Upcoming 2017 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 27th Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI May 26-29, 2017 8th Annual Port Austin Kayak Symposium Port…

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NRS Freestyle Wetshoe Review

My Valley Nordkapp RM has little spare room for big feet. In the summer, this hasn’t been too much of a problem but during dry suit season, finding footwear that can accommodate the extra bulk of socks and the dry suit is a challenge. My solution is the NRS Freestyle…

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The Famous Blue IKEA Bag

Stuff. Lots of stuff. Kayaking involves plenty of stuff. Carrying all this stuff from your car to your kayak and vice versa can be a logistical juggling act that even Tenzing Norgay would subcontract out. Since Sherpas and kayaking don’t really go together let us consider something a bit more…

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Valley Nordkapp RM Sea Kayak Review

After having taken sea kayak classes and rented kayaks for a few summers, I decided it was time to buy a kayak for my very own. What I was looking for was a British design touring kayak. I also had a budget in mind so roto-molded boats were in, fiberglass…

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Kayaking Lake Huron and Thunder Bay

Years back, before I had any formal training in Sea Kayaking, I found myself in Lake Huron with three other friends. We had a great time on that trip but in retrospect we made so many mistakes that could have been easily averted. Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay is located near…

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Kayaking From Beaver Island to Hog Island

After enjoying ourselves and learning so much from Ken Bruland of Inland Seas School of Kayaking, we decided to return the following year and take more lessons and explore more of Beaver Island. (note: Ken has since retired and the school is now closed) On this trip to Beaver Island,…

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Kayaking Beaver Island

“Look, there’s a kayak school in the middle of Lake Michigan!” I said to my wife. We were looking for something to do for our summer vacation and I had wondered what Beaver Island had to offer. I had seen the island on the map before and wondered what was…

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