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Nigel Foster
Nigel Foster
Nigel Foster is an international figure in Sea Kayaking, known for his writing, instruction, his symposium appearances and his kayak designs, (he has to date designed six sea kayaks, three of which, the Legend, Silhouette and Shadow, are manufactured and distributed by Seaward Kayaks.) He writes for Sea Kayaker Magazine and has written five books on paddling topics. These are his popular “Nigel Foster’s Sea Kayaking” and “Nigel Foster’s Surf Kayaking”, his latest book “A Sea Kayaking Guide to Southern Florida”, (all three published in USA by Globe Pequot Press) and “Kayaking, a Beginner’s Guide”, and “Open Canoe Technique” (both published in U.K. by Fernhurst Books.

Nigel began paddling at the age of 15 in a canvas kayak, but soon graduated to the “slalom” kayak in which he developed an obsession for surf kayaking. One of his first journeys in a sea kayak was across the English Channel to France, which he then repeated at night. His 400-mile solo journey around the southwest peninsula of England and along the English Channel coast led him into his longer explorations in Scotland. In 1977 at the age of 24 he became the first to circumnavigate Iceland by kayak with companion Geoff Hunter. For this trip they paddled a pair of Foster’s first design of sea kayaks, the “Vyneck”. By this time he was professionally involved in teaching kayaking, and in the following years began leading groups in places like Norway and the Faroe Islands. This didn’t prevent him from escaping to explore the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, and to cross France from North to South in a double racing kayak following canals and rivers.

In 1981 he set off on what almost proved to be his last trip, a journey south from the then “Frobisher Bay” on Baffin Island, to Resolution Island and the Hudson Strait. From there he crossed 45 miles of open water to the Button Islands off Northern Labrador. This is an area with a tidal range up to 40 feet and tidal streams running in places in excess of 7 knots. He suffered frostbitten fingers and the loss of some of his gear some 300 miles from the nearest village after an epic time in the tide races off the Button Islands in the dark. The crossing is described in an earlier book “Raging Rivers, Stormy Seas”, Oxford Illustrated Press. (Currently out of print.)

Nigel taught at the National Watersports Centre in Wales UK before starting his own kayaking business running training courses in Wales, and guiding trips further afield in England and Scotland, and to places such as Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Arctic Norway.

Well known for his travels and his distinctive teaching style, Nigel Foster became a popular international figure, teaching and making presentations in Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, and across the Atlantic in Canada and USA. Increasing demands on his time for presentations and teaching in USA prompted him to finally move to USA where he currently lives in Seattle WA. A partner in Sweetwater Kayaks in Florida, Nigel continues to travel both to teach and to explore new paddling areas.

Robert Starling

Robert Starling
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