Saturday, October 25, 2014

Winter is Coming?

The Mendocino Coast seems to be in a bit of a storm pattern.  Rain and large ocean swells make us think that winter is coming but warm temperatures make it feel more like we are in the tropics.

Of course you know that we love rain (and California desperately needs it).  Rain makes our wild mushrooms grow and our rivers flow.  The small storms that we have been getting have been enough to trigger our wild mushrooms, but it will take a bit more to get our Mendocino Coast Rivers running.

To the north of us, whitewater boaters are enjoying runs on the Smith and Trinity Rivers (quick Jeff - let's clear the schedule and head north).

Large ocean swells can be a blessing and a curse in the kayak business.  Personally we love them!!!  We love going out to the headlands and witnessing the power and beauty of our wild Pacific Coast.  
Noyo Harbor entrance during a large Pacific Swell.
The Mendocino Coast also has some awesome surf breaks that take a larger swell to work.  Some are friendly to teaching so if you are interested in kayak surf lessons, give us ring.  Whether you are looking to get started, get a tune-up on the the basics, or are ready for more dynamic maneuvers on a wave or are training for a surf competition like Davenport or Santa Cruz, we can build on your skills. 

For the Fall/Winter 2014, we are offering a special on private lessons.  This is a great opportunity for you to get completely customized and personalized instruction.  Here's a link to our private lesson special.  For those that are doing their holiday shopping, they also make great gift certificates.

Planning for 2015 is underway . . . Please contact us if you have any ideas for classes or events.


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.