By Nancy Soares and John Lull "The best way to study geology is by kayak" – Tsunami Ranger Capt. Tortuga You probably don’t know this, but Capt. Tortuga and Tsunami Ranger John Lull are geologists by trade. On Monday, April 9, John and I … [Continue reading] about Kayaking Angel Island – It’s All About the Blueschist
Capt. Kuk: It has been a long progression for Nancy over the last 22 years and even though she was always capable of gaining the skills to be a Ranger, she chose to keep some separation to give Eric space. Starting with her martial arts and … [Continue reading] about Tsunami Retreat 2017 Part 3 – Holy Shibooty! I Become a Tsunami Ranger
Editor's note: Although the torch, or rather the cutlass, has passed to TR Captain Tortuga, Captain Kuk retains the ultimate right of veto, to stay or to go. We may have to make him an Admiral, heh, heh, heh. Also, a big thank you to all the … [Continue reading] about Tsunami Retreat 2017 Part Two – Meet Captain Tortuga! The Cutlass Passes…
This photo kind of says it all. Impressive, a little scary, even a bit ridiculous. That was Eric. This photo was taken before one of the Sea Gypsy Extreme Sea Kayak Races in front of Michael Powers' house at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay. Will … [Continue reading] about In Memoriam – Eric Soares, Co-Founder of the Tsunami Rangers
Editor's note: A big shout out to photographer Inge Watson and Tsunami Ranger Deb Volturno for the fantastic photos! Last September I had the privilege and pleasure of joining the Surf Sirens for their 2nd annual surf camp at Hobuck Beach. … [Continue reading] about Surf Sirens Unite! A Badass Kayak Surf Camp – For Women Only
"Herbert was a minor official notorious for his limited and rigid patterns of thought.” - First Officer Spock, from the original Star Trek episode “The Way to Eden” We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way, otherwise we miss its point. – … [Continue reading] about Sea Kayaking Personalities: Are YOU a Herbert?
Editor’s Note: So much happened during this retreat we’ve decide to make it a triplicity. This is Part One, The Wave in the Cave! From the Captain's Log: The plan was to do about a 3 mile paddle in and set up camp before dark. Scott was in … [Continue reading] about Tsunami Retreat 2017 Part One – The Wave in the Cave
My good friend Moulton Avery of the National Center for Cold Water Safety mentioned recently that perhaps it was time to revisit the Sea Conditions Rating System (SCRS) on this website. Since the sea is dangerous and unpredictable, I think he's … [Continue reading] about SCRS – The Sea Conditions Rating System
As many of you know, Southern Oregon is on fire. For nearly the entire month of August, the Rogue Valley has been filled with smoke from multiple forest fires in the surrounding areas. Even the coast has been smoky because of the fire in Brookings. … [Continue reading] about Extreme Smoke – The Getaway
Naturally I was devastated when my late husband died, but one of the things that really had me exercised was how the heck I was going to get kayaks on and off the truck by myself. It might sound silly to some, but I’m short, the rack is high, and the … [Continue reading] about Balance, Momentum, and Leverage: How to Get a 25’ Kayak Off A Truck By Yourself
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti Everything you know is … [Continue reading] about Sea Kayaker’s Mind, Beginner’s Mind
by Captain Jim Kakuk Why do we test new Rangers? I remember as a young scruffy kid hanging out with my friends down by the river in a tree fort. We were always coming up with big plans and scheming on who would get to join in our gang as … [Continue reading] about Why Do We Test New Rangers?
I recently paddled around Princeton Harbor for the first time. I know it sounds crazy, but even after living and kayaking there for 12 years I never did that. I was always en route to the outside, to the swells along the jetty, to the surf in and … [Continue reading] about Bird Watching From a Kayak: Princeton Harbor in Spring