2012 Seaward Pacific Expedition Underway

A few weeks back I posted a story about Wave Vidmar, the ocean kayaker who was preparing to paddle 3100 nautical miles (5741km) solo from California to Hawaii. At the time, Wave was putting the final touches on his preparation for the start of his journey, which included picking up his custom custom built Seaward Kayak in Vancouver.

Yesterday Vidmar officially launched the expedition, setting out from Horseshoe Cove in Sausalito, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. He’ll now spend the next 45-56 days out on the open ocean, completely solo, as he makes his way across the Pacific to Hawaii.

As far as I can tell there is no live tracking of Wave’s progress. There is an official website for the expedition, which can be found here, but it has little in the way of information. Seaward Kayaks is posting updating on their Facebook Page however, so that may be the best place to follow along with the adventure.

It should also be noted, and this was pointed out in the comments section the last time I wrote about Wave and his journey, this isn’t the first time someone has attempted this crossing. Back in 1987 Ed Gillet made a similar paddle, successfully completing his California to Hawaii crossing in 64 days. That was 25 years ago this year and Wave is celebrating that anniversary as part of his paddle as well.

Good luck to Wave and be sure to watch for updates.

Kraig Becker