Surf Kayak Competition Clinic for Women
Mar
23
9:00 am09:00

Surf Kayak Competition Clinic for Women

Please visit the California Women's Watersport Collective site to book.

Join the California Women's Watersport Collective during Santa Cruz PaddleFest 2017 and learn the ins and outs of competing in surf kayaking! Lead by seasoned competition veterans, you will be able take your surf kayaking to the next level and learn what to do (and what not to do) during the contest. Whether this is your first competition or you want to hone your skills, this clinic is for you!

This clinic is designed for intermediate to advanced paddlers with a solid roll and knowledge of the surf zone.

More information about Santa Cruz PaddleFest visit their website at https://santacruzpaddlefest.com.

Surf Kayak Competition Clinic
Santa Cruz, CA
March 23, 2017
2 hours, $50.00

Surf Kayak Clinic for Women
Apr
15
Apr 16

Surf Kayak Clinic for Women

Please visit the California Women's Watersport Collective site to book.

Discover how amazing it can be to catch a wave in the ocean! This 2-day clinic covers the basics from technique to etiquette and how to have fun and navigate effectively in the surf zone.

The clinic begins with an individual assessment of each participant – comfort and confidence in the water, including swimming ability and general fitness. We will go through all the necessary equipment- kayak, paddle and personal gear to insure everyone is outfitted properly and dressed for success! Beginning on the beach, we’ll assess surf conditions, how to read the sets, beach positioning and setting boundaries, rip currents and surf zone dangers. Once it’s time head out, we will address launching and how to use a rip, timing, punching through waves, tackling the soup, how to handle dumping waves and how far out to go. Out in the water, we will work on essential paddling skills, including positioning, effective paddle strokes, takeoff, riding the wave, bracing, side surfing, capsizing and swimming. 

With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, each participant will receive individual attention and goal setting based on their skill set and experience. Participants may paddle either a hardshell kayak (surf or whitewater) or a sit on top kayak, depending on paddling experience and comfort level. The clinic includes 2 days of instruction, camping and dinner Saturday night.

Surf Kayak Clinic
Marin, CA
April 15-16, 2017
2 Days / 1 Night, $249.00

L2-L3: Sea Kayaking for Women
Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

L2-L3: Sea Kayaking for Women

This class is part of Fearless Formosa's Taiwan Series. Stay tuned for more details!

First time paddlers will work with Kelly and Laura to develop their fundamental sea kayaking skills. Here you will be introduced to the basic paddle strokes necessary for effectively and efficiently maneuvering your kayak. We will also learn and practice several techniques for rescuing yourself and others.

Women with previous paddling experience will review basic strokes and learn new, more advanced strokes. We will work extensively on boat lean or edging for ultimate control and maneuverability. Self and assisted rescue techniques will be refined and practiced in unprotected waters.

This class is the first step to sea kayaking along open coast of Taiwan!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary. All women welcome to participate.

Class size: 10

L4: Open Coast Adventure
Apr
30
9:00 am09:00

L4: Open Coast Adventure

This class is part of Fearless Formosa's Taiwan Series. Stay tuned for more details!

During a coastal journey of 6 to 8 miles (10 to 12 km), Laura and Kelly will help you assess and develop your personal skills and help grow your knowledge and experience so that you feel ready to explore the open coast with other paddlers. We will work on learning, refinement, and application of strokes relevant to maneuvering in the open coast environment, water reading, and use of environmental features in rock gardens. We will also discuss risk assessment and challenge you to think about what to do if things do not go to plan.

Prerequisites: Students must have knowledge of how to perform self and assisted rescues. They must also be comfortable and competent paddling in waves up to 3 ft (1 m) and winds up to 15 knots. Experience launching and landing in the surf is strongly encouraged.

Class size: 8

Sea Kayak Rolling for Women
May
3
6:00 pm18:00

Sea Kayak Rolling for Women

This class is part of Fearless Formosa's Taiwan Series. Stay tuned for more details!

Build your confidence with Laura and Kelly and learn the safest and fastest self-rescue technique available for sea kayakers!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary. All women welcome to participate.

Class size: 6

All Level Sea Kayak Adventure
May
5
9:00 am09:00

All Level Sea Kayak Adventure

This class is part of Fearless Formosa's Taiwan Series. Stay tuned for more details!

Join Laura and Kelly for a day exploring the majestic waters of Taiwan.

Prerequisites: Previous paddling experience necessary and knowledge of how to perform self and assisted rescues.

Class size: 10

L4: Surf Zone Fundamentals
May
6
9:00 am09:00

L4: Surf Zone Fundamentals

This class is part of Fearless Formosa's Taiwan Series. Stay tuned for more details!

First time surf zone students will learn about wave dynamics and beach characteristics and how to identify hazards. We will practice launching and landing through the surf zone safely, bracing on breaking waves, and holding position.

Students with previous surf zone experience will work on advanced surf zone skills, including how to survey the surf zone and read waves, the paddle-out, timing to catch waves, diagonal runs, changes of direction, and end moves.

Prerequisites: Students must have knowledge of how to perform self and assisted rescues. They must also be comfortable and competent paddling in winds up to 10 knots and wind waves up to 1 ft (0.3 m).

Class size: 8

L4: Rock Garden Skills & Safety
May
7
9:00 am09:00

L4: Rock Garden Skills & Safety

This class is part of Fearless Formosa's Taiwan Series. Stay tuned for more details!

In this class, Kelly and Laura will introduce strategies for paddling within rock gardens and review essential skills including self and assisted rescues within the turbulent water of a rock garden. You will run pour-overs (riding waves over rocks), learn how to use larger rocks for protection, and work on judgment, timing and maneuvering in and around the rocks. This class will give you a great introduction to one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling!

Prerequisites: Students must have knowledge of how to perform self and assisted rescues. They must also be comfortable and competent paddling in waves up to 3 ft (1 m) and winds up to 15 knots. Experience paddling in the surf and on open coast is strongly encouraged.

Class size: 8


L4: Introduction to Rock Gardening
Feb
18
9:00 am09:00

L4: Introduction to Rock Gardening

Please visit River and Ocean's site to book.

Kelly and Laura will take you out Horseshoe Cove and out under the Golden Gate Bridge to explore and play with the many features found along the Marin Headlands. You get introduced to pour-overs (riding waves over rocks), learn how to use larger rocks for protection, work on judgment, timing and maneuvering in and around the rocks. We may get to explore caves and paddle through natural arches if sea conditions allow. This class will give you a great introduction to one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling and there is no better place in the world for it than the coast of Northern California!

Who: This class is intended for anyone looking to play in the rock gardens that adorn the California Coast. You should have surf zone experience and solid bracing skills.

Prerequisite: L4: Intro to Surf Zone or similar training and experience.

When: We will meet at 8.30 AM ready to launch at 9.00 AM. Arrive earlier if you need more time to get ready!

Where: We will launch from and return to the public boat ramp at Horseshoe Cove (Fort Baker), Sausalito.

Cost: $119.00 (Minimum enrollment: 3; Maximum enrollment: 8 – with 2 instructors)

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental. 

L3-L4: Angel Island Excursion for Women (2 Days)
Feb
11
Feb 12

L3-L4: Angel Island Excursion for Women (2 Days)

Please visit River and Ocean's site to book. 

Kelly and Laura are leading this 2-day clinic is designed for paddlers looking to take their basic sea kayaking skills to the next level. On day 1, we will review fundamental strokes and safety in Horseshoe Cove before heading out to the Yellow Bluff tide race. Once at the tide race, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental paddling techniques used in current, including peel outs, eddy catching, and ferry gliding. For those who are interested, playing in the rough water and waves of the tide race, will be supported and encouraged! The evening will be spent in the quaint Marin Headlands Hostel where your Cali Collective hosts will provide dinner.

On day 2, we will leave the protected waters of Horseshoe Cove and paddle to Angel Island. We will discuss how to find and interpret current flow information for San Francisco Bay and apply this knowledge on our journey. After spending the day exploring Angel Island, we will return to the mainland for our weekend wrap-up.

Who: This 2-day excursion is designed for paddlers with some formal training (i.e. a full-day introduction to sea kayaking class) and a working knowledge of sea kayak rescue techniques.

Where: This class will be based out of Horseshoe Cove located within Fort Baker along the Marin County waterfront.

When: We will meet at 8:00 AM on Saturday, February 11 and we will wrap up at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 12.

Cost: $279.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 10 – with two instructors)

Cost includes 2 full days of sea kayak instruction, housing in the Marin Headlands Hostel on Saturday night as well as dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental.

L2-L3: Introduction to Sea Kayaking for Women (2 Days)
Jan
21
Jan 22

L2-L3: Introduction to Sea Kayaking for Women (2 Days)

Please visit River and Ocean's site to book. 

Kelly and Laura will be leading this weekend adventure for Cali Collective and River & Ocean. This 2-day introduction to sea kayaking takes place in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area! Our weekend will begin the protected waters of Horseshoe Cove developing your fundamental sea kayaking skills. Here you will be introduced to the basic paddle strokes necessary for effectively and efficiently maneuvering your kayak.  We will also learn and practice several techniques for rescuing yourself and others. The evening will be spent in the quaint Marin Headlands Hostel where we will provide a nourishing dinner.

On day two, we will embark on a short journey along the picturesque Marin County waterfront. During our journey, we will build on lesson learned the previous day, focusing on boat control and touching upon topics relevant to sea kayaking in San Francisco Bay – including practical navigation, dealing with boat traffic, tides and currents, and much more! If you are new to kayak touring, this weekend immersion will give you a solid foundation to build your paddling passion on.

Who: This 2-day clinic is designed for new paddlers – no experience necessary! The clinic includes 2 days of instruction, lodging and dinner Saturday night.

Where: This class will be based out of Horseshoe Cove located within Fort Baker along the Marin County waterfront.

When: We will meet at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 21 and we will wrap up at 4:00 PM on Sunday, January 22.

Cost: $279.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 10 – with two instructors)

Cost includes 2 full days of sea kayak instruction, housing in the Marin Headlands Hostel on Saturday night as well as dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental.

Introduction to Kayak Surfing
Jan
14
9:00 am09:00

Introduction to Kayak Surfing

This class will be taught by Kelly. To book, please visit California Canoe & Kayak's site.

In this fun-filled, high energy class we use sit-on-top kayaks designed for surfing to enable you to catch as many waves as you want with ease! You will learn some fundamental skills, surf zone safety and etiquette but the emphasis will be on catching waves and having FUN!

Cost: $129 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 – with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, wetsuit and paddling gear.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time on water: Approximately 4 hours (There will be a 1 hour introduction to safety and etiquette on the beach prior to paddling.)

Location: Mushroom Rock, Half Moon Bay
Please note: Class location may change to Bolinas if conditions in Half Moon Bay are not appropriate. Location will be confirmed 72 prior to the class.

Prerequisite: L1: Kayak QuickStart Class, or just the desire to surf! The minimum age for Intro to Kayak Surfing class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

L5: Advanced Surf Zone
Dec
18
9:00 am09:00

L5: Advanced Surf Zone

Kelly Henry and Sean Morley will be teaching this class and Laura assisting. To book, please visit River and Ocean's site

This class is intended for sea kayakers or whitewater kayakers who have had recent surf zone experience, have solid bracing skills and a reliable combat roll. We will work on advanced surf zone skills, including how to survey the surf zone and read waves, the paddle-out, timing to catch waves, trimming, diagonal runs, changes of direction and end moves. We will tailor the class to what YOU need to ensure you get maximum learning from the day.

Where: We will meet at Dillon Beach car park and launch from the main beach. We will go looking for the BEST surf for practicing the skills we need to work on. Exactly where we go will be dependent upon the prevailing conditions. Options include the entrance to Tomales Bay, where there are a multitude of sandbanks that allow us to choose the energy level we want. Or we can head north to Estero de San Antonio for potentially bigger conditions and a variety of surf breaks in the rock gardens.

When: Meet at 9.00 am. Be changed and ready by 9.30 am. We will be off the water by 4.00 pm latest and wrapped up by 4.30 pm.

Why: Sea kayaks are notoriously difficult to handle in surf; their length makes changes in direction challenging and a broach seem inevitable. This can put a lot of stress on your body as well as your mind! But with practice and by exercising good judgment you can surf waves, carve left and right and exit or ride the wave to the beach with control. Sea kayaks can also access remote surf breaks that no board surfer would consider. By developing the necessary skills and knowledge you can turn any coastal journey into a surfing safari!

Cost: $119.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 – with 2 instructors)

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental.

L5: Advanced Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Marin Headlands)
Dec
17
9:00 am09:00

L5: Advanced Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Marin Headlands)

Kelly Henry and Sean Morley will be teaching this class and Laura assisting. To book, please visit River and Ocean's site

If you like to play in the rock gardens that adorn the California coast then this class is for you! The focus is about how to play safely and what to do if things go wrong. This class will be taught in L5 Conditions.

You will learn strategies for paddling within rock gardens, recognize areas to avoid, practice essential skills including self and assisted rescues within the turbulent water of a rock garden, and deal with scenarios that will put these skills into real-life settings. We will run pour-overs, enter sea caves (conditions permitting) and pass through natural arches.

Prerequisites: L4 Introduction to Rock Gardens (or equivalent training). A solid roll and recent paddling experience STRONGLY recommended.

Cost: $119 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10  with 2 instructors)

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental.