Author Archives: ChrisGriffith

How Many NFL Stadiums Can You Visit by Kayak Only?

Saw this in my news feed and had to share it with the club…

Did you know it’s possible to navigate your way to every single NFL stadium in the US by kayak?

It’s true. A couple of days ago Reddit user, /Bhockzer posted the routes to every single one. And while he did have to be “navigationally creative” for a couple, it’s possible to paddle to your next big game even if it’s via a storm creek.

Storm Gathering USA Symposium


Storm Gathering USA events are sea kayak symposiums designed for those wanting to take their skills to the next level. Although designed for intermediate to advanced sea kayakers, the symposium will also have classes suitable for advanced beginners.

The symposium aims to bring together sea kayakers from all over the globe to celebrate the ocean that we love so much. Classes will emphasize skills development for paddling in challenging conditions, which may include surf, rock gardens and open crossings.

The intent is to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of respected coaches, seasoned expedition paddlers, established retailers and manufacturers to further our understanding of sea kayaking through workshops, presentations and discussion.

More details about the event can be found here.

Skills Practice Paddle


We haven’t brushed up on our rescue skills in a while. Come join us on Sunday, December 21

8:30 – rally at the Aqua Adventures dock

9 am – Launch and paddle over to Mariner’s Cove

All boats and all skill levels welcome. Everyone helps everyone in this adult sandbox. This is a terrific opportunity to test out new equipment, gear, clothing, a new boat, and test your own rescue and/or rolling skills. Get wet, or not.

Long Exposure Photos Show the Elegant Hidden Patterns in Sports

A long-exposure shot reveals a kayaker's movement through space. STEPHEN ORLANDO

A long-exposure shot reveals a kayaker’s movement through space. STEPHEN ORLANDO

Canadian photographer Stephen Orlando has a far simpler approach: He visualizes the action using a strip of LED lights. Orlando’s long exposure photographs reveal the invisible patterns in activities like kayaking and canoeing. They won’t upend our understanding of these activities, but they certainly invite us to look at them in new ways.

Traditional New Year’s Morning Paddle

Mark your calendars, it’s that time.  Let’s continue the traditional paddle begun by Jeff Laxier some 10-12 years ago

DATE:                   January 1, 2015

TIME:                    8 am rally, 8:15 launch

PLACE:                  La Jolla Shores Boat Ramp or thereabouts (there may be road construction)

PADDLE:               North toward Torrey Pines

DISCLAIMER:        Each paddler is responsible for their own safety; must be able to self-rescue and be equipped with appropriate gear and clothing, and keep a 3-4 knot pace and is expected to stay with the group

Team River Runner Kayaking Fundraiser

Last Thanksgiving we hosted a paddle and picnic for Team River Runner of San Diego (Team River Runner (TRR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, gives active duty service members and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports). Here is a link to their web site:

 Instead of repeating that this year, we have been invited to their paddle and fundraiser at Mission Bay on November 15th. The launch site is the beach next to the Marina (which is in front of the Barefoot Bar on Paradise Point. Registration donation for the paddle is $5 if you have your own boat, and Aqua Adventures is bringing some kayaks that can be rented for $15. If you want to stay for the party and auction, bring money for that.

 NOTE: If you have a “slightly used” kayak, or equipment, and want to donate that to the auction, take it to the patio area in front of the Barefoot Bar before 10 am, and see Brooke Sullivan. Be sure to clean up the item first please.

 If you have your own kayak, and want to take part in the paddle, party and auction, you may want to launch at Bahia Point, orAqua Adventures, and paddle to the Paradise Pt Marina for the 10 am start of their paddle. I think there is a cost to park at Paradise Point, and access to the beach may not be close from your vehicle.

Register here:  The donation is $15.  If you bring your own kayak – it’s free!  If you don’t want to paddle, come on down to the party at 11!

Catalina Swimmer – Kayak Support

Via email:

I am coaching a swimmer who is swimming Catalina Channel in 5th June, I am looking for two experienced sea kayakers to accompany him. We had one but she unfortunately had to drop out.

Please could you contact me urgently with any details of anyone who would be interested from your club and I will pass them on the Chris to contact. He lives in Seattle. His name is Chris Lugo.

Thanks for your help!

Trip Report: South Bay Turtles


Eight of us went looking for the very elusive Green Turtles yesterday, but they were not to be found. It is safe to say, after several paddles in the south bay looking for them, that they are harder to see than the grey whales.


Some special people showed up for this paddle: It was good to see Stan Rohrer doing great.


It was Mary Collier’s first paddle with us, and the first time in her new boat (5th photo). And the last photo was taken by Heather Larson (from Denver) a few years ago, who also joined us yesterday. She said that was the last time she has been able to photo the turtles.


Besides having a relaxed morning, we got to see up close the Dorado Discovery research vessel that some of you may have seen on the Discovery or Nat Geo TV series. Very cool. The photo of some of us on the dock is at Bob’s house in the Cays.