ARCATA, California (March 23, 2015) – Kokatat announced today that it has teamed up with paddling industry veterans and expert instructors Steve and Cindy Scherrer and their Shellback Paddle Experience (www.shellbackpe.com).  The Scherrers recently founded the program to share their stand up paddleboarding expertise with aspiring paddlers and the top paddlesport shops across the country.

“Steve and Cindy are two of the most respected paddlesport instructors in the industry,” said Lisa Kincaid, Kokatat PR/Promotional Marketing Manager.  “They've been great supporters of Kokatat over the years and we are excited to have them back on our team.”

The Scherrers founded Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe in Portland, OR, in 1986.  They sold the business in 2004 and joined Confluence Watersports to help design boats and work in the field as training and technical specialists.  They left Confluence last year and founded Shellback.

While touring the country they will be conducting skills classes in SUP as well as training and certifying ACA SUP instructors. Additionally, the Scherrers will be providing shop clinic support to Kokatat's sales team and will be highlighting Kokatat's products during their classes.

“We've been fans of Kokatat since before our Alder Creek days,” said Steve Scherrer.  “We've had a strong relationship since then and believe they not only produce the finest kayak apparel, but are a model company.”

For details on the Shellback Paddle Experience and dates of their clinics visit www.shellbackpe.com.

About Kokatat Inc.

Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit www.kokatat.com and follow Kokatat on Facebook and Twitter “@kokatat”.

Did you know it's possible to navigate your way to every single NFL stadium in the US by kayak?

It's true. A couple of days ago Reddit user, /Bhockzer posted the routes to every single one. And while he did have to be "navigationally creative" for a couple, it's possible to paddle to your next big game even if it's via a storm creek.

Heinz Field via Google Maps

Here is part of the full post:

Take St. Lawrence Seaway to access the Atlantic Ocean from the Great Lakes. Be on the lookout for sea monsters, vikings, wayward Pilgrims, and Explorers.

  • Gillette Stadium (NE) > Neponset River > Atlantic Ocean
  • MetLife Stadium (Jets & Giants) > Upper Bay > Newark Bay > Hudson River > Atlantic Ocean
  • Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles) > Delaware River > Atlantic Ocean
  • M & T Bank Stadium (Bal.) > Chesapeake Bay > Atlantic Ocean
  • FedEx Field (Wash.) > Cattail Branch > Beaverdam Creek > Anacostia River > Potomac River > Atlantic Ocean
  • Everbank Field (Jax) > St. Johns River > Atlantic Ocean
  • SunLife Stadium (Miami) > Royal Glades Canal > Atlantic Ocean
  • Bank of America Stadium (Panthers) > Irwin Creek > Sugar Creek > Catawabe River > Fishing Creek Lake > Wateree Lake > Wateree River > Lake Marion > Lake Moultrie > Cooper River > Charleston Harbon > Atlantic Ocean
Photo credit: Heinz Field HDR | Flickr by Jacob Caddy Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic / CC BY-NC 2.0

Sea Kayak explorer, Justine Curgenven just posted a new trailer of her most recent expectation where she joined Sarah Outen and set-out to paddle the 2,500 kilometer length of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like one of the craziest adventures either of them has been on in quite a while.

Kokatat has outfitted a four-member team that just began a whitewater journey of a lifetime, reaching from South Africa into China.

Stage one of Expedition Inception, a two-stage expedition, will take the team from South Africa to Egypt. Over the course of about eight months, the paddlers plan to run and explore multiple first descents and source-to-sea waterways.

After a short break, Kelly and I are really happy to announce the latest episode of our podcast, Kayak Mainline. Sweet, lucky episode 13.

This time we get together and discover

  • a contest to win $10k for a PFD design
  • a weird amnesty pond for unwanted goldfish
  • the strange history of nuclear-powered wetsuits.

Plus more science fiction book reviews and why Trailer Park Boys is the best Canadian TV show (except for the Beachcombers).

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I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did putting it together.

There are several different ways to get our sweet voices directly into your ears:

You can stream it live in your browser here:

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Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Camping Problem Solving Skills Level 10

When you are out camping sometimes you need to get creative.

Have you ever stood on a beach looking out on the ocean and wondered what country is directly over there? If so, this map is for you.

I'm going to send this map to my mother as I have a vivid memory of me and my brothers standing on a beach in Florida during one Spring Break and her telling us that we were staring at Australia. Not sure why that memory stands out...

Pro top: Click on the map above for a larger version.

The kayak forward stroke. We make use of it 99% of the time out on the water but it’s also the one stroke that most people do poorly. Sure we can get from A to B with little difficulty but as soon as you need power or efficiency most paddlers don’t know how to fix it without coaching and serious practice.

Motionize is a new product to help make your kayak forward stroke better by using of technology as a virtual coach.

A new episode of Ken Whiting's online TV show, Facing Waves just got posted their and this time it focuses on my buddy and fellow team P&H Kayak paddler, Ray Boucher from Wawa, Ontario.

This episode focuses on rougher water paddling on Lake Superior. The cinematography looks great and I think you will agree that the camera really brings out Rays eyes.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

Need Kayak Now? Build one out of Chip Bags

For years I now I've been wondering (and I know you have to) just how many bags of unopened chips would it take to keep me afloat and take me on an adventure.

Well some Korean students decided to tackle that last great life mystery and discovered that if you tape together 160 bags of chips into a kayak, you and your buddy can paddle off into the sunset and international fame.

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More info: wsj.com

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