Expedition sea kayaking is all about freedom, the freedom to explore remote coastlines self supported, carrying all of your essential items with you and supplementing them as you go with fresh fish, food foraged along the shore and occasionally visiting areas that are inhabited so that you can re-supply yourself with stores as they run dry. To some sea kayaking will be regarded as a sport, but to others, it is more than just a sport, it is a life style and to these individuals the sea kayak is the perfect vehicle to maintain a lifestyle that is free from the trappings of a society governed by the clock.
Jeff Allen first started kayaking as a young cub scout, when he was about 7 or 8 years old, then later on in the sea cadets and then as a young soldier in the British Army, In fact it was whilst serving in Cyprus, with the United Nations that he would see his first real sea kayak, three brand new, shiny Valley Nordkap’s waiting on the beach, all ready to go on Expedition.
Jeff’s time in the army gave him a healthy love of the outdoor way of life and when he left the military in 1987 he moved to Cornwall to study traditional boat building in Falmouth, he still calls Falmouth his home now and he get’s no greater pleasure than to explore his local coastline and to introduce others to both the world of expedition Sea Kayaking and the Cornish coastline.
In 2003 Jeff founded the company ‘Sea Kayaking Cornwall‘ which was the first commercial sea kayaking business in the South West. In 2012 Jeff founded the International Sea Kayak Guide Association, an organisation which represents the needs of both established and aspiring commercial Sea Kayak Guides from around the world.
Jeff has written for the kayaking press for about 15 years now and loves being able to share both his experiences and technical information through his articles, expedition adventures and product reviews, a regular contributor for Ocean Paddler magazine Jeff also has several books in the pipeline with Paddle Press Media
It was listening to a talk by legendary expedition Paddler 'Chris Duff' that Jeff first came to feel the power in the spoken word. He gained so much inspiration from Chris's talk 'Southern Exposure' that he also felt inspired to share his experiences with the public and has since presented slide shows and film to many paddlers around the world, sea kayak symposiums, trade shows and local clubs have all been the venue for his adventures replayed on the stage.
Jeff has designed several pieces of sea safety equipment as well as representing numerous manufacturers of sea kayaking equipment, from kayaks to dry suits, paddles to base layers, you will find most of these items available through the shop.
The spoken word is a powerful tool, its can serve to instruct, inspire and excite, recounting many of his expedition experiences Jeff has presented many talks at a variety of venues around the world, these have included trade shows, symposiums, club talks and motivational speaking for management run training days.
His expeditions have covered more than 20K nautical miles and have taken him to all four corners of the globe – Antarctica, Japan, Alaska, Scandinavia and many more locations, you can share in his adventures on stage by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org