Way back when, I wrote about some kooky cats up in Seattle who make their own skis. Well, the do-it-yourself ethic always inspires me and now I have some more rad folks to get me psyched about garage-built outdoor gear.
Tom Yost's "Folding Kayak Builders' Manual" is a marvelous how-to guide. Also cool is that Yost has a spanish version of his site! Since my favorite sea kayaking adventure to date was along the Costa Brava in northern Spain and my favorite kayaking partners live in Barcelona and the Philippines, I'm sensing a connection between saltwater paddling and the Spanish Empire. After all, Spain did give the world Christopher Columbus and the armada.
I love that this guy has made his own kayak. But there is also a company that makes durable portable kayaks. you can even watch a video of how they take it apart.