|Look for something unusual here -- and it's not that orange is the new black (photo by Cate Hawthorne)|
Few kayakers have done this so far, especially on the rugged Mendocino Coast. But Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne, the dynamic (water) duo of Liquid Fusion, recently were training my pals and caught these images (no retouching or photo shopping) at a "pour-over" spot just south of the Noyo Harbor.
Paddler Lisa Q. said it felt quite exciting. “I call it the ‘hello mom’ low
hand brace,” she said. Her companion Frank duplicated the manuever moments later. Neither
capsized. Mom would be proud. It may take a while for the full impact of this kayaking trend to
register, but it should end all debate on proper paddle length – it’s whatever
you have up your sleeve.
|Note loose grip on the non-paddle (Cate Hawthorne photo)|
And now we return to our regularly scheduled reality…the no-paddle run occurred only after turbulent sea ripped paddles out of the kayakers’ hands. But they managed to remain relaxed in their cockpits and kept their boats upright, proving once again that loose hips don’t sink ships.