Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Noyo River Clean up

For 8 years, Jeff and I have hosted an on water cleanup of the Noyo River and Harbor as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Usually we have a dozen or so paddlers and rowers.  This year, we had 5.  Despite the small number of participants, we had a huge haul and a fun day.
Jeff Laxier tows a recreational kayak full of garbage picked up in Noyo Harbor.  Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Part of our large haul was this floating foam barge.  Each year it keeps breaking up and we have managed to wrangle parts of it out of the water and into the dumpster.  This year, rowers Jim Blanton and Stan Halvorsen and myself went for the whole barge.  Jim and Stan towed as I pushed from behind to get the barge to the ramp to get it off the water.  This was extremely important as the styrofoam is in a serious state of decay.  We picked up hundreds of bits of it on the beach under the Noyo Bridge.  If we would have left it in the river for another year, it would have broken up further and puts thousands of pieces out there.
Traditional Small Craft rowers Stan and Jim towing a barge of trash. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
Styrofoam from the decaying barge. Photo by Jeff Laxier
We didn't get all the foam and trash under the Noyo Bridge. We are planning to head over there this fall to get it better picked up for fall.  If you are interested in joining us, let us know.  We would love to have some company.
The styrofoam barge about to be hauled out of the river. Photo by Cate Hawthorne
If you didn't make our cleanup this year, mark your calendar for the 3rd Saturday of September in 2017.  We will be back at it on the Noyo River.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sea Kayak Classes on the Mendocino Coast of California

As summer moves along, we are solidifying our fall schedule.  We are particularly excited to be offering a variety of fun sea kayak classes at home on the Mendocino Coast.  
Magical Mendocino Sea Caves August 13-14 - 2 days of sea kayak rock garden skill building and sea cave exploration
Sea Kayaking in Mendocino's Sea Caves
Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino September 2-6 - 5 day instructional sea kayak adventure on the Mendocino Coast
Sea kayaking the rugged and rocky Mendocino Coast
Sea Kayak Surfing Class September 9 - Surfing and playing in the surf with sea kayaks (reliable roll required)
Sea Kayak Surfing Instruction
Rock Garden 101 Class September 10 - Introductory rock garden class - perfect first rock garden class or refresher
Rescue practice during a rock garden class with Liquid Fusion Kayaking
BCU 3 Star Sea Training September 10-11 - Comprehensive sea kayak skills training including strokes, towing, navigation, seamanship...
BCU 3 Star Sea Training - Skills for intermediate paddlers in dynamic waters
BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment September 12 - Skills assessment and opportunity to earn the BCU 3 Star Award
Sea Kayak Navigation is a part of the skill set for an intermediate sea kayaker
Art of Pour Overs September 23 - Perfect your timing and precision paddling maneuvers to ride rock garden features like pour-overs (reliable roll required)
Kayaking ocean rock gardens and riding pour-overs on the Mendocino Coast.
Private Lessons/Custom Classes  - Sea kayaking, surf-zone, rock gardening, surfing, rolling, whitewater of the sea - contact us with your interests and we will style you with a custom class.  1/2 and full day options available.
Sea Kayaking and exploring the Mendocino Coast and landing in hidden coves.

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