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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Practical New Year resolutions for a kayaker

2016 draws to a close on the water
They tell us that the most successful New Year’s resolutions involve a small number of attainable goals – so here’s my kayaking resolution list, as simple as one-two-three:

1. Play it safe. Remember that every mistake can be a learning experience except for the final one, because that one is fatal by definition. Think about safety before a trip begins, checking weather, currents and tides; as well as tying the kayak atop a vehicle, and then launching with the appropriate gear and clothing.

2. Take out the garbage. Take a few seconds to remove a can or bottle floating nearby, or pick up a piece of garbage someone left at the shoreline.

3. Support the cause. Join or renew membership in local kayak clubs and non-profit groups that defend clean water and our rights to enjoy it. Now, more than ever, kayakers need to help protect our environment.

Happy New Year from NorCal Yak.