Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Kayaking Fun!

From mild to wild, Liquid Fusion Kayaking's summer tours on the Mendocino Coast have been a blast.  On the dry and mild side, the Noyo River Estuary has been gorgeous with fun wildlife sightings.
A great blue heron watches observes LFK's Sunset Bird Paddle.
On both the Noyo River and in the Pacific Ocean, we are having fun introducing the sport of kayaking to first timers and facilitating some good old family fun out on the water.
Family kayaking fun!
On the wet and wild side, LFK's Whitewater of the Sea Adventures continue to delight paddlers who want to play and experience the thrills and spills of rock gardening in the Pacific Ocean.
The thrills and spills of Whitewater of the Sea
Last weekend, we had our third class in our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series.  This class was all about play as our students learned the skills and timing for playing in ocean rock garden features like pour-overs.  This class was called The Art of the Pour-Over
Rock Gardening on the Mendocino Coast of California
The class was super fun.  The students in the class worked well together as a team - supporting and cheering for one another.  They also played hard - working on their own personal skills, pushing their limits, and laughing and playing on ride after ride.
Teamwork make for fun rock gardening adventures
The class was so much fun that we decided to schedule another one for this fall.  If you are interested, check it out The Art of the Pour-Over.  Join us in September or rally your paddling pals and we will schedule a custom class for you.

We are still in the midst of summer and are looking forward to many more fine adventures on the water.
Kayaking through the Tunnel of Love Sea Cave

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mendocino Kayaking with Liquid Fusion Kayaking

The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce is creating videos to showcase local businesses.  This month, Liquid Fusion Kayaking is their feature business.  Here's the video.  We hope you enjoy it.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sea Kayak Rock Gardening Classes in Mendocino

This weekend, we taught our first sea kayak rock gardening class of the season on the Mendocino Coast.  We had a full class with 6 students.  For rock gardening, we find this to be the ideal number - 3 to 1 student to instructor ratio and 8 paddlers total on the water.
Sea Kayak Rock Garden Class on the Mendocino Coast
This weekend's class was the first of our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series.  Several years ago when we were teaching a sea kayak rock gardening class, we asked the students for their goals for the class.  The students' goals and expectations ran the spectrum from strokes to rescues to play to sea caves.  Last year, we decided to specify the skills and topics of our sea kayak rock gardening classes   And decided to make them 2 day classes.  Day one focused instruction and day two was application.   Volia` - the Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series was born and our students love it!!!
Sea Kayaking through one of Mendocino's many arches
Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series is
Touring Ocean Rock Gardens - reading the water, route planning, and teamwork for rock gardens
Surfzone FUNdamentals - launch and land with control, safety, and finesse
The Art of the Pour-Over - timing and playing on and in rock garden features
Magical Mendocino Sea Caves - tips n tricks for kayaking in sea caves
Sea Kayaking into Mendocino Sea Caves
Student may select to do one or all four of the classes depending upon their skills and interests.  There is the option of a 5 day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Course over Labor Day Weekend and also the option for paddlers to their friends or paddling club and schedule a custom class.
Rock Garden Safety and Rescue Training
This weekend's Touring Ocean Rock Gardens was a great start to the series.  We had beautiful weather, gray whale sightings, and lots of learning.  Many of the students are coming back in a couple of weeks for Surfzone FUNdamentals.  This is exciting because we get to build upon skills taught to give them a comprehensive skills set for sea kayaking rocky coastlines like the Mendocino Coast, and share with them different stretches of the Mendocino Coast.
LFK's Jeff Laxier teaches navigation basics to plan our route
Of course, the benefit of choosing Liquid Fusion Kayaking for sea kayaking on the Mendocino Coast is that it is our backyard playground both on and off the water.  We are the local experts on kayaking but know the other important things to do, eat, and drink on the Mendocino Coast.
Cate and Jeff sharing kayak crabbing with their students.  Cate is about to put this female Dungeness Crab back in the water.  Photo by Lisa Shapiro