Read my blog post on The Color of Water Or, watch video onYouTube: color of water. The Color of Water is also the title of one of Nigel Foster's presentations. Please contact Nigel if you would like him to give a talk to your group.
Find more short instructional presentations by Nigel Foster on Vimeo
Jan-Feb2020 Kayaking in Misool, Indonesia in January and early February. (image from 2019 trip)
Nigel was guest-guide again on three Millekul Adventures trips http://www.millekul.se/en/ to Raja Ampat in early 2020! It's an amazing place with outstanding rock formations, ancient pictographs and a coral reef wonderland!
Contact for information on 2021 trips!
February 22-24Sweetwater Kayaks has their annual sea kayaking symposium. Sweetwater Kayaks is now in it's exciting new location in St Petersburg FL.
March 30-31, Washington's Hole in the Wall club has 2 "Finesse your Strokes" classes at Bowman Bay with Nigel
April 11-18Pagaia club in Catalonia Spain has a symposium with classes for 3 days, followed by paddling tours along the Catalonia and French coast.
April 27-28 Paddling Finesse and Forward Stroke classes at Golden Gardens Seattle. Contact email@example.com for details
February 7 Presentation at Olympia Mountaineers on The Art of Kayaking
Foster's newest presentation is “The Art of Kayaking” (the title of his latest
book). It’s intended to be entertaining and enlightening for paddlers
and non-paddlers alike, and a teaser for where paddling can take you, and why
you might choose to hone a few skills. Nigel will share pictures of a variety
of locations and situations from travels around the world. Nigel's mantra
is “Maximum effect for minimum effort”.
The doors open at
5:30, potluck begins
at 6:00pm and your presentation is at 7:00pm at
the Friends’ Meeting Hall at 3201 Boston Harbor Road, 98506, Olympia.
February 10,Class/presentation (Indoor) 5:00-7:30 pmPortland Kayak . The Art of Kayaking and Understanding Charts
Cost $59 Includes Nigel Foster’s latest book
The Art of Kayaking. Please call Portland Kayak (503-459-4050) to reserve your spot. Space is
Nigel Foster’s “Art of Kayaking” seminar will explore two different facets
of sea kayaking: behind the scenes chart reading/interpretation, and into the
scenes paddling technique.
Experience kayaking skills through Nigel’s eyes with the help of his
images from around the world. Learn how to interpret swell patterns and tidal
current. Analyze beach profiles for easier launching and landing. See how
different timing strategies for landing affect outcome. Focus on the small
details in paddle blade alignment that offer a key to easy kayak control.
Nigel will also lead you through an introduction to charts and tides
simplifying documents that may otherwise appear daunting. His aim is to offer
you easy steps you can confidently follow.
Nigel’s latest book The Art of Kayaking (included with the seminar) contains a distillation of
a lifetime of paddling experience. Here is an opportunity to have details
illuminated by photographs and animated graphics to clarify the finer points
and illustrate the nuances of kayaking. You will have an opportunity to ask
Nigel to clarify any questions you have.
December 7th 2017 (evening event from 18.00 till 22.00) Hosted by Washington Water Trails Association (click for details) This illustrated talk by Nigel Foster is titled The Islands of Formosa, It's about the magical islands that lie around the coast of Taiwan.
In April 2017 Nigel's book The Art of Kayaking was published by FalconGuides. This comprehensive manual distills much of what Nigel has learned through his kayaking teaching, expedition paddling, playing, and designing through his lifetime so far. Expect easy to grasp concepts leading from details for the beginner to subtleties and nuances for the expert.
2017 Slide Presentation, Lopez Island On Polar Tides March 10, 2017 starts at 7PM
Lopez Center for Community & the Arts Lopez Island San Juan Islands WA
Presented by Friends of the Lopez Library and the Ramsey Shirk Fund Contact:Jen Krajack firstname.lastname@example.org 360-468-2265
Hole in the Wall club April 1. 2017 (ask also about 2nd April) (contact the club for details)
East Coast Paddlesports Symposium April 21-23, 2017 James Island County Park 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412 843-795-4386
Portland Kayak Company Classes with Nigel and Kristin 27-28 May 2017 Directional Control Mastering the Forward stroke Contact: 6600 SW Macadam Ave Portland, Oregon 97239 503-459-4050
Two New Books for 2016! Nigel Foster's two new books, "On Polar Tides" and "Paddling Southern Florida" hit the bookstore shelves in 2016. Both are published by FalconGuides, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. These books realize a collaboration with the same publisher of more than 25 years, since Nigel's first American publisher, Globe Pequot Press, is also part of Rowman & Littlefield.
On Polar Tides tells the exciting tale of two kayak expeditions
into northernmost Labrador: polar bear encounters, violent winds, and
the magic of the northern tundra with its geology, haunting bird calls,
snaking northern lights and the echoes of stories from the depth of
Paddling Southern Florida offers more than 50 paddling routes in Southern Florida. Details of each route are enriched by sidebars offering background information on wildlife, weather and points of interest, while directions to the launch and exit points, suggestions for places to eat and sleep and stores offering rentals and drop-offs complete the picture. The perfect starting point for Florida paddling adventures!
Sweetwater Kayaks has their 20th annual paddling festival in Sunny Florida in February! A great reason to escape winter for a few days. Will I see you there?
Kayak, SUP or canoe... with fun people in great locations.
Here are a few places you may find Nigel in 2015. Please contact us for more information.
2015 Watch for Nigel at Sweetwater Kayaks symposium, Florida February 27-29 2015. He'll be instructing open canoe, as well as kayaking skills, plus he'll be looking for fun water on an open water trip.
2015 California coast classes 6-8 March 2015
2015. Evening 11th March, Everett Mountaineers slide presentation about Sweden.
2015 Pagaia, 10th anniversary Paddle symposium in Costa Brava Spain, March 28-30.
2015 Charleston Paddle Festival, James Island Charleston SC. April 16-19.
2015 June. Taiwan.
2015 ISPO Shanghai China July 2-4
2015 Outdoor Retail Trade Show, Salt Lake City, August 4-9. Meet us at the Point 65 booth for the on-water demo day Tue 4th. Find us at Point 65 Sweden AB booth # 39106 D332 for the rest of the show.
2014 Nigel will be giving a slide presentation, "Encounters from a kayak" on Saturday April 5th 2014 at the Poseidon Pavilion as part of the Scuba and H2O Adventure Show in Seattle.
2014 Portland Kayak Company in Portland Oregon will be hosting classes with Nigel and Kristin. On Saturday March 29, 2014 Directional Control, and Sunday March 30th, Forward Stroke.
The Nigel Foster Kayak Store now carries WindPaddle kayak sails. Fun, easy to operate, easy to coil and stow, quick to launch!
2013 Slide Presentation: titled "Encounters from a Kayak" November 14th in Seattle! The presentation covers stories not told in the book of the same name. Starts at 7pm. Entrance is free. Books will be on sale if you are interested.
Where? Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney
Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 - 206.783.2244
Nigel's web store has been rebuilt and expanded! His original storeremains with all the coffee stuff and small items, but the new one has Point65's modular kayaks, paddles and other cool accessories! Click on the store logo to check it out!
Exploring the Oregon coast in June on one of Nigel's courses for Portland Kayak Company.
Sweden in late May. The new Tannumstrand festival "West Coast Water" on the west coast of Sweden was organized by Glenn Mattsing of Outdoor Magazine (left). Shown with him, Helen Wilson (with braids), her husband Mark Tozer, and in sunglasses, Kristin Nelson.
In Taiwan, April 2013, Jahfong and Ya-Li took Nigel for a circuit of Green Island, across stunningly blue water.
Early 2013 Nigel and Kristin visited kayak clubs in Tasmania and Victoria in Australia. Nigel stayed longer to visit clubs in Queensland and New South Wales.
Read the blog of a side-trip toward the Noosa Everglades near the sunshine coast of Queensland.
The Swedish Outdoor Academy met in Bohuslan in September 2012 for a kayaking trip around the archipelago... check out the blog story
New book 2012!
Now available, Nigel's new book "ENCOUNTERS" from FalconGuides! Wonderfully produced and full of fun stories!
Encounters from a Kayak
Native People, Sacred Places, and Hungry Polar Bears NIGEL FOSTER
978-0-7627-8106-5 November 2012 $16.95 US/$18.95 CAN. World. Paper. 6 x 9. 272 pp. 24/CTN full-color photos throughout. Falcon Guides SPORTS & RECREATION
Summer 2012, nigel and kristin with Russell Farrow from
Sweetwater Kayaks, joined John Regentin with a group of his Gettysburg
College students to cross the Baltic from Stockholm to Helsinki... via
the Aland Islands.
The Northwest Paddling Festival May 12th at Sunset Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park, gathered together a wonderful variety of vendors and paddlers of all types and experience levels. While it's not a rough-water location, this meant that anybody could get afloat to try kayaks, canoes or paddle-boards. Sprint race kayaks and canoes sped along outside the buoyed-off demo area, while eagles floated overhead.
May 2012 Ed Sullivan from Grand River Kayak, Ontario ran his successful first paddling symposium. Over the May 4th (Star-wars day) weekend, the schedule included a social day-trip, a Reel-Film festival screening, and a symposium day with vendor demos, classes and presentations.
Nigel offered his "Stepping Stones" Baffin and Labrador slide presentation and directional control classes.
The new Nigel Foster signature paddle will be available in 2012. In carbon fiber or fiberglass, this foam core blade is powerful, minimizes flutter and is great for controlled maneuvering.
Thank you Toni at "Kayaking Costa Brava" for the loan of the Point65 Whisky16's for the Llanca/Girona symposium and tours on Costa Brava, Spain, this year!
Cap de Cueus... Costa Brava... Catalonia... land of Salvador Dali and Juan Miro
April 6, Wednesday Presentation "Around the World to Paddle!" 6pm at the Olympia Center, downtown Olympia WA, just off Capitol Blvd.
February... Presentation at Portland Or. "From Sea to Sea; Crossing southern France by Canal and River from the Med to the Atlantic." Saturday 19th Feb. at Portland Kayak Company.
February 25-27, Sweetwater Kayaks Sea Kayak Symposium in Tampa Bay Florida... an opportunity to take classes with Nigel on warm water! And also to hear his talk,"Sea to Sea in a tandem" about his recent trip with Kristin Nelson across southern France from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
March... Presentation at Anacortis WA, Hole in the Wall Paddling Club, Slide presentation... "Crossing the southern France by canal and river from Med. to Atlantic". Wed 9th March 2011. At Padilla Bay Center Interpretive Center, Anacortis WA.
April... presentation Olympia Mountaineers, WA. "Around the World to Paddle", at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, rooms 101-102. 7pm 6th April.
Spain April 2011. Sea kayak symposium on the Costa Brava,
Portland Kayak 2011 Courses with Nigel and Kristin
April 9 & 10. "Directional control", in Portland Or. June 18 & 19. "Control in Wind" in Columbia Gorge July 18 & 19. "Coastal Oregon Paddling" at Cascade Head. Oct. 15 & 16 "Control in Wind" in Columbia Gorge.
Contact Portland kayak for more details & booking. Phone 503-459-4050 or e-mail email@example.com
February... Presentation at Sequim WA Feb. 3, "Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador" (sea kayaking slide presentation followed by book signing)
February... Presentation at Port Townsend ; Feb. 2, "Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador" (sea kayaking slide presentation followed by book signing)
at REI Seattle... Nigel gave his illustrated talk about Baffin Island and Labrador, Friday 12th November 01
Kayaking from sea to sea across France... September 2010...
Nigel and Kristin recently returned from kayaking a blue Point65 DoubleShot across France from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. They began at the port of Sete, and journeyed through the canal du Midi to Toulouse. (Building the canal du Midi began the same year as the Great Fire of London, 1666)
Their route then followed the Garonne lateral canal and Garonne River, passed Bordeaux to the Gironde estuary and finished at Royan.
A wonderful late summer journey in itself, Nigel and Kristin also took side hikes to explore historic towns, shopped at local market places and sampled local wines on the way.
A big "thanks!" to Richard Ohman for all his help with logistics!
Nigel is now ready with a new slide presentation...
May 28-31, 2010...This year's "West Michigan Coastal Kayakers Association" 21st annual symposium met with some of the most perfect weather imaginable! Warm, sunny and with warm water to play in! And as a bonus a great party atmosphere and dance with the Betsy Bay Band! Betsy's gutsy vocals carried the songs well into the night! Check out Al Anderson of the band (and of Betsy Bay Kayaks) playing saxaphones on "The Fabulous Horndogs, Live at the National Cherry Festival", and on "Dog Tracks".) (fabuloushorndogs.com) They have a big band sound, and play some great New Orleans style rhythm and blues.
Nigel's second visit as guest presenter (his first was seven years ago) came with an unbelievable full orange moon after the night paddlers returned one evening .. and on the next evening, an "after-midnight" thunderstorm with horizontal rain that cut off the power till next day...
Another main speaker was Michael Gray who is releasing his new book "Hey I'd Eat This at Home!" available at his Uncommon Adventures web site. It's a new camping cookbook with over 100 fresh
from 30 years of his exploring the world; to be
enjoyed inside as well as out. Michael has been presenting cooking classes at symposia for years, and promising to write a book. Finally it's here!
Nigel's May 2010 visit to Sweden and Denmark... check out Richard's blog.
Fantastic sunset over Stockholm skyline... could it have been caused by the volcanic ash from Iceland's Eyafjallajokull volcano?
Nigel is back from the 20th annual East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, James Island Charleston South Carolina, which was a great event! Every year it seems to get better! In May he'll be teaching in a variety of locations in Sweden... more details to follow.
Kristin Nelson, who recently suffered a dislocated finger while sea kayaking in Baja (more news later) is constructing her new KriKri web site. www.planetkrikri.com is modeled in the style of her colorful blog www.planetkrikri.blogspot.com It will supplement www.krikri.com to feature both her ceramic lines; Krikri and VIT.
Please check it out and give her feedback!
The Aqua-Adventures symposium at Mission Bay San Diego went smoothly with great weather, great people and some fun new songs around the evening fire pit! Our thanks to the clubs who provided excellent food!
Thanks to Jake Stachovak (right) for his amusing slide presentation about his 5,000-mile solo "Portage to Portage" kayak trip! Thanks also for retrieving my paddle... taken by the wave in the background of the picture below... and to Adam for his help after that incident!
There seems to be a tradition of something memorable (sometimes
sketchy!) happening at every Aqua-Adventures symposium... this year most of the wild events waited till staff training in Baja... and there are several tales to be told! (cover your eyes when you look at the image, left, by Paul Carine) Be sure to ask Jen about them at next year's event!
The Sweetwater Kayaks symposium was a great success, with great people,
easy access to the water, slide presentations in the "Banana Boat" next door and a
Saturday night live performance by Sisemore Band at nearby
...and some of us visited the Weeki Watchee River to see manatees... click image for YouTube video!
Portland Kayaks (Oregon) moved again into a yet larger multi-room premises! (just down the road form the old store)
"Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador", (Outskirts Press)
...is available in soft and hard cover. Click image for more details.
Sweetwater Kayaks Florida opened in new location!
Nigel and Kristin joined Russell Farrow for the opening of the new water-side location of Sweetwater Kayaks October 17th 2009!
Beside mangrove channels with open
saltwater pools that remain warm all year round, it's an excellent place
to watch manatees and see birds such as ospreys, roseate spoonbills
and egrets. sweetwaterkayaks.com
Meet us there for the 2010 Paddling Symposium from 24-28 February 2010! Something for everybody; demos and classes in kayaks, canoes, paddle-boards, and fishing from sit-on-top kayaks!
Our Oregon Coast 2009 course with Portland Kayaks video clip
Check out nigel's latest kayak design with Point65, the Cappuccino!
Nigel's New Online Store opened February1st 2009!
2009: Portland Kayak Company has increased its square
footage yet again!!! Now there's a great space for presentations and even more
room for Foster Kayaks!!! Come to nigel's next classes in Portland and
on the Oregon Coast with PRC...
Rain in Baja Mexico brings the desert into flower! Aqua-Adventures Jen Kleck treated us to a trip to Baja, April 09 after the SW Sea Kayaking Symposium at San Diego... and there's a short video clip of rock-hopping on YouTube.
Venice 2009 plans Nigel and Kristin will return in 2009 for the 2009 Vogalonga event in Venice, a wonderful opportunity to kayak alongside gondolas and other paddle-powered craft in the Venice lagoon among the islands and through the canals of Venice itself.
Following Vogalonga they will be offering a week of tours, classes culminating with the 2nd Italian Sea Kayaking Symposium and the 1st Blue Lagoon Kayak Marathon based at the Capalonga campground about an hour from Venice.
Capalonga campground has a fleet of composite kayaks for rental throughout the camping season, including the Point65 kayaks Nigel, Kristin, Jen and Giorgio used for 2008 Vogalonga.
The new Whisky16 from Point65 arrived in San Diego March 28th in time for us to take it for a spin between the rocks on Pacific Baja coast! The verdict? Brilliant! What a great rock-hopping boat! Stable, maneuverable and fun!
Portland Kayak Company, of Portland Oregon USA, has moved into a bigger better space!
(6320 SW Macadam, right next door to the old Macadam
location). Sharing a 10,000 square foot building with FMC Watersports, there is a ton of room inside and out, and easier access to the river.
They kicked things off
April 5-6 with Nigel Foster and Kristin Nelson in town to teach "Directional Control". As usual, the classes were completely booked, and enthusiasm was brimming. Portland Kayak Company were among the
first to paddle Nigel's newest kayak design, the Whisky16.
Mike McKoane writes "Nigel hit it right on
the head again with another phenomenal kayak - an incredibly maneuverable, fun
boat to paddle. Portland Kayak Company will be receiving the first north
American shipment of Whisky 16's in early May!" Portland Kayak
6320 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR. 97239
phone (503) 459-4050
2008... the long-awaited Point65 sea kayaks by Nigel; one single, one double! Here are the Whisky16, (shown above); a rough-water playboat, and the DoubleShot to play where the singles go! Click on the image to read an interview with Nigel about the two kayaks and for more general information on the designs. For more photos of the Whisky16, see the end of the Kayaks section.
Does this mean Nigel is moving production of all his designs toPoint65? No, he's 100% committed to his existing relationships with Seaward Kayaks (Legend, Silhouette, Shadow) and with Current Designs (Rumour).
Take a sideways look at kayaking stuff you might not be aware of... with Nigel's blog; "kayaking stuff"
...and join Nigel and the Sea Kayaking group at Playak.net, where kayakers meet, greet, chat and exchange news... it's the "my space to paddle!"
New Book;"Seattle" by Joel Rogers.
Seattle sea kayaking pioneer and author of the classic sea kayaking book "The Hidden Coast" has just released the most stunningly beautiful coffee-table book about Seattle! Dancing between
water and mountains, container ships and orcas, blues clubs and community pea-patches,
Joel Rogers has somehow distilled with his perceptive photography everything distinctively Seattle. Presented with such powerful
photography it would be easy to overlook the sensitive and thought-provoking essays; text worthy of reading aloud. Well presented by Graphic Arts
Center Publishing Co. this is another landmark book!
Nice work Joel! Author- Photographer, Joel
W. Rogers Available now!
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center
ISBN-13: 9781558688650 In Hardback; Price only US $19.95
Nigel and Kristin offered a slide presentation about kayaking in the Faeroe Islands to the kayak club; WAKE at Bellingham, Tuesday 8th January 08.
Our Portland Kayak Company weekend of September 22/23 07 arrived with sunshine, a little mist and plenty of waves. Thanks to Mike and his team for organizing such a great w/e and venue! Ben (from Baja) and Kristin survey the beach.
Nigel was at the Nuremberg Paddlesports Trade Show "Kanumesse" in Germany on Thursday-Sunday 13th-16th September 07 with the Point65 team (as pictured). Thank you to all the dealers and distributors who took time to visit him there! 2009 25-26th September you can meet Nigel and Kristin at thePoint65 booth at Kanumesse.
In August 07 Kristin and Nigel visited the Stockholm archipelago to teach kayak skills among the rocks and waves, then toured part of Sweden's west coast with a group from Orust Kayaks. In early September 07 they led a tour and ran classes in the Danish islands with Nicus Nature.
Join them on similar programs in 2008!
Nigel was at the Outdoor Retail Trade Show at Salt Lake City this August 2007. He'd like to say thanks to everyone who took time to visit him at the Point65 stand, or here, on the beach, for the demo days!
After a great July 07 weekend on the Washington coast with Seattle Mountaineers Club , Nigel has posted some captioned photos. Check out Cape Flattery!
May 2007... Stockholm's new Kayak Center, PampasKajak, was officially opened on 23rd May after a day program of free on-water demos and classes, and was followed by an expedition slide presentation by Nigel Foster. Click on PampasKajak for more...
PampasKajak sells Nigel's "Seaward-built" Nigel Foster sea kayak designs "Legend, Silhouette and Shadow" as well as his paddles, and you'll also find the complete range of Point65 kayaks here too. The center is on the water (literally) so it's really easy to test-paddle kayaks.
Nigel's 2007 teaching venues with Kristin include New Zealand, (Feb-March 07, see some photos and notes under "Trip Reports") Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.... along with many of his usual favorite places in North America. Check out the San Diego symposium at the end of March (Aqua-Adventures), Ocean River in BC in April, followed by Florida (Sweetwater Kayaks... they have a symposium in February too) and the Charleston paddle festival. You'll find more information about Nigel's appearances and instruction if you check "instruction and tours".
...did you know Nigel Foster is now working with the Swedish kayak and clothing company Point65? It's a new relationship, less than a year old, yet Nigel has already slipped into the Point65 team in charge of Research and Development. "It's a young, energetic and innovative company and the people are really fun to be around" explained Nigel. Check out the "Products" section, and also www.point65.com
Nigel's smallest sea kayak to date, the Rumour, went into production in 2006 with Current Designs. Targeted as a speedy 16-foot day-boat/play-boat for the smaller paddler, Nigel has been seen tumbling around in the Pacific coast in one from time to time, despite his 6-feet height and 160 pound weight. You'll see him in the video "This is the Sea, volume 1" by Justine Curgenven, slipping through the crystal clear waters of Florida's spring-fed rivers in one, seeking out manatees and exotic birds. (More info. on both original and new versions in the kayaks section, scroll)
Nigel's Sports Pro paddleappeared alongside the popular Hi-Pro in 2006. The "Sports-Pro" has a smaller blade of similar contoured foam-core construction as the "Hi-Pro" and comes in two alternative lay-ups; the original carbon-fiber, with its natural graphite appearance, and in fiber-glass with foam-core in a distinctive yellow blade of pleasing light weight. ... Distributed now in North America by Seaward Kayaks, by Nicus Nature in Denmark, and by Point65 through the rest of the world.