Eric Soares was co-founder and Commander of the Tsunami Rangers ocean adventure kayak team, known for exploring surf zones, rock gardens, and sea caves on the exposed Pacific Northwest Coast. The Tsunami Rangers started in 1985 and sponsored the infamous Sea Gypsy Extreme Sea Kayaking Race for 30 years. Eric was the instigator and organizer of the race.
Eric wrote over 50 articles on kayaking, including seminal works on kayak surfing, rock garden techniques, rough water night paddling, and sea caving. Eric developed Hand Signals for Sea Kayakers, used by thousands of paddlers around the world, and the Sea Conditions Rating System, based on the River Rating System. Commander Soares coauthored EXTREME SEA KAYAKING with Michael Powers, published in 1999. Soares also wrote The Tao of Sea Kayaking, published in WAVELENGTH magazine in Summer, 2009. Soares’ book of sea kayaking tales called CONFESSIONS OF A WAVE WARRIOR, was published in 2010.
Commander Soares produced and starred in four documentary adventure sea kayaking videos, including the award-winning ADVENTURES OF THE TSUNAMI RANGERS, which took Best in Show at the Whitewater Paddling Festival in 1989. Soares’ DVD called THE TSUNAMI RANGERS’ GREATEST HITS was featured in 2006 at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival and the British Columbia Paddlefest in Vancouver, B.C.
Commander Soares, along with fellow Tsunami Rangers, was featured on several TV shows and networks, including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Life Network, MTV, the Discovery Channel, and most recently, the History Channel.
For experienced kayakers, Eric taught classes on HOW TO PADDLE THE EXPOSED COAST. Eric and the Rangers gave slide shows and talks at sea kayaking symposia throughout the U.S. In September 2008, Soares presented the multimedia slide show TSUNAMI RANGER SEA TALES at the West Coast Sea Kayaking Symposium in Port Townsend, Washington, and presented it again in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010. A retired marketing professor from California State University, Soares enjoyed swimming and practicing jujitsu, tai chi, and other martial arts.
Commander Eric Soares died in February, 2012. To read his obituary, click this link https://tsunamirangers.com/2012/02/15/eric-soares-obituary-1953-2012/