Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Stuff

Check out the NEW   We put our best photos up to showcase Liquid Fusion Kayaking's tours and classes on the Mendocino Coast of California.  Two new classes for 2015 that we are particularly excited about include our new Intro to Ocean Kayaking Class and our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino.

Sea Kayaking on the Mendocino Coast of California
Last week, my new 2015 Jackson Kayak Zen arrived.  Jeff's medium arrived in January and I have been nervous and excited about getting mine.  I was excited over many of the changes but nervous that they changed it too much.  I am happy to say I think that Jackson Kayak got it JUST RIGHT.  The small Zen is the river runner that I have been searching for, and they even make it in tie-dye.  Here is a link to my first impressions of the 2015 Small Jackson Kayak Zen.  Stay tuned for a more in depth review as I get some more time in it.
2015 Jackson Kayak Zen - Small on Mendocino's Eel River
I have loved my Keen Gorge Boots.  Last year when I went to order a new pair, I was dismayed that Keen had discontinued making them.  After 3 years of heavy use, I am amazed that they are still holding together.  We have had many fine adventures together including 21 days on the Grand Canyon.  

Keen Gorgeous Boots just came out.  They don't have my size available yet so I ordered the next size bigger and have been pleasantly surprised.  They are a size too big but they are so adjustable that I was able to snug them down.  They were so comfortable that I didn't even know they were on.  They are more bootie and less boot like than the Gorge Boots.  After one use, I am pleasantly surprised.  I may miss the hikability of the old boots, but these fit much more snuggly at the ankle which will make them warmer and help with keeping sand and debris out.  More testing and further review to come.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Big n Bumpy

Some days it isn't about surfing so much as getting wet!  Today, the surf boats are loaded on the truck, and we are going on the search. We are hoping to find some green faces but know that good surf is going to be elusive so we throw the whitewater boats in the truck too.

It is a big day.  We scout a couple of breaks.  Some are big and beautiful and a bit out of my league while others are barely breaking.  We don't have the time to wait for the tide to change.  It is sunny and 70 degrees, and we are jonesing to get wet.  We head to a surf spot where we know we will find a mellow paddle out and waves of all sizes and shapes.  This is a spot we commonly refer to Chase- A Peak Bay because it changes so fast and the peaks are often elusive.  We know that today the likelihood of finding a clean green face is slim, but the likelihood of finding lots of bouncy, bumpy fun water is good.

We grab our whitewater kayaks and paddle out.  It is HUGE!  Waves are exploding into the headlands. It is exhilarating just to be out there on the edge of so much power and energy.

The swell is quite powerful - 8-10 feet at 20 seconds.  Needless to say, we decide to stay on the inside in our little boats.

It is quite fun.  We are catching waves on the inside that are bouncy and bumpy.  They sometimes let us get a long ride and other times just die out.  Even though the tide is coming in, we have to work to maintain position and stay inside as the longer period swell tries to suck us out into the big stuff.

The swell was so powerful that waves were rebounding off of shore.  We could catch these and surf back into the incoming waves.  My favorite wave of the day was when I was surfing toward shore and hit one of the rebounding waves straight on giving me a whoop-dee-doo on my ride.

Is this surfing?  Doesn't really matter.  It sure is fun.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

For the Future . . .

For our health, the health of our planet, and the future - we need to drastically reduce our dependency on plastic.

Take the first step and eliminate "a plastic" from your life.  Single use plastic water bottles are a great first step.

The folks at CustomMade made this infographic with information on why we need to move away from plastics and with some helpful alternatives to plastics.  Share with your family and friends and let's raise our consciousness level about plastics.  If everyone starts thinking about it and eliminates one plastic from their lives, we are on our way.

To see this infographic larger - click on this link.

Infographic by CustomMade

What will your first step toward decreasing your dependency on plastics be?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

High Pressure seems to have stalled out again along the Mendocino Coast.  Days have been warm and sunny.  Gorgeous and torturous for Jeff and I as we hunker down at the computer building Liquid Fusion Kayaking's new website.  Jeff's new whitewater kayak, a Jackson Kayak Zen, arrived this week and so did one of our SoCal boating buds so of course it was inevitable that we had to get both of them wet.  With dry conditions, play days on the Eel are over for awhile so off into the Whitewater of the Sea we went (aka ocean rock gardening).

Of course the afternoon that we rally - ends up being cloudy.  Mottled skies pretty much matched my mood as too much time on the computer puts me out of sorts.

I was definitely off my game.  My first ride of the day was mistimed and gave me a pretty good whack - expanding the dark cloud hanging over my head.  I slogged along as the sky reflected my confuddled mood.

The guys paddled and played and I tagged along and took photos.

The late afternoon lighting was surreal and the long period swell kept things quite interesting.

Every now and again, glimmers of sunshine peaked through. We were treated to a pastel panorama of clouds.  Sea lions, gulls, and even a brown pelican create interesting silhouettes to the landscape

The sunset eluded us but the dusky evening lighting wasn't too shabby.

My spirits were lifted when I got home and saw that I got some nice photos from the day.