This Saturday, Feb. 9th, the SoCal Ocean Racing Series race is in Newport Bay. It’s at the Newport Aquatic Center, with the 9 mile long course starting at 9am and the 4 mile short course starting at 11am. Even if you don’t want to race this one, it’s a great way to check out the paddlesports racing scene. If you want to race, $25 gets you hot drinks and snacks for breakfast, a T-shirt, a race, lunch, and a raffle afterward. There will probably be 200 hundred people there, including a handful of CKFers.
We haven’t done a Coastal in while, so I thought it might be fun to paddle from La Jolla down to Mission Bay on Saturday, February 9.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 9
Time: 7:00 am
Meet: La Jolla Boat Launch Ramp
We’ll have to shuttle cars down to Aqua Adventures. Hopefully, we’ll launch by 7:45.
This is an intermediate trip. All participants are responsible for themselves.
Pls. RSVP so we’ll have an idea of our numbers.
Ryan Rushton, co-host and coach for The Gales Storm Gathering, has posted a recap of the event at (http://www.levelsix.com/rough-water-rescues/). It is worth taking a read. I had previously posted the video of one of the rescues that occurred during the event.
Thom Underwood and myself launched out of La Jolla yesterday morning heading toward Torrey Pines. It was a cold start (38 degrees) through tiny surf, but it warmed up to a toasty 58 degrees by the time we were done. We didn’t get very far before we spotted a juvenile Grey Whale breach about a 100 yards away. I chased it for a while and it resurfaced right in front of me – about 50 ft. away! After watching it come up a couple of times we headed north again and soon were surrounded by dozens of dolphins all around jumping and swimming around us – this was definately a nature paddle. Then we heading back, played near the rock pile off blacks for a few minutes and then back to our start.
Another great day on the water!
Photos courtesy of Jay Murdock
Aqua Adventures is hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Paddle. Enjoy a beautiful evening on the water with festive fireworks, and still make it in home in time to welcome the new year, put the kids to bed, or end up at your favorite party or watering hole! We’ll enjoy a pleasant paddle to the Sea World fireworks show and be back before 10:00.
When: MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 7:30-10:00PM
Where: AQUA ADVENTURES (your favorite paddlesports shop!)
FREE with your own kayak, or $20/person to use ours. Lights are required – we reccommend flashlights or headlamps. Glow sticks will be available for purchase at the shop. Reservations are required! Please call (619)523-9577
John Ohagan, Greg Cade and Jay Murdock are going to paddle this Saturday morning out of Aqua Adventures and go up to Crystal Pier (water conditions allowing, or stay in the bay). We will meet at 8 am and launch at 8:30. Come join us.
Please note: This is an ocean open water paddle. Experience is necessary. Safety equipment and PFD are required.
Just a friendly reminder that the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium is fast approaching! It is being held a little earlier this year, from January 25 – 27. GGSKS is a skills symposium in one of the most spectacular and dynamic locations in the world — the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. This event is dedicated to the sheer joy of paddling well and paddling safe. Some of the best coaches in the world will be here to coach you and inspire you. Spring tides and powerful Pacific swells will ensure challenging conditions for even the most seasoned paddlers. The area has beautiful surf, rock gardens, tide races, flatwater and challenging navigation. Take one look around and you’ll see Mt. Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Skyline, Berkeley, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge and more…