Karl Krüger

In the 2017 Race to Alaska, Karl became the first, and only, person to paddle the 750 mile race course on a Stand Up Paddleboard, completing the race in under two weeks.


In 2022 he paddled 420 miles of the Northwest Passage from Tuktoyaktuk to Paulatuk in Canada's Northwest Territories. What began as a single-season bid evolved into a multi-year expedition to go deeper into what the Arctic offers.


Paddling the Arctic

Karl Kruger has been on the water for over 35 years. He taught himself to windsurf at twelve years old and worked his way up to 420s, Lasers, Hobies and a variety of Keelboats. He began teaching sailing when he was 17, and now holds a United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master’s License with Sail and Tow endorsements. For the last 20 years, he has cruised extensively in the San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands, the Canadian Coast, and Alaska.

Karl holds a B.S. in Environmental Science/ Toxicology and an A.A.S. in Ecology and Environmental Technology. He also holds current certifications for CPR and Outdoor Emergency Care.

Recent Media


Captaining the 64 foot Bruce Roberts steel cutter Ocean Watch, Karl will captain flotillas in  Alaska for the June 2023 season for Seattle Yachts



The first attempt of its kind, Karl paddled 420 miles of the North West Passage in the Arctic Ocean, and will complete the 2,000 mile passage the summer of 2026.


All work and no play makes a dull life. Karl finds renewal in surfing the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest Coast and chartering Sail to Surf trips with KRÜGER SEA. 



Back in the early 2000's, Karl joined friends on a Sail to Ski trip on the Canadian Coastal Range. The dream was born.

Learn more about joining Karl on S/V Ocean Watch on a Spring 2023 Sail to Ski