Symposium Sessions: Tide Racing

Allison takes on the Bay's biggest tide race, and comes up smiling

By Jeff Moag

As the C&K team rolled north to the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium, we weren’t sure quite what to expect when we arrived.

Yes, we’d been to this party back in 2011 and had a blast. We’d heard that this 6th annual gathering was shaping up to be the biggest yet, with an impressive cadre of coaches and more than 200 committed sea paddlers. And organizers promised “an exciting weekend of sea kayaking in one of the most spectacular and dynamic locations in the world,” which sounded wonderful, if a little vague.

The attraction of sea kayak symposiums (not to Latin grammar cops: non locuti) in general is having fun paddling with friends, and learning a few things about paddling along the way.

So we decided to follow one kayaker each day of the symposium, and make a short video about their experience. We start with Allison Thompson, an intermediate kayaker who came all the way from Maryland to paddle San Francisco Bay’s famed Yellow Bluff tidal race at peak ebb.

If you enjoyed this video, check out Symposium Session Episode Two: Advanced Rock Garden Play.

The Tidal Race players gather under the Gate. Photo by Aaron Schmidt.

The Tidal Race players gather under the Gate. Photo by Aaron Schmidt.

Yellow Bluff begins to come in as max ebb approaches. Photo by Aaron Schmidt.

Yellow Bluff begins to come in as max ebb approaches. Photo by Aaron Schmidt.

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