Elkhorn Slough and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
As you approach the fishing village of Moss Landing on California Highway 1 the view is dominated the cooling towers of the Moss Landing Power Plant, the tops of the towers often obscured by grey cloud. It is an inauspicious start to your day but don’t be
On a recent business trip to Montana, Wyoming and Idaho I was fortunate enough to meet and paddle with some true giants of paddle sport.
I had arranged to meet Gary (The Edge) Edgeworth at Rendezvous River Sports the following morning. Gary is a Team Jackson paddler but despite his many first descents, gigantic waterfalls and
What, you may ask, is a pour-over? The short answer is “riding a wave over a rock”. I’m going to give you a longer version of the answer however and seek to de-mystify this apparently dangerous and flamboyant maneuver that combines the thrills of sea, surf and whitewater kayaking in a fusion of judgment, timing
The Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival is held at Steamer Lane, one of the best amphitheaters for a surfing competition anywhere in the world.
Conditions for the 28th annual event were mixed. Participants had to endure a fickle swell on Friday, wind and rain and almost un-surf-able waves on Saturday but for those lucky enough and
There is nowhere I know of that embodies the concept of ‘Oceans of Whitewater’ quite like the Mendocino Coast of California. The myriad of rock gardens, caves and arches combined with the ever-present Pacific swell and stunning coastal views makes this a perfect place to explore in a kayak like the Karma RG, Rogue or
The plan was a simple one: head up to Mendocino County on the Northern California Coast, meet up with three of the best rock garden paddlers on the west coast and film the result.
Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne from Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg are pioneers in teaching rock garden paddling. Bryant Burkhardt
The entrance to San Francisco Bay is spanned by perhaps the most beautiful and iconic bridge in the world. The mile wide Golden Gate is also a whitewater playground. Consider this: at a maximum ebb of 6 knots it is estimated that the equivalent to 2.3 million cubic feet per second is pouring out through
Even during a truly historic drought here in California there is plenty of whitewater to be found. It’s just that it tastes salty!
Every day of the year there is fun to be had paddling kayaks on the ocean.
“Sea kayaking? That is for old men with beards!” I hear you say.
Not anymore! The demographic is shifting
Jackson Kayak’s popular Karma creek boat is undergoing two simultaneous evolutions this year: The Karma Unlimited creek racing kayak and the Karma RG ocean play boat and river tourer.
Playing in the ocean is what I am all about whether it is surfing, rock gardening or coastal cruising. I have had the pleasure of testing an