Rangers’ Retreat – 30 Years On

October 12, 2015

Share By: Captain Jim Kakuk and Dandy Don Kiesling FIRST RETREAT In 1985 Eric and I were on our way to the Port Townsend Sea Kayaking Symposium to do our first presentation, ‘Ocean Survival Swimming‘. On the way we stopped in Southern Oregon at Boardman State Park, and went on a mini expedition to explore […]

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Spring Waters 2015 – A Sea Kayak in the Desert

September 21, 2015

ShareEditor’s note: Thanks to Rebekah Kakuk and Robert Kendall for being my travel buddies and helping with the photos. Sometimes we deviate from sea kayaking and wander into the desert. As Tsunami Ranger Capt. Jim Kakuk heads off to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada and the smoke from thousands of acres […]

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A Paddler’s Journey by Bryant Burkhardt – Review

August 31, 2015

ShareAn adventure is an outing where the outcome is uncertain. – Bryant Burkhardt This book does not disappoint. Bryant has done it all, from dodging icebergs in Alaska and exploring the Channel Islands to creeking in L.A. and captaining the U.S. National Kayak Polo Team. His kayaking resume is truly amazing. It’s a testament to […]

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Kayak Fitness – Core Strength and Stability

August 3, 2015

ShareEditor’s note: Thanks to Robert Kendall for the photos and Medford Judo Academy for sharing the mat. Core stability is crucial to kayaking. We use our core muscles to stay upright in the boat, to flex forward when surfing, to keep our backs pain-free during extended time in the cockpit, and perhaps most importantly, to […]

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Tsunami Rangers Go Inflatable

July 13, 2015

Shareby Tsunami Ranger Commander Michael Powers Editor’s note: Thanks to photographers Rob Cala and Dave Norket, as well as our own Michael Powers, for the photos! TRs Steve “El Rey” King and Tim Sullivan breaking the wave barrier On a day with moderate winter surf conditions, three of the senior Rangers – Steven King, Tim […]

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Reef Madness 2015 – The Madness Continues!

June 22, 2015

Shareby Tsunami Ranger Commander Michael Powers Editor’s note: Thanks to TRs Michael Powers and Jim Kakuk for the great photos! Winter storms pretty much destroyed our beloved kayak ramp and access to Miramar Beach out front – so for a while a race this year seemed impossible… But by popular demand, the ramp was rebuilt […]

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Ocean Survival Swimming – Part 4

April 20, 2015

ShareEditor’s note: Well, we’re back to subject of ocean swimming. This is the final part of our four part series on Ocean Survival Swimming. Eric wrote this a long time ago (witness the references to the “common” practice of paddling solo and also to buoyancy compensators) but he never deviated from his opinions on this […]

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Opportunities Open Whenever You’re Ready -Kayak Touring the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia

March 16, 2015

Shareby Joanne and Doug Schwartz Editor’s note: Always understanding kayaking as a place to be and a way to go, not a transport from here to there, Joanne and her husband Doug have paddled since the mid-1980’s and are still exploring the world, sometimes by kayak. They paddled with Eric, Jim and the Rangers a […]

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Eric Soares: August 1, 1953 – February 1, 2012

February 1, 2015

ShareKayak Brother by Tsunami Ranger Commander Michael Powers He was drawn to the sea Like a child to Great Mother’s knee For years he lingered by her shore Entranced by her power and learning her lore Then one fateful day he beheld A swift primal form by the waves propelled There a kayaker danced, fearless […]

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Ocean Survival Swimming Part 3 – Ocean Swimming Training

January 12, 2015

ShareEditor’s note: Once again, this portion of Eric’s thesis on Ocean Survival Swimming is published as is. For Part 1, go to http://tsunamirangers.com/2014/09/22/ocean-survival-swimming/ For Part 2, go to http://tsunamirangers.com/2014/11/03/ocean-survival-swimming-2/and for Part 4 go to http://tsunamirangers.com/?s=ocean+survival+swimming+part+4 Once the four prerequisites to ocean swimming have been fulfilled, ocean training should begin. This training should not be undertaken alone. […]

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