBOASinteraccessDOTcom

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
(1) Sea Lion; have paddled others.
(2) Upgrading to 20-21"/16-17' glass/kevlar rudderless when I can make up my mind which to buy.

World-class fingerless whistle perfected on 4 kids and dog.

You don't want to go there.

The next one I'm planning (location X in Lake Huron: May 2000).

46, tax lawyer, married 22 years, 4 kids; also like many outdoor activities. Live in Chicago Illinois and enjoy paddling on Lake Michigan.

a) NAME:
Kenney, Kevin

I'm Kevin Kenney, 36 father two two great girls. I am a CDR in the Navy and currently stationed in Rhode Island (great paddling on the Naragansett) but we'll be moving to Jacksonville FL in about 3 weeks. (any gouge on the area would be appreciated) My callsign is Sluf (short little ugly fellow-- What, you expected everybody got cool callsigns like Maverick and Ice?) I am a Navy Helo pilot by trade, also a Test Pilot, so I've flown lots of stuff from F-18's to 707's, and as I've said in other posts, I have plenty of SAR experience too. I am primarily a day paddler, with my longest trips being weekends in Baja Mexico. Been paddling since '94, but I'm still very much a novice (I can manage a Pawlata roll on a good day : ) I am secretly getting my wife involved by letting her paddle whenever she wants to, and by bringing the girls along whenever I can. Since I live on the water I commute to work by Kayak 3-4 days a week (Yes I know, life's rough) and hope to continue the trend in FL when I get there. I paddle a WS Sealution II XS and I like it a lot. I am currently in the market for a K-light (Hint Hint) as my time aboard ship means I can't bring a stiffy along with me. I have been paddling in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and the Persian Gulf (not recommended). I'm sure I'm missing stuff, but that ought to give everyone a flavor for who I am.

Regards to all,

a) NAME:
Key, Danial

- dthemanBOASuDOTwashingtonDOTedu
- University of Washington, Seattle

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Easy Rider Eskimo 17
Futura II Surf Ski
Seda Vagabond Whitewater/River Touring
Old Town Discovery 174 (Open Canoe)
Kayak history/anthropology
Skills improvement
Boat Design (aspiring Engineer)

Composite material properties and construction
Naval architecture (stability, drag, etc.)

Do what makes you happy. I have Euro, Wing and Greenland paddles; boats with and without rudders and I have experienced both sides of most arguments I have seen. Each situation and personality calls for something different.

1. Straight of Juan De Fuca from Sequim to Protection Island. Big birds, Big waves and Big Mammals (Whales are BIG).

2. First Whitewater Canoe Run: John Day River, OR. Beautiful 3 day run through the gorge and valley. Good weather, good water and great friends.

a) NAME:
Kinderis, Saul

- saulBOASisomediaDOTcom
- Seattle, WA, USA

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
6 Hardshells of various makes and vintages
1 Folbot
1 Sevlor Tahiti

Biking, Kayaking, Running, Reading, Hiking, Traveling, Languages (beyond English), building furniture

Work interferes with the important things in life
Outdoors is my preferred environment

Close tie between three trips - Gulf Islands in Canada; a 1993 10 day trip in Baja with a friend; and a major screw up trip in the San Juan Islands that got written up in Deep Trouble.

i) Personal Info Single, no children - well maybe - I guess I could be accused of not having grown up yet. ;-) Raised in the greater Seattle area with a few years in Alaska Graduated from Western Washington University up near the Canadian border Heavily involved in Track & Field and running in general in the Pacific NW. Favorite pastimes - biking; kayaking; running; hiking; sailing

Saul Kinderis
- saulBOASisomediaDOTcom
- My new web page is at:

9th May 2007 - Marilyn Kircus

a) NAME:
Kircus, Marilyn


Eddyline Raven plus a Perception and Seda whitewater kayaks

Paddled ( and wanted):
Foldboat, Eddyline Merlin, Paradigm by Williams Performance Kayaks

Paddled - too many to list

Finding interesting waterways wherever I find myself to canoe or kayak, biking, camping, rollerblading, gardening, reading. Finding paddle buddies on the Internet.

Computer applications, 3 Instructor Certifications in Canoeing, bird identification.

f) STRONG OPINIONS: About everything.

The last one I did. But I did one I called Multi River Madness when a friend talked me into a multi river trip which I helped turned into a 38 mile day trip on flat water. Also have had lots of interesting experiences in the Atachfalaya swamp in Louisiana.

h) BIO:
I'm a 65 year old Teacher Technologist at an middle school in Houston, TX. I have been paddling for over 30 years and currently own 4 boats. I know I really need at least one more. I have paddled thousands of miles, usually 300 or more each year. I love to travel and my best trip so far was a 7 week 11,000 mile odyssey that included an 8 day solo trip in my Blackhawk Zephyr (solo touring canoe) in Quetico. I paddle year around, mostly in shorts, and usually have a boat with me when I travel.

I also enjoy taking out people that have never paddled or camped. I use some of my boats for them. I had an outdoor club at a middle school and my start it for 5th graders at my elementary school. I gave them paddling lessons and took them camping for a weekend as well as doing day trips for birding, hiking, and fishing. Occasionally I lead a catered trip (usually for pay) but always for fun. I love sharing my favorite places around Houston, TX with visitors.

Contact me if you are coming this way. mkircusBOASyahooDOTcom
I publish albums of many of my trips on:

a) NAME:
Knapp, Andy - Minneapolis, MN, US


c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
Currently have an Eddyline Sea Star and two older touring kayaks, and an expedition canoe. As a part of the paddlesports industry, I have paddled many other kayak models, but my future wish list is on hold due to the need for a new roof and a new furnace, and to the aging condition of my eight-year old car with 201,000 miles on it.

Other than an occasional "C'mon Nellie!", I don't give names to my boats and bikes.

Human-powered travel- the joy of motion in the out-of-doors; I'm at about 124,000 miles and counting. My lifetime goal of 100,000 bicycle miles is now about a year away; 10,000 paddling miles, about two years away. Photography. History. Current events. Environmental and population issues.

I have worked in the outdoor sports industry for 27 years as a retail buyer and as an independent writer. Regular speaker at a variety of the sea kayak symposiums around the country.


My always evolving "Top Ten" trip list: Bicycling around Lake Superior (1523 miles on 3-speed bikes) in 1964; Bicycling to Alaska and back from Minnesota, (7460 miles) in 1967; Bicycling from Wisconsin to Labrador and back via Washington D.C. (4450 miles) in 1969; Backpacking the Brooks Range divide in Alaska (502 miles in 55 days with one resupply point) in 1972; Bicycling from Minneapolis, MN, to Pigeon River, Ontario, (305.2 miles in 23 hours) in 1973; Budget backpacking ascent of Alaska's Mt. Sanford (16200 ft.) in 1975; Ascent of Mt. McKinley (20300 ft.) in 1979; Kayak descent of the entire Noatak River in Alaska's Brooks Range in 1981; Kayak circumnavigation of Lake Superior's Isle Royale in 1984; Bicycling across Europe from France to Romania (1825 miles) in 1984; Kayak circumnavigation of Glacier Bay from Juneau and back (350 miles) in 1985; North - South kayak crossing of Lake Superior in 1993; and Kayak circumnavigation of Lake Superior without resupply (1136 miles in 30 days) in 1996.

Contributing editor to Canoe & Kayak magazine.
Author of Mountain Biking the Great Plains States, one of the Menasha Ridge/
Falcon Press America by Mountain Bike series, 1996, and The Optimum Kayak, Ragged Mountain Press, 1999.
Board member of the Lake Superior Water Trail Association of Minnesota, and North American Water Trails, Inc.
Former board member of Trade Association of Sea Kayaking and its successor organization the Trade Association of PaddleSports.
Married, one child, wife likes to canoe but not kayak.

I don't have e-mail at work, so I find it difficult to keep up with PaddleWise on a daily basis, but still enjoy chiming in on occasion. This thread makes it even more obvious that we have an interesting and diverse group.

I have been adventuring since my teen years when I got hooked on bicycle touring, including a trek around Lake Superior, and culminating with a trip to Alaska and back in 1967. That got me in touch with the mountains and the vast wilderness areas, and I went on to bicycle pretty much every dirt road north of 60 Latitude in Alaska and the Yukon. After some years backpacking the Brooks Range, and mountaineering, I started to have to work more seriously for a living, and rediscovered the water environment of my home state.

After destroying one of the earliest Cycolac (ABS) canoes, I got a hold of a Phoenix touring kayak and spent the late 1970's exploring the Boundary Waters. Gradually, I learned that I prefer to paddle rather than walk through the woods with a boat on my head followed by a million I have since paddled about 8600 miles, including 4500 on the Big Lake, but have also returned to Alaska to descend the Noatak River to Kotzebue and paddle the circumference of Glacier Bay from Juneau and back. Several trips to Baja and an almost annual trip to the Everglades or Florida Keys helps to keep the ice off the kayaks.

I have worked in the outdoor equipment industry for 26 years as a buyer for a retail store, and have been editor of an periodic sea kayakers newsletter for the Minnesota-Wisconsin area. I also write a column for Canoe & Kayak magazine, and am on the speakers roster for a number of the paddlesports shows and symposiums, and for that reason, appreciate the many opinions and tidbits of wisdom the I can mine out of the PaddleWise stream.

I too have joined the 50 club, but see no reason to slow down on the outdoor stuff. I still bicycle to work year-round, thanks to studded mountain bike tires and my hand-made anti-salt fenders, but I can tell as time goes on, that paddling is the easiest activity in terms of wear and tear on the old joints. Keep at it!

Regards, Andy Knapp

23rd October 2002 - Larry Koenig

Larry & Janelle Koenig

a) NAME: Koenig, Larry

- gystBOAScoxDOTnet
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled)
BOATS still owned, in order of acquisition:
Wenonah Sundowner 18, tandem canoe
Wenonah Advantage XL, solo canoe
Wenonah built Orion, a flat water sprint kayak
Necky Arluk 1, 19 ft solo tourer -named "Procyon, the Skimmer"
Dagger Response, ww kayak
Aleut Sea II - (a ponderous original made by Pure Perfection Custom) named "Star of Isis" and called "I and I Boat"
Nautiraid Greenlander (original version) which has been paddled only a few times and lives on my living room ceiling
Seda Impulse called "Alcyon"
P&H Sirius called "The Pup" ( Sirius being a rather pretentious name methinks and so renamed for Sirius B)
Foster Rowe Silhouette
Findeisen X, surfski
Williams Performance Kayak Paradigm - brand new to me and hopefully the boat to end my quest

While it may be appropriate to have a quiver of boats to choose from depending on what kind of conditions and type of paddling one's about at the time, the discerning reader may note some redundancy here. ( My wife certainly has.) Despite my new self designation as a "collector", 4 rigid solo cruising boats is, I agree, a bit much and so I'm planning on selling a couple any day now. :~)

d) RADIO specs:
WUS 4099 licensed to "Ibinghy the Pelican" (a now defunct Nimbus Puffin)

Growing of orchids, gingers, and aroids. The Gulf of Mexico, its paddling, history, biology etc. So called "World Music" - mainly reggae and Caribbean music. Amateur astronomy. Language.

Emergency medicine

None that I'm unwilling to reconsider

That'd probably have to be a week of white water on the Rio Jatate during extremely high water in the Lacandon rain forest of Chiapas at a time when the Zapatistas were cutting up. It made transport off water very interesting too.

I'm 45, delightfully married to a non paddler, father of a boy, 24 and a girl, 21 (who paddles), an ER doctor in a small Cajun town on Bayou Teche and an avid user of the Mississippi River ( as my default paddling destination). Paddling boats came into my life in a big way when I was a med student, influenced my choice of residency programs (Portland OR) and has been my chief source of escape, exercise and exploration of the world ever since. My focus has shifted during that time from running rivers to going fast on flat water to cruising open water. I'm always honing technical skills. The Gulf of Mexico is now my playground.

Named Larry Koenig, I'm a 45 y/o from Baton Rouge, LA who has recently discovered this list. I snuck out one afternoon in 1979 during my 3rd year of med school (while my wife napped) and bought a Grumman shoe keel 17 footer and have had a love affair with the water ever since. A flood on Cross Bayou in Shreveport took that first boat (and darn near drowned my foolish hypothermic ass) but I replaced it (the boat) with a MR Explorer. I, like all paddlers I knew at the time, craved the thrills of whitewater and so moved to Oregon for ER residency. Still somehow feeling invincible and anxious to play hard I took my open canoe out into the Pacific that first summer and through the surf at Pirates Cove only to dump, flounder and ( long story short) wash up, wind driven, hypothermic and certifiably foolish on the beach 5 miles south at Manzanita from where, after a night in the ICU, I emerged with a proper fear of the ocean. Compelled to return (kicking and screaming) 3 years later to Louisiana by the National Health Service Corp I bought a Jenson C1W as a consolation prize for cruising the bayous and commenced to learn to cruise. In my last month in Oregon I was led by the princes of Serendip to REI wherein I first saw a sea kayak - a sexy looking Current Designs boat. Suddenly Louisiana with its miles of warm coastline didn't look so bleak. In Baton Rouge since 84, I spent three years racing around in solo canoes (an Advantage XL and later J-180) before, enamored by speed, I traded a Black Buck paddle for an old Olympic flatwater kayak in which I learned to brace and go. I knew of no Gulf of Mexico kayakers at that time so bought my first sea kayak for safety - I was, of necessity, a solo paddler. That Nimbus Puffin took me all over the Northern Gulf. Later, I paddled a Necky Arluk 1 (still in love with that speed) until one day when I noticed my daughter in a Seda Impulse blithely paddling in a strong crosswind on Lake Ponchartrain without her rudder while I, battling weathercocking in the "faster" boat, couldn't keep up without using the rudder. Since rudders had thrice failed on me (once in a critical situation and always because of unexpected breaking waves) I knew that dependence on them was unsafe and so have been paddling boats without them for some time. The current quiver of boats includes: a solo and a tandem cruising canoes, a Dagger Response, an Orion OF boat built by Wenonah, the Arluk 1, a Seda Impulse of my own (plus storage of my daughter's), a rare original style Nautiraid Greenlander, an original Aleut Sea 2 made by Pure Perfection Custom in Wales, P&H Sirius, Foster Rowe Silhouette and, a Findeisen X surf ski. In order to justify having all these boats ( in which you might note there is a trace of redundancy [but don't tell my wife]) I've begun to think of myself as a paddler/collector. My living room ceiling is as full as my garage. These days I paddle 3-4 days a week in the Mississippi River which, here in BR, I have all to myself. With a little bit of luck, in 2 years I'll drop back to part time ER work and spend even more time on the water.

a. NAME:
Kohut, Christopher R. (....the R. is for Robin, if you really must know)

- chriskayakBOASearthlinkDOTnet
- My domicile is in Savannah, JAW-juh

c. KAYAKS (Owned or paddled): ....ah, yes.... lemee see .....
In descending order of current fascination:
1. 17 foot Lemon Baidarka (all my heart)
2. 19 foot Lemon Baidarka (nearly all my heart)
3. North Shore Fuego (heavy British, heavy.....what can I say? Britannia rules the waves!)
4. CLC Patuxent 19' 7" (stretched it an inch, like it really needed it). For racing, or those occasions when public humiliation is called for.
5. Mega Jester Storm (International surf boat) It's still trying to kill me.
6. Early proto-type of a Necky Rip (glass) Carves nicely in the wave face--no flat spins though
7. Necky Gliss (Plastique) Does carve flatspins in the waveface.... and little else.
8. (on order)...Necky Stingray (come on Spike!)I have had torrid dreams of this boat..... I'd tell you.....but this is a family oriented list.
9. Assorted stitch and glues -- completed, some under nearly completed, Some on the never-never rack.
I'll not include the quiver of longboards......

Aqueous Velocity. Reef aquaria. Ellie. My kids. My grandkids (don't get me started)....boat building.....books on Civil War history...("it was more about shovelry than chivalry "--Shelby Foote) Theology.(can I get a witness??!) Ellie, (did I already mention her?)

working on it. (Say, did you hear about the frustrated student of Zen who walked up to the hot-dog vendor in NY city? " How 'bout making me one with everything?" )

e. Strong opinions: .....who ....Me???

f. Most interesting trip:
A rather tame moonlight paddle with the pod in Savannah, up the Vernor river into tide swollen irrigation streams, from thence to flooded ancestral rice paddies, the way the shadows of the spanish moss laden live oaks played with the moonlight, the whole scene looked like something out of a Tolkien novel. Sharp eye out for orks.

g. BIO:
married coming onto 25 years....4 kids (2 of our own, two who followed us home in California.....".can we keep Them....pleeeeeze?") Aged 22, 21, 12, 10!
Wife, Ellie.(don't get me started!....she's a good paddler too!)
I keep body and soul together by fixing cigarette burns at car dealerships.
And leather. Yuppies must have perfect leather in their Range Rovers. (must'nt forget that).
Did a 6 year stint pastoring in California......(thank you sweet Jesus for deliverance!) Rode two churches down in flames and kept my family, ...... and sanity (mostly). ......developed a taste for mutton though.
Two grandkids (oh this gettin' good now!)
That's enough for now.

.....while I obviously cannot compete with luminaries such as Dr. Iverbon,, permit me to introduce myself as well, and give a bit of my paddling pedigree. Dr. Iverbon brought to mind a Geographic article and photo essay on Peary which included a bevy of comely Inuit maidens, linked shoulder to shoulder, grinning, in what could only be described as a kick-line formation, often seen in arctic ceremonies, no doubt. The wry caption of the group of photographs was ..........."ethnological studies".) But that was ZEN.....this is now.

I was but a lad of 10 back in 1963 when I began the process in earnest, of wheedling and haranguing my tin-banger- union- man father for a kayak. As one might have guessed, the options were somewhat limited at the couldn't just simply pop down to the local kayak outfitter and select one from off the peg, quite a different prospect from the happy scenario today. (Some kid named Georgie Dyson in Princeton N.J. a few miles away, I learned late in life, was making his first skin boat in the living room of his parents house, at the same time, and I have absolutely no question that his career was launched by artistic espionage, somehow watching my Dad and I put together our aluminum and skin, albeit not baidarka, kayak.) But I digress.........

Dad had a friend with a low temp elder weld up some thin-wall conduit into a double-ended shape of his own design (that Hungarian could do anything he set his hand to), and he and I sewed a canvas skin on and glassed all but the deck. Spray skirts were unnecessary as a coaming occurred to no one in the fabrication. The only store bought item was a take-apart wooden double bladed paddle. (No, we didn't grow our own canvas and fiberglass). We launched on the Millstone River of central N.J. about a quarter mile downstream from the Griggstown bridge (across from my house). That was the last time I appeared that summer at the family table for regular meals. There was entirely too much interesting stuff that would wash up in the eddies of the frequent log jams on the Millstone, and entirely too many painted turtles to be caught. That part of New Jersey was all dairy farms and silage corn back then, as landscaping with strip malls was slow to catch on. If I had already picked through the flotsam in my little stretch of the Millstone, awaiting the next flood, the boat was light enough for a smallish kid to pick it up on my shoulder and cross the heavily treed no-man's land between the Millstone and the Delaware-Raritan Canal, and cross the tow-path and paddle the canal for a while. That having been done you were teleported back to 1850 -- or so it seemed, what with the lock-keepers quarters and the houses still standing spared by the Brits who swept through in 1812 when they burnt the courthouse. Except for the hiss of tires on wet pavement of the occasional Sunday driver on the adjacent road, all was nearly like it was in 1850: only the sound was of your paddle drip and occasional turtle plopping off the bank as you passed too near for turtle comfort.

Summers, sometimes for 6 weeks, we would load the kayak and my brother's Wind & Sea longboard with the glued in skeg, (he still has it), into the baby blue two- tone Studebaker wagon encrusted with lawn chairs, and barbecue grills and all things necessary for extended beach homesteading, and head through the Pine Barrens to Sea Isle City/ Strathmere N.J. That kayak surfed as one would expect any kayak with a open manhole to surf......but that didn't stop me. My older sister might have tried it once and declined a second offer.......older brother was content with knee-paddling his the beach was mine! Get out beyond the break await a swell, engage the wave, the rotisserie thing.........slogg in........empty out........start over again until dark. Repeat the entire process at dawn, following the "arise Tiki" ceremony (he was coaxing the sun to rise, Polynesian style), officiated by my brother on the beach.

Fast forward 32 years............kayakless for that long (sob) that homespun boat washed away in a flood when I was 16 (brother Davie didn't tie it up, or someone felt they needed it more than I)......Relocate from Sonora, California to Savannah, JAW-juh, and there, at the Charleston Symposium lay a screaming yellow Wilderness Systems Seacret that had my name on it. Then came the discovery of okome and the good people at Chesapeake Light Craft, and epoxy. And the subsequent discovery that there is only so much that straight panels of plywood can be expected to do. Next a plastic Necky Kyook, the trading of which made this posting possible. Finally at long last, the nitch in to which I settled was a skin on frame Baidarka of some 42 pounds........a Bruce Lemon interpretation of the boat in the Lowie museum. We both put it together at the Charleston Symposium a years ago in four days. (!) Oh yeah, and surf boats. Man, have I got surf boats. An early Necky proto-type of the Rip, and recently a Mega Jester, but it doesn't stop there....... I have, at this moment the skeletal beginnings of another surf boat on my bench in the same garage where the family Volvo was evicted some years's all benches and tables and kayak racks to the ceiling now.

Last summer my brother visited me and he used one of my longboards (he immediately started stroking into a wave from a kneeling position, caught it, executed a drop-knee backside bottom turn, for the uninitiated, that's reallllllly core, rode it till the skeg ground... ........he didn't miss a beat, I was so proud of him....), came back through the break grinning from ear to ear. I was in my Necky Rip and the surf was uncommonly good that day.... ......the thought occurred to me, and I shouted over to David......." Hey Dave.. ......It's 1963 .......again!!!"

Thanks for your indulgence with my ruminations:
Christopher Kohut

Koormann, Rudolf {rukDOTkoormannBOASnwnDOTde}

Dear paddlewisers,

after having been a new subscriber of the list since the end of february I think it's time to introduce myself a little bit.

I am 46 and I live in the northern part of Germany, next to the dutch frontier and about 150 km away from the North sea. Too long a distance to go there each weekend for seakayaking! So you will find me usually very often on the rivers around (like the EMS) and on some bigger lakes in the Netherlands. I am organized with some of my friends in the german "Salzwasser-Union" of seakayakers and we took some training there in navigation, selfrescue and partner-rescue. I am not yet too good in eskimorolling, allthough I am teaching my pupils in kano-polo at school and they all learn the handroll pretty well. Nevertheless I am rather experienced in kayaking, since I have been paddling from my birthday up to the roaring fities. I fell in love with seakayaks in my thirties because of its wonderfull shapes and since then I am a very proud owner of an 'english heavy' like the CALYPSO from NORTH - SHORE. Each member of my four person family has his own seakayak. Unfortunately my three girls only prefer sunshine-paddling!

The last five years we spent our summer holidays with some other families at the beautiful swedish coast. I will never forget these happy summerdays of paddling with good friends in this marvelous area of that country. We all really fell in love with it. Perhaps you can imagine now, why we want to go to the Aland Archipelagos in the Baltic sea. It is a real dream and we want it to come true in 2000. We think, that should be a good date.


Rudi Koormann

a) NAME:
Kosofsky, David

- dDOTavidBOASiDOTam or kosofskyBOASsobackDOTkornet21DOTnet
- Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul KOREA

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Feathercraft K-Light: With a skin-boat like a K-Light, the relationship to the paddler is so intimate that it would seem odd to give the kayak a name. After all, I don't have a separate name for my knee or my liver.

travel, reading, writing

Asian affairs; English rhetoric; comparative history

by the thousand, and typically on several sides of the same issue. If there's any coherent theme, though, it's probably a deep distrust of all forms of cultural nationalism.

In the just under two years that I've owned my K-Light, I have paddled it in Florida (Keys and 'Glades); in British Columbia (Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, etc.), and New Zealand's South Island (crater- harbors, lakes, fjords), all of which are famously lovely and hardly need any public-relations help from me. But I've also done a bit of paddling on some of the lakes right here in South Korea, with landscapes (brooding cliffs, layers of pine-covered mountains) straight out of an Oriental hanging-scroll brush- painting. And since kayaking (other than as an Olympic sport) is totally unknown in this country, these trips are more special in that the experience, thus far, is mine alone. I'm inclined to tell other kayakers about it, but on the other hand....

i) Short BIO (personal description):
I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. (lived `inside the Beltway' before the Beltway was even built) and did quite a bit of boyhood paddling on the Potomac in a Grumman aluminum canoe. Left USA in 1977 and have lived in East Asia ever since: Japan, Malaysia, and Korea (for the last 17 years), where I teach in a university and also do freelance writing on Asian cultures and travel destinations. When I tried kayaking in Vancouver in the summer of '97, I rediscovered a love of paddle- sports that had lain latent for nearly three decades. Since then, most of my free time (fortunately the Korean academic calendar allows me one two-month vacation in the winter and another in the summer) has been fairly kayak- centered.... though not quite as much so as I'd like. Apart from this new-found passion, I am an indoorsy, bookish, married forty-six year old with a very young son... five months younger than my kayak, in fact.

Kossy, Barbara {bkossyBOASigcDOTapcDOTorg}

I'm Barbara Kossy, 47, living in Moss Beach, California (just south of San Francisco, on the Pacific) - born in Chicago, Illinois. I've been sea kayaking here in the SF Bay Area since 1989. I put all my outdoors adventures in the context of being an urban Jew (picture Woody Allen in a sea kayak). Growing up, the only wildlife I saw consisted of the rabbits and robins in the back yard. I thought horses were extinct (I only saw them on TV), and I didn't see the Milky Way till I went to Girl Scout Camp in Wisconsin (urban lights were too bright). My folks taught me to read books, not water. So I figure even just getting into a kayak is a damn miracle. I've paddled SF Bay, creeks and estuaries, up and down the California coast, San Juans, Lake Michigan, Baja, a touch of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea around the Island of Elba Italy.

I was the president of Bay Area Sea Kayakers for one year, have helped lead and teach our annual novice clinic, and I organize and guide sea kayaking trips on Elba. The Elba connection came about when I wrote a letter to the Italian Sea Kayaking Association (address from the back of Sea Kayaker Mag.) asking about kayaking Italy's Cinque Terre region. In reply they invited me to join them kayaking on Elba, and once I was there, they asked me to help them organize, lead, and promote trips for people who speak English. Elba is gorgeous, the kayakers are now my dear friends, and I'm in my fourth year of association with the Elba Sea Kayak Center. My new husband John Dixon and I will be there in May 8-23, where I'll be co- leading the spring trip. John is a Tsunami Ranger (one of a group of 12 paddlers who paddle and surf coastal white water) and since partnering with him and moving to Moss Beach, on the ocean, my paddling is shifting from bay trips to ocean trips and a bit of race training. I have a pretty low fear threshold (I think of myself as kinetically challenged), but going out with John is slowly building my confidence level and competence in bumpy coastal water. We're also doing a little race training on his Futura SOT double.

I have a "pool" roll with a Greenland and standard paddle, goal is to move both to "combat" roll. I've found the right clothing for cold water paddling has really helped. I now have a custom wet suit that really keeps me warm, and a Goretex paddle jacket with latex wrist gaskets that keeps the cold water out. Comfort is key. My boat of four years is a kevlar Necky Tornak. John and I together have around 12 boats including a Tsunami SOT double, X-15 singles, and the Futura double. John also paddles an X-Par Missile race boat (I plan to give it a try) and various surf boats (I *may* try when feeling kinetically confident). We're about to get a Feathercraft K-2 and plan to do some traveling with it. I'm a writer and photographer (mostly business stuff) and occasionally rep for the sea kayaking etiquette expert, Ms. Bowstern.

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2nd June 2002 - Sandy Kramer


a) NAME:
Kramer, Sandy

- sandykayakBOASaolDOTcom
- Miami, Florida, USA

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Main boats: Seda's Gypsy (15' deluxe fiberglass); 12' Hobie Pursuit(plastic SOT); Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro(15'plastic SOT), & a 10.5' Puffin Folding Kayak ( )

Camping, kayaking, canoeing, reading, travel, cooking, Music (New Age, Classical, Opera). Like being with friends and meeting new people and learning about other cultures.

Prioritize your life as if you only had six months left to live.

Not taken yet, but Belize is on my wish list.


i) Personal Info:
Divorced, two adult children, one grandson. Work as civilian
Public Information Officer (Staff Writer) at the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Born in England(1946) and raised in Venezuela. 20 years in Miami.

11th January 2010 - Dave Kruger

Dave Kruger - stir fry

a) NAME:
Kruger, Dave

- Dave Kruger [kdrugerBOASpacifierDOTcom]
- (Astoria, OR, USA: mouth of the Columbia River)

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
Eddyline Wind Dancer and Sea Star; three Folbots: Cooper, Kodiak, and an Edisto; Current Designs Libra XT double. The WD is my main boat, the Sea Star is Becky's single, and the Libra is our go-to double for camping and day trips. The Sea Star is for sale.

Bufflehead WCT 4364

Foldables, Sea kayaking, wilderness, materials science (amateur), new fiction, boat building

Long time experimental organic chemist and long time chemistry teacher, focusing on developing cognitive tools through hands-on activities, now retired; amateur boat builder

Don't believe in black or white solutions or answers to most real questions.

h) MOST INTERESTING TRIPS: Several: Couple in the Charlottes -- favor the south end of Moresby Island; downriver sorties from Portland OR to Astoria OR; coast of Baja south of Loreto.Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound. Photos of paddling ventures here:

i) BIO:
65-year old very chunky guy, strength-limited by tendonitis in my wrists (let this be a lesson to all the rest of you paddlejocks!). Came to sea kayaking from a mountaineering background (20 years in the Pacific Northwest -- mostly glacier work and alpine routes in the Cascades of WA, with a few routes in Wyoming; some guiding; some winter climbs). Had to give up backpacking, XC sking and climbing due to knee problems. Eventually gave up mt. biking for the same reason. Been active as a sea kayaker since 1992, with a strong focus on multiday trips on the west coast of Vancouver Island and in the Charlottes. Most of my "home" paddling is on the Lower Columbia River, a sensitive and wild area characterized by strong tidal influence and great habitat for waterfowl -- yet with a rich history of use of the River by mankind. Strongly committed to meaningful resolution of use issues in wild areas: practical restrictions and cooperative solutions with landowners and other stakeholders, reflected in community work. Taught chemistry at a small community college here for 27 years, retired in July 2000. Have done chemical research, both applied and theoretical. Made a couple stitch and glue yaks. Pretty good wilderness stir fry cook, and handy with tools. Recently built a 20-foot plywood-hulled cuddy cabin inboard based on a frame kit from Bartender Boats , which Becky and I have been taking to the nicer parts of the Gulf Islands, once to the San Juans, and all over the Lower Columbia. Below is a link to photos of its construction and ventures we have made in it. Hell of a lot of fun.

Divorced, with a married 36-year-old son who lives in Pemberton, BC with his Canadian spouse, also an RN at the ER clinic there. Live with my long-time fiance' who just turned 60! Grew up in SoCal, and was an active board surfer and body surfer in my teen years, mostly in head-height stuff and smaller. Locally, I am known as ... Tarpman! ... for my talents with a 10 x 12 nylon protective envelope. (My son is "Inferno Boy!" for his talents with the trash fire. The SO is known as "The Queen.")

I have no ties with commercial ventures related to sea kayaking, though I did some guiding twenty years ago when I was very active as a climber (mostly glaciated volcanoes emphasizing moderate angle ice, some high-angle rock climbing and a lot alpine ascents). Over 30 years of back country experience in the West. None in the eastern US -- that would be ... east of the Rockies. {G}

a) NAME: Kuhlman, Chris

- Email address: clkBOASckproDOTcom
- website:

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
Sultan by Azul Sea Kayaks (new)
Sea Lion by AquaTerra (11+yrs.old)
Prism by Perception (Sit-on-Top)

"Seafishant" on Channel 16

Performance kayaking and touring, eco-tourism development, Trash Bash (environmental clean-up), birding, camping, travel.

Professional photographer since 1976.

Yes always!

Several days paddling and camping in Florida from Sanibel to Cayo Costa. This trip did it for me. I was hooked for life and haven't stopped paddling since.

i) Short BIO (personal description):
47 years old, (í54) professional photographer/designer. Graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Work related assignments have taken me to Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Sumatra, Bali, Scandinavia, and most of Europe. Iíve always been a water person, growing up at my parents beach house, I learned to surf, sail and fish. This life experience has evolved to a new level and an appreciation for sea kayaking. I now live, work and play out of my Galveston Bay home in Seabrook, Texas. I have gotten serious about BCU training and look forward to traveling to all of the skills symposium's around the country to meet new people and experience new places. I paddle several days a week, year around and spend the rest of my free time playing with my Frisbee catching Border Collie.

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