All of these files are in PDF format.
Sea Conditions Rating System: ever wonder how crazy the conditions were during your last paddle off the coast in the middle of a winter storm? This rating system will put that question to rest.
Kayak Camping Primer, by Marna Powell, does a wonderful job laying out all of the considerations when preparing for an extended camping adventure in your boat.
Adaptive Paddling Tips, by Marna Powell, discusses how learning to paddle with good form and technique helps solve and prevent many physical discomforts.
Safety on the Water, by John Gahn, points out that boaters need to develop the ability to assess the water and weather conditions, as well as their skill and ability, in order to make safe decisions for themselves and fellow boaters.
Encounters, by Michael Morris, describes his shark encounter while paddling the Trinidad coast. Yes, they are here!
Paddling in Wind, by Greg Bundros, integrates wind effects observed on water and land to the classic Beaufort Wind Scale, which is the standardized description for weather observations, including wind speed.
Hand Signals for Sea Kayakers, by Eric Soares, is a useful description of how to communicate when conditions don’t allow the use of anything else but your hands.
Side Hit in the Surf Zone, by Wayne Horodowich, is an incredibly useful article the breaks down the fundamental steps of being hit on the side by a breaking wave. A must read.
Coaching Tips from River and Ocean
The following articles have been reproduced with permission from River and Ocean. They are a collective of certified paddlesports instructors based in the Bay Area and Sacramento area. You can subscribe to their newsletter by clicking here.
The Extended Paddle Roll, by Sean Morley: describes the benefits of extending your paddle during a roll to increase success and lessen strain on your body.
Finding and Interpreting Your Surf Forecast, by Kelly Marie Henry: covers a lot of things you want to consider when planning to hit the surf zone.
Understanding Weather-Cocking and Skegs, by Bill Vonnegut: provides a wonderful explanation of how wind effects your boat and how your skeg can be used to counteract the wind effects.
sdrawkcaB gnilddaP, by Sean Morley: Why in the world would you want to paddle backwards? Read this article to find out why.
Need a Tow?, by Jennifer H. Yearley: Describes towing systems and why it’s important to have them and know how to use them.