Sunday, February 21, 2016

Whitewater in the Sun

Last weekend, Liquid Fusion Kayaking offered its Precision River Running Class.  This is a whitewater river kayaking class designed for intermediate whitewater kayakers that are looking to improve their river running skills.  Drills, drills, drills doesn't sound like much fun but really it is.  Several times, Jeff and I had to urge our students down river onto the next rapid because they were having so much fun and success at each spot.
Whitewater kayaking class on Mendocino 's Eel River
The paddlers in our group had quite different paddling backgrounds.  Several were primarily sea kayakers getting into whitewater river kayaking and several were primarily whitewater kayakers looking to crisp up their skills.  I guess anytime you have sunny warm days, whitewater, kayaks, and a enthusiastic crew; fun is likely to happen.

We had a perfect flow on the Eel and had it all to ourselves.
Surfing on the Eel River
I had my first time giving Jackson Kayak's 2 Fun a try on the river.  It took me a day or so to shift gears from the speed and forgiveness of the Zen but after that - it was TOO FUN!
Cate surfing a river wave in the Jackson Kayak 2 Fun.
I have to admit that Monday was my favorite day of the weekend.  After 2 days of instruction, we offered a "Play with LFK Day."  Our goal was to run the river.  Of course we would coach and offer tips but the goal was for the group to put the weekend's training to use and to have a fun day running the river.
I knew it was going to be an awesome day when I eddied out at the bottom of the first main rapid and watched our students tick tack toe eddy hopping back and forth across the river as they went down the rapid.  It was affirming that Jeff and I were successful coaches in giving them the skills and confidence to play their way down the river - precision river running.

If you want to learn to whitewater kayak, we are teaching a whitewater kayak course for those with sea or surf kayak experience April 2-3, 2016 and Precision River Running April 9-10, 2016.  Contact us for more information and to sign up.
Whitewater Kayaking on Mendocino's Eel River

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Whitewater of the Sea Too!

Psssst - we just created more fun for 2016.  We are still working on the description and details but thought if you read my LFK blog, I would let you get first dibs on the fun.  Here's the gist

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 - 2 or potentially 4 days of rock gardening on the Mendocino Coast with Liquid Fusion Kayaking.

Friday May 27 Whitewater of the Sea - for those that need a warm-up/refresher or intro to playing in whitewater kayaks in the ocean.

Saturday May 28-29 Whitewater of the Sea TOO! - 2 days of whitewater kayaking fun in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast. During the lesson/tour, we will share some of our favorite play spots with you as we build your whitewater kayaking skills.

Monday May 30 - Rock n Play with LFK -   No instruction just all out play and fun!

Don't let us have all the fun without you.  Contact us to get first dibs on signing up.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Ahhhh, its that time of the year when we review our goals and set new ones.  Jeff and I have Liquid Fusion Kayaking's 2016 schedule of classes posted on our calendar.  We have sea kayak, whitewater river kayak, surf kayak, and rock garden classes and events lined up for 2016.  We hope that you will join us for some of the FUN in 2016!

Sea Kayaking - We are excited to be offering our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino again.  Last year, our students loved our classes that focused on specific skills for paddling the Mendocino Coast - Touring Ocean Rock Gardens, Surfzone FUNdamentals, The Art of Pour-Overs, and Magical Mendocino Sea Caves.  In 2016 we are offering the series again.  We also have our intensive 5 Day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino in September.
Sea kayaking through sea caves on the Mendocino Coast
Whitewater River Kayaking - 2015 wrapped up with lots of rain and some great flows on our Mendocino County Whitewater Runs.  We are anticipating 2016 being an awesome year for whitewater in throughout California including in Mendocino County.  We are currently available for private whitewater river kayaking lessons.  In April, we have 2 weekends of whitewater kayaking classes scheduled.
Whitewater Kayaking on Mendocino's Eel River
Rock Gardening - Whitewater of the Sea -  Come play in the ocean's whitewater with us and bring your friends.  Our whitewater of the sea rock gardening adventures are designed for all skill levels - even adventurous first time kayakers.
Whitewater Ocean Kayaking - Rock Gardening
Surf Kayaking-   For those that want to rip it up in the surf, join us for one of our Performance Surf Kayak Classes or schedule a private surf lesson with LFK.  We can accelerate your skills for maximum fun and performance in the surf zone.
Performance surf kayaking on the Mendocino Coast
PLAY with LFK - In 2016, we are continuing the fun with our surfaris and have added in some other days to come paddle and play with LFK.  River Running with LFK - Experience Mendocino County Whitewater with the locals. We will share the funnest lines and natural history of the area as we play our way down river.  Sea, Whitewater, Rock n Surf Safaris - The Trilogy of Mendocino Coast Ocean Kayaking - sea kayak through sea caves, play in whitewater features of the sea, and surf kayak.  Surf Safaris - For those who just want to surf.  We will share our local knowledge with you as we scout and surf on the Mendocino Coast.
Kayak Surfing on the Mendocino Coast
Rocktoberfest - A special weekend of sea kayaking, rock gardening, surfing, and camping on the Mendocino Coast with LFK.  Contact us if you want to be on the invite list for this one of a kind adventure.

WAHOO!!!  WELCOME 2016!!!