Intro to Rock Gardening: Low Abrasion Rock Launch

Intro to Rock Gardening: Low Abrasion Rock Launch

By Bill Vonnegut Rocks in coastal environments are often very sharp and covered with barnacles, which is problematic when you have to launch a kayak from them. There are many ways to launch a kayak fr[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Essential Gear

Intro to Rock Gardening: Essential Gear

By Bill Vonnegut Boats There are many types of kayaks that can be used for rock gardening. My boat of choice for a trip will be determined by where I am heading and the conditions of the ocean. If it[...]

Rock Gardening Video: The Hazards of Filming

Rock Gardening Video: The Hazards of Filming

Next thing I knew, she was flying at my face. Fortunately, it’s become habit for me survey my surroundings so I was able to quickly react and fall backward into a defensive roll.

Intro to Rock Gardening: Timing

Intro to Rock Gardening: Timing

By Bill Vonnegut When I ask students what they want to get out of a rock garden class, the most common thing I hear is, “I want to improve my timing.” Timing a feature well by working with, instea[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Hiding Places & Transition Zones

Intro to Rock Gardening: Hiding Places & Transition Zones

Words, photos and videos by Bill Vonnegut Hiding Places As we discussed in a previous post, rock gardening requires constantly looking towards the horizon to see what what the off-shore swell is doing[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Strokes and Braces

Intro to Rock Gardening: Strokes and Braces

By Bill Vonnegut Strokes Being able to control your boat through turbulent water is key to paddling in rock gardens. But since shallow water or rocks may make it impossible use basic strokes in some i[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Rescues and Training

Intro to Rock Gardening: Rescues and Training

By Bill Vonnegut An essential part of paddling is preparing to handle a rescue at any time and in all conditions. Accomplishing this requires proper training and practice beforehand. Yet even with a[...]

Video: Extreme Rock Gardening, Om Mani Padme OMG!

Video: Extreme Rock Gardening, Om Mani Padme OMG!

By Bill Vonnegut Over the last year, the rock gardening posse Neptune’s Rangers has been having a blast paddling California’s finest coastal whitewater. In 2015, the team worked to assembl[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Running Pour-Overs

Intro to Rock Gardening: Running Pour-Overs

Pour-overs are the biggest thrill in our ocean playground. When they are working right, we can ride big waves over the rocks with a fair amount of ease. A pour-over with deep water on both sides provi[...]

Intro to Rock Gardening: Running Features

Intro to Rock Gardening: Running Features

Taking the run is similar to running a river. The best way through is usually to flow along with the current.