One of the most exciting things to happen this year was receiving an order from The Ocean Dragons, an extreme sea kayaking team from Galicia, Spain. Oscar Alvarez, aka “Fugy”, sent me an email. In it he described finding a copy of the Tsunami Ranger’s Anthology in a rare bookstore while on a visit to the U.S. The Dragons had a copy of Soares and Powers’ Extreme Sea Kayaking but the Anthology really sparked their interest. They ordered copies of Eric’s Confessions and every video the Rangers ever produced, even the VHS videos. I was stoked. This is what it’s all about. In “How to Become A Tsunami Ranger” Eric had acknowledged that the time is ripe for passing the torch.
While the Tsunami ethos (HELL and all that) is something we can all exemplify both on and off the water, the nuts and bolts of extreme sea kayaking happen on the waves in the rocks and caves. The next generation of extreme sea kayakers is launching and they’re hot! The Ocean Dragons deserve an introduction to the world via the Tsunami Ranger website. Here it is in their own words. (Note: click on each photo to see a big and beautiful version!)
So now you get the idea. Let’s hear what The Ocean Dragons have to say in their own words:
Now let’s hear from Alberto Rocha:
And last but certainly not least, here’s Roberto Garcia:
It’s thrilling to know that The Ocean Dragons are out there smashing and bashing, pushing themselves and the boundaries of sea kayaking. I am very grateful to all of them for their interest in the Tsunami Rangers. It’s so exciting to know that the dream lives on, and not just in our small corner of the world here on the Northern California/Southern Oregon coast. The tribal ethos, the nonconformity, the enthusiasm, it’s all here. Long life and happy paddling to the Spanish dudes. I raise my glass to you. Go Ocean Dragons!