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Final Issue of Sea Kayaker Magazine

January 28, 2014

Sea Kayaker Mag scanI received my final copy of Sea Kayaker Magazine yesterday in the mail. As I read Christopher Cunningham‘s final words as editor I felt very sad. It would seem that a publication with a commitment to “high standards for accurate, useful and unbiased information” would thrive in an environment so abuzz with the literary equivalent of junk food. Like junk food (high calorie low nutrition), much of the “free” paddling information on the internet doesn’t provide near the level of richness and depth of a typical Sea Kayaker issue.

I have been a subscriber for about 10 years. I was drawn in by the reports of multi day trips, paddling in remote areas and the emphasis on safety. When I first heard criticism about the emphasis on “doom and gloom” in the magazine, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe individuals could be so cavalier about the risks of being on the sea. I’m an optimist, but I try not to be foolish in my optimism. Sea Kayaker was well balanced in its approach of sharing wonderful adventures and also assisting us in keeping an eye on safety. Each month I looked forward to opening up its pages and living vicariously through it’s fantastic contributors.
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, this issue signifies the end of an era. I applaud the founders and sustainers of this project. It’s a rare accomplishment to stay true to one’s mission and stay ‘on course’ despite multiple ‘headwinds’ trying to drive you off course.
Thanks need to go out to Scott MacGregor (publisher) and the folks at RapidMedia. They have agreed to fulfill incomplete subscriptions to Sea Kayaker with issues of Adventure Kayak, the Canadian based magazine devoted to sea kayak touring. They have also offered a discount for Sea Kayaker subscribers. According to his comments in the final issue of Sea Kayaker, we can also look forward to some contributions to Adventure Kayak by Christopher Cunningham.

Sea Kayaker – we’re sad to see you go. You’ll always have a warm place on our shelves and in our hearts.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2014 7:38 pm

    I received a nice note from Chris Cunningham – here is an excerpt:
    Thanks very much for writing such a nice tribute. It has often been too easy for me to focus on the work of getting the issues out and I miss the positive impact the magazine has had on people. Closing the magazine is indeed sad but knowing we’ve done good work that readers have appreciated makes quite a difference.

    Many thanks,

    Christopher Cunningham
    Editor,Sea Kayaker magazine

  2. February 7, 2014 5:21 pm

    A sad eulogy. I don’t normally mourn the loss of print media but I wish this one would just continue in another form.

  3. April 23, 2015 6:21 pm

    I have every Sea Kayaker magazine issue and would like to replace the paper with pdf. Anyone have a suggestion?


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