Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium

One of the great things about the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium is that it’s in the middle of winter, and therefore the weather and ocean conditions are completely unpredictable. Past years have seen rain, wind, hail, sun and even a tsunami. This year the sun was shining, and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. Under the clear and still blue sky large and beefy swells set up an exciting and challenging learning environment, with the majestic Golden Gate Bridge serving as a scenic backdrop.

A gorgeous day on the water.

I arrived Thursday evening, and spent some time catching up with coaches and organizers before settling into the hostel. Throughout the weekend I instructed Greenland Skills and two sessions of Fun – Balance – Games – And Rolling. Kelly Blades co-instructed on Saturday, and the two of us had an absolute blast working together.




And Rolling!

On Friday evening Justine Curvengen showed a lively and fun slideshow and video presentation of some of her travels. Saturday evening Out of Sight – Out of Mind presented on environmental issues, followed by keynote speaker Ken Campbell, who presented ‘Ikkatsu – Roadless Coast.’

Experimenting with rescues.


One of many ways to carry a kayak.

The event was an absolute blast. Thanks to Sean Morley and Matt Palmariello for having me there. Hope to see you all next year!

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