OWA Reviews: Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal

What: Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal Where to buy: moosejaw.com, rei.com, amazon.com Perfect for: gentle kayaking with kids and dogs Tester: Elizabeth Harwood *Note: No financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the kayak. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after testing, is found to be beneficial [...]

Fear and Floating: Regaining Trust on the River

words by Glynnis Gorman :: I lifted the duckie, an inflatable two-person kayak, out of the back of my friend’s truck. Often referred to as “divorce-boats”, the communication between the front and the back of the boat can be complex, leading to a difference of opinion in which direction the boat should take. I was excited to float the Buckhorn section of Idaho’s [...]

Paddling French Guiana’s Ocean Waters by Pirogue

words by Donna Mulvenna; photos courtesy of Donna Mulvenna with photo credit listed in watermarks Growing up in Australia, I paddled a kayak along some of the world’s most spectacular waterways. However, it wasn’t until I joined the crew of a pirogue team in French Guiana that I felt truly alive. Originally, I travelled to the country to visit my boyfriend’s family. After [...]

OWA Review: Red Paddle Company Ride MSL SUP

What: Red Paddle Co. 10'6" Ride MSL Where to buy: campsaver.com, outdoorplay.com, smile.amazon.com, amazon.co.uk Perfect for: those seeking confidence in the sport *Note: No financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the board. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after testing, is found to be beneficial for women outdoors. [...]

Youth Kayaker Tests the Quality of Water Where She Paddles

words by Samantha Summerfield, written in eighth grade, as part of her self-chosen project for school. What’s the best way to spend a summer day in Upstate New York? On the water, preferably by kayak. The northern part of the Hudson River is especially peaceful, clear, clean, and beautiful: great for kayaking. The Hudson River, located in New York, flows north to south [...]

We Are Not Broken: Healing Through Outdoor Empowerment

words by Traci Saor :: The kayak wobbled. Her paddle hit the water and splashed muddy brown water over her and into the cockpit. “This is scary,” Danielle* whispered to herself as she began her first kayak excursion. Frightening as it was to paddle into the unknown, Danielle was no stranger to fear. With the help of her boss and a local agency, [...]

Paddling through Fear: Finding Peace on the River

words and photos by Kathie Green :: The raft was unpacked, the fire was crackling. I crouched on the sand, adjusting my camera to capture the stars. As I clicked my shutter for a thirty-second exposure, my situation became suddenly clear: the stars shone in the night sky, the nearly full moon climbed behind me, and the Arkansas River shone under its [...]

Leave No Trace: Correcting Common Beliefs in the Wild

Illustration by Lisa Kowieski “Ladies first,” the hiker said, stepping off the trail and gesturing to the thin strip of rooty ground next to the swampy trail. He watched in bemusement as our group of women splashed straight through the mud and puddles, chattering to each other about the best place to dig a cathole. I do this frequently: walk through puddles and talk [...]

Diving for Diversity: Preserving Ocean Ecosystems

words by Hannah Passamonte; photos submitted by Dahlia Hassell Picture the top of a dormant volcano covered in rainforest, rising dramatically from the blue Caribbean Sea and you’ll find yourself dreaming of Saba. Traveling to Saba means flying 12 minutes on a commuter plane from the neighboring island of St. Maarten, and landing on the shortest commercial runway in the world. One road connects the [...]

Source-to-Sound: Winter Paddle on the Roanoke

words by Samantha Proctor; photos by Thomas Briley We watched the sun set full of pinks and oranges as we discussed the final details of our trip. We were about to paddle 120-plus miles on the Roanoke River. Our 16.5-foot touring kayaks would take us from  the source of the Roanoke at Weldon, North Carolina to the Albemarle Sound, where the Roanoke, Chowan [...]