At Dam Good Logistics we love everything about paddling. And when we are not actually out paddling, we are talking about it, reading about it, watching movies about it, and generally getting stoked for the next adventure. This post is dedicated to the written word that inspires us toward that next adventure. Both old fashioned glossy printed magazines and digital format magazines and newsletters that focus on sea kayaking. Hope you find something to get excited about.
A UK based digital magazine from the folks who brought you Canoe Focus. Read online or join the mailing list and have a PDF sent to your inbox. Expedition ideas, jobs, gear, UK regional club finder, courses and much more.
2) White Sea Magazine
Vancouver based digital magazine focused on surf, mountain sports, white water kayaking and extreme paddling conditions. It is put together by one of the crew of The Hurricane Riders, a Canadian west coast based group of long boat paddlers who are committed to pushing the limits of paddling in rough water, tidal currents, wind and surf. THR are experienced paddlers with the common goal of supporting and challenging other team members to increase their ability to safely paddle in the diverse and demanding west coast waters.
3) Coast & Kayak Magazine
A Vancouver Island based magazine that publishes 4 times a year. Its editor is John Kimantas who has written detailed guidebooks for touring the Canadian northwest coast. The online site has e-versions of the printed magazine (past and present), lots of great BC trip ideas and industry news. They also specialize in local news, issues, expeditions and photography. It is great to have the local content for all of us paddling in BC. All this and its free!
4) Sea Kayaker Magazine
A Seattle based magazine that has been publishing since 1984. It comes out 6 times a year and tends to focus is on North America, and primarily American paddling destinations. It always has a main feature on some epic expedition or really interesting adventure. It also has monthly features on kayak fishing, safety, incident reports,environmental issues, technique and fitness. A good all round magazine covering all aspects of sea kayaking.
5) Adventure Kayak Magazine
Part of the Eastern Ontario based Rapid Media Group (that also includes Rapid, the Whitewater Magazine, Kayak Angler, and Canoeroots Magazine and that also puts on the Reel Paddling Film Festival). It publishes 4 times and year and tends to focus more on photography, kayak and gear testing and reviews. The online site has an active community forum and since all the different magazine sites are linked, you have access to a huge portal of paddling information.
6) Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Part of the huge California based Grind Media adventure magazine empire, C&K has been publishing since 1973. It has a much broader scope than most of the magazines listed above, it covers all aspects of paddling, recreational and expedition canoeing and kayaking. It has great stories of adventures involving liquid and boats of all types from around the world. Piles of information; something for everyone. It just lacks the local content and information that you get with more regional publications. It puts out a comprehensive Buyers Guide each year and the online site also has lots of good video content and a comprehensive (US focused) event listing for the year.
7) Ocean Paddle Magazine
Part of the UK based Paddle Press Media this is a glossy, thick papered magazine that comes out 6 times a year. It is pretty new on the scene, having published just over 30 issues to date. It is completely focused on all aspects of ocean kayaking, everything from trip and expedition reports, technical skills, reviews, guides, interviews all presented with really stunning photography on expensive paper.
8) Paddling Life
A paddling news site that reads more like a daily paper than a true online magazine. It has updates on recent competitions and events, records first runs and other notable descents, gives updates on paddling personalities (be it successes, marriages and sometimes untimely deaths), reports on water conditions and changes and generally keeps you posted on the goings on of the paddling (again US focus) community.