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, [...]