New for this edition are hints about digital technologies for planning and navigating while kayak touring as well as lots of tips for outfitting boats, adapting equipment and finessing fishing technique while kayak anglingwhether casting and jigging for fun on a day trip or trolling for dinner on a longer expedition. Also fully updated are the sections on managing risk and the inspiring stories of adventure, including Freya Hoffmeister’s record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia and Japanese paddlers’ increasingly challenging trips around the islands and beyond.
As a sport, sea kayaking continues to evolve. Once the sport of a very few long-distance paddlers embarking on international expeditions, then the recreational pursuit of many weekend tourers, sea kayaking is now popular with many day trippers as well. As more and more paddlers take to the waterfor the day, the weekend or many months, this classic guide continues to be required reading for those seeking adventure on the open ocean.
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About the Author
Freya Hoffmeister is a world-renowned expedition kayaker. She has circumnavigated Iceland, New Zealand and most recently Australia on a solo and mostly unsupported trip chronicled in the book Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent. She is currently in the middle of a solo circumnavigation of South America.
Table of Contents
1 Equipment 1
2 Technique 51
3 Risk, self-rescue and assisted rescues 71
4 Navigation 105
5 Weather 123
6 Reading the sea 133
7 Hazards 147
8 Storm and other emergency procedures 171
9 Camping, food gathering and the environment 181
10 First aid 209
11 Survival situations 223
12 Planning an expedition 235
13 Tours, rentals and instruction 247
14 Sea kayaking for people with special needs 263
Appendix A Transoceanic solos 267
Appendix B Sea kayaking photography 273
Appendix C Responsibility in the outdoors 276