Sunday, September 21, 2014

Used Kayaks and Equipment for Sale

We are cleaning out our gear shed and kayak rack and selling a bunch of used kayaks and equipment.

We have sea kayaks, whitewater river kayaks, surf kayaks, and recreational kayaks for sale as well as a variety of paddles, spray decks, wetsuits, and other paddling apparel as well.

Here's a link to our online yard sale.  Check it out and let us know if you have any questions.  CA sales tax 7.625% is applicable to all items.

Some of our featured kayaks for sale include:
2012 Perception Acadia II - Tandem Recreational Kayaks - $300 (3 available)

Valley Avocet Sea Kayak - 2000 and 2008 models available for sale $600-$800

Dagger RPM Whitewater Kayak - Very Good Condition $300

Liquid Logic Trigger Whitewater Kayak - Good Condition $200

Mini Mako Surf Kayak - Good Condition $200

Top quality paddles for sale including this Werner Stikine Carbon Fiber Whitewater Paddle - Great Rock Gardening Paddle! $225

Helmets for sale including this Headtrip Carbon Helmet - new w/out tags $60

Spray Skirts for sale - we have a bunch of spray decks in different sizes and styles in very good condition - Snapdragon, Bomber, Kokatat, Seals, Headwaters - check out the link and call us for more info.

Kayak paddles for sale - tons of assorted paddles for sea, whitewater, surf, and recreational kayaking from Werner, Aquabound, Saltwood, and Lendal.  Prices from $25-$225

Kayaking and diving wetsuits for sale - assorted styles, sizes, conditions and colors - let us know your size and what you are looking for and let's see what we have

Looking for something else, check out our online sale link and give us a call.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mendo Madness 2014

The Bay Area Sea Kayaker's annual Mendocino Madness Weekend is coming.  For those planning to come to the Mendocino Coast this fall, we thought we would pass along some local info -

Earth is moving in both Fort Bragg and Mendocino - Glass Beach is getting a visitor center and coastal trail.  Please note that the regular parking area and path to Glass Beach is closed.  Big River Haul Road is getting new culverts.  The trail is closed to the public; however, one can still paddle on Big River.  The Noyo Harbor Boat Basin's new dock system is nearing completion.

North Coast Brewery has brought back their pub menu and is now open 7 days a week.  Bar opens at 2 and restaurant at 4.  They also have jazz on Saturday nights.  For those interested in brews, on Saturday September 27, there is a  Beer Bison Bluegrass Festival in Fort Bragg.

If you are kayaking on the Noyo River, you might want to stop by the Dolphin Isle Deli.  They have homemade soups and daily specials for both breakfast and lunch (and of course have a tasty beer selection and locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee).

Did you forget something or need some fresh goods - 
Get fresh goods at Mendocino County Farmer's Markets.  The Fort Bragg Farmer's Market is Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6pm.  Mendocino's farmer's market is Friday from noon to 2pm.  The Outdoor Store on main street in Fort Bragg carries sporks and other camping and outdoor essentials.  Subsurface Progression on Highway 1 south of Fort Bragg carries a variety of kayaking, fishing, and diving equipment.  If you forgot your spraydeck or need another one, Liquid Fusion Kayaking has a variety of skirts in addition to paddles and kayaks in our annual used gear sale.  Here's a link to our online yard sale of goods.

Of course if you are looking to improve your kayaking skills, Liquid Fusion Kayaking are the local paddling professionals.  Liquid Fusion Kayaking's classes are taught by Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne who 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!!!

Saturday September 27 - Rock Garden Class - build confidence and skills in the rock gardens with our systematic approach.  From specific strokes in the rocks to water reading, positioning, and play this is a class that will accelerate your comfort and skills in dynamic waters.  This is full day class held from 9am to 4pm. $110/person.  Here is a link with more information.

Sunday September 28 Whitewater of the Sea - rock gardening in a whitewater kayak - Come play with us and learn the whitewater and surf specific skills for rock gardening in a "short boat."  On this adventure, we will share some of our favorite play spots and tips for maximizing the performance and fun of whitewater kayaks in rock gardens.  This lesson/tour will have paddlers learning and applying concepts and skills for boat control specific to whitewater kayaks as well as general skills like water reading, timing, etiquette, and safety/rescue.  All skill levels will enjoy and benefit from this class (we have had class V boaters and athletic non-paddlers have a blast in the same class).  This class will go from 10am to 2pm and is $70/person.  Here's a link for more information.

Call us for more information and/or to reserve a space. (707) 962-1623  (Liquid Fusion Kayaking offers kayak rentals for LFK classes only)

We look forward to seeing everyone so please drive and paddle safely.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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