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Southern Exposure: A Solo Sea Kayaking Journey Around New Zealand's South Island Paperback – 1 Mar 2003
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"Chris takes us on an intimate journey . . . . He explores not only some of the most challenging coastline in the world, but also the inner joys and torment of the long distance solo paddler . . . a beautifully written and compelling read." --John Dowd, author of Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring
"Southern Exposure is perfect for armchair travelers, kayak enthusiasts or anyone interested in New Zealand." -- Chicago Tribune (March 2003)
In this epic tale of sea-kayaking adventure, Chris Duff places readers in the cockpit of his 18-foot kayak and lets them experience the full power and beauty of the Southern Ocean and the wild energy of the Tasman Sea as it thunders onto New Zealand's uninhabited west coast. Not just an account of human physical endurance and determination to attempt what had only been accomplished once before, this narrative reveals the philosophical and psychological life of a man who has chosen the sea as the master to sit before and to learn from. The intense and often terrifying sea journey is balanced by meetings along the way with the friendly New Zealanders and with the diverse wildlife of this tiny and remote island country.See all Product description
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There is also a passage or two where Duff speaks about the meaning of his life - how he wants to look back and say that he took advantage of his short time on earth. After reading Southern Exposure, there is no doubt he did.
On the down side, the book's maps could be better. The rudimentary maps in the book have several instances where Duff capsizes but the reader never learns about these instances save for one. I want to know! How did he get back in the boat!? Was he on the ocean?! Also, vast parts of the journey are left off and I want to know more. Like what happened in Christchurch? Tell me more about Fiordland.