Thursday, January 19, 2012

Matakitaki river...great run!

Murchinson, NZ

 River camp 
 Middle Matakitaki put-in 
 Dale getting ready to surf 
 Dale Surfing 
 River 1
 River 2
 The Gullies 

 Yuriria finishing the run 
Finishing packing 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sea Kayak Queen Charlotte NZ

Sea Kayaking Queen Charlotte Sounds
This time we went to Anakiwa and paddled to Endeavor sound, we spent 3 days paddling around 100 km in winds up to 35 knots and 4 feet waves. The weather was great but the wind was strong.
Here are some photos of the trip: 
 Getting ready in Anakiwa
 Yuriria Hernandez
 Shag Colony
 Golden Point
 View of the sounds after Tori channel
 Endeavor Inlet
 In our way to camp bay, this day we had strong currents and head wind
 Asking for the weather forecast, all the sailboats in the area were looking for a safe harbor due gales coming later in the day
 Playing in the waves coming back form Resolution bay
 Ratimera camp
 Looking to Anakiwa
 The inter islander
 Family Kayaking out of Picton
We had great time in this are, we highly recommend this trip.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kokatat news

Loreto Kayak Symposium 2011

Posted on January 1, 2012 by Marta There have been 0 comments
Last week ended the long series that started in October as the Loreto Kayak Symposium on the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. The classes happening here are simple, yet of tremendous importance. Loreto is on the cusp of government sponsored mega-development on the scale of Cancun and Los Cabos. These kayaking events provide tools, inspiration, and voice for sustainability in development, from both ecological and economic standpoints.
Symposium festivities were enhanced by competition prizes donated by Kokatat, Werner, NRS, Seals and Cascade Designs. Appreciative winners of the solo kids’ race, the kids & parents race, an obstacle course, and a long distance race, took home top quality gear to inspire their continued paddling and camping experiences. Thanks to our sponsors!
At a weekend beach festival in October, university students offered short presentations on the beach. Abraham Levy, a Mexican who paddled the entire coastline of Mexico, gave a rousing presentation at the university. British Canoe Union courses carried on for the next week and a half, and brought participants from Venezuela, Canada, and Australia as well as Mexico. For logistical and economic reasons, a 21-day Expedition Challenge from Mulege to Loreto was sandwiched into the event. Paddlers hailed from Sweden, Australia, Georgia, California, and Washington state.
In two years of Loreto Kayak Symposium, years of prior classes crystallized into some real progress. In October 2010, three Mexicans became certified as BCU coaches—Ivette GranadosSantiago Berrueta , and Yuriria Hernandez (and 1 Canadian Leah Blok who works in Baja). Since then, one more Mexican, Oscar Manguy has become a Coach 1, Santiago has trained for Coach 2, and both Oscar and his wife Yuriria Hernandez have trained for their 4-star Sea Leadership awards. Santiago already has this leadership award, making him the first and so far only Mexican to hold this challenging certification. The series ended this week with a simple class of great significance: mentoring the first generation of British-certified Mexican coaches as they train the university interns who will likely become the future guides and owners. - Ginni Callahan
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