June 13, 2011 |
If "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" left you stoked for an adventurous sailing trip (without the pillaging and scheming), you won't have to go far to find one. The Californian will set sail from San Diego to Catalina Island in July and October on trips that mix tall ship sailing with kayaking. Sleeping in snug bunks and standing watch on the ship are part of recapturing the spirit of what life was like aboard a 19th century vessel. The Californian (no, it isn't a pirate ship)
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June 11, 2011 |
Surfers in Malibu are used to sharing the waves with paddleboards, sailboats and the occasional Russian billionaire's 390-foot yacht. On Friday they were startled to see a 505-foot Navy destroyer anchored off Surfrider Beach near the Malibu Pier. The destroyer John Paul Jones was making the Navy's first-ever port call in Malibu and giving its 270-member crew shore leave there for the weekend. The community-organized Navy Days is offering sailors free shuttle rides up and down the 26-mile-long city, beach volleyball and kayak excursions, and discounts at shops and restaurants Saturday and Sunday.
January 30, 2011
If you are looking for a nature outing, check out the tours offered by Southwind Kayak rentals. My friends and I explored the tidal wetlands of Upper Newport Bay and observed numerous bird species during a two-hour-plus guided outing via kayak. It was a welcome break from city life, and it's located in our own backyard. Southwind Kayak Center, (949) 261-0200, http://www.southwindkayaks.com . Kayak tours by preregistration only. Harbor Highlights or Back to Nature tour of the Upper Newport Bay ecological reserve, $55, or $45 with your own gear.
January 3, 2011 |
Put away the eggnog and break out the tennis shoes ? it's New Year's resolution time, and no doubt millions have made the pledge to get fit. Many of them will join a gym only to find they're bored with the monotony of cardio equipment and weight training routines. But exercise shouldn't be drudgery. Plenty of pleasurable activities deliver a legitimate workout without the hamster-on-a-wheel feeling. Surfing, kayaking, ballroom dancing, trail running and self-defense classes are just a few ways to avoid a fitness rut or supplement a regular gym workout.
January 3, 2011
Richard Hamlin recalls his initial reaction when his wife suggested they take a kayaking trip while in the San Juan Islands: "I said, 'No, it looks like work.'" He was half right. Kayaking can be work ? as in a great workout ? but it can also be a getaway from the rigors of the day. "From the very first time, I loved it," adds Hamlin, who is now an instructor at the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey, part of UCLA Recreation. Most people kayak in one of two styles of boats.
September 5, 2010
KAYAKING Workshop Conor Flannery will present "Cause to Paddle: A Solo Kayak Expedition," about his 2,500-mile journey to Anchorage, with advice on gear, navigation and more. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E; 7 p.m. Wednesday in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.; and 7 p.m. Thursday in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Admission, info: Free. Register at http://www.rei.com/stores/14 for Manhattan Beach; http://www.
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September 2, 2010 |
George Hitchcock, a poet, painter and UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor whose iconoclastic vision as publisher of the literary magazine "kayak" helped free American poetry from mid-20th century orthodoxies and provided an early forum for such distinguished writers as Robert Bly, Raymond Carver and Philip Levine, died Friday at his home in Eugene, Ore. He was 96. His death came after a long illness, said poet Robert McDowell, a former student and...
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July 16, 2010 |
Heather Wylie was a key instigator of what must be the biggest, most important boating expedition ever undertaken on the Los Angeles River. With two dozen others in kayaks and canoes, she braved the river's shallow waters, paddling past garbage trucks at the water's edge, homeless bathers and other unexpected riparian obstacles. "I've never had so much fun on a boating trip," Wylie told me. "It was a new kind of adventure." That adventure cost Wylie, then a 29-year-old government biologist, her job — and $60,000 salary — with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
July 4, 2010 |
I'm standing on a slice of paradise in Crete. The sun is burning down out of a blue sky, the sandy beach beneath my feet is stretching to crystal-clear sea, but terror is numbing my senses. Kayak instructor Russ is explaining that we're going to capsize our lightweight Rainbow Lasers, then unsnap the spray skirt holding us in, and eject from the submerged cockpit in a forward rolling somersault. "I didn't join this trip to become James Bond," says Jim, who's busy squeezing what he calls his "good-living gut" into a canary yellow lifejacket.
June 3, 2010 |
For the last five years, artist Nancy Rubins has been working with boats the way the late Nam June Paik used to work with television sets — using the not-so-raw materials as the main elements of her sculpture. Only in Rubins' case, the resulting sculptures are dynamic in form, as if they might take flight. She strings assorted kayaks, rowboats, canoes and other small water vessels to each other and to an armature with steel cable, so they look like branches scraping the sky. Her newest sculptures, built over the last two weeks at Gagosian Beverly Hills for a show opening Thursday night, extend so high that her construction crew kept setting off a motion-sensitive fire alarm near the gallery ceiling by mistake.