California Canoe and Kayak has just announced Paddle Golden Gate. This three day event will be held February 5-7, 2016 at the Marin Headlands. No further details have been released. This is the replacement for the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium. This new event will offer classes for SUPs according to Sean Morley, event organizer.
This coed camping trip is open to age 18 on up, and will be in the Lake Martinez area just north of Yuma, Arizona. The date will be the weekend of March 20-22. There are now 13 signed up to go, and we want you to join us. The photos show what the area is like: the winding Colorado and small lakes, backed up by the Imperial Dam, with many narrow canals through the reeds. A great place for kayaks to explore. The weather that time of year is ideal, with mild breezes, and temps in the mid 70’s during the day, and around 55 at night (at 4am). This date is also past the rainy season there, and is still relatively quiet of boat traffic. We plan to launch at Squaw Lake, and go up river to camp at “Hidden Lake Island” (click on photos to enlarge). Since we are paddling against a one knot current, decked kayaks are better suited (but if you are a strong paddler in a SOT, it can be done, so join us).
It is a 3 hour drive to the launch site, so we can drive there on Friday morning, and have time to paddle up river and set camp by mid afternoon. We’ll explore the river all day Saturday, then head back to San Diego on Sunday sometime early afternoon.
If you are interested in going, and are not yet a club member, sign up on our email list. I’ll be sending more email notices to the club on this trip, and you can then reply with questions, or sign up. Details of the trip (what to bring, etc) will be sent out at a later date to those who are going. I hope you can join in. The desert that time of year is wonderful, and this open area affords a big night sky to enjoy while we sit around a campfire.
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.
We have 7 openings for you to bring your own kayak or canoe to the annual estuary clean-up on Sunday, January 18th. This is a rare chance to paddle the protected waters of the San Diego river.
Shifts are 7:30-9:00am and 9:15am-10:45am.
To RSVP contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-297-7380
On Saturday, November 15th TRR had a “Paddle and Pints for a Cause” fundraiser on Paradise Point in Mission Bay. The San Diego Kayak Club helped spread the word, and several of our members turned out to support TRR and our vets. There were 75 paddlers who took part on the water, and several more showed up for the refreshments, silent auction, and raffle (of which Gilbert Siegel was one of the winners). There is already talk about having this event next year, so please consider taking part.
There was a mix of kayaks, paddle boards, and specialized craft involved. Aqua Adventures supplied several kayaks and paddle boards, and Brooke Sullivan and Dale Osborn of TRR did a great job in organizing the event. There were a lot of smiles that day, and it was fun to be part of such a worthy cause.
The silent auction and raffle were fun, and thanks to Ninkasi Brewing for helping raise money. Also, one of our club members anonymously donated several kayak items to TRR for their paddles. Very cool.
Almost every boat in this photo ended up being paddled by someone. Many thanks to Jen and Aqua Adventures for supplying several kayaks and paddle boards.
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).
If you would like more information on TRR, here is their website: http://www.teamriverrunner.org/
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: http://www.teamriverrunner.org/
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: http://www.paradisepoint.com/barefoot-bar-grill-specials.php#Paddle 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!
It’s back! Jen Kleck just announced the dates for Baja Kayak Fest! They are offering two separate 3-day weekends so that we may keep groups small and still accommodate everyone who wants to attend!
This is a rough water event for experienced sea kayakers. You don’t have to be a super star, but you should be comfortable paddling 10-15 miles in a day and are well-practiced at capsize recovery techniques. You should be comfortable in small surf and bumpy water. Our location is a rocky peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean and provides the perfect playground for kayakers! We will offer day trips for pure fun and rock-garden play, as well as skills development courses. Top coaches from the Pacific coast will mentor groups of 4-6 paddlers at a time!
- Festival 1: April 5-7 (driving to the location on Friday, April 4 and returning Monday night, April 7)
- Island overnight 1: Tuesday April 8-9 (transportation back to US available Wed. night)
- Islands overnight 2: Thursday April 10-11 (transportation from the US available late Wed. night)
- Festival 2: April 12-14 (driving to the location Friday, April 11 and retunring Monday night, April 14)
More information at: http://www.bajakayakfest.com/