In seven days, many of the world’s best sea kayak instructors will be in San Francisco to share their knowledge with paddlers of all skill levels. The Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium offers a three-day weekend of adventure and learning in one of the most spectacular sea-paddling locations anywhere–the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay.
Canoe & Kayak magazine is proud to be the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium’s media sponsor, and the C&K staff will be there to paddle and report. We’ll also host a welcome party on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, and the Saturday night keynote by Expedition Q members Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry, who crossed Baffin Island in homemade kayaks last summer.
The paddling courses are beginning to fill up, but many–including rock gardening courses in both sea kayaks and whitewater boats–are still available. The latter class was created by popular demand, and reflects a recent trend of using whitewater kayaks in ocean rock gardens. This course is for advanced sea paddlers who have plenty of experience in coastal conditions including the surf zone and rock gardens, and for whitewater kayakers looking to take their skills to the ocean.
The C&K crew will be staying with the other hard-cases at the historic Marin Headlands Hostel in the Golden Gate Recreation Area, where paddlers and coaches will talk kayaking well into the night.