Surfing Baja’s Pacific Coast With Ginni Callahan: Sea Kayaks, Grit, and Consistent Swell

Rosalillita Surf

By Mary Fairchild Ginni Callahan, Punta Santa Rosalillita, BCS. Although it is possible to ride storm surf, tidal bores, and swell, what provides us with ‘the finest waves to ride’ is swell arriving on a suitable beach.  Nigel Foster (1) During the first week of April, I was fortunate to be[Read more]

International Sea Kayak Guide Snubs Registered Maine Guides: American Canoe Association’s Cover-up

Maine

By Mary Fairchild(updated 12/02/2015) This was my favorite play area from my 2011 guided Coastal Maine trip (2011 report). The sea kayaking community needs, perhaps most of all, to guard against any shift from safety to one of recognition and getting paid.  Known as “Ocean Camp Maine,” my second guided trip[Read more]

Sea Kayaking Lake Superior’s Seiche

Apostles

By Mary Fairchild Towing my daughter in after our first paddle on the lake.  She got sea sick in the 2-3′ following seas as we returned. Have you ever paddled in Lake Superior and wondered why you would need your rudder or skeg since there was no wind or tide? I wondered that[Read more]

Sea Kayaking Narragansett Bay: Native American Footpaths and Soul Freedom

Rhode Island

By Mary Fairchild (Mfairlady.com) Audubon Society George B. Parker Woodland, Coventry, Rhode Island. “Williams(Roger), lacking the resources… got about by canoe, sometimes likely with a sail rigged…Canoeing, even in protected bays meant confronting sometimes breaking surf and routinely strong currents, heavy swells, whitecaps, and wind; occasional exposure to open ocean increased  the[Read more]

Kayaking the Apostle Islands: Kennedys, Native Americans, Religion, and Myth

Apostle Islands

By Mary Fairchild Paddling around Eagle Island, 2009; the island is protected by Critical Species Natural Area. Last fall, on September 24th, Chequamegon Bay JFK Day marked Kennedy’s visit to the Apostle Islands area thirty years ago (Sept. 24, 1963).  Chequamegon was applied to the region by traders and missionaries which derives from a Chippewa(Ojibwe) word,[Read more]

Surfing My First Hole at Piers Gorge

Piers Gorge

By Mary Fairchild  Sara Hartman, Ron Laird, Mary Fairchild, Alex Reily,  Walter Afable, and Ryan Rushton; Terminal Surfer; July 26, 2013; 1800 CFS.  Picture courtesy: Kat Kulchinski. Intentional hole and wave surfing are the bulk of what river runners call play.  It means stopping at a river feature and exploring[Read more]