The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build
by Nick Schade
Paperback from International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Although books on strip building canoes abound, this is among the first to adapt the technique to crafting attractive, functional kayaks. Using high-quality, computer-generated illustrations and photographs to explain key techniques, the book provides complete plans and measurements for three different kayaks: 1) A simple solo craft for beginners, 2) A high-performance solo kayak for intermediate paddlers, and 3) A tandem design for two paddlers. With its easy-to-follow guidance and instructions, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak makes top-notch kayaks accessible to budget-minded paddlers.
Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking
by Gary McGuffin, Joanie McGuffin
Hardcover from Boston Mills Press
Outstanding reviews for the authors' Paddle Your Own Canoe:Paddle Your Own Canoe set a new standard for how-to-canoe books. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Gary and Joanie McGuffin use the same model for the art of kayaking. The authors discuss the kayak's Inuit history, types of kayaking, recommended kayak sizes and shapes, and proper gear and clothing. They also offer expert, step-by-step instructions on all of the sport's essential techniques.
"This is the best book on how to canoe." - Canoe and Kayak
"Absolutely the best canoe paddling book on the planet! Clear writing, world-class photography... This book rocks!" - Canoeing icon Cliff Jacobson
Illustrated with more than 600 color photographs and illustrations, Paddle Your Own Kayak is designed for both seasoned and novice kayaker, offering guidance on:
A special section on kayak camping provides good advice on what to look for in a destination, how to select a site, packing your kayak, setting up tents and shelters, meal preparation, water filtration, first aid and much more.
- Balancing the body
- Strokes and maneuvers
- Paddling fundamentals
- Recoveries and rescues
- Carrying and launching
- Weather and water conditions techniques
- Staying centered
- Navigation methods.
The Complete Kayak Fisherman
by Ric Burnley
Paperback from Burford Books
In saltwater and fresh, kayaks are the hottest craft for fishermen. Inexpensive and versatile, they enable fishermen to reach waters and fish that cannot be reached otherwise. This book delivers all the practical knowledge the beginning kayak fisherman needs to know, from outfitting the kayak to specific angling techniques.
Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and Rivers (Mountaineering Outdoor Experts) (Mountaineers Outdoor Experts)
by Rob Casey
Paperback from Mountaineers Books
The first and only guide to the country's fastest growing sport. Longtime stand up paddler and instructor Rob Casey has authored the first and only comprehensive guide to stand up paddling. From choosing the right gear to stroke techniques and fitness advice, Rob will have you stand up paddling in no time. Specific chapters focus on flat-water paddling, paddle surfing, and river paddling to show you exactly what you need to take your SUP skills and knowledge to a specific environment. Whether you want to learn about fitness or expedition planning in flat water, how to forecast waves and current for surfing, or how to use river eddies to your advantage- it's all here in this easy to use reference guidebook from stand up paddling expert Rob Casey.
Whitewater Kayaking, 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide
by Ken Whiting, Kevin Varette
Paperback from Fox Chapel Publishing
Now in its second edition, Whitewater Kayaking has become the established, definitive guide on the sport. Drawing on the combined 30+ years of experience of world-renowned paddlers and instructors Ken Whiting and Kevin Varette, this comprehensive guide covers everything fromt he most basic skills and concepts to the most advanced, cutting-edge paddling techniques. Whatever you need, you'll find it in this essential whitewater kayaking reference.
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