Paddling and Rolling
Introducing Skin-on-Frame Kayaks
It’s now 4000 years after the creation of the oldest kayak artifact, and we humans still find ourselves enthralled by the technology of the skin-on-frame kayak. The earliest kayaks were built from driftwood found on the beach and covered in the skins of marine mammals. The appeal of these skeletal kayaks shows in the endurance […]
“When I’m kayaking in Canada off Vancouver Island, I see a lot of sea otters – it is one of my favourite things. In the places where there are a lot of them, they do this amazing thing called a sea otter raft where they float on their backs and hold hands. Sometimes there are […]
The 2015 Santa Cruz workshop was lovely and with the amazing weather we launched into Elkhorn Slough, right off Monterey Bay, to test the boats for the first time. This is from a GoPro from Cliff Hodges (of Remote Survival and Adventure Out fame).
Sometimes you just have to go for it. The weather is never going to get better, the cold is not going away until summer, and the dangers are mostly in your head! That’s the approach I took with my friends and kayak-workshop organizers Paul Richards and Sophie Carlhian right after Thanksgiving. It looked cold, so […]
There’s something about London. It might be the giant barges that are customized houseboats floating on the Thames, the beautiful stone bridges, or the pubs packed with character on every corner. We had all of the above building our kayaks under the arch of the famous Kew Bridge, and had builders coming from locations as far away as […]
“Sea Lions!”, my friend Tom yelled to me, barely audible over the chaotic roar of thirty lightning quick flippers, surfacing and disappearing in a boil of water to my right. Then one thumped into my kayak hull and I knew I had maybe 10 seconds. I pulled my camera away from my face, laid it […]
Adventure Kayak arrived in the mail today with a feature interview with me about my life, photography, and particularly traditional kayak-building. You can read the interview on page 24 here: Adventure Kayak Summer 2014. Fabulous photograph of me by my friend and fellow photographer Oliver Ludlow.
Kayak Designer and Expedition Paddler
Indigenous kayak-builder and photographer Kiliii Fish has guided wilderness survival adventures around the world. After a decade of paddling in coastal regions around the world, he has designed modern skin-on-frame kayaks and teaches others to build them.
Today as both a photographer and kayaker he is fascinated by human beings and their connection with the natural world.