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November 17, 2011 | By Julie Sheer, Los Angeles Times staff writer
With mild temperatures, calm water and minimal fog, this can be a good time of year to visit the Central Coast , and there's no better place to see it than on the water in a kayak. For those prepping for a "big year" of bird-watching, this section of coast, with its diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds, is possibly the finest in California . If you've kayaked only on lakes and prefer water on the tamer side, Morro Bay is the place to paddle. Open-ocean kayaking is a whole different ballgame, and launching from just any beach shouldn't be attempted by novices (as we learned on a recent trip; more on that in a bit)
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January 28, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
See orcas up close and listen to them chatter underwater during a sea kayaking tour off the waters of Canada's Vancouver Island. The six-day trip to British Columbia is in part inspired by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which highlights the plight of orcas kept in captivity. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures based in Idaho invites kayakers on a guided "Blackfish" tour to the Johnstone Strait, Vancouver's inside passage and home to a sanctuary for the big black-and-white orcas, also known as killer whales.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
A section of the Los Angeles River will open for public use Monday for the first time since the river was encased in concrete in the 1930s. Public officials will gather Monday morning at Marsh Park north of downtown for a ceremonial kayak ride down a 2 1/2-mile stretch of the river that has been designated a free recreation zone for the summer. People can boat, walk, kayak or fish in the 2 1/2-mile section of the river between Fletcher Avenue and Oso Park from dawn to sundown until Labor Day on Sept.
TRAVEL
December 14, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We just returned from a two-week tour of northern Vietnam, with the itinerary planned by Win An Tours. It featured a mixture of biking, hiking and kayaking; traveling was by boat, train and bus. Every detail was planned yet flexible. We visited a national park, the Sapa region (the "roof" of Indochina) and the Ha Long Bay area. Our guides were helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining. Win An Tours, Hanoi, Vietnam; http://www.winantours.com Kaaren Page San Diego
SPORTS
March 1, 1996 | BOB WOLF
Four years ago, Costa Mesa's Mike Barrowman won an Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke. Now he is trying for an encore as a kayaker. Beginning today, Barrowman, who holds the world record of 2:10.16 in his swimming specialty, will bid for a berth on the American flatwater canoe/kayak team in preliminary Olympic trials at the Arco Olympic Training Center.
NEWS
June 7, 2005 | Gary Polakovic
One kayaker was killed and another injured in an accident over Memorial Day weekend, Channel Islands National Park officials report. The Coast Guard plucked Ying-tzu Huang, 26, from the ocean May 29 after she suffered head injuries and hypothermia. She died that evening. A big wave swept her and a friend, both Taiwanese nationals, and their tandem kayak into rocks on the east end of Santa Cruz Island. They had been camping with a group at Scorpion Bay, and it was their first time kayaking.
SPORTS
September 22, 2006 | PETE THOMAS
The kayakers negotiate the crease in the rock and follow a narrow passageway into a spacious cavern, where they pause, as if with great trepidation. But it's mostly just awe. No more daylight. No trees or grass fields waving in the wind that blows across Santa Cruz Island. No pelicans soaring beneath a bright blue sky. No bright blue sky. Just enough penetrating sunlight to illuminate the watery fringes of this great chamber an emerald green.
HEALTH
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.
SPORTS
March 2, 1996 | BOB WOLF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The United States hasn't exactly been an Olympic power over the years in canoe/kayak, but it may have a winner this time in kayakers Stein Jorgensen and John Mooney. Jorgensen, from San Diego, and Mooney, from Eugene, Ore., started on the long road to Atlanta on Friday by winning their heat in the 1,000-meter kayak doubles as the Olympic canoe/kayak sprint trials opened at the Arco Olympic Training Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN
The Community Services Department is offering a three-hour class in snorkeling and kayaking today. The class will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Brea Plunge, the community pool at Brea Boulevard and Elm Street. The pool used for the lesson will be decorated with shells and imitation fish to simulate a snorkeling experience in the ocean. Participants must know how to swim and be over the age of 11. The fee is $22 for Brea residents and $27 for non-residents.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Hawaii officials have shut down an area of water just off the southern coast of Maui after a kayaker was killed in an apparent shark attack there Monday. It was the second such death in Maui this year, continuing a worrisome trend for Hawaii after a decade of relative quiet that has been disturbed by an increase in shark attacks over the last two years. On Monday, Patrick A. Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Wash., was fishing and kayaking with a friend somewhere between Maui and the tiny island of Molokini -- which is about 2 1/2 miles off Maui's south shore -- when his friend heard him cry out, according to the Maui County Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Richard Marosi
SAN DIEGO -- Suspected drug traffickers paddling across the border in four marijuana-filled kayaks were intercepted by U.S. authorities Friday near San Diego, resulting in the seizure of 297 pounds of drugs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. After Border Patrol agents detected the kayaks off the Imperial Beach coast at 4 a.m., the four suspects jumped out of their kayaks and tried to swim ashore. Their attempted escape was foiled by a  U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter that shined a spotlight on the men, allowing agents to make the arrests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is breaking new ground - or waters - in lobbying federal officials to support a $1-billion project to restore a stretch of the Los Angles River. He's taking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on a kayak ride on the river Thursday. Garcetti, on his first trip to Washington as the city's chief executive last month, visited Capitol Hill and the White House in a push for a restoration project that is more than double the cost of the one recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers, even talking up the project with President Obama.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A fledgling L.A. River kayak company resumed its tours this week after recreational activity was halted for three days in the aftermath of a tanker crash that sent gas spilling through storm drains near the waterway and igniting . All normal recreational activity was stopped in the newly opened area approved for citizens to kayak, walk and fish in, said Steve Appleton, co-owner of L.A. River Kayak Safari . Appleton's company was leading...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Micah Flansburg was fishing off the coast of Pacifica State Beach on Tuesday afternoon when the bottom of his kayak suddenly jolted. "I had my paddle on my lap, and my fishing pole and a bottle of home brew," he told San Francisco television station KGO . "The next thing I know, every single thing I had went flying in the air. " It was a shark -- one Flansburg guessed was a 10-foot juvenile great white. "The shark came and it hit the bottom of the boat, lifted the boat up and grabbed ahold of it and just started shaking the whole boat," Flansburg said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
Steve Schleier has kayaked spectacular and scenic rivers from West Virginia to Alaska. So when the Los Angeles lawyer heard that his hometown river was opening to public navigation for the first time in decades, he was all in. It didn't matter that the open section is a mere 2 1/2 miles long. It didn't matter that the riverbed is lined with concrete. And it didn't matter that the course features more warehouses than white water. For Schleier, like many Angelenos, the opening of a modest piece of the Los Angeles River on Monday was all about redemption and possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2002 | From Times Staf and Wire Reports
A kayaker found dead in Dana Point Harbor drowned, coroner's officials said Monday. An autopsy revealed that William Boos, 46, of Dana Point had a heart disease that contributed to the drowning, said Deputy Cullen Ellingburgh of the Orange County Sheriff's-Coroner's Department. Boos was kayaking with a friend in separate boats in the outer channel of the harbor's west end when he fell into the water about 8:15 a.m. Sunday, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rescuers suspended their search Friday afternoon for two missing Navy sailors who disappeared while kayaking near the Channel Islands. Coast Guard officials said they had exhausted all possibility of finding survivors. Justin Johnson, 27, of Elkland, Mo., and Christopher Victor, 24, of Schertz, Texas, were last seen Wednesday in two 6-foot, blue-and-white kayaks around San Nicolas Island, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
A section of the Los Angeles River will open for public use Monday for the first time since the river was encased in concrete in the 1930s. Public officials will gather Monday morning at Marsh Park north of downtown for a ceremonial kayak ride down a 2 1/2-mile stretch of the river that has been designated a free recreation zone for the summer. People can boat, walk, kayak or fish in the 2 1/2-mile section of the river between Fletcher Avenue and Oso Park from dawn to sundown until Labor Day on Sept.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Gondolas aren't the only way to see Italy by water. Oregon-based Tofino Expeditions offers a new sea kayaking tour that introduces paddlers to the Mediterranean coastal villages of the Cinque Terre and the waters off Sardinia.  The 11-day trip, led by Tofino founder Grant Thompson, begins and ends in Genoa. Participants take the train south to the Italian Riviera and begin day-long paddle tours to Vernazza and Corniglia, where paddlers spend the night, and then to Portovenere and Montersso.
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