Paddling Planet

August 29, 2014


Another trip done

Abbiamo completato nei tempi previsti il periplo dell'Isola di Lesbo, la più grande e la meno turistica dell'arcipelago greco delle Sporadi Orientali. E' stato un gran bel viaggio, davvero!
Siamo rientrati ormai da una settimana ed abbiamo pubblicato su Spot Adventure il percorso semplificato del viaggio (12.000 punti ridotti a 3.000): l
a pagina è raggiungibile al seguente link Lesbo Kayak Tour 2014, oltre che dal collegamento sulla testata del blog dedicato al viaggio...

We've finished as planned the circumnavigation of Lesvos Island, the biggest and less touristic one of the Greek archipelago located on the norteastern Aegean Sea. It was a great relaxed wonderful trip, indeed!
We come back home last week and we've published on Spot Adventure the simplified tour (12.000 pixels meeting places to 3.000): the page is available to the following link
Lesbo Kayak Tour 2014 and also from the link on the top of the Lesvos' blog...

by Tatiana ( at August 29, 2014 09:04 PM

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Upwind paddle sailing with the P&H Aries 155 with forward fin, first test and review.

This striking pillar box red metallic with turquoise trim P&H Aries 155 is the latest addition to the seakayakphoto quiver. It has an interesting addition.. Note the central cord and cleat...  ...which operates a large carbon fibre... ...forward fin for upwind paddle sailing.The fin is 30cm long and measures 11cm fore and aft at its mid length point. The fin is stiff but is cut from a

by Douglas Wilcox ( at August 29, 2014 09:00 PM
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Västra Svinskären utanför Biskopsö

Juli 2014 var varmt och soligt! Här var en trevlig liten ö.


by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 07:31 PM
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Spanat på nätet

Det här fångat mitt intresse  under sommaren:

kajaker som tar ordentligt med last. Artisan 5 G   Artisan är fortfarande en bra kajak. Andra kajaker med volym runt 370-400 lit +

Artisan 5g

Surfski som är skapligt stadiga, kollat in märken som Fenn och Epic

Tiderace Extra, provpaddlade den och gillade den på något sätt, inte så snabb men trevlig.

Tiderace Pace 17 T( som jag köpt)

Olika skapliga mjukplast kajaker som Vortex och de från P&H och Valley.

Blocket surfing:  träkajaker och SOF. Men även snabba motionskajaker

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 07:11 PM

Arkivet Artisan 2000 SC

Från arkivet: Artisan 2000Sc  Paddling 1994

Artisan 2000 sc

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 03:41 PM


Una regata verdaderamente interesante....

750 millas de agua helada ...... una Iditarod en embarcación....

La información de la prueba advierte de la posibilidad de ahogamiento, abordaje por cargeros o ser devorados por un grizzly. Tormentas, orcas y fuertes corrientes de marea acompañarán a los participantes... mientras se recorren algunos de los más hermosos, salvajes e impactantes paisajes del globo.

Vale cualquier embarcación autonoma impulsada por tracción humana, y hay un premio de 10.000 $ para quien llegue primero.

Las reglas son sencillas, gana quien llegue antes sin ayuda ni soporte externo....
A prepararse.... tenemos tiempo, pistoletazo de salida el 4 de Junio... 

by Jose Bello ( at August 29, 2014 04:23 PM
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Tiderace pace 17 tour

Är så fantastiskt nöjd med nya kajaken! Är jäkligt kul att paddla. Lättdriven och väldigt lättsvängd. Utseendet lurar en lite då man lätt tror det är kajak mest paddling rakt fram som en del andra kajaker av den här typen. Trixett är det kraftiga språnget på köllinjen som gör den så otroligt lätt att manövrera. Några har undrat hur snabbt den går, kajaken är ingen havsracer men har bra fart som snabb långfärds kajak. Lite lustigt är att den påminner lite om Epic V 8 i känslan när man paddlar den.

Mobil uppladdningar

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 12:03 PM
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Kayak Race With $10k Prize

Except it's not just a kayak race.  Race To Alaska (R2AK) allows competitors to sail, row or paddle from Washington State to Alaska - you could even swim!  The event is next summer and the promotional video is honestly one of the best I've seen.  It's made by Zach Carver. Anyone from the UK going?

by Simon ( at August 29, 2014 11:47 AM

Sarah's Soggy Scenarios
A light hearted insight into my paddling trips in and around Scotland - and beyond!

Islay be back!

Leaving Port Ellen
McArthur's Head lighthouse
A long way down
The wee Bothy
Room with a view

The next morning we were heading back along the south of the island passing the three distillers again, not stopping this time! The weather was nice and calm at this point so we decided to carry on round the outside of the skerries. It was at this point the northerly wind decided to blow hard right down the Sound of Islay. We had a hard battle into a F5. We had hoped to pitch on the flat area below the lighthouse at McArthur's Head, however after landing and clambering to the base of the light, we decided we'd possibly be blown away, certainly we wouldn't be bothered with midges!

Nice and tidy
 We carried on to the bothy at Chladaich. It was nice getting a fire going, draping kit around and not having to bother about pitching a tent.

Looking over to Jura

Next morning was glorious. The wind had died, the sun was out and the tide was going in the right direction - perfect! We paddled out into the middle of the flow and had a gentle, but fairly fast paddle up past Port Askaig, passing the lighthouse at Rhuvaal and round the corner to watch another otter blissfully unaware of us, diving then coming up happily playing with his catch. After that we landed on the beach at Dhoruis over looking Oronsay and Colonsay,(another trip is calling).

 Lunch over,we went for a wee explore through the massive interlinking caves. We could only go so far in as we hadn't taken torches. When you see the size of them, it's a wonder they haven't all just collapsed, I guess they will eventually. Again it was good to see the stretch of coast we hadn't managed to paddle, it'll still be there for another trip! It was now time to turn and head back down the Sound, with the Bunnahabhain distillers being the first one to come our way. It would be rude not to stop, so we did. Up in the tiny visitors room, no comfy chairs to snooze in here, we (Alice and myself) sampled their lovely rich handcream, before we all had our obligatory tasting of a couple of whiskies, the 12 year is particularly tasty.
Arriving at Bunnahabhain
Don't ask - again!
No. 7
Back in the boats, we made our way the short distance to Caol Ila where we had a tour through the wonderful glass fronted still room, unfortunately photos weren't allowed here, it was then out into the warm sunshine for our tastings with another 4 being forced down our throats. Somehow we got  back in our boats for the very short drift back to Port Askaig where we pitched our tents in the garden of the hotel owner. A lovely fish tea in the hotel that evening (recommend it) was washed down with an Ardbeg, the only distillers we hadn't had a taste from.
No. 8 - Last one for Islay

Made it back

And the next one

And Ansgar

The next morning, our last,  the mingin' weather which was forecast had arrived. We had already decided not to paddle, but to take the ferry over to Jura. It would be a shame to try all the Islay distillers and not Jura. Hubby dear managed a double tasting as I would be driving.
Jura - No. 1

Our lunch spot

It wasn't long before we were loading the boats on the ferry back to Kennacraig with the anticipation of seeing if Ansgar's van was still there or if it had exploded after leaving fresh beefburgers in it for a week!

On the big boat
Another long drive home to tackle 2 weeks worth of wet, salty kit and possibly calling AA, but well worth it! Yet another fantastic trip, great paddling, great company, lots of giggles (nothing to do with the whisky!) Cheers Alice and Ansgar for organising it and as you said, we'll see you in a whirlpool soon!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios ( at August 29, 2014 10:35 AM

Northern California kayaking adventures

Hands down, the most amazing kayak trend yet

 Look for something unusual here -- and it's not that orange is the new black (photo by Cate Hawthorne) Kayakers generally fall into two camps when it comes to paddles. There are European paddles...

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by Glenn Brank ( at August 29, 2014 10:27 AM

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Hudson River Paddle Part 7 - Day 2 On the River: Bronck Island to N. Tivoli Bay

Another long day, this time about 27 miles. Here's my 8/12 journal entry, with pictures thrown in. Italics indicate tonight's notes on the day: 
A mixed day today - woke up to a glorious sunrise (yay!) then fell back to sleep and got on the river late again. OK, 8 am is less late than 10 (my Waterford start time) but it was so calm at 6 and by 8 I found myself fighting a nasty headwind. 
Still had moments, though! The first couple of hours were like, effing wind, effing wind, effing wind --
oooh eagle!
effing wind, effing wind, effing wind, (e.w. for short from here on)

oooh flowers!
e.w., e.w., e.w.,

 oooh, Amara Zee circus barge! This one started out a bit farther away as "What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks kind of boat is THAT?" but I figured it out as I got closer.
e.w., e.w., e.w.,

oooh lighthouse! (Athens-Hudson Light)

 Amazing numbers of eagles up here! Also great blue herons flying off with their cranky "Grack, graaack" every twenty yards of something like that.

I was getting a little depressed with the wind and I was afraid it was going to be another sunset arrival at my Tivoli area campground (I had been planning on Turkey Point but a friend in the Tivoli area told me about a better spot that I could use if I asked permission and camped with care), but I cheered up when the wind died down and even more when I checked my location and realized that I'd moved over into the day's last chart earlier than I'd expected to (day 1 I'd been a bit obsessive about tracking my location on the chart, day 2 I was trying to loosen up on that).

The nicest moment of the day may have been when I was waiting for a tug to pass before crossing to check out the Saugerties lighthouse (2nd lighthouse of the day, woohoo!).  
They were a ways off, so I was just sitting by the nun across the way waiting, watching the clouds go by and listening to the birds. I'd been in this weird rush mode earlier in the day with the late start and that lousy headwind; when I stopped to wait, my destination was in sight, and I knew I'd be there in plenty of time. It felt good to just stop and enjoy drifting there for a moment.

 Saugerties Lighthouse. This one's actually a B&B, and I did briefly toy with the idea of splurging on a night here. That would have been really neat, but I checked their website and it turns out to be expensive (not surprising of course) and then they had a two-night minimum stay. I wasn't on anybody's schedule but my own, but that wasn't on my schedule. 

Excellent paddling weather, aside from the morning wind -- cool, with a few light showers. 
Arrived in plenty of time to pick a nice spot, set up camp, make a few phone calls to friends about meeting up on Wednesday evening (plus one to TQ just to say hi). Watched the barges go by for a little while, then fixed myself a delicious dinner of pasta with sauteed squash, sopressata, onions and 2 cheeses (parmesan and smoked gouda). Thoughts of saving some for the breakfast eggs went out the window with the first bite.

the bravest heron of the day, most flapped off the minute they saw me (which was always a minute before I saw them).

Bedtime now. Tomorrow's destination: Norrie Point. I'll be camping on Esopus Island, I hope to set up there and then head over to the Norrie Point Marina, charge things, get a shower and one way or another meet up with Ralph and Donna and Susan. Short paddle, and I'm ready for one of those!

by (bonnie) at August 29, 2014 04:01 AM

August 28, 2014

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Våje-Hjellsandøya-Smines back on track

Tur til Våje del 1 kan leses HER først. Det var herlig å våkne opp i teltet på Våje søndag morgen. Overskyet javel - men det var allerede begynt å sprekke opp og før jeg kom meg ut av teltet hadde skyene som vi ser begynt å trekke innover - altså bort fra meg!

Kajakken lå fint fortøyd i støa. Eneste problem da jeg våknes - det var jo ikke fnugg av vind! What!!! Jeg skulle jo starte padlingen utover i bølgene, før retur til Smines. Nei og nei.

Men rådløs, å neida. Jeg hadde med meg bøker til og med. Så jeg satte meg til i godstolen (Exped'n med stoltrekk) på plattingen og leste i sola mens jeg ventet.

Der satt jeg i fred og ro, til det plutselig kom en måke forbi. Den ble rimelig hysterisk. Det kom en til, og den bråkte like mye. Til de ble lei. Merkelige greier, at de helt plutselig synes det er kjempeskummelt at jeg sitter der og leser - men så har jeg vel aldri mistenkt de fuglene der for å være så veldig smarte heller.

På platten hadde jeg fint selskap, men de hang i høyden så det gikk greit. Jeg var likevel godt fornøyd med at jeg hadde valgt å sette opp teltet istedenfor å sove inne.

Helt etter planen, så ble det mer og mer vind etterhvert. Jeg gikk en tur bort til lykta igjen, og denne gangen husket jeg vindmåleren. Ganske jevn vind faktisk. Snittmåling lå på 7 m/s, maks var bare 9 mens jeg målte. Passet helt utmerket for å padle litt utover før jeg satte kursen hjemover.

Dagens ørn.

Dagens fangst

Neeei, til slutt ble jeg lei av å følge med på ørna. Den ble forsåvidt lei av å sirkle over meg også. På tide å pakke ihop og komme seg i kajakken.

Jeg fulgte land, og padlet inn en liten lagune jeg så dagen før. Da lå den tørr, mens det nå gikk an å padle inn der. Så tenkte jeg å ta en snarvei ut, men her så det litt rotete ut. Men bare litt. Joda, det gikk fint an å komme seg ut her uten å få noen overraskelser i fleisen.

Sporet ser vi forsåvidt her. Padlet litt att og fram bare, siden jeg var alene. Akkurat passelig med bølger til at det ikke ble fryktelig slitsomt men likevel vits å holde på.

GoProen sletter jo alle bølgene da, men.

Jeg fant forresten denne kule steinveggen da jeg padlet inn for en pause. Synes den var ganske fin.

Splæsh. Selv i de verste rossene gikk det greit å padle, gpsn bekrefter også at jeg hadde rimelig god framdrift selv om kajakken var full. Prøvde litt diverse, men ikke egenredning. Foretrekker å teste sånt når jeg har backup - som om jeg hadde vært her hvis jeg ikke visste at jeg ville klare egenredning om det ble nødvendig. Merkelig.

Motsatt vei. Syntes den var tregsurfet i dag - men den var jo med full last så det var kanskje ikke så rart at jeg slet mer med akselerasjonen enn vanlig. Kom jeg på etterpå… Det var vel bare å ta i mer da.

Men en ting. Hvorfor står noen sånne på kartet mens andre ikke gjør det? Jeg klarte ikke å finne denne på kartet. Heller ikke den som sto på motsatt side klarte jeg å se på trykk. Så hvis jeg ikke hadde visst helt hvor jeg var og skulle finne meg fram på kartet ut ifra sikre punkter så hadde jeg slitt litt. Hvorfor er ikke en sånn på kart?

Det var virkelig en strålende dag å være her ute. Padlet lenger ut enn jeg gjorde motsatt vei, for å få mest mulig bølger i ryggen - men det roet nå helt ned rimelig kjapt ned likevel.

Men stille er nå ganske fint det også. Da kan man for eksempel padle inn sånne små steder som dette.

Og ta undervannsbilder, som dette.

Litt rart at jeg aldri har padlet innom akkurat her før egentlig.

Like bortenfor var det et sånt her kult sted. Ikke mulig å padle over nå - men om en liten stund på en bølge så svosj. Imellom. (Vi trenger jo ikke snakke om at jeg havnet på grunn på andre siden istedenfor. Jeg kom meg jo av, he he.)

Jeg husket en smal passasje jeg har vært med å padle gjennom én gang tidligere. Den klarte jeg å finne - og jammen gikk den an å padle gjennom. Tøft.

På andre siden var det Hjellsandøya neste. Der lå det en båt og fisket. Aha! Jeg kastet ut fiskesnøret og sjekket klokka. Den var merkelig lite - kunne ikke bare padle tilbake til bilen allerede nå? Nei. Så jeg padlet nedover langs Hjellsandøya mens jeg hadde snøret ute.

Jeg fikk ingen fisk, ikke en mort en gang. Men jeg fant denne her blindpassasjeren da jeg var i land for å teste bakluka på tørrdrakten. Den fungerte rimelig greit - men jeg tror nok det var lurt å teste den i praksis (og kanskje noen ganger til, helst) før det blir vinter og frost. Påkledning igjen var ikke helt som uten tørrdrakt, for å si det sånn.

Fremtiden til blindpassasjeren vet jeg lite om - jeg lempet ham av i den havnen jeg oppdaget ham. Han så imidlertid ikke ut for å være i toppform akkurat.

På tracket vises det ikke helt at det var MASSE småtterier å snirkle innimellom her på enden av øya. Men det var det altså!

Lykta tror jeg imidlertid må være den styggeste jeg har sett til nå. Klumpete, lav og kjip.

Fjæreplytter var der også. Skarven stakk.

Neste etappe har jeg ikke bilder ifra. For da var det sur motvind i ett. Syntes ikke egentlig den var sterkere enn den jeg hadde tidligere på turen - men noe med bølgene (fasong/hyppighet) gjorde at kajakken til stadighet stanget inn i dem, med påfølgende brems. Jeg er jo vant med å duppe glatt over de fleste...

Dermed følte jeg at det gikk null framover, så det ble uaktuelt å stoppe for å ta bilder. Her har jeg padlet inn til Tunstad for en pause, før den siste seige biten. Fri for drikke var jeg også nå... Ikke bra. Feilberegning!

Jeg hørte laaang tid i forveien at hurtigbåten var underveis. Jeg liker den selv om den bråker. Det er liksom litt fres i den, i forhold til størrelsen. (Nå skal det sies at det var noen mindre karer som hadde større fart, de likte jeg IKKE - av samme grunn... Men de var totalt uberegnelige, og så neppe meg. Selv om jeg hadde refleksvest på her.)

Det var helt dødt på stedet, helt til hurtigbåten nærmet seg - vips så livnet det til tvert, og det kom folk på kaia. Dagens happening, sikkert.

Ja, sånn her ble returen altså.

Og her er filmen fra turen. Tatt i hovedsak med hjelmkamera, fjernkontrollen til GoProen har daua så jeg må ha kamera sånn at jeg når å slå det av og på.

Denne filmen er mest for gøy. Oppdaget at jeg hadde glemt kameraet på, så her er de siste ni minuttene inn mot hytta, i hurtigmodus...

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at August 28, 2014 11:41 PM

Jimski's Blog

Reykjavik, the gateway to East Greenland

East Greenland is just as easily reached and many of the remote yet popular holiday destinations in Europe. The total flying time is a little over 4 hours. Flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk only run in the morning so the journey will always involve an overnight stay in Iceland's intriguing capital city.

Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar)
Reykjavik is home to a community of prolific creators. Music, entertainment and art fills the busy public places but walking the narrow back streets it is clear that there is fresh talent growing at every corner.

My favourite sculpture is 'Sun Voyager' which is situated on the sea front close to the city centre. It is a ship of dreams, fantasy and knowledge. To sail the 'Sun Voyager' is to follow the sun and promises a bright future full of adventures and discovery.

All too soon the sightseeing is over and its is time for an early night. The next day will take us on a flight across the Denmark Strait to Kulusuk Airport and the beginning of our sea kayak journey in the tiny hunting community of Sermiligaaq on the icy East coast of Greenland.

by Jim Krawiecki ( at August 28, 2014 08:20 PM

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Fall is right around the corner!

And a lot of change has occurred in this Otakus life.

Shortly after getting back from Alaska, my employer posted a job opening that was pretty close to my dream job. I applied for it, and got it, and have been working really hard at it for the last three weeks. Which is why there have been few posts here of late. For the first time in a decade I am working fairly regular hours.

When we came back from Alaska we really raced back, and it was for two reasons: one so I could spend my birthday with my beloved and saintly wife - who lets me do crazy things like go to Alaska for a month - and two, to close on a house. It seems the bank wouldn't let my wife buy the house without my signature.

That's right, I bought a house. With two pretty kayaks nestled in the backyard. So if you are paying attention, I may have become an adult. I own a house, and have a semi-normal job (okay, I am still in outdoor education, so it isn't THAT normal). But do you know what buying a house means? I'll tell you.

It means you buy stuff. I now own a weed wacker, can you believe it? I have had to buy a number of things for both the house, and working on the house, and if you read here a lot you know that I am a minimalist, and that it really hurts to add things to my personal tally of items, and so, that means that it is time for a purge!

Starting September 1st I will be doing the purge I did a while back. It is called the minimalist challenge and I first read about it here. We are going to try and do it again. Are you with me? If you are, leave a comment here, or like this post on Facebook. I will post the occasional picture of the stuff I am getting rid of.

Now I am wondering if getting rid of things the previous owner left behind counts....hmmm.

What do you think?

by paddlingOTAKU ( at August 28, 2014 07:55 PM


A la vuelta de otra travesía....

Una vez en casa, tras volver de otras aguas... los recuerdos de los momentos vividos permanecen... hasta la próxima 


Hermosa Galicia

by Jose Bello ( at August 28, 2014 06:42 PM

Have Kayaks Will Travel
Paddlesport Coaching

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
This is Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

The Headwaters Albion Weekend

It's a kayaking party on the Mendocino Coast - WAHOO!!!  The Headwaters Adventure Company of Redding, The Headwateers Kayak Shop of Lodi, Jackson Kayak, and Sterling Sea Kayaks have teamed up to put together a paddling event on the Mendocino Coast.  Clinics, demos, tours, and hanging out with other paddlers is in store.  Liquid Fusion Kayaking is excited to be on board.  For those planning to come, we thought we would pass along a few tidbits about out backyard -

The paddling on the Mendocino Coast is world class!!!  

From paddling quiet protected estuaries for wildlife watching and birding to wet and wild ocean rock gardening adventures, the Mendocino Coast has something for all paddlers.  The Albion area has both readily accessible.
Jeff paddles through an arch in the Albion Area.
Paddling the Albion River - if you are into unique paddles, this is one not to miss.  Paddlers will be intrigued by the remnants of logging days and quirky Mendo style oddities as well as enjoy the wildlife of a coastal estuary.  Definitely consult your tide log before paddling and be prepared for coastal breezes.
Kayaking the Albion River Estuary
Lil'green glowing things - No, aliens have not taken over our waters. At night, the Albion River is sparkling with bioluminescence.  Pack your headlamp and head up the river away from light sources and you may start seeing things :)

The ocean waters of the Albion Area have lots in store for the coastal paddler.  The area is strewn with sea stacks and rock gardens with a character that differs from the more popular Mendocino Coast paddling areas of Van Damme and Russian Gulch.  The Albion Cove has rock garden features that range from mellow and fun to sporty depending upon the ocean conditions.  On certain swells, there can be fun surf conditions.
Jeff doing a little rock hopping in Albion.
In some areas the rocks are mussel bound and others the rocks are padded with kelp.  Please be conscientious of marine life when playing on the ocean's rocky features.  Plastic kills marine life - please continue your efforts to pick up trash in our marine environment but also try not to leave plastic behind - including plastic from your boat!!! Moves that involve sliding or landing on rocks are fun and may look cool to some but often leave a trail of plastic behind. Please be mindful.
Cate runs a kelp covered pour-over in Albion Bay.
Ocean water temperatures in the fall are typically in the mid 50' range so appropriate thermal protection (wetsuits/drysuits) is necessary.  For an idea of the water temperature and coastal conditions, check out the Point Arena Buoy Reading and NOAA's  Cape Mendocino To Point Arena Marine Forecast.  The nautical chart for this area is #18626.
Even on a Calm Day, Albion Head can be sporty!
For those interested in exploring and playing in the rock gardens, kayaking skills you should have include effectively maneuvering your kayak - forward, backward, and sideways, self and buddy rescue skills, good swimming skills.  Helmets, life jackets, booties, and immersion wear with thermal protection (wetsuit/drysuit) are a must!!!  Taking a rock garden class is highly recommended as there are tricks, tips, and safety skills that one does not often learn in other coastal kayaking classes.  During the Albion Weekend, paddling clinics are being offered by the Headwaters.  Cate of Liquid Fusion Kayaking will also be teaching LFK's Whitewater of the Sea Class . . . this is a great introduction to rock gardening using highly maneuverable and playful whitewater kayaks (provided for the class).
Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Whitewater of the SEA!!!
Friday - Sunday, Jeff Laxier of Liquid Fusion Kayaking will be coaching a 3 Star Sea Kayak Training. If you want to learn skills appropriate for paddling on the ocean and become a better asset to your paddling team,  a 3* Training should be on your paddling agenda.  Jeff will be also be coaching this course at Alder Creek's BCU Week in October.  Check out Paddlesports North America for more details on Star Trainings.

Fishing - Salmon is still in season but the season for fishing for rockfish by boat (kayak) ends September 1.  Mussels are still quarantined.  For the divers, abalone is still in season as is spearfishing.

Driving to the Mendocino Coast - the roads are winding and slow.  Drivers are required to pull over, when it is safe. Please use pull-outs if others are traveling faster than you.  Here's a link with useful driving information.

Get fresh goods at Mendocino County Farmer's Markets.  The Mendocino's farmer's market is Friday from noon to 2pm.  The Albion Farmer's Market is Sunday from 2-4pm.  The Fort Bragg Farmer's Market is Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6pm.

Harvest Market in Fort Bragg and Harvest at Mendosa's in Mendocino are locally owned and operated grocery stores with local produce and tasty beverage selections.

COFFEE!!! Support a local, fair-trade coffee company.  Thanksgiving Coffee is roasted in Noyo Harbor and served at most coffee shops on the Mendocino Coast and sold in the local grocery stores.  For drive-though convenience, there is the A Frame just south of the Noyo Bridge in Fort Bragg.

For those hankering for a fresh beer and pub food, Patterson's in Mendocino is a good stop (be sure to bring cash as many Mendocino businesses do not accept credit cards).
Patterson's Pub in Mendocino
If you arrive and realize that you have forgotten something, The Outdoor Store in Fort Bragg carries quality outdoor equipment and gear and often has really good sales.  Subsurface Progression on Highway 1 will have wetsuit rentals, pfd's, and dive gear.  If you are looking for a deal on used kayaks or gear, check out Liquid Fusion Kayaking's online yard sale of new and used kayaks and equipment.
Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts, helmets . . . lots of great gear on LFK's Online Yard Sale.
Other Mendo Stuff -There is so much to do and see on the Mendocino Coast that you would have to live here to experience half of it.  Here are a few other things that you might want to consider on your visit (this trip or the next).  For more information, check out Fort and the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.

If you are interested in art inspired by the sea, we recommend checking out Glass Fire. Here you can watch fellow ocean lovers Buster and Trish blow glass into jelly fish and other sea creatures. They are on Highway One just north of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (another of our favorite spots).
Hand blown glass jellyfish at Glass Fire.
For those that like mountain biking, Jackson State Forest offers miles and miles of epic singletrack mountain biking.  Pick up a map at the Fort Bragg Cyclery or contact our friends at Mendocino Bike Sprite for a guided ride (you never know who you might see out riding in the forest).

Rare Mendocino Coast sighting - Jeff mountain biking.
Surf n Turf = a great day on the Mendocino Coast
We look forward to seeing everyone so please drive and paddle safely.  Please call or email us if you have any questions.

Jeff and Cate

by Cate Hawthorne ( at August 28, 2014 03:14 PM

What I talk about when I talk about kayaking.

Womens Scottish Sea Kayaking Festival 2014

The third Women’s Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium was held this August in Bute at Ettrick Bay – right beside the Tea Rooms which cater for the event and are famous for kayaker appropriate portion sizes and amazing cakes.
Setting off for the 600+ mile journey in the van I decided to take the scenic route through the Highlands, pausing at Glencoe to take in the moody atmosphere.
I set up camp  – one of an impressive turnout of camper vans – along the shore road with Arran providing a picturesque view from the van door for a couple of gloriously sunny days.  Summer, which had vanished from Orkney at the beginning of August, had moved to Argyll and Bute!
The view from the van - Arran from Ettrick Bay, Bute.

After the obligatory brew and nosey around other folks’ van outfitting, it was time to have a van meal and a yarn before the event proper began. As usual Roddy had assembled an attractive fleet of Tiderace kayaks and a quiver of  Joe O’s beautiful laminatedpaddles.

The first day’s workshop was on the east coast at the little bay at Kerrycroy. Not strictly Greenland but rather entitled ‘Love the Wet Stuff’, we managed to fit in quite a few balancing (‘kiss your kayak’) activities and getting in and out of your kayak, low brace support and turning strokes. Gradually getting wetter as the morning went on. Boy did sitting in the cockpit feel solid and secure after all that paddling and balancing out of it…!

The afternoon was more about how the water can support your body and your boat ( rather than your blade and the boat as we had been doing in the morning) - floaty stuff being encouraged.  Paddles by this time had been adjusted to zero feather and folk were ready to give static or ‘balance’ bracing a go. The emphasis was then clearly on thinking of the water as a friend and to embrace, not resist immersion…
Stretch, balance and float.

After an excellent meal on Saturday night,  day two followed a similar pattern – both groups had mentioned similar things they wanted to try in the morning – but in the afternoon Rhiannon helped support learning of Greenland body position for butterfly roll and standard Greenland Roll. Some good rolling was starting to develop  before the afternoon was out.
Progressive degrees of immersion throughout the day.

Then it was time for me and Rhiannon to get a little practice while we had each other to discuss issues with – but we were getting tired so, aware of wanting to finish (usually forward) well we quit before things started to deteriorate. The beach had been busy with families and dogs and kites and picnics and sand-castles all day! I am not used to such a bustling background to practice against.
The Festival was a good chance to share Joe O's paddles.

After Sunday’s evening meal Justine gave her slideshow andtalk. Fresh from Alaska it was odd to see her in real life after following the 101 day adventure with Sarah Outen online. The whole Aleutian adventure is just amazing – I am full of admiration and a little bit envious.
Good cakes and great craic - lots of laughter.

It was great to see old paddling pals and make a few new ones and, if not  spead the Green virus a little bit more, then maybe show how your relationship with the water can change by relaxing and altering body position, maximising flexibility and range of movement, adjusting buoyancy and … just taking time to float about a bit.
Sarah's gets soggy...

Thanks to Sarah McIlroy for the photos of Sundays shenanigans - most of the photos of the sessions on this post are hers. You can see more of her excellent photos and read about her adventures over at her blog 'Sarah's Soggy Scenarios',  thanks also to everyone who threw themselves into the ‘wet stuff’’...
 and thanks Roddy, Alice and Laura for organising.


by Mackayak ( at August 28, 2014 02:55 PM

Sarah's Soggy Scenarios
A light hearted insight into my paddling trips in and around Scotland - and beyond!

Oa! Yeah!

Looking over to IRELAND!

Checking forecasts and tides, Alice reckoned there was going to be too much swell to carry on up the west coast. We opted for an early start with empty boats for a morning paddle round to the Mull of Oa and a wee keek up the west coast. We passed lots of big, hairy, horny goats with their wee ones jumping across the rocks before scrambling up steep cliffs. Getting round to the Oa, we could see further up the coast with some impressive looking surf, but not stuff I'd want to land a boat through. There wasn't time to hang around or the tides would have been strong against us, it was bumpy enough as it was and that was without any whisky! We paddled back to a stoney wee bay for nibbles and stretch out in the sunshine, no hurry, it was still morning.

Mull of Oa
Enjoying the sunshine

After that we had a short paddle back to Portellen where we pitched in the garden in front of the bar. Ansgar and Alice know all the hot shower spots, we were able to get hot baths in the hotel - oh I didn't want to get back out!

Don't ask!
Portellen distillers
We had decided to have a day on land the following day and take a bus up to the new inland distillers of Kilchoman, via Bruichladdich.

 We didn't stop for tasting at Bruichladdich, Hubby dear had already brought a bottle with him maintaining that is why sea kayaks are so pointy, to hold the whisky in place!
Waiting for our lift

That way!

Surf looks much smaller than it really was!
 Alice had arranged with someone from Kilchoman to meet us at the road end to take us the 5 miles down to the distillers. This distillers was quite modern, had more hand cream to sample as well as bowls of yummy fudge to taste. Having eaten most of the fudge, I did feel obliged to buy some in the end. After yet more whisky tasting, just a mere 4 each this time, we toddled, happily (very!) down the road to have lunch on the beach. Again seeing the surf made us grateful we weren't landing here with heavy boats.
Resting between distillers
Stone age art?
We then had the walk back up to the road end. This was going to be fun, Hubby dear and I were wearing crocs and socks, looked naff, but ended up being really comfy walking wear. Our sensible walking shoes were carefully stashed beside my camera back in the car on the mainland. We managed to hitch a lift to the road end, then another one up to Bowmore where an ice cream was the order of the day before another comfy seat in at the Bowmore distillers. This time the whiskies were accompanied by bowls of chocolate raisins, I think they can count as one of our 5 a day!
Made it to Bowmore
This is beginning to be a pleasant habit!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios ( at August 28, 2014 12:07 PM

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Hudson River Paddle Part 6: Day 1 On the River - Waterford to Bronck Island

Waterford, 8/11/2014 - Trusty Romany loaded, launched, and ready to go!

It was a great day for picture taking, I was trying to exercise restraint since I wasn't going to have a chance to charge for a couple of days, but there were still enough that I put them up  on Flickr instead of loading 'em all on here.  Click here for the album.Here was the day's journal:
Day 1, Waterford to Bronck I - beautiful day, but LONG! Going through a lock for the first time was fun. Got a late start due to having accidentally purloined Louise's sprayskirt, when I found out there was a post office nearby I ran over to send it, partly because I felt bad and wanted to get it home, partly 'cause I just didn't have room! Everything just barely fit, had to tie a couple of things on deck (note added while blogging - remember, I ran out of prep time and my first full packing of my kayak for this trip was there in Waterford!). Wish I'd thought to mail the roof rack (foam blocks) home, but oh well (2nd note added while blogging - although it would have been tidier-looking if I'd gotten rid of the roof rack, it occurred to me later that had anything gone wrong and I'd needed to be helped off the river by a person who didn't happen to have a kayak rack on their car, it actually could have come in very handy). 

Gorgeous day on the river, lots of blue herons and kingfishers, and a dragonfly hitched a ride with me for a good ten minutes.

Was aiming for Gay's Point, but with the late departure I decided to call it a day at Bronck. Jack said it was hard to find, but I knew to pull in close to shore to look after fixed navigation light 171. Jack was right, it would've been easy to miss, but I didn't, so here I am tonight.

Too tired to cook -- cheese and bread and one of my little squashes (raw) for dinner and dried pineapple for dessert. And I actually took a bit of a bath before I ate - nice camping by fresh water.

That's all for tonight. Tomorrow - Tivoli or bust!


That was all I had energy to write. I launched at 10 and I came off the water with the sun getting quite low in the sky, a little before 7:30, and fortunately still with enough light to see all the sprigs of poison ivy scattered around the campsite proper. I ended up setting up on a sort of plateau of moss-covered tree roots that looked to be above the normal high-water mark. There was a metal cabinet for raccoon-proof gear storage in the same spot so I figured it would work, which it did, was more low and dry at high water than high and dry at high water, but it did stay dry (phew). Woke up in the early morning to hear the water lapping very close by, looked out of the tent to discover my little plateau was now a peninsula, but that was as high as it got and I was fine where I was. 

I don't think I got out of my boat all day, I had fruit and Kind Bars for lunch, I'd taken care of those things which sometimes make a person get out of their boat right before I left Waterford, and I knew it was going to be a long haul - that was the price for going through a lock (whee) and I'd accepted it. Ended up being about 28 miles to Bronck Island, would've been a few more to Gay's Point - if I'd gotten the earlier start I'd planned on I might have pulled it off but I was actually really ready to call it a day when I got off the river. I actually didn't feel sore as far as muscles (in fact I never ended up using any painkillers) but I was starting to get blisters. I'd felt good while paddling, but stopping felt good too. Phew.
Google map of Day 1.

Finding Bronck Island - I was actually just about to paddle on when I saw this 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of laminated paper with the oh-so-welcome green and blue flag! I was SO happy to see this!  

by (bonnie) at August 28, 2014 05:38 AM

IKDM Channel (video)

U Piscadori

Il gallurese è una lingua romanza parlata in Gallura e derivante dal corso oltramontano sotto l'influenza del sardo logudorese, più altre influenze minori. La sua più antica documentazione letteraria risale ai primi decenni del settecento, ma vari documenti bassomedievali inducono a datarne la formazione ai primi decenni del quattrocento. La sua origine è controversa ma e' stata ricercata nelle migrazioni dalla Corsica alla Sardegna attraverso le Bocche di Bonifacio avvenute nel corso dei secoli. Ed e' proprio qui, tra le Bocche di Bonifacio, che abbiamo incontrato Duiliu, ex pastore che oggi vive di pesca e parla questo idioma nella sua versione piu' pura e incontaminata. Musica: Zirichiltaggia - Fabrizio De Andrè

by IKDMCHANNEL at August 28, 2014 03:37 AM

August 27, 2014

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
This is Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

Whitewater of the SEA!!!

Whitewater of the Sea is an ocean kayaking adventure that Jeff and Cate created to introduce the fun of kayaking and playing in ocean rock gardens. Essentially it is a 3 hour kayak lesson/tour.  The first hour is skills instruction and the next 2 hours are guided play.
Playing in  the whitewater of the sea!!!
Typically 4 students is the maximum number that we take for a quality experience.  With small numbers, we can customize the trip to the interests and skills levels of the participants.  We use sit on top whitewater kayaks for novices because their maneuverability and ease of use.  Experienced kayakers who have a reliable roll have the option of using one of our sit on tops or a decked whitewater kayak.
Cate getting a ride in the Jackson Zen
Participants do not need previous kayak training to go on this adventure but must be good swimmers, willing to get wet, and be moderately fit because this is an in and on water adventure.
Swimming is part of the adventure :)
We think that this is one of the best ways to learn to kayak in ocean rock gardens.  The maneuverability of the whitewater kayak allow us to easily negotiate narrow rocky passages including sea caves and helps us get students playing in the rock garden features way faster than in other craft.  It is not uncommon for us to have first timer's riding pour-overs on their first ocean kayaking trip.
Gail riding a pour-over on her first ocean kayaking adventure!
We typically run this adventure at a Class II Level.  Based on a whitewater river classification of I-VI, Class II is fun water with challenges but low level of threat.  Students get to learn without fear and lots of fun.  Here's a video of some of Whitewater of the SEA.

Jeff and Cate are both certified whitewater and sea kayak instructors.  We teach sea, whitewater river, and surf kayaking in our home waters of Mendocino County and are guest instructors at symposiums including Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium and Lumpy Waters.  We love teaching rock gardening because it is Liquid Fusion Kayaking - fusing the elements of sea, whitewater, and surf kayaking into FUN!!!

Of course, we do know how to take it up a notch or two as well.  This spring, we got to team up with Sean Morley and Jackson Kayaks to film the promo video for the Jackson Kayak Karma RG.  Check it out here.

We are working on a new video project but here's a little bit more rock gardening to keep you entertained - Here's LFK and Friends Jive'n

by Cate Hawthorne ( at August 27, 2014 09:30 PM

KajakGal - Oplevelser i havkajak

Hvidovre Havn til Københavns Havn og retur

27. august 2014

Det var en lille sluttet flok, der roede fra Hvidovre Havn til Københavns Havn for at se nærmere på seværdighederne. Tre var vi, men så er tempoet jo højere, da der ikke er tendens til at sakke bagud for at tale. Jeg var først på havnen, hvor jeg ikke tidligere har sat ud fra. Det var et fint sted med p-plads ved roklubben og tæt på en lille udsætningsbro. Ulempen er, at der er 5-7 kilometer til selve København, så der er lidt transport, der ikke er så spændende. Men det giver lidt kilometer i armene.

IMGP2169Vi roede tværs over den store bugt ved Hvidovre Havn – hedder i virkeligheden Kalveboderne – i medvind og ramte den nærmest kanal-agtige passage forbi flere sejlklubber lige syd for Sluseholmen. Her var der strøm mod nord, så vi kunne uden problemer ro igennem slusen. Efter slusen roede vi ind i kanalerne ved de nye højhuse ved Sluseholmen og så på det spændende miljø. Tænk at bo i København og have egen kajakbro lige ud for stuen…


Herefter roede vi forbi den cementpram, der i mange år lå i Roskilde Fjord nord for Risø. Den er ved at blive ombygget til en husbåd. Det skal blive spændende at følge. Ved Slotsholmen roede vi selvfølgelig inden om Christiansborg og overhalede turistbådene ved Marmorbroen. Så kunne vi ro ind under Gammel Strand, der på grund af Metro-byggeriet er helt overdækket. Helt hen til skulpturen Havmanden og Agnete. Vi kiggede lidt på skulpturen i vandet og roede videre ud i havnebassinet med kurs mod Nyhavn. Her roede vi helt i bund af Nyhavn, men måtte pænt vente på et par turistbåde på vej ind. Herefter roede vi ind under Skuespilshuset for at nå Den Lille Havfrue inden frokost.

IMGP2176Med Havfruen klaret, roede vi over til Kongeskibet og forbi fregatten Peder Skram, der ligger impossant i den gamle militære del af havnen. Egentlig må man ikke ro gennem den del af havnen, men nu er jeg jo soldat, så vi tog chancen.

IMGP2178Så var det frokost. Den tog vi over for Kanonbådsskurene på Christianias anlagte sandstrand. Her var der borde og bænke, så maden kunne nydes. Det var dog i vinden, så de onsdagssnegle jeg havde med blev spist hurtigt, så vi kunne komme på vandet igen. Vi roede forbi Torpedohallerne og ind i den kanal, der går forbi Forsvarskommandoen – så længe den ligger der. Den skal jo flyttes. Kanalen var blokeret i slutningen, men i trodsede en arbejder på den blokerende pram – og roede forbi langs prammen. Der var lige plads.

Så var det Christians Havns kanal, der altid er et besøg værd. Og det gode vejr havde selvfølgelig lokket mange ud. Især ved Christianshavns Torv, hvor folk slikkede solskin og spiste kager fra Lagkagehuset. Vi tog det stille og roligt gennem kanalen og roede tværs over havnebassinet til Den Sorte Diamant for at komme i læ på turen tilbage til Hvidovre. Den var nærmest en gentagelse af udturen – nu var strømmen ved Sluseholmen dog taget af. Fint, for vi skulle jo ro igennem modstrøms.

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Ved bugten foran Hvidovre Havn valgte vi at krydse over bugten, selvom det var i modvind. Det gik dog fint og vi var snart tilbage til udgangspunktet. Vi havde vist roet med 5 km/t oven i købet inklusiv en frokostpause. Ikke dårligt. Endnu en god dag på vandet – og med et par gode ro-makkere.

Rute: Hvidovre Havn til Københavns Havn og retur.
Isætning:  55° 37.552′N  12° 29.901′Ø 
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 25,77 km
Vejr: 22 grader. Vind 5-6 m/s fra SSE, sol.

by KajakGal at August 27, 2014 08:15 PM

Northern California kayaking adventures

Paddlers escape a gooey death at Drakes Estero

Bogged-down blogger rescued by Jorge and Valerio, and not a moment too soon (Tom Gomes photo) Update: The oyster farm has lost its legal battle and will be closed, but there will still be access...

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by Glenn Brank ( at August 27, 2014 07:32 PM

OCEANPAX Paddle / Run / Be
Reflections on life, self-propelled outdoor pursuits, and all manner of things that may come to mind while sea kayaking on the waters, and minimalist running along the trails, of south Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

Filled and refreshed by the "emptiness" of an unbroken horizon...

Paddle strokes into the "empty" horizon.
Paddling a sea kayak, along the red sandstone Angus shores of the North Sea, is a liberating and invigorating experience. The marine life, and the dramatic geological formations of arches, caves, sea stacks and cliffs delight and stimulate the senses.

Out to sea, the empty horizon, provides a similar feast of gentle stimuli that fills and refreshes. If only for just a little while, land is left behind, and the imagination anticipates the possibility of an epic adventure.

The "empty" horizon promises a sea-going version of pilot John Gillespie Magee's slipping "the surly bonds of earth". The sea kayak's forward momentum shares many of the "flight" dynamics of an aircraft - the pitch, the yaw, and the roll. The angles of rotation in three dimensions soothe, and focus attention. There is a gentle transformation...and then almost are fully immersed in the "moment". The distractions and the agendas, the "to do" lists and the pressures, all fade away. This is time well spent. The sacred balance, for which the human body, mind and spirit yearns, establishes itself.

The featureless ocean horizon, especially under an overcast sky, imparts a sense of "invitation" into the unknown. It satiates the dreamy thirst for adventure that resides within. All this, of course, is sharpened by a tiny pinch of delicious and healthy disquiet. After all, the unknown is the unknown.

It is always a life-giving exercise to yearn to make new discoveries - about self and about the world. And this becomes possible, in the "moment". This is when time becomes a rich and deep well of treasures. How often we miss it with our need to accomplish and with the strange refuge we take in "busyness". The distracted life, filled with overwhelming agendas, so easily becomes the life of "quiet desperation" that draws energy and invites vulnerability. I see this so often in many who share my vocation. Their most important relationships and their courageous dreams of making a difference become part of the collateral damage, having neglected and ignored sufficient "moments" of respite and renewal.

The empty horizon is far from featureless, rather, it is full to brimming with the varied "topography" of promised adventure. As is the case with so much in life, our view is determined by our perspective. Frequent time in such natural surroundings, is time away from the "fray". It restores and revitalises and strengthens us to do good works and safeguard our most valued relationships. It gives us fresh and new perspectives and sufficient energy to do what we feel called to do in life.

May such distant and "empty" horizons, and such "moments" beckon...with their promise to fill and refresh. They will! :)

by Duncan and Joan ( at August 27, 2014 06:27 PM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Canoe Beaver Dam Ramp Fail

Exactly what the title says. Check out the embedded video below:

Frankly I was expecting the canoe to just snap in half.

by (John Herbert) at August 27, 2014 04:00 PM

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Silver Falls

Silver Falls

Camera Settings

Silver Falls – Summary

Fed by the Ohanapecosh River, Silver Falls is both easily accessible and breathtaking. A great combination in just about anyone’s book. Theresa and I found it quite by accident while spending a weekend exploring in the Mt Rainier National Park; something I need to do more off, but don’t do enough of as my normal inclination is to head to the water whenever I have any time off.

There are multiple trails that will get you here and a good place to start planning your visit would be at the Washington Trail Associations website. If you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and pay the falls a visit. Look in the upper left of the photo and you’ll notice Theresa sitting on a rock to give you a sense of the scale of the falls.

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by Steve Weileman at August 27, 2014 01:34 PM

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
This is Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

Glass Beach

Exciting news!  The trail into Fort Bragg's famous Glass Beach is getting a make-over.

Even more exciting is that construction has begun on the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail - for the first time in decades, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to enjoy the beauty of the Fort Bragg Coast.  Here is a link to the City of Fort Bragg's Master Coastal Trail plan.

A small hitch is that land access to Glass Beach is going to be closed from August 18 through November 30, 2014.

Good news is that now is a good time to discover other beaches and areas of Fort Bragg.  Be sure to check out the Mendocino Coast Water Safety Coalition for tips on safely visiting our beaches. “Be Swept Away by the Beauty Not By the Waves”

For tidepools, one should definitely consider the tidepools of Mackerricher State Park.  For a gorgeous place to watch the sunset, Pomo Bluffs Park can't be beat.  And one never knows what else they might encounter there . . .
An immature red shouldered hawk watches over Chicken Point.
Pudding Creek Beach is a great place for playing in the sand.  The headlands around Pudding Creek are amazing too.  When I first moved to Fort Bragg, I remember walking on the Pudding Creek Headlands and seeing/hearing someone playing bagpipes.  I also have enjoyed sitings of Pacific Whitesided Dolphins and Gray Whales at Pudding Creek, and of course walking across the iconic Pudding Creek Trestle.

For those who have the compulsion to collect glass from glass beach, you may find sea glass on our other beaches; however, how about a new spin on things - collecting plastic from the beach.  Sea glass is not harmful to marine life but plastic is.  Perhaps you can turn your trash to treasure like our friends of the Washed Ashore Project or just feel good knowing that you did your part to keep our oceans healthy.
Jeff meets Henry who was created from marine debris by the Washed Ashore Project.
Of course, my favorite way to experience the Fort Bragg Coastline is via kayak.  Liquid Fusion Kayaking is going to be again hosting their annual Labor Day Weekend Sea Kayak into Glass Beach Trip on Saturday August 30.  It is a magical paddle through rock gardens and sea stacks, into sea caves, and onto beaches only accessible by kayak.
Sea kayaks on glass beach where all that glitters is not gold but sea glass.

by Cate Hawthorne ( at August 27, 2014 02:00 PM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Sometimes You're the Windshield....

....sometimes you're the bug.
Might've helped if he'd put his PFD on first, instead of leaving it sitting on the dock.

by (John Herbert) at August 27, 2014 07:30 AM
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands Re-starting Monday

The website has been on holiday.

We took a summer break from releasing podcasts at but we have not been idle.

We have recorded quite a few fascinating chats and the first will be an absolute cracker.

The new podcasts start on Monday 1st September.

We'll hear from Scott Donaldson who spent almost three months in a kayak, paddling 1300 miles across the Tasmanian Sea from Australia to New Zealand - almost.

Just 34 miles from the coast Scott had to call for helicopter rescue.

How did he feel about doing that?  How can he live with his decision?

Use your RSS reader to subscribe to the feed at or find us here on iTunes and subscribe.

by Simon ( at August 27, 2014 08:00 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Small Boat and Lighthouse Keepers

If you're one of the people who believe, like some members of the federal government, that lighthouse keepers are no longer needed in this day and age, you need to look at this story from CHEK-TV on Vancouver Island. There was a small boat sinking off Nanaimo Harbour yesterday. Nine people were rescued by the lighthouse keepers at Entrance Island. The two keepers had only a small open boat, but they got the people out of the cold water and helped get them warm. Can't get a daring rescue out of an automated lighthouse!
We've paddled at Nanaimo, and you can read about those days here on the blog. Here's hoping that there will be lighthouse keepers at Entrance Island in perpetuity!

by (Paula) at August 27, 2014 05:23 AM

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Hudson River Paddle Part 5 and a half: Charts!

I'd hoped to do the post where I launch tonight, but I came down with a bad case of stuckattheofficeitis and then decided that since I was leaving so late anyways, I would stop by Dempsey's for a pint and a few tunes, so now it's a little late to do a full day's report (and the first day, as I mentioned was a VERY full day). But there was one thing I did to prepare that I hadn't mentioned yet (too busy babbling about eggs and GPS's and who knows what)  and that was charts! Aside from provisions, my main purchase for the trip was a waterproof chart book for the Hudson River. This was actually a really fun thing to get, I love charts and I've already actually done a few trips up and down the Hudson River between NYC and the port of Albany (schooner deliveries back when I was working on the Adirondack) so I found it really interesting to sit down with the book and see what I could match to my recollections of the trip. 

My basic guide was of course the Hudson River Watertrail Guide, which has black and white versions of the same charts with all of the Watertrail info overlaid onto them; it's NOT waterproof so you can't really carry it on deck, but what a lot of people do is copy the charts that they need and carry those in a chart case (or even just a large ziploc bag), but this is bigger and a little clearer and just really, really easy to use. Plus it's just a nice thing to have around - the club occasionally does Hudson River paddles and I've now got charts for anywhere we'd be likely to go. 

What I ended up doing was sitting down with the guide and the chart book one night and copying the campsites I was shooting for into the chart book.

These, for example, were the day 1 possibilities. There were 3 Watertrail campsites within a fairly short distance of each other; first one is Bronck Island - indicated by a little pencilled-in triangle (tent) -

And then there were Gay's Point and Stockport Middle Ground just a couple of miles to the south - these ones had camping and water (actually the island didn't, that was a goof-up because the two are part of the same park - water wasn't a big concern at this point, though, I'd filled all of my containers at Waterford and had more than enough for the first couple of days). 

Each chart with a campsite on it also got a little icon up in the upper right-hand corner so I'd know it was on there. This worked out very nicely.

It was funny, I actually ended up measuring distances by how many charts I was crossing, not how many miles I had to go. 3 charts was a long day. 2 charts was a nice day. Less than 2 full charts was a fantastic break. I think I only had one of those but, oh my gosh, it was after 2 consecutive three-charters and I practically did a little dance when I went to check the next day's distance and discovered that my campsite was on one chart and the next night's was on the very next chart over. Woohoo!

Here was Day 1! As usual, click on any picture for more detail. 

The chart book started at the Troy Lock, Waterford is a couple of miles north there. Here's the piece I was missing, my campsite is circled (just north of Peeble's Island) and so is the Troy Lock. 
The chart book actually runs from NY Harbor UP the Hudson, so I was doing it back to front, right to left. Troy Lock is in the upper right-hand corner of the right-hand chart on Page 24; I did that whole chart, the one on the left, 
turned the page and kept paddling. 
Page 23 - The orange arrow on the right points to the Bronck Island campsite - the one on the left, Gay's Point. 
My experienced friends in Yonkers had actually recommended Gay's Point; they said Bronck Island was actually tricky to find, but for various reasons, I'd gotten a much later start than I'd originally planned, I paddled through the entire flood, and by the time I was approaching the area where the Bronck Island campsite was supposed to be, it was approaching sunset and I was feeling HIGHLY MOTIVATED to find it, and I did. I have never in my whole life been so happy to see an laminated sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper tacked to a tree!
So that was Day 1, by the charts. Pictures from the actual paddle tomorrow - but here's one more, one of the reasons I got a late start. I'd taken a sketchpad along with the idea of doing a little drawing along the way. That didn't happen that much, I didn't really end up having that much free time (I'd also brought my tin whistle and a couple of books in case of being stuck in my tent for a day or something, those didn't get touched), but I did take the time to do a quick one before I launched on Monday morning. Grrrr, baby!

by (bonnie) at August 27, 2014 04:06 AM

August 26, 2014
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Why Can't I Buy Volume 3 As A Download Yet?

Download in 2015
Every once in a while I get asked why Volume 3, Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown is not yet available as a download.  The question came up again recently on Twitter.

We have no plans to release Volume 3 as a download until 2015 at the earliest, and there are a couple of reasons.

The main one is this:- if we make it instantly available as a download, physical kayak stores won't stock it as a DVD.  Apparently we'd take away their Unique Selling Point - which is to say, if the customer wants this product today they go to the store and buy it rather than waiting for the DVD by mail.

We sell a lot of DVDs through kayak shops and we want to support them, both in Europe and especially in the US where they account for a larger percentage of our sales.  

What's more, many homes outside cities still struggle to download large video files. Without getting into technicalities, it is difficult to compress sea kayaking video (where every pixel is changing from frame to frame) to produce a file that's small enough to download and yet still looks good when screened.

Incidentally, our US distributor is not a big DVD distributor - he's a kayak gear representative.  That shows you where we're aiming our films.

I'm currently investigating combined Download / Streaming sales through site such as VHX and Reelhouse as an alternative download option. 
They work well for one-watch films which sell at under $10 but I'm not yet convinced they're right for our more expensive multi-viewing films which are really like video text-books.

I've investigated iTunes and it's still designed for mass market films. We'd have to go through a third party who charge a small fortune to place any film on iTunes and we would make a hefty loss on the volumes we sell. (Free podcasts are different - see our

Yet things change.  Technology and habits may soon render the above explanations obsolete, even for our low-volume 'niche' films.  DVDs may die. All films may be streamed or Downloaded.  
But for the moment at least, with our highly specialised, niche, low volume product, we're supporting our stockists.
In time Volume 3 will be released as a download.  Quite how to do it is another matter.  

Perhaps we'll release the four films as four separate downloads.  Perhaps we'll string them all together into one long video file.  Perhaps I'll bundle all four into a Zip file and sell that as a combined Download.  I'll sort that out in 2015.

by Simon ( at August 26, 2014 10:15 PM


New 3 star (and 4 star) courses around Italy and Europe

I primi corsi promossi da Tatiyak per conseguire il brevetto 3 stelle BCU si sono conclusi.
Iniziati a marzo con il primo corso a Palermo presso la Lega Navale Italiana della Sezione Arenella (che ha fatto anche uscire un breve articolo sulla propria rivista periodica), i corsi sono proseguiti a Genova, Latina, Napoli e Trieste, offrendoci l'occasione di promuovere la didattica BCU in Italia.
Il passa-parola ha funzionato così bene che ci sono stati richiesti altri corsi autunnali, sia in Italia che in Spagna, a Minorca, in occasione della manifestazione "Jornadas de Menorca en kayak" che ogni anno si svolge ad Es Grau e che è giunta ora alla nona edizione...
Ecco le altre date:
Alghero: venerdì 3 - domenica 5 ottobre 2014
Menorca: sabato 11 e domenica 12 ottobre 2014 (per informazioni contattare Menorca en kayak)
Vietri sul Mare (Salerno): venerdì 17 - domenica 19 ottobre 2014 (in collaborazione con Ondalunga kayak Salerno ASD)
Cagliari: sabato 1 - lunedì 3 novembre 2014
Dal 5 al 7 settembre, inoltre, Tatiyak organizza, in collaborazione con l'associazione Qajait di Torino e la Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Varazze, un training 4 stelle BCU con Eila Wilkinson e Nigel Dennis: da non perdere!
Tutte le informazioni sulla pagina dedicata del sito!
In ogni corso ci sono ancora alcuni posti disponibili. Contattateci se siete interessati.

Tutti i corsi 3 stelle BCU promossi da Tatiyak sono pubblicati sulla pagina della scuola del sito...
The first part of the 3 star courses organized in Italy by Tatiyak is just happy finished.
Started last March in Palermo, Tatiyak moved all around Italy to promote the BCU didactic in Genoa, Rome, Naples and Trieste. We are so lucky to have received more requests for 3 star courses in Italy and Spain (Menorca Island, to be more precise, during the yearly meeting called "Jornadas de Menorca en kayak").
Here you are the new dates:
Alghero (Island of Sardinia): from Friday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 5th 2014
Menorca Island (Spain): Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th 2014 (for more information, please contact Menorca en kayak)
Vietri sul Mare (Salerno): from Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th 2014 (in cooperation with Ondalunga kayak Salerno ASD)
Cagliari (Island of Sardinia): from Saturday, November 1th to Monday, November 3rd 2014.
In September, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th, Tatiyak organize a BCU 4 star training with Eila Wilkinson and Nigel Dennis in Varazze, a beautiful village in the Ligurian coastline: more information on our web-site (written only in Italian, sorry) or via e-mail to

In each course there are some places still available. Feel free to contact us if interested in.

by Tatiana ( at August 26, 2014 08:47 PM

Océanos de Libertad

BCU 3 Star Assessment. ( Platja Aiguablava - Cova d´en Gispert ) Seakayakspain.

Juanjo y Helen embarcando.
Pau y Marc.

Marc abriendo el camino.

Bueno, hay días que uno se levanta con el pie torcido ( cinematográficamente hablando...) y hoy fue uno de ellos. Mira que tenía la oportunidad de grabar una de las costas más bellas de la península...pues nada al agua que nos metemos y no me va la GOPRO...yo achacándolo todo a que la bateria ya no carga...y nada, toda la travesía sin poder grabar...nada más que algunas fotos y videos, en lugares no comprometidos, o cuando no estaba siguiendo las indicaciones de nuestro super profe Marc de Sea Kayak Spain  que nos estaba examinando del BCU 3 star.

Helen semioculta por el oleaje.
La geología de la zona, expectacular.

Pau seguido de Helen.
  La jornada comenzó en una preciosa cala, Aiguablava si no me equivoco, una vez allí bajar los kayaks de la furgo, y cambiarnos, para iniciar la travesía-examen, Helen, Pau, Juanjo y yo, atentos a Marc.
 Las condiciones y el recorrido acorde a los específicado por la BCU, que ante los exámenes son muy extrictos con las condiciones que deben darse para su realización.

De la costa que deciros, pues una maravilla, una preciosidad que no tiene nada que envidiar a otros lugares penínsulares...Esos acantilados cortados a golpe de mar, con los pinos que casi bajan a beber del mediterraneo, ese colorido contrastado entre el verde de los pinares y los marrones, ocres y rojos de la roca...y esas aguas límpias y azules...¡¡Una gozada!! Y si vamos fuera de temporada turística, una maravilla, seguro.

Juanjo arrimándose.

Entrando en la cueva
Poder recorrer la costa a ritmo de palada es un deleite, pues nos permite ver  cada pequeños rincón, tomándonos nuestro tiempo para disfrutar de el paisaje sobrecogedor que nos rodea...

Tras entrar y salir por recovecos, llegamos si no me equivoco a la cueva d´en Gispert, fantástica, pero si quereis disfrutarla en su totalidad, no olvideis llevar una linterna.

Bueno por cierto hoy deje el Romany y quise probar el pequeño de los Pilgrim...¡¡Un guante!! ¡¡ A Helen todavía le gusto más que a mi, aunque ella llevaba el hermano mayor!!

También estuve probando las palas Celtic de Nigel Dennis...muy buenas sensaciones!!


La salida...

Video BCU 3 Star


by Jorge López ( at August 26, 2014 06:32 PM

August 25, 2014

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Smines-Våje on my own

Egentlig skulle jeg observert et teknikkurs i helga, men det ble det ikke noe av. Hva skulle man gjøre da? Våje? Det fristet. Vindretning ren nordøst var jo perfekt - men 8-10-12 sekundmeter? Litt i meste laget for å dra utover alene kanskje. Hm.

I løpet av kvelden og natta endret imidlertid på varslet sitt - det meldte mindre og mindre vind. Hurra - da pakker jeg, og drar! Så får det ende på Feigingholmen (Hjellsandøya) hvis det blir alt for ille. Det er en plan. Det er fint der også.

Det var litt vind på Smines, men slett ikke ille. 5-6 m/s kanskje. Nøyaktig som forventet, med retning og alt. Jeg ventet med å krysse over sundet, for akkurat da jeg var på tur over så jeg denne her i det fjerne. Syntes den kom fossende så fort, men egentlig kunne jeg nok padlet både over og tilbake i mellomtiden... Men den ser altså veldig skummel ut forfra! Litt sånn sint-båt, dette her.

Sommerfarger fremdeles, takk og pris. Høsten kan vente noen timer til. Hvor mange hjerter teller du i fjellsiden, forresten? De kommer tydeligst fram på denne tiden.

Nordøsten snor seg rundt Skogsøya, så jeg hadde passelig medvind helt hit imot Hjellsandbukta på vestsiden. Her var det stille, så det er tydeligvis ikke på nordøstlig retning fallvindene kommer ut fra fjellet.

Kartmappe, men kartet er av den vanntette sorten. Ikke Nordeca sitt kart, de der som selges i de aller fleste butikkene. Nei, jeg fikk omsider (det tok jo sin tid siden alle heller selger de andre) snusen i at Statens Kartverk sin serie går an å få tak i - de er også vanntette, men de har både land- og sjøkartinfo! De vil helst ikke selge dem, men du får tak i dem for eksempel HER. (Klikker du på linken er du skyldig meg en tjeneste, ha ha ha.)

Det er forøvrig Hjellsandøya som ligger mellom tomlene her. Og lykta på Våje ser vi øverst.

Plutselig spraket det i VHF'n som sto på. Sprak sprak sprak!!!

Jeg fikk med meg at det var Bodø og Vardø radio, men hva det var de ville for noe var ikke så lett å høre. Ut ifra klokkeslettet var det ikke værvarslet men de der andre meldingene - men det var umulig å tyde hva de faktisk sa. Ok, da er ikke dette plassen å trenge kontakt med dem, da vet vi dét.

Like rundt "svingen" var det såpass rolig at jeg kunne padle litt imellom skjærene. Men jeg var klar over hva som ventet like etterpå...

Ja, så klart. Her hadde nordøsten snodd seg rundt øya og kom rett imot. Men det var jo akkurat som jeg regnet med, og det var ikke allverdens til bølger så det var null problem å fortsette fram til Våje.

Plutselig fikk jeg øye på noen rare lyse steiner bortpå et av de største skjærene. Det viste seg å være sel, så klart. Kult.

Jeg vurderte å padle litt forbi hytta og ut i bølgene, men fant det best å gå i land for å spise og sånt med en gang. Herlig å være framme. I hytta var det så ryddig og fint som jeg ikke kan huske å ha sett det før, ved var samlet og stablet oppetter veggen - noen har gjort en sjau der i sommer. Kjempebra!

Men kunne de ikke gjort noe med de edderkoppene med det samme, he he he. Jeg satte opp teltet jeg hadde med (har vært her før...).

Jeg tok en tur opp i lykta, ville se hvordan forholdene var ut forbi der, og måle vinden.

Vindmåleren glemte jeg selvsagt å ta med, men sånn her så det ut videre nordover. Litt vind og litt bølger, men ikke grov sjø akkurat. Det var fint, gledet meg til dagen etter.

Tenk at vi har en hytte med sånn beliggenhet å padle til. Aaaaaah! HVER gang jeg er her ute lurer jeg på hvordan det kunne bli så lenge siden sist. (Også når det bare er noen måneder siden.)

Selv om det ikke var superlenge siden sist nå, så hadde det vært bra med besøk der ifølge hytteboka. Det er bra folk bruker plassen!

Det var lille-teltet som fikk være med denne gangen.

Det er masse rester etter det gamle livet på Våje. Rart å tenke på, at for noen år siden så var det full action her. Skikkelig rart. Her har det vært folk ganske sikkert siden før vikingetiden, ble avfolket på 50-tallet. Ta en titt HER på hvordan det så ut før i tiden. Litt trist, på en måte.

Dette kan vel ikke være sløke, dette må være ekte kvann? Masse kvann? Skulle ta med frø (de skal helst sås tvert), men det ble selvsagt avglemt denne gangen også.

Det er rimelig grei utsikt utover vågen. Hytta til høyre.

Denne her traff jeg på oppi lia da jeg gikk en tur på stien. Jeg fant en masse krekling også. Ikke ei eneste blåbær.

Mur fra gammel tid dette også. Lurer på om vi må få i stand en tur med litt historie om plassen en dag. Hva er det som har vært hvor, og sånn. Hvordan levde de egentlig. Vi burde jo vite det, som besøker plassen så ofte.

Mange artige planter her ute, også, om man bare tar seg tid å se etter. Men jeg vet ikke hva dette er.

Ikke dette her heller. Noen som har peiling? Finner ingen av dem i boka. Alpine fjellplanter?
Nåja, de var ikke høyere opp enn som så... Men dog, de så jo litt lave og knuslete ut.

Lykta snart i solnedgang.

Det er i grunnen greit at sola har begynt å gå ned. Da kan jeg få sove sånn høvelig godt i telt. Jeg gjorde faktisk det, uten noe som helst over ansiktet. (Pleier å ha maske over øynene, men har ikke sånn i dette teltet, så jeg har brukt en t-skjorte eller genserarm tidligere i sommer...)

- Og der kom solnedgangen. Det kan ikke bli stort bedre enn å sitte på svaberget her ute og bare se det skje, mens man hører lyden av havet.

God natt!

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at August 25, 2014 10:49 PM

Adventures on the Blue
This Blog’s my little paddling journal from the west coast of British columbia and beyond. It’s mostly a photoblog about sea kayaking, but I’ll try and write a little bit of other stuff here and there.

And it's gone

Kayak stolen from car

My kayak has been stolen from my car :(( It was stolen around 7-10pm on Thursday, January 3 from the 1100 block of Pacific Street in Vancouver. It's a mango deck Nimbus Telkwa. I'm totally stunned - somehow they got through the lock and straps on a very busy main road in Vancouver. They busted up one side of my roof rack doing it too! Who the hell steals a kayak anyway. I'm super bummed - screw 2013 already.

kayak serial numbers under deck
kayak serial numbers hull

QNPJ0466K101 is a stolen kayak QNPJO466K101 is a stolen Kayak QAIPJ0466KI0I is a stolen kayak Mango Deck NimbusTelkwa Hull 011130-466 is a stolen kayak Small amount of damage to the forward bow from collision with a garage door. Last seen at 1175 Pacific Street in Vancouver BC. Please let me know if you see this boat! If you see a kayak matching this description and serial numbers, please call the cops and report it. If they were stealthy enough to grab it from my car, I'm pretty skeptical of my chances of getting it back. I'm going to put up some posters and hope for a phone call from the police. Hope this isn't the last post...

by Richard H ( at August 25, 2014 09:13 PM

CASKA: Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association
Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association. Forum for news, kayaking information, trips and events, and other paddling information in and around Chicago, IL.

Brace...or roll?

Yesterday I paddled solo in Chicago. Although the near-shore forecast said only 1-3 ft waves, I knew the sustained east winds would not disappoint. Sure enough, down by Oak Street, where the sea-wall gives way to open beach, I found some interesting choppy, clapotty stuff to play in, where reflected waves run sideways into the break.

I hadn't outfitted for surfing -- no helmet, and my only hydration, a bottle of Gatorade, under a bungie on deck. After wrestling the waves for a while, I got seriously thirsty.

Out beyond the break, I grabbed the bottle with one hand and was just about to open it when I felt the whole hull drop by six inches. I knew what was next, and 2/10 of a second later an up-gusher launched me three feet in the air. Reflexively, I grabbed my Greenland paddle with both hands, and managed to low brace, not even getting my face wet -- which was good, since my nose clip was on my pinky so I could gulp. But, the Gatorade was gone and not to be found.

My state of dehydration forced me to land, abandon my kayak on a crowded beach, and search for a drinking fountain. I chugged about a liter, I'd guess.

In retrospect, I have a few one-handed rolls, any of which would have allowed me to capsize and roll up with my bottle still in hand. I've managed to do this when holding my camera, after floating into a big break while looking at the viewfinder.

Sometimes it may be better to think for two seconds underwater than to react in 0.2 seconds in the air.

But to do so requires planning -- what you will do in a pinch. Or even earlier, like packing spare hydration below deck. Live and learn, that's me, never.

by Bill Burton at August 25, 2014 06:10 PM


Travesía en la costa gaditana

Ayer acompañamos en una parte del recorrido a los amigos de SFK que estaban en travesía desde San Fernando hasta Tarifa, en tres etapas. Un día de trabajo....... viento de levante de cara... pero como dicen los americanos "no pain no gain".

En el paso del Cabo de Trafalgar, aprovechando el cambio de marea.  El bajo de "La Aceitera" suele poner movida la cosa.

En primer plano con casco naranja tenemos a Jasper, nuestro holandés "acogido", que a pesar de medir dos metros, se lo pasa en el agua como un enano. Imposible pillarle sin que esté sonriendo.

by Jose Bello ( at August 25, 2014 05:33 PM

Islas Atlanticas

En las islas Cies con anfitrión de lujo, Carlos, de la Escuela de Kayak de Mar Islas Atlanticas.

by Jose Bello ( at August 25, 2014 12:53 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Svensk premiär för äventyrsfilmfestivalen EOFT

Addnature tar filmfestivalen EOFT till Sverige. EOFT står för European Outdoor Film Tour. I sverige blir det två filmkvällar, en i Göteborg och en i Stockholm.

Kul med mer filmfestivaler!

Under fjorton års tid har European Outdoor Film Tour (EOFT) varit en stor publikmagnet ute i Europa. Därför tar Addnature nu EOFT till Sverige. Här blir det två visningar, en i Stockholm den 17 november och en i Göteborg den 18 november.
Tanken med EOFT är att samla ihop de bästa outdoorfilmerna och i årets version blir det filmer om paddling, klättring och mountainbike i ett 120 minuter långt föreställning med en trettio minuter lång paus mellan akt ett och två.

Programmet innehåller sex filmer:

  • Nobodys river – en film om fyra kvinnor som paddlar Amurfloden, från Mongoliet till Stilla havet.
  • El Sendero Luminoso – en film om när Alex Honnold tar sig an den 762 meter långa leden utan rep eller annan säkerhet.
  • Don’t look down – James Kingston och Mustang Wanted klättrar lyftkranar, broar och skyskrapor.
  • The Frozen Titans – Will Gadd klättrar vattefall i Kanada.
  • Rad Company – Brandon Semenuks Rad Company tänjer gränserna för vad man kan göra på en mountainbike.
  • Dream – Ben Marr drömmer om fantasisk forspaddling.
  • Räkna med en helkväll i härlig Addnatureanda.


Mer om EOFT hos Addnature

by Erik Sjöstedt at August 25, 2014 10:39 AM
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Scottish Kayaking Pioneer

Simon & Campbell
I'm fascinated by the early days of Scottish sea kayaking and last week I had the chance to meet one of the pioneers.

Campbell Semple is now eighty years old and he invited us to his summer house on Loch Sunart.

Since we live on the same loch, we could have just paddled across, but we wanted to take our wee dog Maggie.

So instead we tackled the 2 hour walk-in to the cluster of buildings which make up his retreat at Drumbuie.

A former eminent surgeon Campbell has devised and installed wind, solar and hydro power in his homestead.

People spend working weeks there, helping to run the place while Campbell feeds them.

Liz walking in with Maggie
He recorded an interview with me about the early days of Scottish sea kayaking and, in return, I managed to get his radio working again.

I also showed him how to listen to BBC Radio Three and Radio Four on his Mac. Did I mention Drumbuie also has satellite broadband?

We had a great couple of days, ate well, and enjoyed the walk in and out.

You'll be able to hear the interview with Campbell at which resume on 1st September.

Earlier I had been able to put Campbell in touch with one of his kayaking comtemporaries Hamish Gow who gave me the footage we used a couple of years ago in a shrt film - the trailer is below. Funny how it all comes together in the end.

by Simon ( at August 25, 2014 08:30 AM

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Hudson River Paddle Part 5: On to Waterford

Sunday, 8/10 - after a good night's sleep, a not-too-rushed start, and a delicious omelet made by Louise from good local eggs, cheese and mushrooms, I checked emails one last time, added a few more contact numbers to my cell phone, then packed up the car and strapped my boat back on the roof (with Louise's help, how nice that I never had to get it up there solo - like I said, I can do it but it's no fun). I'd mentioned to Louise that my first day was going to be a doozy, 30 miles and change as planned (don't forget, all plans were subject to change as needed), and she took me to a natural food store in Ithaca for some TraumEel tablets, a homeopathic pain remedy which she finds work well in conjuction with Advil (with which I was of course already supplied, that being a pretty standard-issue item in the middle-aged paddler's wellness arsenal). Did I mention she's an Antarctic kayak guide and a very experienced expedition paddler herself (like she did a trip all the way a around Lake Ontario to celebrate her 50th birthday)? She was so encouraging about this and excited for me - she said she almost wished she could come with me, but she totally got the "do it self" aspect of the trip (if you missed, that, it was in Part 1 of this series). 

Me and Louise at the GreenStar Market - we who are about to shop! 

I picked up snacks for the drive, too - a "Hiker Bar" (basically a shortbread cookie with a sweet nutty topping) and some blueberry drinkable yogurt; Alice, who'd hosted me for the weekend, had also fixed me up with a little dish of homegrown cherry tomatoes, some orange variety that was sweet as candy (note to self - don't overlook the cherry tomatoes when you buy your seedlings next year) and I figured with the additional snacks I wouldn't have to stop for lunch anywhere.

Just as we were leaving the store, my eyes lit on a chest freezer full of local grass-fed beef and other meats - I stopped in my tracks, looked at Louise, and gleefully announced, "I'm having steak for dinner tonight!"

We walked out to the parking lot together, where she gave me a nice simple set of instructions for getting to Waterford (I had the GPS but this was clear enough that I didn't need it), she led me out of the parking lot to my first turnoff and I waved goodbye.

It was an absolutely beautiful drive. The picture above was taken en route when I stopped at a farm stand for the things what goes with a juicy grass-fed steak (namely corn, new potatoes and peaches for dessert, plus a bottle of honey that I never opened during the trip), oh boy. I had onions from my garden already. That was my only stop, aside from that I drove straight through from Ithaca to Waterford, with the yappy GPS lady silenced (up until the last bit when I let her help me find the canal visitors' center) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with YoYo Ma, live at Tanglewood, playing on the radio. Now that was a nice drive. 

I arrived at the Waterford Harbor Canal Visitors Center  at 3:50 which should've been just in time, except that it was such a gorgeous day that I guess they'd shut down early - the doors were locked and no one was around. I was glad I'd spoken to them before I came, I'd asked if there was anything I needed to know about camping arrangements there and they'd said nope, just find yourself a nice patch of lawn and pitch your tent, so that's just what I did! 

Here it is, Campsite Night 1, Waterford, NY! Woohoo!

I set up the tent and threw all of my stuff in - I had no choice but to leave my stuff while I took the car to the Albany airport, but somehow I felt like a person might have some second thoughts about actually going into a tent to take something, and anyways this seemed like a pretty peaceful place, there were plenty of other boaters there. Getting rid of the car worked exactly as planned, I dropped off the car with Enterprise and then went out to a cabstand and got a cab back to the canal. There was one slight detour - as I was unpacking the car, I discovered that I'd picked up an extra sprayskirt -- with a small deck and a small tunnel, I figured it was Louise's and I must have just accidentally grabbed it off of the clothesline in the morning. I wanted to get it back to her because she does a LOT of kayaking and a sprayskirt is a pretty key piece of gear, plus I was already concerned about getting everything into my boat (did I mention that I ran out of time to ever do a full practice loading of my boat? I'd done my tent and had a good sense of how much space was left but something had come up on the only day I would've had time to take everything else out and so I had my fingers crossed - knew it was going to be tight, though). The GPS claimed that the nearest Kinko's was in Boston, I was highly doubtful that that was the real case so I asked the cabdriver if he knew of one; he took me by what turned out to be their actual shipping facility, they couldn't actually take packages there and didn't know if there was a 24-hour branch in Albany - now Albany being the seat of NY State Government and all that, I didn't see how there could NOT be at least one 24-hour Kinko's in the city (and of course there is), but I didn't see any point in continuing to pursue this, figured I would just add the sprayskirt to whatever ended up on deck and maybe mail it back from Wappinger's Falls when I stopped to see my friend there.

So back to the canal we went - I took this picture for my friend Harry because my cabdriver said that that was Vermont off in the distance - Hi Harry! 


Back at the canal, I got my stuff a little better sorted out for the big load-up in the morning, and there was still enough light for a little sightseeing - obviously I was now on foot but there was lots right there to look at, there's a lovely park built around the canal and some neat boats at the docks.

Figurehead of the Onrust - more on this one at the end, I particularly enjoyed seeing her again!

Evening at Peeble's Island

Doggy paddle!

Cabin and smokestack of tug Buffalo

Looking towards the Hudson

A few shots of Lock 2 on the Erie Canal

Canal, vessels, and the Waterford Harbor Canal Visitor's Center (you can't see it but my tent's over there).

Then, dinner and a little wine,
and then to bed to get a good night's sleep to get ready for the next day's excitement!
End notes on the Onrust: I mentioned that it was particularly fun to see the Onrust again -- the first time I saw her was in 2009, when she traveled to NYC to join in with a fleet of canal barges that had been shipped from Holland as part of the quadricentennial celebration of Henry Hudson's visit to the river that now bears his name. I went to watch the Blessing of the Fleet on a very dreary day that year and she was there for that - here was my photo of her then:

2014 is actually the quadricentennial of the building of the original Onrust, which was the first ship built in the area that eventually became New York State. The name is Dutch for "Restless", and as Tugster Will was telling a few of us who attending a screening of Graves of Arthur Kill at the Midtown Library last week, she was built by a group of Dutch seafarers whose original ship, the Tijger, burned at anchor in NY Harbor -- they were too restless to stay where they were, so they built a new vessel, the original Onrust. Will was fascinated by the build, and there's a fascinating series of posts on the project over at Tugster. Click here to read those, and click here to visit the Onrust Project's website. Also, click here for an intriguing article about how the charred remains of the Tijger may have been found early in the 20th century, but lost again to NYC's march of progress culminating in the construction of the World Trade Center.

by (bonnie) at August 25, 2014 04:19 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Close Encounter of the Whale Kind

Last month, a kayaker in Monterey Bay, California was almost hit in the face by the tail of a humpback whale. It's hard to tell from the video if the kayakers were committing the no-no of approaching the whale, or if the whale came up upon them. Let's face it, the whale will go where the whale wants to go.
Check out the video below:

How close is too close when encountering whales?
Fisheries and Environment Canada recommend that vessels (and that includes kayaks) should stay a minimum 100 metres away from whales. Don't approach from in front or behind, only from the sides.

by (John Herbert) at August 25, 2014 01:53 AM

August 24, 2014

A whole bunch of Ing's.
Kayaking,camping,rolling, practicing,paddle making, ..Writing,blogging and nautical miles from a normal life

The Lun

Days of heavy wind. Stuck ashore to explore the wild afoot. Moss covered stones fragrant, the chill of approaching autumn.

Today...I had enough of the 'angashore life and took back to the brine. The sea lapping at the horizon with long black tongues; massive walls of water. The long roll of a Nor' east wind, the savage lap of a northern fetch.

 The waves were larger than I had even imagined rounding the headland. Savage wind and pushing swells. I pushed further out into the open bay to avoid the shallows; wave meeting rock in a sea of white foam. The crossing complete I landed to rest in the "lun".

A short paddle by most standards, a small bit of seat time. Yet pausing in the lun gives ample time to compare the sea to life. 

Regardless of the winds there is always a safe harbour close by

by Lee ( at August 24, 2014 08:36 PM

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Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

August 17th to 22 - Nuchatlitz (#67-#72)

Day 1 - Little Espinosa to Ensenada Islet

Pete, George, Dennis and I set off early from Victoria and drove to Little Espinoza inlet to launch for our 6 day/5 night. We made it to the launch site before lunch and were on the water by 12:45. There was a bit of a headwind all the way to Rosa Island. We were out at our campsite near Ensenada Islet by 5:15. On the way out we saw an elephant seal at the mouth of Espinoza Inlet.
Day 1 - click to enlarge
21 km, YTD 617 km

Day 2 - Catala Island

We did a day paddle over to Catala Island. Conditions were good and we had fun exploring amongst the rocky islets and boomers as well as the caves of Catala. After lunch on the spit, we made our way back with some tail wind and tried our hand at fishing - no luck.
Day 2 - - click to enlarge
19 km, YTD 636 km

Day 3 - Tongue Point and Louie Bay

Pete, George and I paddled over to the Tongue Point area to explore Louie Bay and Starfish lagoon. We lined our boats into the lagoon and then did a 20 minute hike to Third Beach on the Nootka trail. The wind and swell were up a bit for the paddle back which made for an interesting, slow paddle! Dennis stayed behind for the day to rest his wrist. There were lots of fishing boats off Ferrer/Tongue Points in the morning.
Day 3 - click to enlarge
19 km, YTD 655 km

Day 4 - Laurie Creek

All four of us went for a paddle along the Nuchatlitz Inlet shore. We checked out the paddle in waterfall between Belmont and Benson points and had a rinse! After that we made our way, under sail, to Laurie Creek where we had a freshwater swim and lunch - what a neat spot! Afternoon winds were against us and slowed us down a bit, but the sea was not big.
Day 4 - click to enlarge
22 km, YTD 677 km

Day 5 - Garden Point

We decided to paddle part way back so as to have less to do on Friday, so we had a leisurely paddle around the islets of the Nuchatlitz group and then lunch on Rosa Island. The fog came in late morning and lifted after lunch where we were paddling, though it was still around the inlet. Garden point was a nice site.
Day 5 - click to enlarge
15 km, YTD 692 km

Day 6 - Garden Point to Little Espinoza

We got up early and were paddling by just after 7 AM. We made it back to the launch site by 9:30 and back in Victoria by 5:30 (including a lunch stop at the Cable House!). Conditions were ideal in the morning as we paddled back. It was early enough that we were paddling in the shade most of the way!
Day 6 - click to enlarge
13 km, YTD 705 km


This was a wonderful trip with great friends! We also had fantastic weather. I have had very few rain-less trips and this was one! We saw lots of wildlife including many sea otters. Our campsites were great as well. Afternoon winds were the norm as we expected but most mornings were pretty calm.

by Mike J ( at August 24, 2014 02:12 PM