On October 21st, NOAA Announced an end to traditional paper charts. What does this mean for the kayaking community? Paper charts are one of the essential tools for marine navigation. NOAA has been printing paper charts for mariners for over 150 years but with the increasing use of GPS and other electronic devices, the demand for the paper charts has decreased and NOAA has decided to get out of the printing business. Instead it will rely on private vendors to sell and print the "Print on Demand" paper charts.
SSTIKS will be held June 10-12th 2016 and is a family friendly weekend event featuring some of the best instructors and competitors in Greenland-style kayaking. The children’s track is an important part of the weekend and it’s also what sets them apart from the usual kayak events. Beginners to advanced paddlers and rollers will find new challenges and build new skills.
The class is a great environment to develop and expand your current Sea Kayaking skills and judgment. In this class, you will learn efficient paddling and boat handling technique, effective capsize recovery skills and correct bracing techniques, which includes a new section Wilderness Camping.
These clinics being held Aug 13th & 14th at Hobuck Beach, WA. are designed for the kayaker who is interested in learning to surf their choice of kayak (surf kayak, sit-on-top, whitewater kayak or sea kayak) safely or to safely paddle out, approach and land their kayak in surf zone conditions. Clinics are scheduled as three hour blocks focused on introducing students to the specific skills needed to enjoy paddling in the near shore surf environment.
Another paddle surf festival is upon us. My good friends and I are planning yet another amazing event out at Hobuck Beach near beautiful Neah Bay, WA on Oct 1-2. This is a chance for you to show off your paddle surfing skills with your fellow friends and athletes from around the world. There is a sanctioned event where you can earn points towards or you can compete in a number of other events surfing with types of paddle craft. Visit www.hobuckhoedown.com to learn more and register your spot in the line up!
The Washington Kayak Clucb (WKC) is offering a very special Sea Kayaking Clinic being lead by Rhonda Schwab, and Mike Germani. This is a 4-day Coastal Kayaking Clinic, Thursday through Sunday. It introduces the skills required to experience the beautiful, remote, and challenging waters of Washington State and Vancouver Island’s open coastline. The clinic is at Neah/Makah Bay and is designed to improve sea kayaking skills and confidence, which will lead to increased enjoyment of your sea kayaking experience.