The Art of Downwinding Series

The Art of Downwinding Series Featuring Shanna Upton Spring is just a few weeks away and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, blooming flowers, chirping birds, my birthday, but most importantly…howling winds. That’s right paddlers, after a long wet winter the downwind season is right around the corner. YAY!! I’m [...]

By | March 19th, 2017|Events, SUP|Comments Off on The Art of Downwinding Series

Simposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur – Buena Vibra!

SKPS, 2016. Photo by Roberto Saldias Andahur This was my first time to Chile and only my second time to South America. My lack of ability to speak Spanish had caused me to decline a previous invitation to teach at the Simposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur (SKPS). But brothers Eduardo and Roberto [...]

By | December 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Simposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur – Buena Vibra!

River & Ocean Gift Cards

Know a paddler who has everything but want to give them more?  How about the gift of helping them to expand their skills and increase safety on the water with a gift card from River & Ocean. They can choose from a wide range of classes offered or even a private session with the instructor [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on River & Ocean Gift Cards

River & Ocean – A Paddlesports Coaching Collective

A Paradigm Shift in Bay Area Paddlesports Instruction Since the mid 1980's California Canoe & Kayak (CCK) has been introducing new paddlers to sea kayaking and much more recently, stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Other businesses have come and gone and some remain but it's fair to say that CCK has built the most comprehensive paddlesports school to [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on River & Ocean – A Paddlesports Coaching Collective

Exostosis – Surfer’s Ear

I know, ear's are kind of disgusting to look at. So why post a picture of my ear? I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase; “Do as I say, not as I do.” Well listen up my fellow paddle surfers, river paddlers and sea kayakers. If you like to stick your head in that wave [...]

By | August 6th, 2016|Personal, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Exostosis – Surfer’s Ear

A new Ride

At the Santa Cruz Paddle Surf Festival in March I picked up a new 'ride', pun intended. The Ride Eclipse is a bit of a hybrid surf kayak, with the lines of an International Class kayak but with a set of three fins and a length of 2.7M (8 feet and 10.3 inches) it fits [...]

By | May 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A new Ride

Changing Priorities…

At the end of the month I will be stepping down as Program Director for California Canoe & Kayak, a position I have held for the last 16 months. I do so with very mixed feelings and my intention in writing this blog post is more about explaining my decision to myself than it is [...]

By | March 7th, 2016|Personal|Comments Off on Changing Priorities…

Dawn Patrol at the Golden Gate

San Francisco Bay is a fascinating place to paddle, whatever your craft. The interplay of wind, tide and swell produce endlessly variable conditions that can change considerably during any given day. Aside from the pervasive marine layer (which really is such a blessing saving us from incessant heat) the only downside to summers here are [...]

By | July 24th, 2014|Paddling Destinations|Comments Off on Dawn Patrol at the Golden Gate

Trinidad Head – A North Coast Haven

California’s North Coast can be so forbidding; sheer cliffs wreathed in fog, cold stormy seas pounding treacherous reefs and unrelenting miles of often steep beach that offer few places to find shelter. Trinidad Head And then you come to Trinidad Head. I can only imagine how relieved the crews of the Spanish naval [...]

By | July 3rd, 2014|Paddling Destinations|Comments Off on Trinidad Head – A North Coast Haven

Cal100 – Rivers for Change

The Cal100 is an ultra-distance paddle race on the Sacramento River from Redding to Chico organized by Rivers for Change, a non-profit founded by Danielle Katz and John Dye in 2011 that connects individuals, communities and organizations to rivers through collaborative events and campaigns. And the Cal100 is about much more than the race. It [...]

By | June 7th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on Cal100 – Rivers for Change