Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2019 Sea Whitewater and Surf Kayaking

Grab your calendar and start planning to kayak on the Mendocino Coast and Northern California Whitewater Rivers with us in 2019!  

Liquid Fusion Kayaking's class schedule is now live.  We have lots of fun planned for sea kayaking, whitewater river kayaking, surf kayaking, rock gardening, and family kayaking fun.

sea kayaking in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast
Sea kayaking in the rock gardens of California's Mendocino Coast.
Sea KayakingWaves, wildlife, and wonder - the Mendocino Coast continues to enthrall all who travel here. Let us share the magic with you!  From kayak 101 to advanced level coastal exploration and rock gardening, we have fun and exciting adventures for all skill levels.  Join one of our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Courses or rally your paddling pals for a custom adventure in the sea, surf, or rocks!
sea kayak rock gardening Mendocino
Riding a pour-over on the Mendocino Coast with Liquid Fusion Kayaking.
Whitewater River Kayaking -Winter and Spring, we are on the river! Get in on the fun with one of our March or April classes or rally your paddling pals for a custom trip with us on the Eel or another Northern California River.  Whitewater river kayaking is a great way to build sea kayak skills and explore new areas.
whitewater river kayaking class
Whitewater river kayaking class on Mendocino's Eel River.
Scouting exercise including sending in the probe.
Summer and Fall, get salty with our Whitewater of the Sea - whitewater kayaking, rock gardening and surfing in the sea.
whitewater kayak ocean rock gardening
LFK's Jeff Laxier uses a Sea Boof to style this ride.

ocean whitewater kayaking
First time kayaker get a taste for rock gardening with Liquid Fusion Kayaking.
Surf KayakingSurf is up year round on the Mendocino Coast.  Let us ratchet up your surf skills and fun in one of our surf classes.  Or let us create a custom lesson or safari for you in the craft of your choice - sea, whitewater, or surf kayak.  For those that like long boats, check out our Sea Kayak Surfpedition.
surf kayak lesson
Surf kayaking lessons and classes on the Mendocino Coast of California.

Rolling Learn to roll or tune-up your roll with Liquid Fusion Kayaking.  Year round, we are available for rolling lessons in the pool.  Or dial in your Sea Roll or River Roll with us.  Contact us to schedule your custom rolling lessons. 
LFK's Jeff Laxier teaches the kayak roll on the Mendocino Coast.
We still have space for your custom sea, whitewater, or surf kayak adventure or training.  Drop us a line if you have something in mind - maybe an intermediate/advanced Mendocino sea kayak adventure, a multi-day overnight river trip, or surf safari?
Kayak camping on the Eel River
Stay tuned for special new events!!! We have a couple in the works - Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be the first to know!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

November 2018 BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Training and Assessment

Sea Kayak Class
BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Training with Liquid Fusion Kayaking
The British Canoe Union (BCU) is the most recognized International governing body for paddlesports for both coaching and individual awarding systems.  In 2019, the BCU is moving away from its well established star system.

For those that want to earn the BCU 3 Star Sea Award, Liquid Fusion Kayaking’s Jeff Laxier will be coaching a 2 day BCU 3 Star Sea Training November 3-4, 2018 and offering the BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment November 5.
Mendocino Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking in moderate coastal waters on the Mendocino Coast of California
The BCU 3 Star Sea Award is known to be the hallmark of an intermediate paddler. Many outfitters including Liquid Fusion Kayaking use this award as a requirement for intermediate level trips. The BCU 3 Star Training is a comprehensive sea kayak training that includes strokes and rescue skills for moderate coastal waters, team work, surf zone launching and landing, and navigation skills.
BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak
Practical Sea Kayak Navigation
Don’t miss out on the chance to earn this internationally recognized sea kayak certification.
Sea Kayak Surfing
Sea Kayak Surf Zone Training

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mendocino Sea Kayaking Video

My favorite part of the Paddle Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium is that it gets paddlers to Northern California and some take the time to come paddle in Mendocino with Jeff and I.  This year, we had a whitewater crew the first day for the Stoutside Ball.
Jeff Laxier getting a nice pour over ride in our Stoutside Ball Session. #stoutside
Then we had several East Coast paddlers join us for 3 days of sea kayaking (and a sunset and moonrise surf session).
Sunset - super moonrise surf session. Photo by Jeff Laxier
Day one was a coastal exploration with some rock gardening.  Day two was coastal exploration in sporty conditions with some sea kayak surfing.  Day three was sea kayak surfing.  Paddlers in the video are Snowy Robertson - Dagger Kayaks, Matt Kane - Prime Paddlesports, Chris Audet - Committed 2 the Core, Luke Rovner - Kayak Hipster, and of course Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne of Liquid Fusion Kayaking.
Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Cate Hawthorne reviews the forecast. Photo by Jeff Laxier
Luke Rovner - aka The Kayak Hipster - made a video sharing these 3 days of sea kayaking.  Here's the video - If it doesn't show up in the blog post, here is a link to it on YouTube.  The sea kayaks that were used in the video were the Dagger Stratos - our go-to for rock garden and coastal play.  Snowy and I paddled whitewater kayaks for our sunset and moonrise surf session including the Dagger Axiom

I hope you enjoy it.  If it gets you interested in sea kayaking on the Mendocino Coast, check out Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series and 3-5 Day Adventures.
Sea kayaking and rock gardening on California's Mendocino Coast

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Intermediate Advanced Rock Gardening

We are excited to announce that we have just added a 5 day Intermediate and Advanced Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Adventure.  

LFK's 5 Day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino September 24-29, 2018 is designed for intermediate and advanced sea kayakers who want to paddle and play in rock gardens and surf.  
Sea Kayak Rock Gardening at one of our favorite pour-overs.
This adventure is scheduled over 6 days so that you can enjoy the best of the Mendocino Coast including an off the water day.  This is a great opportunity to see "off the beaten paddle" stretches of the Mendocino Coast including some of our favorite pour-overs and surf waves.

Click here for more information and information on applying.

Sea kayak surfing on the Mendocino Coast of California

Sunday, March 4, 2018

High Performance Surf Kayak Clinics

Tune-up your surfing for Santa Cruz Paddlefest with LFK's Jeff Laxier.  Jeff will be coaching 2 clinics March 22 and March 23 in the Santa Cruz area for hp surf kayakers.  The clinics will focus on improving your paddle out technique, wave selection, take off, diagonal run, bottom turns, top turns, and body/boat/blade positioning for performance surfing.

Etiquette will be a theme through out the course including how to be a good ambassador of the surf.
Paddlers must have a reliable roll and have previous surf experience. This 4 hour clinic is $100/person.

Click here to sign up!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Mendocino Kayaking Adventures

Grab your calendars and plan to kayak and play on the Mendocino Coast with Liquid Fusion Kayaking.  We are especially excited about our Whitewater Kayak Classes and Trips on the Eel River, our Art of Sea Kayaking 101 classes, and Sea Kayak Rock Garden and Camping Trip.
Kayak Camping on the Eel River
Sea Kayaking - In 2018, we will be expanding our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Programs for both beginner and advanced level paddlers.  Check out our Art of Sea Kayaking 101 Classand a 5 day Intermediate/Advanced Sea Kayak Rock Garden Adventure.  We will be continuing our monthly 2 day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series May - August.  BCU 3 Star Sea trainings and assessments and private lessons/custom tours will round out our sea kayak instructional program.
Sea kayaking through Mendocino Sea Caves
Whitewater Kayaking Classes - LFK's 2018 river kayaking program starts in March with LFK's Precision River Running.   Precision River Running is for experienced whitewater kayakers looking to improve and expand their river running skills.  For sea kayakers and other paddlers who have a solid foundation of paddling skills and are looking to learn to run whitewater rivers, LFK has their Whitewater River Kayaking Class. LFK's systematic approach will build upon your current skills to give you the skills for running whitewater rivers.  LFK is also offering guided whitewater river runs.  These are scheduled on the Monday after our weekend classes for our students to apply their skills and enjoy a day of river running with us.  If we have a wet spring, check back with us as we are likely to add more whitewater classes.
Whitewater River Kayak Classes on the Eel River
Surf Kayaking -  We have been excited about our students' success in our 2 day surf classes so we are offering more of these in 2018.  Whether you are learning the surfzone for the first timelearning to surf, or working on making moves on the wave; our 2 day surf classes are paced for maximum success.  With 2 days, you get different surf zone opportunities and a skill progression that builds on the previous day.  For those looking for specific skills, we have private surf lessons and safaris.
Performance Surf Kayaking on the Mendocino Coast
Rolling - We have a beautiful community pool and a flexible schedule.  If you want to learn to roll or need a rolling tune-up, we can help.
Kayak Rolling Lessons in the pool
Mendo Your Way Come see us to dial in your skills and play and explore the beautiful Mendocino Coast.
Sea Kayaking on California's Lost Coast
Our summer tour schedule is live and open for reservations. Our summer tours will include our family friendly Noyo Meander, our mellow evening wildlife tours - Sunset Bird Paddle, and our wet and wild Whitewater of the Sea Adventures.  We look forward to having you come play with us in 2018!
Family kayak tours on Fort Bragg's Noyo River
Best of days on the water,
Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne

LFK's Jeff Laxier with a nice pour-over ride whilst rock gardening on the Mendocino Coast
LFK's Cate Hawthorne kayak surfing on the Mendocino Coast