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 […]
In 2006 and 2007, Kiliii Yu of Seawolf and Brian Schulz from Cape Falcon began a unique project– The construction of a driftwood-framed kayak with hide covering. We finished it and skinned it traditional Greenland-style. The kayak Anqeti made the front cover of the November 2008 Bulletin of Primitive Technology.
Hey folks! Back in July Land Rover asked me to guide and film a trip in the San Juan islands, exploring the bioluminescence in the nighttime waters there. It was an amazing time, and I made some great friends including marine biologist Mariana Fuentes and photographer Owen Perry. We got see a natural phenomenon by […]
As a more regular white-knuckle ocean kayaker than flatwater paddler, my friend Greg and I found ourselves wanting a lazy Sunday instead of rock climbing. So we headed out to one of the city of Seattle’s little park treasures, the Arboretum at the University of Washington. The Arboretum is really flat water. But hidden amongst the […]
A sea sock is an amazing safety invention, particularly for skin-on-frame kayaks. They keep water out of the boat if you capsize, and give your kayak tremendous flotation. Alas, there really is no good sea sock made for sea kayaks anywhere. That will be ending soon, thanks to Seawolf paddler and textiles master Liz Hawkes.
For all you purists out there, look away. But for those who want a paddling experience that doesn’t involve lots of fancy boat-handling or rough water, there is a solution to the incessant water drips in your lap. Drip Rings.
There’s a real magic behind bringing a boat to life, and I’ve just published a couple of stories using a new story-telling platform called Provenance. Check it out, with some great photos to explain the process!
“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 […]
Kayak Designer, Expeditioner, and Photographer
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 documentary photographer and kayaker he is fascinated by human beings and their connection with the natural world.