Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sea Kayaker Magazine to Cease Publication

Just as the latest issue arrives in my mailbox, word is coming out that venerable Sea Kayaker Magazine will cease publication with its next issue early in the new year.
In a note posted on its website, the magazine announced "with great regret and sadness that the next issue of Sea Kayaker magazine will be our last. In the course of our many years of service to kayakers around the world, we've seen many changes in sea kayaking, the industry it supports, and the business of print and web media. For our first two decades the changes generally worked in our favor, but over this past decade, the tide slowly turned. Though the magazine and the website continue to draw nearly universal praise from our readers, we recently recognized that we've been paddling against an overwhelming current and it’s time to come ashore."
This is just me speculating, but reading between the lines I'm guessing that the magazine was facing two issues: the decline of physical publications as we transition to a digital environment, and the changes in kayaker demographics.
Always an enjoyable read, particularly the always interesting and sometimes controversial safety segment which presented true life kayaking accidents and analysis, the magazine will be sorely missed by many.

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