Fall Kayaking on the Mendocino Coast - Mushrooms, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Rock Gardening
Summer is winding down, but Liquid Fusion Kayaking is winding up for sea kayak classes on the Mendocino Coast.
Coming in September, we have our 5 day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series. This summer we ran The Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino as a monthly series. This Labor Day weekend, we teaching it as a comprehensive 5 day class and also allowing people to select ala carte the courses that they want. This gives paddlers the opportunity to customize their Mendocino sea kayaking experience. For those interested in sea caves, we have a full class dedicated to sea kayaking in Mendocino's sea caves. For rock gardeners, we have classes dedicated to rock gardening but also specifically playing in rock gardens (The Art of the Pour-Over). Surfzone training is also a part of the series. We still have a couple of spaces remaining so check it out and sign up so that you don't miss out.
The second weekend, we are joining the Headwaters Kayak Shop and Headwaters Adventure Company for their Albion Bash Weekend. We will be doing a presentation on Saturday Evening. On Saturday, we will be teaching a rock garden safety and rescue class. On Sunday September 13, we will be guiding a coastal exploration with rock gardening tour.
As we head into September, our daily schedule becomes more flexible for private lessons and custom tours in sea kayaking, whitewater river kayaking, rock gardening, and surf kayaking. We call our custom trips - Mendo Your Way. Dream up a Mendocino kayaking adventure and let's make it happen.
As fall and winter approach, start making plans to join us for whitewater kayaking, surf kayaking, and our Whitewater and Surf Safari's.
WOW! The first week of summer on the Mendocino Coast has been amazing. Sunny, warm, and with relatively calm ocean conditions. Our summer kayak tours are in full swing and we are getting rave reviews from all ages and abilities about our Mendocino kayaking tours and classes.
Of course we can't take all the credit. Mother Nature has definitely been cooperative. In Fort Bragg, our dry and mild kayak tours on the Noyo River have been spectacular. Highlights have been all the babies. From river otters to newly fledged birds, the Noyo River is teeming with wildlife and their young, and we are enjoying the show from our kayaks.
One of our favorites of the summer is seeing the newly fledged Belted Kingfishers learning how to fish from their parents. The adult will catch a fish and stun or kill it then drop it into the water for the fledgling to retrieve.
For the most part, our ocean conditions have been unseasonably calm. In addition to playing in the whitewater and waves on our Whitewater of the Sea Adventures, we are getting to kayak into some of the sea caves.
We are definitely pegging the fun meter with these trips. It is really fun to introduce all skill levels including beginners to the fun of rock gardening.
It has also been fun to see students excelling in our kayaking classes. Our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino has been a success. It has been fun to have a specific focus each month on the specific paddling skills and features of the Mendocino Coast. Our next class is The Art of Pour-Overs (a pour-over is a popular rock gardening maneuver where a kayaker rides a swell or wave over a rock). We can't wait to get our students running pour-overs with finesse and style.
In August, The Art of Sea Kayaking takes us into the Magical Mendocino Sea Caves. If you want ooouuus and ahhhhhs this is a trip not to miss. In 2 days, we will be exploring and playing in some of our favorite sea caves of the Mendocino Coast.
If you haven't made it out on the water with us this summer, there is still time. Check out our calendar or give us a call and let's get out there!
We are getting excited about our Spring and Summer Kayaking Season on the Mendocino Coast. An article "Paddling Along the Rivers of Mendocino County'" recently appeared on KCET's SoCal Wanderer site. It has us jazzed about the magical kayaking opportunities that we provide for individuals and families of all ages and abilities.
May is when we officially kick off our spring and summer season for kayak tours and classes on the Mendocino Coast. The season kicks off the first weekend of May with our Intro to Kayaking and Intro to Ocean Kayaking Classes. The first week of May will start our Monday Night Learn to Kayak Series. This class is geared toward locals who want to learn to kayak and meet others to paddle with.
During the first week of May, we are also expecting a shipment of brand new kayaks. Wahoo!!!
The Second Weekend of May kicks off our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series. We are very excited about this monthly series that gives sea kayakers an opportunity to develop specific rock gardening skills and to paddle and explore different stretches of the Mendocino Coast. In May, we will start the series with Touring Ocean Rock Gardens. Other classes in the series include Surfzone FUNdamentals, The Art of the Pour-Over, and Magical Mendocino Sea Caves.
The Third Weekend of May is the official kick-off to our spring and summer kayaking season. On Saturday, we are teaching a Kayak Safety Skills Clinic. Sunday is our Afternoon Kayaking on the Noyo River . Bring your family our for this fun afternoon of leisurely kayaking on the Noyo River that benefits for Books for Babies and Kits for Kindergarten. We are also starting our evening Sunset Bird Paddle Tours.
For whitewater kayakers looking for some ocean whitewater kayaking fun, the last weekend of the month is a Rock n Surf Safari. It is two days of surfing and playing in the waves and whitewater features of the ocean in whitewater kayaks.
If you were wondering why we are closed most of the month of April - it is to get ready for all of these grand adventures in May (and to perhaps have a grand adventure or two ourselves).
What are your paddling plans for March? We have been hunkered down working on our website and other business aspects of Liquid Fusion Kayaking. Now, it is time to turn our attention to teaching.
This Weekend we are excited to be coaching at the Storm Gathering USA in Trinidad, CA. We will be teaching a variety of courses including sea kayak surfing, incident management, whitewater of the sea, rock gardening, and surf kayaking. We are particularly excited to get to see Justine Curgenven's presentation on Kayaking the Aleutian Islands.
The Second Weekend of March is the Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Formerly called the Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Festival, this is a fun event for both spectators and participants. See some of the best high performance surf kayakers shred on a world class surf break - Steamer's Lane. The Cowell's Classic is a fun event for novice and intermediate surf kayakers to participate and surf the typically crowded Santa Cruz break with only 3 others.
The Third Weekend in March (March 21-22), Jeff will be coaching a 3 Star Sea Kayak Training in the Monterey Bay Area. He did one of these in January and is back by popular demand. We have a couple of spaces available if you are interested. Here's a link to the syllabus.
On Monday March 22, Jeff will be conducting a 3 Star Sea Assessment. The BCU 3 Star Sea Award is an internationally recognized achievement of sea kayaking skills.
And finally the last weekend of March, both Cate and Jeff will be teaching Whitewater Kayaking Class 3. This class is for paddlers who have class 3 kayaking skills and experience but want to perfect and better their skills to run cleaner lines, surf more waves, carve in and out of eddies, and possibly boat on harder waters. We will be teaching this on a Northern California Whitewater River - location to be determined based on water levels - course guaranteed to be fun and skill building.
Whew - definitely looking like a busy month for us - sharing what we love with others in the sea, river, and surf. Hope to see you on the water!
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