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To a kayaker, the ocean is a playground. For a great white, it’s a well-stocked fridge. Anything on the shelves could be worth a taste.
This is particularly true in California’s Red Triangle, a tangle of wild water that spans Bodega Bay in the north, the Farallon Islands to the west, and south to Big Sur below Monterey Bay. This region is dotted with seal and sea lion rookeries—the meat bin, if you like.
In the most harrowing of these tales, in August, 2010, the tables turned on experienced kayak angler Adam Coca. The hunter became the hunted.
Coca was alone on his yellow Ocean Kayak in 50 feet of water off Central California’s Bean Hollow. Much like Dan Prather experienced in 2007, a shark violently struck the nose of his boat, chewing and shaking it.
“It was like something hit my kayak with a baseball bat,” Joey Nocchi of Paso Robles told KSBY TV in the days following his sudden shark smack-down. Nocchi said he was vaulted five feet into the air by the impact against the bottom of his blue Cobra Fish N Dive kayak.
Red. Here we go again. One difference; this toothsome incident took place south of the Red Triangle, off the Gaviota shore near Santa Barbara.
Sea kayaker Duane Strosaker was comfortably ensconced in his fiberglass and wood sit-inside touring kayak painted bright crimson. It must have stood out in the foggy seas at offshore oil rig Hondo, the point of his planned 24-mile tour.
About noon, he pointed his nose for home. With five miles to go, a shark suddenly struck the left nose of his boat, and took a taste.
Last January, members of Demshitz and their friends and family paddled down the Grand Canyon on a 14-day, self-supported trip. They experienced adventures, endured some trials, enjoyed many laughs and took some great photos during their voyage. Canoe & Kayak got a chance to talk with Dave Fusili about the trip and learned what he had to say.
It’s a little more severe than chipping in shuttle money for gas. On March 1, various federal government entities will be forced to enact major cuts to help balance the budget. Among the branches facing such sequestration are our national parks, whose cuts could well affect our ability to paddle them.
On March 1, various federal government entities will be forced to enact major cuts to help balance the budget. Among the branches facing such sequestration are our national parks, whose cuts could well affect our ability to paddle them. Under cuts unearthed by CNPSR, the following national parks are among those that would be affected:
Last Satuday, local paddlers competed in the Boater X Creek Race on Clear Creek near Wartburg, Tenn.
This is the first event of the Plateau Creek Race Series, which works to showcase the beauty of the Cumberland Plateau and bring new paddlers to the sport of creek racing with World Kayak.
Have you ever seen an entire river? “Mirror River” is a journey from source to sea down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 3 and a half minutes. We started in the Wind River Mountains (Wyoming) in October 2011 and finished at the Sea of Cortez (Mexico) in January 2012. The river begins as a trickle, carves ever deeper and more spectacular canyons, and is reduced to a trickle again by water diversions. This timelapse has 24 still images from almost every day of the trip.
Earlier this week while going through the backlog of footage from various events, Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns stumbled upon the camera carnage clip. “I can’t believe I got it,” Kerns said. “I remember people going nuts, and someone told me what happened, but I was focused on the rapid so didn’t think I caught on camera.”
For those who enjoy ocean paddling, safety may not always be the first thing on their minds when setting up for the day. However, things don’t always go as planned. In the event that a well-planned day of fun and adventure takes a turn for the worse, having an emergency signal kit and knowing how to use a marine-band radio can keep a bad situation from turning into a dangerous one.
Ours is a wet sport, and because of that, we need gear that can keep both us and our valuables dry. Some products do that, and others go the other step. That product is the Watershot underwater camera housing for the iPhone. Canoe & Kayak staff wanted to test the case out, and the video below shows what they had to say.
On February 22-23, 2013, paddlers will gather from around the Southeast in Frankfort, Kentucky to watch and compete in the 30th National Paddling Film Festival. This grass-roots festival works to celebrate and showcase the best of whitewater paddling through film, and, in doing so, raise money that goes back to the community through river conservation efforts.
What constitutes an unassisted catch? For Howard McKim, man of the solo 183-pound Pacific halibut, the answer is cut and dried. Can you hook, fight and land a fish on your own, retrieving the hook without help? If the answer is yes, count it.
The second heaviest kayak-caught fish to make it to a scale was a tag-team effort by brothers Kevin and Gareth Uyeda, pioneers in Hawaii’s growing scene. They still fish together, these days on a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. In 2008, they were aboard a modest Ocean Kayak Zest tandem paddle kayak.