The Cleanest Line


After months of restoration work, the 45-foot canoe U’i undergoes precise measurement during the waterline test that confirmed she was ready to race once more. Ke’ehi Lagoon, Hawai’i. Photo: John Bilderback

Restoring a Traditional Hawaiian Koa Canoe on O’ahu

By Ben Wilkinson   |   Jun 17, 2019 June 17, 2019

Restoring a traditional Hawaiian koa canoe. Ka Wahine u‘i O Hale‘iwa, which roughly translates to “Beautiful Young Woman of Hale‘iwa,” is the pride and joy of the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club here in Hale‘iwa on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Carved from a single koa tree, U‘i’s life… Read More

Building friendships without language, Tibetan and American musicians bond at an ancient monastery on the Daqu River. Photo: @tripjenningsvideo

Singing and Paddling for a National Park in China

By Kai Welch   |   Jun 28, 2018 June 28, 2018

Words often fail us. If their basic goal is to generate understanding between human beings, let’s face it: they fall short with epidemic frequency. News headlines around the world are riddled with conflicts that are caused by the breakdown of communication and the inability to compassionately understand differences. This thought… Read More

Photo: David Clifford

Running the Subansiri

By Bridget Crocker   |   May 4, 2017 May 4, 2017

I’d just stepped in human shit when I noticed Arun and Tilak praying next to the river’s put-in. I wanted to join them, but by the time I had scraped the squished feces from my sandal-clad toes, the young men were finished. “We made the offering, but the eggs were… Read More

Bridget Crocker on Rowing with Her Friend Doreen

Bridget Crocker on Rowing with Her Friend Doreen

By Bridget Crocker   |   Jan 22, 2013 January 22, 2013

Sometimes a woman has to paddle against the current. When I’d first met Doreen, last season, she was a highsider – a porter and training guide who helped weight the rafts through the Zambezi’s high-volume hydraulics. She was barely five feet tall and less than a hundred pounds, but as… Read More

Excerpt from “Paddling North” by Audrey Sutherland

Excerpt from “Paddling North” by Audrey Sutherland

Jun 25, 2012 June 25, 2012

by Audrey Sutherland Patagonia Books is proud to announce our latest release, Audrey Sutherland’s new book Paddling North, which describes her solo voyages along Alaska’s southeast coast in a nine-foot inflatable kayak. The book includes maps by Compass Projections and… Read More

Swimming the Ka’ie’ie Waho Channel

Swimming the Ka’ie’ie Waho Channel

By Mike Spalding   |   Apr 13, 2011 April 13, 2011

This story comes from Patagonia friend Mike Spalding about the swim he and some friends did from O’ahu to Kaua’i last fall. -Ed The Ka’ie’ie Waho Channel from O’ahu to Kaua’i is the longest between the main Hawaiian Islands at 72 miles. No one has swum it: Obstacles like… Read More

World Freestyle Kayaking Championships

World Freestyle Kayaking Championships

May 16, 2007 May 16, 2007

Congratulations are in order for Patagonia paddling ambassador Eric Jackson and his family. Mark, our product line director for paddling, sends word: I’d like to share the great news that our paddling ambassadors Eric, Emily, and Dane Jackson took home… Read More