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Paddle Hard, Paddle Fast: Reflections on Kayak Racing

An Interview with Sea Kayak Guides and Racers Erin Quigley and Joe Guglielmetti This winter we’re sharing a series of conversations with Portland Paddle guides, each one focused on a specific topic related to paddling the Maine coast. Today we’re talking with sea kayaking guides Joe Gugliemetti and Erin Quigley to learn about their experiences…

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February 22, 2024

10 Places Anyone Can Paddle in Southern Maine

Ten Spots to Take a Rental Kayak or SUP If you’re starting a paddling trip on Casco Bay, our site at the East End Beach is a terrific place to launch. But there are LOTS of other great spots to paddle nearby, and you can rent our kayaks and SUPs for as long as you…

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February 8, 2024

Paddling Long & Far: Reflections on Offshore & Long-Distance Paddling

An Interview with Sea Kayak Guides Joe Guglielmetti & Kyle Martin This winter we’re posting a series of interviews with Portland Paddle guides, each one focused on a specific topic related to paddling the Maine coast. Today we’re sharing a conversation with longtime guides Joe Gugliemetti and Kyle Martin about two “extreme” forms of kayaking: …

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January 23, 2024

The Joys & Risks of Winter Sea Kayaking

The Joys & Risks of Winter Sea Kayaking By Zack Anchors Zack paddling to the Le Comte Glacier in Southeast Alaska. Like many sea kayak guides in Maine, I kayak every month of the year. And my winter paddles are often my favorite. When the lakes and rivers freeze and the snow piles up, the…

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December 11, 2023

Six Reasons You Should Attend A Kayak Pool Session This Winter

Here’s Why You Should Paddle in a Pool This Winter And some tips on keeping your paddling skills fresh through the winter! It’s not easy to learn and practice kayaking skills when air and water temps are frigid. That’s why many kayakers head to their local pool in the wintertime. Kayak pool sessions allow paddlers…

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November 27, 2023

How to Transport a Kayak – Useful Tips and Tricks

Every now and then you need to get some kayaks from Point A to Point B. Here’s a look at the best ways to attach those kayaks to the roof of your car.  What you’ll need: Two tie downs per boat (made of either webbing or rope) for the center area tie down. While…

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May 3, 2023