2011 Paddlefest Schedule of Events
KOKATAT Kardboard Kayak Kup Registration: 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
KOKATAT Kardboard Kayak Kup Konstruction: 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
KOKATAT Kardboard Kayak Kup RACE: 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Join us for the always entertaining and wacky Kardboard Kayak Kup! Enter your team, build your kardboard kayak and join the race! You can also watch the frantic konstruction time period and watch the kayak kompetitors at the above times.
Sea Kayak Demos: 9.:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Try out different kayaks throughout the day. Provided by Adventure’s Edge and Center Activities.
Introduction to Sea Kayaking: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Center Activities
Fee: $10 per person
This course will give you a brief overview of sea kayaking. You will learn the basic paddle strokes and techniques, the latest in equipment and boat design, wet exits and above all, safety.
Intermediate Sea Kayaking: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person
This course will reinforce the basic skills while continuing the learning curve on many critical concepts. Depending on time and class size, we will cover bracing, sweep strokes, assisted re-entries, local marine weather and open water conditions. Basic paddling skills/experience are a prerequisite.
Intro to Sea Kayaking for Kids: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Center Activities. Fee: $5 per person. • This class is especially for kids! Learn the basics of sea kayaking from experienced and certified instructors. For kids ages 8-15. Parents must be present to register their child.
Open Water Rescue: 3 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructors: Mike Zeppegno and John Day.
Fee: $10 per person.
Taught by ACA Open Ocean certified instructors, this class is for the experienced beginning or intermediate paddler who wants to learn how to assist a paddler who has come out of their boat. Participants must supply their own boat and water gear.
Taste of Rowing: 10a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Location: HBRA Boathouse near the Samoa Bridge.
Instructor: Humboldt Bay Rowing Association. Fee: Free.
Are you looking for a new challenge? Interested in competing for Humboldt's Junior Crew Team
Come join current team members and coaches for an introduction to the sport of rowing. No experience necessary, but you must know how to swim. Juniors (youth) only, ages 13-18. Humboldt Bay Rowing Association boathouse near Samoa Bridge boatramp.
For more info go to www.HBRA.org or call 707-845-0686.
Introduction to Stand-Up Paddling: 10 a.m.; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Instructor: SUP Guys.
Fee: $5 per person.
In this fun 30 minute introductory class you are introduced to the world of standup paddling. Covering the basic techniques, you will learn how to turn and maneuver the SUP (stand-up paddle). Starting out on your knees then working your way to your feet for a walking on water like experience.
Waterfront / Freshwater Slough Tour: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Leader: Center Activities and Humboats.
Fee: $10 per person.
Children under 12 free when accompanied by a parent. This is an easy paddle for beginning to intermediate paddlers. Cross under the highway 101 bridge and head up towards Freshwater.
Baykeepers Bay Tours
Humboldt Baykeeper will be offering tours of Humboldt Bay on our 25 ft. Boston Whaler. Tour the North Bay with a knowledgable docent and skipper. Learn about the natural history of the Bay, oyster farming, wildlife, tides, sloughs, indigenous people's uses of the Bay and much more. Bring questions and curiosity. The tours are family friendly and fill-up fast! Call Humboldt Baykeeper at 707-268-8897 to register in advance for a tour. Additional sign-ups will take place at the event as space allows.
IMPORTANT: Register for these classes at the designated class and clinic registration area at the event.
Kayaking the North Coast: 2:30p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: HBAC Room 212
Instructor: Explore North Coast Sea Kayaking Club
Learn the many locations where you can kayak in Humboldt County. This presentation will focus on the various launching sites and discuss simple to routes to enjoy paddling along the North Coast.
Dress for the Swim, Not the Weather: 9:30 – 10 a.m. and 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kokatat Booth Instructor: Kokatat. The folks from Kokatat will share with you how to make the all important choice of what to wear while paddling. They will explain the basics for day trips through expeditions while emphasizing safety balanced with comfort. Kokatat will help make your experience on the water more fun with clothing that keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable. Their comprehensive line of technical paddling apparel is designed by paddlers for paddlers to meet the most challenging weather and water conditions. Kokatat is a Native American word meaning “into the water.” Contact them at 707-822-7621 or visit their Web site at www.kokatat.com.
Transporting Your Kayak 101: 10 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: Adventure’s Edge Booth
Instructor: Adventure’s Edge.
The folks from Adventure’s Edge will show you the best techniques for safely setting up your vehicle to transport your paddlecraft.
Open Water Rescue: 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: HBAC Observation Deck HBAC
There are many ways to successfully rescue yourself if you happen to capsize your kayak. Watch an expert demonstrate several easy to learn methods of getting yourself or your companion back into the boat.
Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue: 2:00 p.m.
The United State Coast Guard will do a dramatic demonstration of open water rescue using a H-65 Dolphin helicopter dropping and lifting a rescue swimmer in the Bay at the event site!
Greenland Rolls: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
In Greenland rolling the kayak was an essential self-rescue skill that was learned and used in case of a capsize. Various rolls were developed to handle situations such as being entangled in fishing lines, losing a paddle and needing to roll using hunting equipment, or using only hands or elbows to right oneself.
ON-THE-WATER INSTRUCTION AND EVENT SUPPORT IS SUPPLIED BY THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
Adventure’s Edge - Since 1970, Adventure’s Edge has assisted the outdoor enthusiast with hiking, biking, paddling and climbing. Contact them at (707) 822-4673 or visit their website at: www.adventuresedge.com
Center Activities – Based on the Humboldt State University campus, Center Activities offers a wide range of aquatics activities, outdoor adventures and leisure activities. Contact them at (707) 826-3357 or visit their website at: www.humboldt.edu/centeractivities
Explore North Coast – ENC is an association of paddlers that holds regular paddling events, promotes paddling safety and education and encourages stewardship of, and improvements to, bay and coastal access on the North Coast. Visit their website at: www.explorenorthcoast.net
Humboats - owner and instructor, Hawk Martin is a certified American Canoe Association (ACA) coastal kayak instructor and has achieved his 4-star certification and canoe safety certification from the British Canoe Union (BCU). Visit their website at: www.humboats.com
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center – Located on the beautiful Eureka Waterfront and managed by Center Activities, this facility is utilized for classes, meetings, conferences, and HSU boating equipment storage. For rental information, contact them at (707) 443-4222 or visit their website at: www.humboldt.edu/hbac