Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tearing It UP!

I missed the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium again this year but was stoked to host several coaches and friends afterward for some rock gardening and surfing on the Mendocino Coast.
Playing chicken with the rocks at Chicken Point.
After event paddles are a great way for coaches to unwind and play. Bryant Burkhardt writes in his Paddle California Blog - "After a couple of days of teaching that were fun but hard work, it was great to get out on the water just for fun. On Monday Cate took us to Noyo Habor, a two minute drive from her house (where she kindly put us all up). We didn't launch until noon and we didn't paddle more than half a mile. It was a mellow and relaxing afternoon (that still cracked two boats and ripped a drysuit)." Here's a link to Bryant's Video.

Yep, I put the holes in my drytop and some nice gouges in my hand as a bigger wave than expected reared up, threw me down, and raked me over a pour-over.
Photo by Bryant Burkhardt
Photo by Bryant Burkhardt
Richard didn't get as big a wave as expected and ended up repairing the bow of his boat.

A submerged rock claimed some of Paul's shiny red gel coat.

After a few repairs, we were all good to go and off to surf Chicken Point.

Chicken Point is a tricky break made trickier by the consequences of rocks. To catch the waves, one had to be among the rocks or drop in toward them. (This is spot for expert paddlers only). After studying the break and a few runs, the guys started tearing it up!!!

Nick Scoville and Richard Davis with NDK Explorers and their Saltwood Paddles (Jeff just got one and I can't wait to paddle with it).

Paul Kuthe of Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak ripped it up in his TideRace Xtreme.
Paul Kuthe tearing it up at Chicken Point.

In my whitewater kayak, I was only going to catch one if I was in deep and it was one of the bigger, steeper waves. I watched and photographed for a while but of course, I couldn't let the guys have all the fun and dropped in on a couple. Bryant caught me on video back surfing one of the waves.

It was an awesome day - having all the kids over to play in my playground.

(It was a little bit of a bummer that Jeff wasn't here - guess we will have to have to call up the kids and make a play date to do it again.)


  1. Great write up! Thanks for the juicy boat crash and bash details! Sounds like you all played hard and fun. I'd love to come play with the kids sometime! :D
    Lenora, SoCal.

  2. Lenora, you will love kayaking on the Mendocino Coast. We look forward to sharing it with you. Cate