Despite darker evenings and dropping temperatures, it was wonderful to have such a great showing for Greenland or Bust’s recent Kayak Immersion Weekends. Mark has been busy visiting family and running BCU programs in the UK and Wales, so guest instructor, Bryant Burkhardt joined me for the two fun filled weekends in Northern California.
The first weekend took place at Whiskeytown Lake, and Bryant and I had a blast instructing a comprehensive weekend of Yoga for Paddlers, Simplifying the Roll, Performance Paddling, Greenland Rope Gymnastics, Simplifying the Rescue, Paddle Tricks and Open Water Skills. The sun was out the entire weekend, and it was wonderful to get wet! Special thanks to Jason and Kasumi for hosting us.
The second weekend took place in Crescent City. The sun made a strong appearance this weekend as well… and so did the ocean. Large swell that had come to the area from Alaska not only caused the National Weather Service to issue a warning of rogue waves of up to 19 feet, but it made the local newspapers as well. Bryant and I got creative and used the large swells that were wrapping into the harbor for part of our on-water classroom. We took the participants through a full weekend of Yoga for Paddlers, Complicating the Roll, Performance Paddling, Greenland Rope Gymnastics, Complicating the Rescue, Paddle Tricks, Combat Rolling and Surf.
Both weekends were wonderful, and it was a treat to work with Bryant. Thanks to all of the participants for coming out. See you all on the water soon!
I’m now on my way to the UK, where Mark and I will be running programs throughout November. Check out the Events page for more information, and join us for a day or two.