Essential Gear: Paddles

Essential Gear: Paddles

Alan Bergman – Choosing the right paddle for recreational and touring/sea kayaking is a combination of subjective and practical criteria.  What may be the perfect paddle for you could be the totally wrong paddle for your best kayaking buddy.  Let’s explore some...
Paddle to Find Peace

Paddle to Find Peace

Alan Bergman – We’re all aware of the vast physical benefits derived from kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing – from a great cardio workout to burning calories to strengthening the torso and core. But, what about the mental health and psychological...
Graduation:  Moving Beyond Plastic Kayaks

Graduation: Moving Beyond Plastic Kayaks

Alan Bergman – Not every graduation requires wearing a cap and gown.  In fact, I wore a bathing suit to my last graduation.  It was some 15 years ago, the monumental day that I graduated from a plastic kayak into a fiberglass one. Many kayaking gurus strongly...
Essential Gear:  The Bilge Pump and Paddle Float

Essential Gear: The Bilge Pump and Paddle Float

Alan Bergman – Peanut butter and jelly isn’t the only iconic couple out there.  Many kayakers think of a bilge pump and paddle float as another inseparable twosome.  In fact, if you watch paddlers loading up their kayaks with gear prior to launching, chances are...
Seniors and Paddlesports

Seniors and Paddlesports

Alan Bergman – Although decades older than I, my favorite paddling partner, Phil, is well into octogenarian territory at age 87.  He has far more energy and enthusiasm for kayaking than many paddlers far younger than he.  We have spent many years kayaking...
Essential Gear: WATER!

Essential Gear: WATER!

Alan Bergman – One may question whether water actually qualifies as “gear” for paddle sports, but it’s at least as necessary as anything else you bring with you. Staying hydrated while out on the water is oh-soooooooo hugely important! The simple truth is that...